The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) J. K. Rowling, Illustrated by J. K. Rowling

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 180mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747599874
  • ISBN 13: 9780747599876
  • Illustrations note: B&W
  • Sales rank: 321

Product description

'You've never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?' said Ron incredulously. 'You're kidding, right?' (From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Published by the charity Lumos in association with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the first new book from J. K. Rowling since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Tales of Beedle the Bard played a crucial role in assisting Harry, with his friends Ron and Hermione, to finally defeat Lord Voldemort. Fans will be thrilled to have this opportunity to read the tales in full. An exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter, the tales reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale. There are five tales: 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', recounted in Deathly Hallows, plus 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', and 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump'. Each has its own magical character and will bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced and illustrated by J. K. Rowling. Also included are notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive. Lumos is a charity founded by J. K. Rowling which aims to make life better for disadvantaged children. Registered Charity Number: 1112575.

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Author information

Since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997, the Harry Potter novels have sold 400 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 65 languages. J. K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations in an unprecedented fashion: she was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year. J. K. Rowling lives with her family in Edinburgh.

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By Ella Viippola 22 Jan 2014 5

I was absolutely thrilled to find this book here for such a low price! Here in Finland I would've had to pay almost 20�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�?????�????�???�??�?�¬ for this one, so I found a great deal. I specificly wanted to read this book in English because I love the old fairytale like writing this book has, and reading it in my native language wouldn't have created quite the same atmosphere.
I recieved this book today, and it took 18 days to deliver, which is prefectly fine for me concidering the low price without any delivery charges. The book arrived in perfect condition and I just can't wait to read more of it. So far I've only red the first story, but being the HP fan that I am, I know I will adore this book forever. Oh and this was my first order from Book Depository and I have to say I'm very pleased with everything. I will be ordering more books very soon!

By Tung Lye Yee 17 Jun 2013 5

Opening this and reading it for the first time feels like you're Harry or Hermione. A muggle reading wizard's fairy tales! Feels like magic.

By Jamie Holder 13 Aug 2010 5

Okay, so you've hopefully read the Harry Potter series, by the amazing Jo Rowling, but you haven't yet read this book... if you've read the last book, then you will know this book from the Deathly Hallows... It has wonderful tales inside, and all totally different from each other. The tales are not just the average fairytale you hear from Disney stories about the 'happily ever after' it's far from it... because in these tales, mostly everyone is magic... so it has a rather different twist to your average fairytale. J.K. Rowling does it again, and wow's her audience, I strongly recommend this book to everyone who loves the Harry Potter series, it's just a great book to hang on to for years and years to come.

By Nikola Ilic 13 Jul 2010 5

This is really final jewel in crown. For all those who enjoyed all fabulous books written by J.K. Rawling, this is really something that You shouldn't miss. It contains stories filled with magical creatures, extraordinary plots, and all that written in style that we all love so much, in J.K.'s style.

Book is printed on fine paper, and You couldn't say that I've read it several times. Worths any penny!

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'The stories are simple, original, diverse, witty and wise This is a book for families to share a storytelling treat' Books for Keeps

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in...

Table of contents

The Tale of the Three Brothers; The Fountain of Fair Fortune; The Warlock's Hairy Heart; The Wizard and the Hopping Pot; Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump.