Book Review: The Tales of Beedle Bard

The 1st book of the Harry Potter series written by JK Rowling was published in 1997 and the 7th was published in 2007. The 8th addition in the main series was a play script which was published last year. In between Rowling wrote various book from the Potter series and others. ‘The Tales of Beedle Bard’ is one of them. I read this book a few months ago and wanted to write a review for a long time.

About the book:

All the potter fans know about this book. Professor Dumbeldore gives his copy of the book to Hermoine Granger in ‘The Deathly Hollow’. Every child from the magic family knows this book and its stories as every muggle knows the stories of Snow White or Peter Pan. Hermoine’s copy is the one in which Dumbledore has made notes and some sketches. The copy I got from Amazon was the same.

The book is of just 108 pages with a big type font which makes it a day’s read. But like any other Harry Potter book, you can read it millions of times and you won’t get bored.

The Stories:

The book comprises 5 stories: The Wizard and The Hopping Pot; The Fountain of Fair Fortune; The Warlocks Hairy Heart; Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump; The Tale of The Three Brothers. In addition it also has a personal note by Dumbledore and at the end a personal message from Georgette Mulheir, Chief Executive of Lumos.

The protagonists of these stories: Asha, Athelda, Amata, Babbity Rabbity and the youngest bother are the real life heroes. They are more real and easy to relate than our regular fairy tale heroes like Peter Pan and the Beast. These protagonists take their faith in their own hands instead of waiting for someone else to come and change their destiny.

In the stories of muggle, ordinary people get in trouble and magic helps them out (Fairy Godmother for Cinderella; true love’s kiss for Snow White). But here in these stories, people with magic get into trouble and how they solve their problems with magic and great determination is portrayed aptly.

Every time you read a story, you find something new. The stories and their plot points are so different for an Indian reader, that it changes our perspective in terms of what we should read and what not. The writing style is so rich and unique that it enhances our quest to read better content.

Though we have read and seen ‘The Tale of Three Brothers’ in Harry Potter and Deathly Hollows book and movie, actually reading the story adds many facades to our imagination.

Each story comes with a high moral aspect and still it does not bore us.

Dumbledore’s Notes:

Magic comes with a price. And Dumbledore’s notes in the book try to explain the same to us. Dumbledore has compared his thoughts on the given story and the muggle world. He has made the stories easier to understand for the muggles. Along with Dumbledore’s notes, Rowling has given footnotes on some occasions for the magic world vocabulary.

The Final Word:

Do I need to say anything? Yes, buy the copy from the link below and read it ASAP.



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