The Tales of Beedle The Bard
I wasn't sure what to expect when opening this latest installment of Harry Potter literary mania. I had heard mixed reviews and convincing arguments on both sides of the "Love vs. Hate" spectrum. I just had to see for myself.
I don't claim to be an expert of Potter or his world, although I have read the entire series twice now and watch and re-watch the movies available currently on DVD. These qualifications barely scratch the surface to consider yourself a Potter Expert, but I can say I am a really really big fan.
The book The Tales of Beedle the Bard immediately became my favorite for cover design, it is done in pastels and is probably incredibly impressive in its original format (most likely hanging in Rowling's castle). It is only 111 pages long, and covers five fairy tales translated from runes by Hermione Granger with commentary between each story from Albus Dumbledore.
As far as connections with Harry's previously published world go, you won't be dissapointed if you aren't expecting the latest Potter installment. The book is pretty stand alone, a simple illustration of 5 wizarding family style bed-time stories.
Connections I appreciated were:
Hermoione's translation from ancient runes, being her favorite subject in school.
Aberforth's affinity to the Grubby Goat story
What started the Malfoy Family vs Dumbledore feud
Nearly-Headless Nick's background
The Tale of the Three Brothers folklore that helps support the story line in the original books
And a few others I won't spoil. I'm sure a Potter Fanatic would be able to cite more!
The five stories are The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump, and of course The Tale of the Three Brothers.
If you are a fan of the series, I do recommend the book, but take it for what it is- a fun light read published as a fundraiser for the Children's High Level Group.
# ISBN-10: 0545128285
# ISBN-13: 978-0545128285
# Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches