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Book Review – The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Series: Hogwarts Library
 Fantasy, YA
Pages: 109
Published: December 4, 2008 Bloomsbury
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.


After I finished the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, a friend of mine then suggested that I should read this book first so I could fully understand the 7th book. I’ve finished all 6 books in the series for only 12 days even if I was too busy at work, so I wouldn’t mind to wait for another day to read the 7th book.

When I was about to start this story and just browsing the cover for the introduction, I really felt that I am reading a book from the Hogwarts’ library. Why’s that? Because when I was about to go to the introduction, I read a certain part saying, Hermione Granger was the one who translated it and then Dumbledore was doing the commentary. Reading that part, I was really amazed. It makes me feel that Hogwarts and the world of magic is REAL!

I didn’t read the synopsis of this book, so I don’t know what to expect. Well, actually, I expected this book to be as thrilling as the books from the Harry Potter series, but was then introduced to a soft and seems like a fantasy-enriched books for kids (well, it actually is a book for kids in the magic world). So when I reached the first story, I was kinda surprised! Yep, this book comprises of  5 short stories. Well, actually, for me, I think it’s a fable. A story that will give us a lesson. Why did I say that? Well, it’s obvious because of Dumbledore’s notes about each of the stories. His notes are mainly about explaining what you can learn about each of the stories. It was quite surreal to me too because I’ve got to feel like Dumbledore’s still alive.

There isn’t really some new or complicated words that I’ve encountered from this story which I think that this book would passed as a perfect children story.

It was only a very short read so you can finish it in just one sitting. Honestly, I can’t find where the part is saying that I can understand more about the 6th book in here, but let’s just see when I finally read the final book eh? Which is actually I am gearing now haha.

I can’t really say that you need to read this book first before pursuing the final book of the Harry Potter series, but I’ll absolutely mention that out when I finally able to read the 7th book for I’m sure I’ll know it at that time. Well, thinking about it now, I guess it’s a great idea. You see, I was sobbing so hard with Dumbledore’s death on the 6th book and I guess it’ll make me feel more horrible if I go directly to the 7th book. At least now, I’ve got some distraction plus I’ve got to read something from Dumbledore. So yep, I’m finally ready to read the final book 😉

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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