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The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  197,485 ratings  ·  8,248 reviews
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 b ...more
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published December 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published 2008)
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Danny The details page says "Text and illustrations copyright JK Rowling 2007/2008" - so yes, indeed they are by her!
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Apparently I'm getting this for Christmas. ROCK ON.

...Having not read this yet, my favorite part was that on the day it showed up on Amazon it immediately placed above Breaking Dawn for most preorders ever received (currently in system, obvy). It was like, okay, everyone who says Smeyer is the new JKR. Smackdown.

Finally read, years later: Loved it.
Ademilson Moraes
Clever Rowling... Giving us a small fix of her world, to spread the Harry Potter magic a little bit further (as if it still had further to go).


This is really just a book of "fairy" tales a la the Magical World. Apparently, if we'd been raised as wizards and witches, we would've heard these tales at our mother's knee. Which, to be honest, is a little scary, in some cases - since at least one is pretty seriously disturbing. Still, when you think about our own fairy tales, they're pretty disturbing
I felt very warm and fuzzy reading new JKR. How can I not love an alleged children's writer who mentions murder, mutilation, cannibalism, adultery, and bestiality all within the span of 110 (ultra-short) pages? The stories are on the meh side, but Dumbledore's commentaries showed a smart, literary eye that reminded me briefly of Pale Fire. I'm all, "Hey, JK, you did your thang." Be that as it may, I'm a bit offended by the Dumbledore's anti-anti-Muggle bias. I see nothing wrong with witches and ...more
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Now, I happened to be at a Wal-Mart at 11:53 pm on December third, the day before this book was to be released. Upon my arrival to the inside of the store, I saw a table decorated with a single blue balloon, and a plastic tablecloth. Taped across the front of the small buffet table was a sign that said "Join us at 12:01 for Tales of Beedle the Bard!" Needless to say, I squealed aloud with delight, and my best friend blushed with embarrassment at being seen in public with a squealing Harry Potter ...more
Not much to this book. Rowling uses double spacing, huge margins and mediocre pencil art (that she drew) to stretch out what should have been some short stories published on the internet, a magazine, or saved for inclusion in a bigger book. The tales are all very concise, you can tell she tries hard to make them deep and classical, but they fall short, and most fail to draw you in or make you interested. After each story is a boring (almost arrogant) review by Dumbledore, who tries to convince y ...more
Mohammed Arabey

ملحوظه هامه قبل بدء الريفيو
شعرت بالاطراء الشديد للكلمه في نهايه الكتاب التي تشكرني "و كل من اشتري الكتاب" في مساهمتنا في مشروع لتنميه الاطفال الغير قادرين
Children’s High Level Group
Health , Education , Welfare
وكيف يشكروننا ومن المفروض ان يكون نحن من يشكرهم , ويشكر المؤلفه لهذا الكتاب الممتع والخير الذي تقوم به من اجل كتابه كتاب بسيط ممتع وهادف كهذا وتخصيص عائداته للعمل الخيري..وهي ليست اول مره.
كم اتمني ان اجد كاتبا من كتابنا الذين يملئون الدنيا صراخا وجعجعه فارغه حول
Nikki Nielsen
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Doc Opp
If you are looking for more Harry Potter type stories, this is not the place to look. Rowling has created a small number of fairy tales akin to what you might read in the Brother's Grimm. The tales are cute, and young children might enjoy them, just as they enjoy Androcles and the Lion, or Rumplestiltskin. The "afterwards" from the perspective of Professor Dumbledore of Harry Potter fame are a poorly executed attempt to make this seem more Potter relevant and thus attract readers of Rowlings mor ...more
Muggles—the vaguely derogatory term for "non-magical people"—are well-informed about the spirited acts of princes, princesses, and proletarian polliwogs who populate the fantasies of storytellers of yore such as Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, and brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, whether through the original scrolls, through meliorative retellings like those in Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, through modern-day or futuristic adaptations like Joe Wright's Hanna and Steven Spielber ...more
Dec 25, 2008 Robin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only die hard JK fans
So I was not overly impressed with this book - I really didn't have very high expectations - i.e. I did not go into it with a lot of thoughts. I thought the idea was kind of interesting particulary the part about Dumbledore commenting on the stories.

For someone who is so creative I thought the stories were kind of "ho-hum" and not very revelationary (new word ;-)) I thought there could have been so much more...Of all of them I guess I liked the last one the best - it seems to be the one that com
"But though Death searched for the third brother for may years, he was never able to find him. It was only when he had attained a great age that the youngest brother finally took off the Cloak of Invisibility and gave it to his son. And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life."

It was so wonderful to finally read the book that Dumbledore wills to Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The reader is able to see a bit into th
Rounded up to a 4.5 :)

Lovely lovely stories, quick and enjoyable read... Anyone read Dumbledore's commentary in his voice? :)

Highly recommend!

Opravdu krásné povídky, ale škoda, že je to opravdu taková malá jednohubka, která vám zabere max. hodinu. Každá z povídek byla nápaditá a zajímavá, ale u mě přesto pořád vyhrává Příběh tří bratří, protože prostě... hm, já si ten příběh oblíbil už v HP7! :3
The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains some of JK Rowling’s best writing.

When she is imagining her fantasy world beyond the confines of Hogwarts – building wizarding history, culture, sport, biology, and hierarchies – her voice becomes incandescent, lighting up the lives of anyone who takes joy in her creations with a simulacrum of life that feels more like a tangible reality than our collective fantasy.

The fables in The Tales of Beedle the Bard are a gorgeous part of Rowling’s conjuring act, an
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Nov 30, 2008 Mita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans craving for more and more
Recommended to Mita by: Every mainstream media
I was really surprised to see copies of this book already available in a local bookshop on Saturday, seeing as it's not supposed to be out until Thursday, but who am I to complain, really?

Without spoiling it for fellow eager fans, I can say that this book is every bit as good as I expected it to be. Of course it's not as spectacular as the Harry Potter saga itself, but like what Arthur Levine said in a recent interview, it is as good as your Grimms and Perrault. The five tales are easy and strai
Jan 01, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: True HP Fans
This was all I was hoping for, and more! Why, then, only four stars? Because it really wasn't as astounding in content or as fabulous in style as the HP novels. However, I don't think it was meant to be. This is a collection of fairy tales, fables. As such, they are not meant to be elaborate in scope or remarkable examples of literary talent. No, these are the tales that wizarding parents can adapt to tell their children at bed-time (remember Ron's dispute with Hermione's translation of one of t ...more
This was easily my favourite out of the three books in the Hogwarts Library.
No matter how many times someone scoffs and says that J.K.Rowling does not write great literature, she'll ALWAYS remain one of the best things that ever happened to me!

In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, she spins her magic once more. With 5 simple fairy tales (for wizard children), she proves that the magnanimous success of Harry Potter did not happen by fluke. It happened because of the amazing power of imagination and skill that the author possesses in the art of Storytelling!

I loved all the sto
In the 7th novel of the Harry Potter series Rowling alludes to this collection of stories as the wizarding world's equivalent of the Brothers Grimm.

In her execution of the stories however, Rowling creates the wizarding world's equivalent of Aesop's fables, and a hyper-repetitive set at that. Though each story has its own special charms and captures the spirit of oral story telling that makes fairy tales enjoyable today, each story also reiterates a moral that has already been developed more comp
Siempre me sorprenderá el don de Rowling de atraparte en historias, aunque solo duren 5 páginas, y hacerte sentirlas como si fuesen un libro de 300. Admirarla es poco.
WOW! I loved it which is no surprise as it was written by THE J.K. Rowling.

Tales of Beedle the Bard was also mentioned in Deathly Hallows along with The Tale of Three Brothers, which is one of the stories in this book.
It is a collection of fairy-tales for wizards & witches which was left by Dumbledore in his will to the Hogwarts Archives. The book is said to be edited by Hermione with permission from Professor McGonagall, Headmistress of Hogwarts. (Yeay! :D ) And Dumbledore has made some c
Norah Sumner
"No man or woman alive,magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental or emotional. To hurt is as human as to breathe."

This was really beautiful and interesting.I loved all the stories,especially:


I really enjoyed reading this book.I'm glad that it's translated into Serbian so that one day I can read it to my children,too.(unless I marry a hot British male specimen *winkwink*)
These stories weren't fantastic. They weren't dreadful. They were just nice. And sometimes, 'just nice' is more than enough. I think my favourite story is The Warlock's Hairy Heart. I liked how Dumbledore gave his opinion at the end of every story, and we learned something more about this wonderful magical world. No matter how small this book it, it still brought me back to Hogwarts.
All of the stories had heart, but my favourites were of course, The Tale of The Three Brothers, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, and The Fountain of Fair Fortune.

What I also loved were Dumbledore's deep interpretation of the stories at the end of each one, and also the small, funny footnotes JK Rowling left in them.
I really enjoyed the book, and like the many millions of people in the face of the Earth, await the next book from the Potter universe by the Queen.
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
Read as part of the Summer Cramathon, to count as both a children's book and a hardback!

I've never actually read the whole thing through before, so it was super interesting to understand it all, now that I've read all the HP books! Dumbledore should write his comments about every book in existence.
Kevin Cambronero
Bastante entretenido. Me encanta La fábula de los tres hermanos, es simplemente genial. Los demás cuentos son buenos. Cada cosa nueva del mundo de Harry Potter es atractiva para mí.


Luego de cada cuento hay un análisis de Dumbledore, que en ocasiones me gustó más que el propio cuento. Se aprende más sobre el mundo mágico. ¿Y qué mejor profesor que Dumbledore?

Las ilustraciones de Rowling, buenísimas.
it was okay but im not hugely impressed
Αν και οπαδός του ευτυχισμένου τέλους πάντα ένιωθα μια περίεργη έλξη για εκείνα τα παραμύθια/ιστορίες που δεν τελείωναν με τη φράση ''και ζήσαν αυτοί καλά και εμείς καλύτερα'' ή που είχαν ένα τέλος αρκετά λυπητερό. Για παράδειγμα αγαπημένο μου παραμύθι είναι η Μικρή Γοργόνα όπου ο πρίγκιπας ραγίζει την καρδιά της Άριελ και εκείνη αφήνει τον μάταιο τούτο κόσμο, η πιο αγαπημένη ιστορία αγάπης είναι ο Ρωμαίος και η Ιουλίετα και το αγαπημένο μου κεφάλαιο από το Games of thrones του Μάρτιν είναι ο Κό ...more
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