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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
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Feb 18, 11

bookshelves: short-story-collections
Read in December, 2008 — I own a copy, read count: 4

This is a fun little addition to the Potterverse. All of the short fairy tales presented herein have been seen before -- when Rowling auctioned off her hand-printed version of the book for charity, Amazon.com posted each of the stories on their site for everyone to read. What makes this slim volume so much fun is the commentary on each story provided by the late Professor Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore's historical insights into how the stories were received by the wizarding world over the centuries is great fun to read; of course at the same time Rowling makes some pointed comments about how "muggle" fairy tales have been changed over the years -- there's a great reworking of one of these stories into a version "that is less dark and more wholesome for young wizards and witches to be exposed to," upon which Dumbledore comments, "guaranteed to make most of them retch," or words to that effect.

The proceeds of the book go to charity, as well, so it is worth picking up a copy!
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