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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
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Feb 17, 09

bookshelves: kids-books, read-in-2009
Recommended for: serious harry potter fans, folklore devotees, people who like fake research materials
Read in February, 2009, read count: once

this is pretty much only for die-hard harry potter fans, such as myself. but even i held out for quite some time before i finally went ahead & read this book. i've read the other supplementary harry potter written-for-charity books (the faux schoolbooks), & they shed a bit more light on peripheral elements on the primary novels, but not enough to really make a huge difference. ditto with this book, which clocks in at just over 100 pages. i started reading it right after i got out of the shower, & by the time i was done, my hair was still wet.

of course, the reasons for my lack of enthusiasm for this book are probably founded in bias. the harry potter books are pretty much the one exeption to my general disaste for anything fantasy-related, which includes fairy tales. different strokes for different folks & everything, but i never got too into fairy tales even as a kid. while reading harry potter & the deathly hallows, the chapter where xeno lovegood explains the deathy hallows message within the beedle story "the tale of the three brothers" definitely dragged for me. upon every re-read, when xeno asks hermione to read the story out loud so everyone can understand it, i always groan inwardly & get frustrated. can't they just synopsize it? argh! so i wasn't really all that psyched about a whole published volume of beedle's tales.

but you know, it is for charity & everything. & now that the seven books have been published, all harry potter devotees are thirsty for legitimate scraps from rowling's wizarding world. as such, the commentaries following each story penned by album dumbledore made the book worthwhile. they provided more historical framework for the statute of secrecy, dropped a few hints about the ancestry of certain characters, got into wandlore a bit & provided more context for the power of the elder wand, which figures so prominently in the seventh book. the fairy tales themselves are nothing to write home about. but as far as supplementary material goes, it could have been worse.

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