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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

(Hogwarts Library)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  429,798 ratings  ·  15,921 reviews
As familiar to many Hogwarts students as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle children, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of popular stories written for young wizards and witches.

Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, they include fascinating additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore, with intriguing glimpses into his life at Hogw

Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published May 9th 2016 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling (first published December 4th 2008)
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(B) 75% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Nothing special but no complaints, just a solid set of bonus stories that remind you how fun Harry Potter books were.
Luca Ambrosino
English (The Tales of Beedle the Bard) / Italiano

«There was once a kindly old wizard who used his magic generously and wisely for the benefit of his neighbours»

Directly from the Hogwarts Library, with commentaries by Albus Silente, here we have a collection of stories for young witch or wizard, the equivalent of muggle fables for muggle kids (namely un-magic children). And muggle Arianna, my daughter, cannot but appreciate the umpteenth bedtime reading on the Rowling's universe. In fact, she lis

April (Aprilius Maximus)
2020 - I listened to the new audiobook that's narrated by a lot of the actors from the movies and it was INCREDIBLE. There were even sound effects and everything and it was a lovely listening experience. I still love these stories so much and my only complaint is that I wish there were more of them!

2016 - If you know me, then you may know that I've tried to read fairytales from the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, and from the collection of Arabian Nights and have been unable to finish a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Gah! The Tales are awesome and the illustrations are spectacular =) Well, what did you expect with those two! Just gonna leave some pics down below ↓

The one below is a big pull out pic in the book! OMG!

There are tons more but don't y'all think I added enough pics? I do, I'm tired now! Enjoy!

Happy Reading!

Mel ♥
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meta, fantasy
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.
Dec 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, fiction
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
Sean Barrs
This didn’t work at all for me. It felt too gimmicky. It felt like it was trying too hard to be part of wizarding universe rather than actually being part of it. Dumbledore’s notes were here in an attempt to guide the reader though in actual fact they just made the experience much worse. They felt more patronising than anything really.

That being said, it’s a fun attempt to create a foundation for Rowling’s already vast and complex fantasy world. But I don’t think it needs it. If you look at Tol
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I actually started this a few nights ago and would read one story each night but completely forgot to add it to my currently reading shelf! I absolutely loved these stories, as well as Dumbledore's commentary. I learned some new things, and connected a few others. They were such a phenomenal addition to the books, especially Deathly Hallows. I will forever love The Tale of the Three Brothers, and it will always be a classic tale for me. I can't believe how much effort J.K. Rowling put into every ...more
C.G. Drews
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my very first time reading this one! And may I just say that the illustrations (by Chris Riddell) are the absolute best. I stared mostly at them. Like hm, yes, the fairy tales were great, bUT THOSE ILLUSTRATIONS. I will forever be disgruntled that not all books of ever are illustrated. The characters' expressions! The detail! the lush double-page spreads! If you're going o read Beedle the Bard, I say 10/10 go for the Illustrated edition. 😍

As for the stories... I'm glad Dumbledore was th
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-pages
Reading a Hogwarts’ library’s book with the fables taken from ancient times, along with the notes and guidance from Dumbledore himself, is a magical feeling beyond explanation.

The five legendary tales in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, took me to the times when I used to hear stories from my grandparents, when I was a kid and they were with me.

Most intriguing thing about the stories was that unlike the heroines in the Disney World, the real-life witches had to do their homework in time, so they c
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard are fairy tales told to young witches and wizards.

Each of them different but captivating and magical. I too read these when I was a kid. I read them over and over and to this day I wish JKR (or should I say Beedle? 😉) had written more. There was a time when I read one the of the stories every night before bed 😂.

Dumbledore's notes are a fantastic addition to the stories. My favourite is the Fountain of Fair Fortune followed by the Tale of the Three Brothers.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
A sense of completion.

"The fairy tales of the wizarding world for the muggle readers."

The tales are what the children of the wizards and witches have grown up reading. I loved the connection this book establishes with the main frame of the story. The tale of three brothers and death no doubt was heard and was fabulous.

What made the book immersing was the moral giving stories that fills the young magical mind with the essence of good and bad. The teachings and controversies drawn from the interpr
Leonard Gaya
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book is an extension (along with many others now!) to the Harry Potter saga. It includes five tales, in the style of the Aesop's Fables and the Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

While le tales themselves (to my knowledge, all of J.K. Rowling's invention, although in part inspired by The Canterbury Tales) are very nicely composed, what is exceptionally smart about this book is the mise en abyme. It goes something like this: these tales were written by a wizard, by the name of
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Such interesting and sometimes also adorable stories! I really enjoyed reading this book and I think I'll never stop laughing about "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump". That title is just amazing!

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Helene Jeppesen
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great and cute addition to the Harry Potter series! Fairy tales from the wizarding worlds which very much look like our fairy tales, but which are unique as well. I especially loved the tales about the hairy heart and the three brothers, and now I'm quite eager to watch the upcoming movie as well :) If you love fairy tales and if you love Harry Potter, I'm pretty sure you're going to love these tales as well! ...more
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008reads
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J.L.   Sutton
“A simple and heart-warming fable, one might think - in which case, one would reveal oneself to be an innocent nincompoop.”

Audible reunites Harry Potter actors for Tales of Beedle the Bard ...

Overall, I enjoyed the accompanying commentary of each tale more than the tale itself. I also liked that it didn't seem to take itself too seriously. 3.5 stars
Emma Giordano
Finished my first book of 2015 and my first book of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon! This was a really great, short, fun book to start off with.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I have owned since 2008 and only just got around to reading. Silly really because at only 110 pages it did not take long to finish!

I thought it was very cleverly done as would be expected coming from this author. The five fairy tales are all interesting in their own right and then the critiques by Albus Dumbledore are delightful. It was interesting to note that part of the proceeds of the sale of this book went to a children's charity. That is pleasing.

I am glad I eventually got a
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library), J.K.(Joanne kathleen) Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book of children's stories by British author J. K. Rowling. There is a storybook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book of the Harry Potter series. Rowling wrote five stories for the book. One, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", is not mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; three others, "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", "The Fountain of
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Elena Salvatore
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, non-ya, novellas
I just love fairytales that takes place in the universe the series originates from but I do wish we get a full,giant story book.

Dumbledoor left Hermione 5 stories with his commentary that we get to read.
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot.
The Fountain of Fair Fortune.
The Warlock's Hairy Heart.
This is a bit creepy but also the one I enjoyed the most reading.
Babbitty Rabbitty and her crackling Stump.
and of course
The Tale of the Three Brothers that we all know and love.

Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a beautiful, special book. Jk never ceases to amaze me with her ability to immerse us all into her vast Wizarding World. I truly enjoyed this book so much, as a huge Potterhead myself, I felt the magic in me for this one hour it took me to finish it. Furthermore, Dumbledore's comments added more to the fantasy, to the imagination, they added a background to the five stories that were told. These five stories, so different from our own Muggle fairytales but also so alike, convey lots of impo ...more
Rinda Elwakil
لمحبي هاري بوتر ، حكايات بيدل الشاعر :)

For the love of Joanne Rowling

For the love of Hogwarts

For the love of Potter-heads

For the love of memories

and for the love of magic..


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Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
Strangely enough, I loved this one a lot more than all the other short stories by Rowling. Perhaps it's because they're actual stories with characters and even moral underpinnings, or perhaps this collection just hit the spot. :)

I enjoyed Albus's voice here, but in the end, I think I simply enjoyed the tales for themselves. Little dark fairy tales. :) I have nothing bad to say about little dark fairy tales. :)
Wow, I was so emotionally invested in this that I genuinely could not put it down.
Dumbledore's notes really make it hard for one (or me) to believe that the Harry Potter world doesn't exist.
Absolutely brilliant!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I always like to hear what Dumbledore has to say.
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