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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

(Hogwarts Library)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  360,145 ratings  ·  13,109 reviews
The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.

Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and reveals sn
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published December 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published December 4th 2007)
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“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.”

The first time I heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was - of course - in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And I laughed out loud, crying and giggling for minutes when I first heard of Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump.

My favourite tale is The Fountain of Fair Fortune. It just warms my heart every single time I read it. It's quite the
(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

Mohammed Arabey
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

عندما يتحول عمل أدبي إلي عالم حقيقي
لايهدف فقط لأمتاعك، وإنما أيضا يحاول خلق عالما أفضل...يغير من شخصيتك وافكارك للأحسن والأجمل
وهذا الكتاب سيشعرك فعلا بهذا العالم العجيب الذي ابتدعته جي كي رولينج
الكتاب مترجم عربيا للقراءة هنا

حكايات بيدل الشاعر هي مجموعة قصص كتبت للسحرة والساحرات الصغار , شهيرة كشهرة سندريللا و الاميرة النائمة لدي الاطفال "غير السحرة"

تتشابه قصص بيدل مع قصصنا الخيالية الشهيرة في ان الخير ينتصر ويكافأ و الشر يعاقب . الا ان هناك اختلاف واضح, في قصصنا الخيالية يكون السحر موجود في اص
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, meta
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.
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aw the feels...
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
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 ♥
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-pages
Reading a Hogwarts' library's book with the fables taken from ancient times in it along with the notes and guidance of Dumbledore himself, is a magical feeling beyond explanation.

With every J.K.Rowling book, before reading it, I instruct my mind that you are holding a brilliant collection in your hand, and so it turns out to be.

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

Most intri
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, favourites
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 any of them because I honestly didn't like the stories and thought they were overly preachy and odd.
This, however, will be the book of fairytales that I read to my future children. I fucking loved it. The stories were a mix of wonder and darkness, of hope and love, and the extra notes from both Dumbledore a
Archit Ojha
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
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
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zuerst einmal muss ich sagen, dass mir die Neuauflage aus dem Carlsenverlag rein optisch schon mal super gut gefällt. Der Inhalt des Buches besteht aus 5 Märchen, an deren Ende jeweils ein Kommentar von Albus Dumbledore folgt. Am besten hat mir natürlich das Märchen von den drei Brüdern gefallen, welches man ja auch schon aus den Filmen kennt (hat es noch jemand außer mir in Hermines Stimme gelesen?!) Für alle Potterheads einfach ein Must-read, welches auch einfach sehr hübsch aufgemacht ist und ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct-dec-08
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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.
Gorgona Grim
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Sa "Pripovestima barda Bidla" susreli smo se u sedmoj knjizi serijala i potom upoznali sa "Pričom o Tri brata". Ova priča je u čarobnjačkom svetu toliko jaka i važna da je iz nje proistekla najveća znana legenda - onaj čarobnjak ili veštica koji uspe da objedini sve tri relikvije smrti postaće nepobediv, a relikvije su ništa drugo do predmeti koje je Smrt dala braći na poklon nakon što su je prevarili.

Odmah moram napomenuti komentare koje ostavlja Albus Dambldor nakon svake od ovih priča, dajući
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
Anne Goldschrift
Ach Albus ♡
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
Rinda Elwakil
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-magic
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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Elena Salvatore
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas, 2016, non-ya
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.

Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Nat Price
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful little book!
I especially enjoyed Dumbledore‘s words of wisdom.
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!
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