Tales of Beedle The Bard | J. K. Rowling

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The Book

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of wizard children’s tales in the Harry Potter universe. They consist of The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortue, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart, Babbitty Rabbity and her Cackling Stump, and The Tales of the Three Brothers. If you have the Harry Potter books, you might recognise a few of the tales. Or at least their names.

The Good Bits.

– Morals

Like muggle fairy tales, wizarding ones have morals as well. And it’s important to instil good moral fibre into our children. We can then use these stories to teach children important lessons about life.

– Charity

Like most of the Harry Potter expanded universe books (is there a name for these) The Tales of Beedle the Bard was written and published to raise money for a charity. For this one it’s Lumos which is working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children. Now, isn’t that something?

The Not-So-Good Bits

– Length

I read this in about an hour and honestly I would love more. There’s not much by way of not-so-good bits. It’s a childrens book? that’s not really a not-so-good bit but it’s all I”ve got

Thoughts From the Back Cover | The Importance of Universe Expansion

One thing that The Tales of Beedle The Bard does quite well is expand the Harry Potter Universe. It shows us a book in the world and then gives it to us. With the secrecy of of the Wizarding World, this extra book only serves to immerse us further into that world. We might even forget that (spoiler alert) Wizards aren’t real.

Another thing that it does is draw in further readership. Someone might pick this book up first (unlikely given the popularity of ol’ HP but bare with me) and through this novel buy the rest. Some parent might buy this for their kid and then discover Harry Potter through Beedle the Bard. Harry Potter has produced a generation of readers, why can’t it produce the next one as well?

Get Reading. Get Travelling.

Ash

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