“Hope springs forever.”
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a set of five magical fairy tales from the Harry Potter universe. Any of you Harry Potter fans out there should know that this book was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows numerous times, specifically due to the story “The Tale of Three Brothers.” Yes, that story is included, along with four other magic-laced stories which were occasionally mentioned in the Harry Potter series.
Although I’d usually review each story separately, with them being so short, I’m going to just do them all at once. The Tales of Beedle the Bard starts off with “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” an odd story about generosity. Among the four not previously mentioned in entirety, my favorite (and, according to the notes by Dumbledore, the most popular) was “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” a seemingly sad yet beautiful story about three depressed witches who search for the cure to their troubles along with a Muggle knight. The darkest of the five tales, “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” is violent and lacks a happy ending, but still teaches a great lesson. “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” is the last of the new stories featured in the book, which tells of a man who tricks the king into thinking he can be taught magic. And, finally, “The Tale of Three Brothers” is the infamous tale featured in the final book of the Harry Potter series about three brothers’ encounter with Death. It is the story that sparked the theory of the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was only about a hundred pages, which made it easy for me to sit down and read it all in one sitting. But, being a huge Potterhead, I may have only liked the book for its connection with the entire franchise. So, make of that what you will, but in my opinion, J.K. Rowling couldn’t have done a better job giving us insight into the childhood of magical families and giving us more information on the famous book that helped Harry Potter learn about his ancestry.
Before I go, I’d like to give a big happy Thanksgiving to everyone, just in case I don’t get to write to you all again before Thursday. And go crazy, any of you Black Friday shoppers! 🙂