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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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A Minty copy of the first printing of the first edition from 2008.

From the publisher:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: -The Wizard and the Hopping Pot -The Fountain of Fair Fortune -The Warlock's Hairy Heart -Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump -The Tale of the Three Brothers.

The stories are accompanied by delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by Ms.Rowling herself, featuring a still-life frontispiece for each one. Professor Dumbledore's commentary -- apparently written some eighteen months before his death -- reveals not just his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, but also more of his personal qualities: his sense of humor, his courage, his pride in his abilities, and his hard-won wisdom. Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas deMimsy-Porpington (or "Nearly Headless Nick"), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a "hairy heart." But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life. But not only are these tales the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.


J. K. Rowling

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket


J. K.

Publishing Information

New York
Arthur A. Levine Books

Physical Description

8.5 inches
5.75 inches
xvi, 114 pages
black & white illustrations
pictorial boards