Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J.K. Rowling
Goodreads Rating: 3.77
My Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 112 

I've always been a huge Harry Potter fan, but I have no idea why it took me so long to get my hands on this book. I saw it on my boyfriends bookshelf and devoured it in a few short hours (it took that long because of NCAA). 

Goodreads Synopses:

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 snippets of information about life at Hogwarts. 

A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author, J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come.

My review after the jump.

So this is going to be another short post because this book was super short and they were a collection of stories rather than a story with a plot. This book consisted of five fables and then commentary by Albus Dumbledore. The first story was of a magic pot with a slipper, the next had to do with a magical fountain, another had a hairy heart, and then there was Babbity Rabbity and the most famous story was that of the Deathly Hallows. 

It was hit or miss with the stories. I didn't really like the story about the magic pot that wants to do good. It was cute, but I wasn't my favorite story. The moral of this story was about doing good deeds and helping muggles. My least favorite of all was the story of the hairy heart- a man who was afraid of love so he turned to dark magic and removed his heart. 

I really enjoyed the clever story of Babbity Rabbity-the gullible king and the con artist who try to pull a fast one on a clever witch. It made you laugh which was good and like the other stories it was nice and easy to read. My other favorite story was about the Fair Fountain that provides good fortune to one person a day so long as the person reaches it, but its a sneaky fountain and the four people that make it toward the fountain have to decide who gets to reap the benefits. 

The Deathly Hallows story doesn't even need explaining. Dumbledores commentary on all of the stories was a little dull at some points as it explained how the wizarding world took each of the stories. Perhaps the best explanation was of the Deathly Hallows and how he keeps trying to deny their existence. It was also funny when he talked about the Malfoy's and how their detested each of the stories and their morals.

Its a fun story for fans of any age, and great for people who want to learn even the teensiest about the wizarding world that Rowling created. This along with Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages, you get to learn so much more about that world which is great.

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