The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J. K. Rowling
This is a sort of bonus book of short stories that I believe was written to sustain interest in the Harry Potter books as the later tomes were produced. As it happened, I didn’t read this book or the other stand alone (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) until now.
So few stories! Five is not nearly enough for someone who likes new fairytales. I think the first (The Wizard and the Hopping Pot) is very similar to the wizards in Enid Blyton’s stories for children and the second (The Fountain of Fair Fortune) is definitely based on something I am familiar with, although I can’t think of which at the moment. ‘Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump’ reminds me a bit of the Emperor’s New Clothes, where the king is so dumb he doesn’t realise what he is being sold for. Finally, ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ is very familiar, but again, I can’t remember where from!
These are a lovely collection of children’s tales. Nothing upsetting, even for Muggles. I think that the highlight of these tales is the insight we get into the character of Dumbledore. It’s so nice to have a little more of him after so much focus on Harry.
It’s hard to say much about these because they are so short. A worthy addition to any Harry Potter lover’s bookshelf. I appreciate that this was a charity book – good on Rowling for trying to share her million with those millions that don’t have anything.
I guess people obsessed with the Harry Potter series will love this no matter what age they are. Really they are most age suitable for children, but people of any age could enjoy them. They don’t pretend to be anything too complicated, although of course there are some moral stories. But nothing too complicated!