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The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Book Review 2018)

Author: J.K. Rowling / Genre: Fiction

Synopsis/Blurb

Based on the universe of Harry Potter, The Tales of the Beedle the Bard are a collection of fairytales for wizard children. Adapted for muggle (non-magical) children, the stories contained within are full of annotations made by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

Overview

When I first learned of Harry Potter and their Wizarding world, my ultimate desire was to have a copy of my own of their many text books. Over the years, J.K. Rowling granted this wish. This is the first of three books of the Hogwarts Collection bundle I got for Christmas. Each book will be given a separate review.

About the Tales

They reminded me very much of our own fairytales where the wicked are almost always punished or the arrogant and greedy learn their lesson the hard way. The Hopping Pot is exactly this type of fairytale.

About the Illustrations

There’s subtle bits of floral art found around the pages. The first page of each chapter contains an illustration, very much like the classical Harry Potter books. A second illustration is found at the middle of each chapter and a third one toward the end. The illustrations were not scattered at random and I thought they fit perfectly with the theme of the book.

The Notes

The notes are written in the manner that Professor Dumbledore would have written them. They inform the reader of information that is not found in the fairytale as well as amusing tidbits from the history of the wizarding community.

“Mrs Bloxam’s tale has met the same response from generations of wizarding children: uncontrollable retching, followed by an immediate demand to have the book taken from them and mashed into pulp.”Albus Dumbledore, Notes on the Hopping Pot

Final Thoughts

A must-have for any Harry Potter fan.

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