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Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly varied fairy tales, each with its own magical character that will variously bring happiness, glee and the thrill of mortal danger.

Supplementary notes for each story kept by Professor Albas Dumbledore will be adored by Muggles and wizards equally, as the Professor thinks on the morals illuminated by the tales, and tells snippets of information about life at Hogwarts.

This is a devotedly designed little book, perfect to read if you feel the need for a swift ‘Potter fix’. The five fairy tales themselves are well written and pleasing, particularly The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Tale of the Three Brothers. I can easily picture witches and wizards reading these as bedtime stories to their kids in Rowling’s world.

Unfortunately they are very short tales, which feels about the right length for each one, but overall, doesn’t deliver much in the way of reading. This is a very thin volume, just 100 pages, and the majority of which is actually consumed by Dumbledore’s notes after each story. Most of which I felt were needless as they inclined to either explain each fairy tale or provide little material that any Harry Potter fan wouldn’t already know from reading the books. Dumbledore’s reflections also felt, in some places, purely out of character.... enjoy reading

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