Everyone knows about the Harry Potter series. It has sold over 400 million copies worldwide according to Scholastic. J.K. Rowling has also released in conjunction with its playwrights Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the past year. However, not as many people seem to be aware of another one of the Harry Potter books that is actually a big part of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, story line. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of wizarding children’s fairy tales. These tales are the “Muggle”, non-wizards, equivalent of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves or Little Red Riding Hood. Rowling published the book in 2008 for the general public after her original copies were sold for charity.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard of five stories: “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”, “and “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”. Each tale is a delightful extension of the Harry Potter universe. The book is a classic example of what makes the Harry Potter series so wonderful. Rowling’s attention to detail and world building skills gives the reader one of the most in depth looks at a fictional universe ever written.
Some of the stories in the book mirror how the original versions of “Muggle” were written. Most of the fairy tales that we have today are watered down versions of their original forms. The fairy tales’ original endings were not usually quite as happy as we have become accustomed to them being. The same can be said of Beedle’s “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” in which the ending is far from happy but an important lesson is learned, which is the real purpose of fairy tales anyways.
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a wonderful work for the Harry Potter fan because while it does not continue the story of the original heroes from the series, it does give the reader more elements of the world that Rowling created. It is also a great read for someone who is not necessarily a Harry Potter fan because it is still a wonderful collection of fairy tales, which are always enjoyable.
Kaity Moore is a circulation assistant at May Memorial Library. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 229-3588.