The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling

No. of pages: 105
Rating: 6/10
Series: Harry Potter (Short Stories)

Synopsis: A very special book of five fairy tales illustrated by the bard herself, including the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered "among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives," the venerable wizard's ruminations on the Tales allow today's readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that "Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles" during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters.

Review: I enjoyed reading the tales, but felt they were a tad too short. The explainations by Dumbledore at the end of each tale was longer than the actual tale itself, and in general I felt the whole book was very small. I would have loved to read more tales from Harry Potter's world and it's a shame she didn't include more than 5. Overall I gave this a 3/5 because I was slightly disappointed by the shortness of everything, but other than that, the tales were enjoyable.


Lindsey said...

Don't we all wish there was MORE of everything Harry Potter lol

Kelly said...

So very very true! :)

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