Audiobook Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library)
by J.K. Rowling

Publication date: December 4th 2008
Publisher: Pottermore from J.K. Rowling


Summary:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

Source: Goodreads


Thoughts:

I’ve finally started reading the Harry Potter books! I’m about half way through at the moment and have taken a break to enjoy another of Pottermore’s library books. Having enjoyed “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” a few months ago, I thought I would like this one too.

“No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional. To hurt is as human as to breathe.”

A collection of stories for the young witch or wizard, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is basically a book of magical fairy tales. The kinds of stories our Hogwarts heroes would have grown up reading.

The stories included are:
1. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
2. The Fountain of Fair Fortune
3. The Warlock’s Hairy Heart
4. Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
5. The Tale of the Three Brothers

Although I didn’t hate it, I can’t say I was a big fan of this book and the stories within it. To be completely fair to the work, I think some of the reason for this is because fairy tales aren’t really intended to be listened to one after the other like a novel, which is exactly how I read it.

Just like “Fantastic Beasts“, I’ve seen that the print copy of this book is beautifully illustrated, which I’m sure would add wonderfully to the stories. But listeners don’t miss out completely as this copy of the audiobook is narrated by actors from the films, complete with sound effects to really immerse the reader in the stories, and I really liked this touch.

Not my favourite, but I am sure I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the series in my childhood, one by one, as intended.

Overall rating: “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is another of Hogwarts’ library books. A collection of magical fairytales, this book wasn’t my cup of tea but had some really nice touches here and there. A 2 star read for me, but I’m sure my younger self would have loved it!

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