Book Review - The Tales of Beedle and Bard by JK Rowling | Blushing Geek

Book Review – The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling | Blushing Geek

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Published on December 4th 2008 by Arthur A. Levine Books
Series: Hogwarts Library
 Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 111
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.


After I finished the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, a friend of mine then suggested that I should read this book first so I could fully understand the 7th book. I’ve finished all 6 books in the series for only 12 days even if I was so busy at work, so I wouldn’t mind waiting for another day to read the 7th book.

When I was about to start this story and just browsing the cover, I really felt that I was reading a book from the Hogwarts’ library. Why’s that? Because when I was about to go to the introduction, I read a certain part saying, Hermione Granger was the one who translated it and then Dumbledore was doing the commentary. Reading that part, I was really amazed. It makes me feel that Hogwarts and the world of magic is real! 

I didn’t read the synopsis of this book, so I don’t know what to expect. Well, actually, I expected this book to be as thrilling as the books from the Harry Potter series, but was then introduced to a soft and seems like a fantasy-enriched book for kids. So when I reached the first story, I was kinda surprised! Yep, this book comprises 5 short stories. Well, actually, for me, I think it’s a fable. A story that will give us a lesson. Why did I say that? Well, it’s obvious because of Dunbledore’s notes about each of the stories. His notes are mainly about explaining what you can learn on each of the stories. It was quite surreal for me too because I’ve got to feel like Dumbledore’s still alive. 

I can’t really say that you need to read this book first before pursuing the final book of the Harry Potter series, but I’ll mention that out when I finally read the 7th book for I’m sure I’ll know at that time. Well, thinking about it now, I guess it’s a great idea. You see, I was sobbing so hard because of Dumbledore’s death in the 6th book and I guess it’ll make me feel more horrible if I go directly to  the 7th book. At least now, I’ve got some distraction plus I’ve got to read something from Dumbledore. So yep, I’m finally ready to read the final book, *wink.

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7 years ago

This was such a fun addition to the series and one I’m so glad we got. So happy you are reading all of the books and really liking them!

7 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Hehe, yeah. I’m sort of addicted with this series that I can’t get enough of it 🙂

7 years ago

I haven’t read this one!

7 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

It’s quite a great read, and if you love the Harry Potter series, you might love this too 🙂

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I still need to read this one. It’s been so long since I read the series that I can’t remember how it added to the next book in the series. Fun review, Vanessa!

7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Thanks Sophia Rose 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
7 years ago

So glad this was able to add even more life to the series for you. Great review. 🙂

7 years ago

Thanks Angie 🙂

Lover Of Romance
7 years ago

oh I definitely need to add this one to my collection. I haven’t read it yet but I just love this series.

7 years ago

Yay! Looking forward to your review then 🙂

Kristen Burns
7 years ago

I didn’t even know this book existed, but that’s so cute how it talks about it being translated by Hermione and everything! I can definitely see how that’d make you feel like you’re actually a part of the HP world and how that would make the book more fun. Great review 🙂

7 years ago
Reply to  Kristen Burns

Awww, thanks Kristen 🙂

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