J.K. Rowling wrote three books to raise money for charities. I’ve already reviewed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and some day I’ll get my hands on the last one, Quidditch Through the Ages. For now though, allow me to review The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, there are four short stories, faerie tales, that center around the wizarding world of Harry Potter. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’re likely already familiar with the last of those four short stories, The Tale of the Three Brothers. This story is pulled straight out of the final book in the Harry Potter series. If you haven’t read that far, you should save reading these faerie tales until after you have. Or else you risk some spoilers.
The other three stories are unique and engaging. They each teach morals (as so many faerie tales do) and they do it in a fun way. You’ll recognize the name of at least one from having read the stories and imaging Ron’s perplexed face when he finds out that Hermoine and Harry have never heard of Rabbitty Babbitty. But the other three I think will be fresh titles and stories for anyone reading this for the first time: The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, and The Warlock’s Hairy Heart. I found each of these stories to be simply delightful, and if I ever have the joy of raising children, I do believe these stories will be read to them as the drift softly to sleep.
I highly recommend this book. It’s short and endearing. I give it a strong 5 star recommendation.
Next up: The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan