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

"Though Death searched for the third brother for many years, he was never able to find him. It was only when he had attained a great age that the youngest brother finally took off the Cloak of Invisibility and gave it to his son. And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life."

I suppose I'm not really the target audience for this book, but I saw it at the library and was curious. I read the Harry Potter books and enjoyed them and thought Rowling's latest collection might provide some new insight to the world she creates in her best-selling series.

The book contains 5 fairy-tale-like stories with commentary by the late Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. The only story with any real bearing on the Harry Potter lore will be the familiar "Tale of the Three Brothers" which is also found in the last book of the Harry Potter series. (It might actually appear earlier, I'm not sure)

In addition, the commentary adds little to the world of Harry Potter as anyone familiar with the series will not need an explanation concerning the animosity between the pure-blood and the muggle-born or the difference between an Animagus and someone who has performed a Transfiguration spell. There's nothing wrong with the book, but there's nothing especially interesting about it either.

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Bluestocking said...

Hello. Per your request at Book Blogs ning I am visiting. I definitely agree with your review. I reviewed this book a couple of weeks ago if you'd like to see my review. You'll have to look in the Archives.

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meg89 said...

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Julia Borsos said...

Hey your review of The Tales of Beedle of Bard was very insightful! It makes me want to pick it up and read it again :P

I wrote a constrasting review of the same book if you would like to check it out!

contrasting review

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