The Tales of Beedle the Bard

August 1, 2008

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Amazon.com recently released pre-orders for J.K. Rowlings latest book The Tales of Beedle the Bard.   They are two editions available:

The Standard Edition

Which is being sold at a pre-order price of $7.59

Order it now to secure this price

Or alternatively

There is also the deluxe collector’s edition

Which is being sold at a pre-order price of $100.00

Order it now to secure this price

All five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Outer case disguised as a wizarding textbook from the Hogwarts library
Exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction
10 new illustrations by J.K. Rowling not included in the Standard Edition or the original handcrafted edition
Velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature
Metal skull, corners, and clasp
Replica gemstones
Emerald ribbon

Plot line from Wikipedia

The Tales of Beedle the Bard also is a plot device in the seventh novel of the Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows, in which it is bequeathed to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore. The book is described as a popular collection of wizarding children’s fairy tales, thus while Ron Weasley is familiar with the stories, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger had not previously heard them due to their non-magical upbringing.

The edition Hermione received in chapter seven in Dumbledore’s will is a copy of the original edition of fictional books in the novel. It is described as an ancient-looking small book with its binding “stained and peeling in places”. In the novel it is also said the book has a title on its cover, written in embossed runic symbols.

The book acts as the vehicle for introducing the Deathly Hallows. Above the story The Tale of the Three Brothers, Hermione Granger finds a strange symbol which later is revealed by Xenophilius Lovegood to be the symbol of the Hallows. The triangle from the symbol represents the Invisibility Cloak, the circle inside the triangle symbolizes the Resurrection Stone, and the vertical line represents the Elder Wand.

After finishing Deathly Hollows, Rowling hand wrote a manuscript for The Tales of Beedle the Bard.   This manuscript was purchased by Amazon.com for 3.98 million.  If you need something to get your Harry Potter fix on now that the series is over, this is your book.

I’ll be maintaining updates on this at beedlebard.net where I originally wrote this post.

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