The Tales of Beedle the Bard

by J.K. Rowling

started: January 2, 2018 | finished: January 4, 2018

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is part of the Hogwarts Library series that explored different parts of the Harry Potter universe, this book, of course, exploring the fairy tales, including the story about the deathly hallows which the 7th Harry Potter book was named for. The stories included in this book are “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump,” and, finally, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

I went into this book expecting it to be just simple fairy tales that I wouldn’t get a whole lot out of. What I wasn’t expecting was for each story to be followed by an analysis about the story written by Dumbledore. This bumped up my interest immediately…

…The analysis turns out to be an amusing commentary on fairy tales and fairy tale analysis—how stories change over time, how they reflect the people who tell them, how we use them to teach lessons, how people sanitize stories to protect the children, but end up just watering it down to the point of destroying the original lesson.

The reason I didn’t give character a full star is because, personally, I felt that Dumbledore’s sections didn’t entirely feel like the Dumbledore from the books. Because I can’t really say if this is a narrative choice or just the line between Rowling and the headmaster blurring, I decided it would be better to give the character category 3/4 star.

It’s J.K. Rowling, what more can I say about this part.

Though this book isn’t really a “description” sort of book, I decided to give it a full star because the world building that sat just beneath the stories and the analysis made them feel like they were part of an actual world and not just fluff to make money off of.

(rounded up for goodreads)

I have to admit, I’ve been so cynical about the Harry Potter franchise as of late with every new addition feeling more like cash grabs than actual attempts to broaden and explore the universe and I was expecting it to be cute but not having much substance and end up with three stars, four at most. Thankfully, I was wrong. I was so absolutely wrong.

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