It was thought that everything was over for Harry Potter fans. All the seven books were released and the story was concluded in HP and the Deathly Hallows in which Harry succeeded in defeating Lord Voldemort. Of course there are two more movies to be released. But the movies do not count for real HP fans who love to read JKR. Rumors spread that HP mania ceased and the hype was over.
But on December 4, 2008, Bloomsbury Publications launched “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by JKR. Of course the bard is not a sequel to hallows but it is written keeping in mind the fact that the very book helped Harry to unlock the secret of hallows.
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a collection of five fairy tales written by a fifteenth century bard bequeathed by Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts to Hermione Granger.JKR has portrayed the book in such a way that Hermione has translated the Ancient Runes .After each tale JKR has added a Dumbledore/s note in which Albus says more about the tale and many other fascinating facts of magic world. Dumbledore and JKR have provided foot notes so that MUGGLES can follow the matter better.
The five tales depicted in the book are namely:
a) The wizard and the hopping pot
b) The fountain of fair fortune
c) Babbitty Rahitty and her cackling stump
d) The warlock and his hairy heart
e) The tail of three brothers depicted in Hallows
All the five stories are fairy tales which contains a moral. Although fairy tales are for kids, The Tale of Beedle the Bard is suitable for all ages. Even those who haven’t read HP books can follow this one.
The collection is a reprint of the tales that Rowling originally hand wrote and illustrated in vellum as a gift for six close friends associated with Potter circle
The other speciality of bard is that unlike the profits from core HP series ,the proceeds from beedle the bard are going to an east European children’s charity chaired by JKR, called the Children’s high level group.
Like all HP books the bard is also a MAGNIFICIENT work of JKR. It certainly is a treat for hp fans all over the world.
Some other facts regarding the bard should also be mentioned.
- The book was not able to create a huge hype like the one created by the previous books especially in the in the Indian cities.
- The lean look of the book has let down many hp fans.
3.The high cost i.e.Rs.599 for a 108 page hard bound edition act as a hindrance
4.Also the unattractive jacket of the book contributes to the unpopularity.
But whatever be the reasons, there is no doubt that real hp fans will certainly get glued to the book. I personally wont say it is a must read but I think it is a worth read for everyone. Three books are available in our school library but one will have to swim across about many feet long reservation list to keep your hands on the book.
BOTTOMLINE:The book, Beedle is not up to the mark.Nothing compared to the core books.