By J.K. Rowling
The fables in this collection are the classic childhood stories of witches, wizards, and other magical folk. These stories impart life lessons about the importance of showing respect to others, understanding personal limits, the benefits of teamwork, and a whole range of other topics. Emphasis, of course, on how magic makes these issues much more complicated. This most recent edition is a revised translation from ancient runes by Hermione Granger, and includes insightful reflections from Albus Dumbledore at the end of each story. Dumbledore’s notes trace the history of the tales, shedding light on how they might have originated and how they have been skewed over time by the politics of Muggle-wizard relationships. Throughout, J.K. Rowling adds footnotes to clarify certain terms and events for Muggle readers. Though these stories developed in the wizarding world, magical and non-magical folks alike can benefit from the lessons conveyed here.
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling is so ridiculously clever I don’t even know where to begin. Not only does this story enhance the original Harry Potter series by giving more background to the story of the Three Brothers (from the seventh book), but it builds on and reinforces the entire premise of an alternate magical reality. By presenting a revised translation from Hermione and notes from Dumbledore, Rowling relies on the foundation created in the Harry Potter series while simultaneously adding depth and authority to the world of wizards. There multiple and overlapping levels of story layered into these fables are beautiful beyond words.
In case you couldn’t tell by now, I absolutely love this book. As a proud Harry Potter fanatic, I geeked out the entire time reading this story. It broadens the world of Harry Potter without recycling any aspects of the original series, which makes it astonishingly innovative while still adhering to canon. It is everything wonderful (and entirely to be expected) from J.K. Rowling. Well worth the read!