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“Fantastic - a wonderful trip back to the Harry Potter world. Dumbledore's notes were amazing - I found myself laughing out loud at certain parts. J.K is superb - worth the purchase as the proceeds are donated to the Children's High Level Group.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I thought this would be my least favourite of the three charity specials produced by JK Rowling to accompany the Harry Potter series. The part this plays in the final book has always been a bit weird to me, but this was only short so it wasn’t too much of an investment to take an hour and indulge in some fairy stories.
The real gems are the notes after each story by Dumbledore, his thoughts on how the stories came into being, how much truth is in them, and how they reflect the wizarding world in “reality”. A good fairy tale always has a moral at the end, but these magical tales have rather different morals than we are used to.
Overall, I liked this more than I thought I would, and it was nice to see another glimpse of how life after Dumbledore is faring at Hogwarts.”
“Short stories of wizard lore in the Harry Potter world.”Arianna wrote this review Thursday, April 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a fun and interesting book.”3 Eve wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first book I read in 2013. I loved it!”/-\ /\/ |) '/ wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This short book contains five tales that are know throughout the wizardry world but were never know to the Muggle population. Just like the original Grimm's tales, these tales were meant to teach a lesson to the young person hearing it while sometimes containing violence and a not-so-sweet ending.
I love fairy tales and folklore and I did enjoy the tales themselves. What drove me batty were the footnotes in Dumbledore's commentaries. I'm sure it's just a personal pet peeve, but it really diminished the overall feel of this book for me. ”
“After the death of Professor Dumbledore a set of notes regarding the Tales of Beedle the Bard, who lived during the 15th century), were found along with a translation of the Bard's tales written by Hermoine. The 5 stories are very much like fairy tales that most people are used to however these feature witches and wizards and of course Muggles. The main themes are love, tolerance and acceptance that true magic lies in everyone. Dumbledore's notes give great detail to the stories as well as a brief history of wands, potions, beasts and wizardry. The last story of the 3 brothers seemed familiar; maybe it was in one of the Harry Potter books or one of the movies. The 3 brothers confront Death while crossing a river and as they did not drown Death gives each of them their greatest wish. This first desires a wand that cannot be beaten, the second wishes to revive the dead and the 3rd asks for the cloak of invisibility. Of course Death quickly tricks the first 2 brothers and they die at a fairly young age while the 3rd brother, while wearing the cloak, lives to a ripe old age as Death cannot find him. Rather clever! No doublt Harry Potter fans will enjoy this short YA book.”Ellen R wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting tales! Very enjoyable! ”DLambert wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cool addition to the series.”Amaya wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a very fast and delightful read. It made me a bit melancholy because it brought back into the universe of Harry Potter and Wizarding, and I know that JKR has declared she will not right any more about it. She had little tidbits in here that really left me longing. It also made me sad about Dumbledore all over again.”nickaholic23 wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No