Good day, people of the universe! You might have known my blog previously as angiethebookguide.wordpress.com but sadly that no longer exists. Hence the inspired idea for me to begin myliteraryfantasia, a new, perky yet fluid compilation of books I’ve been reading and stuff I’ve been writing.
For today, I have chosen the recently purchased blue hardcover, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling in collaboration with The Children’s Voice and Lumos. The book in itself is quite thin for a Rowling publication, but this can be excused on the grounds of being a children’s storybook.
The book, so it seems, has been translated from its original Runic by none other than Hermione Granger, which adds familiarity to what otherwise would have been just a clueless supplementary hardback. There are five tales that the wizarding community has grown up with, including “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”,”Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”,”The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” (a slightly gruesome one for more mature readers and listeners),” The Fountain of Fair Fortune” and of course the most renowned, “The Tale of the Three Brothers” which goes on to become a significant figure in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (spoiler).
Each story has been designed keeping in mind the era in which Beedle lived, and the characters are, though often superfluous and maniacally egoistic, quite interesting little players in the game. You chance across tales of burnt love, encounters with Death, disgusting maladies and racial ( or to be more accurate, blood-status- related) enmity.
However, none of these can truly match the hilarity of Albus Dumbledore’s often helpful footnotes, which enable you to glimpse into the charming and wild history of magic. The notes he has made at the end of every chapter add depth and integrity to what might have become nothing more than a fanciful flipshop of toddler tales. The characters portrayed in every story range from unattainably ideal to good ol’ mistake-makers like you and me, and each story carries a moral.
Overall, I enjoyed reading it the first time and would gladly keep it on my shelf as a connoisseur of wizarding knowledge and a true Potterhead. This book is absolutely essential if you, like me, cannot imagine life without this fine alternate reality to fall into. [Note to Ms Rowling: Exemplary job. ]
Now, a brief review:
- Rating: 7.5/10
- Age rating: Depends on your reading level. Or your child’s. Preferably 9+
- Genre: Fantasy
- Price: 7.99 pounds/ $11.47/ Rs 550 sold separately
- Author: JK Rowling
- Publisher: Bloomsbury
Thank you so much for reading this, fellow literary enthusiasts, bibliophiles, bibliomaniacs and all-round bookworms.
Expect to see more posts soon!
-The Nerdy Snickerdoodle