I came to acquire J.K. Rowling’s The Tales Of Beedle The Bard quite accidentally. A few days ago, I was browsing through a small bookstall near my place, just like that, when I found a copy of this book, which was on sale for a throwaway price. I don’t usually read much fantasy, but this book tempted me and I picked it up. I read it off and on, and finally finished it. And, I must say, it hasn’t disappointed me.
The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is basically a collection of five tales about the world of magic, fantasy, wizards, witches and wands. It first found mention in the last of the Harry Potter books, the seventh, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. It is a slim book and an easy read, also containing explanations for each story by the famous Aldus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The stories took me back to my childhood, when I was fascinated by stories of witches and magic. I enjoyed reading them a lot, and Albus Dumbledore’s notes gave an almost real feeling to the world of magic, as if such a world actually exists out of the Harry Potter books.
At the risk of offending Harry Potter fans, I would say that I have read only the first book of the series. (I am thinking of picking up the others soon!) Still, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard made sense, as an independent book. I would recommend it to all lovers of fantasy stories.
My rating: 3.5 stars
I read the five stories in this book for the 100 Shots of Short Challenge:
Shot #72: The Wizard And The Hopping Pot
Shot #73: The Fountain Of Fair Fortune
Shot #74: The Warlock’s Hairy Heart
Shot #75: Babbitty Rabbitty And Her Cackling Stump
Shot #76: The Tale Of The Three Brothers
How’s your reading going?