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The Tales of the Beedle the Bard – Books Review

Posted by Saipradeep on December 18, 2008

For the hype it created in the hearts of Harry Potter fanatics, “The Tales of the Beedle the Bard” is an absolute disappointment. It is no way in standard to any of the Harry Potter books and is definitely far from matching any of children’s story book written by Enid Blyton. I am sure was utterly shocked after they made a winning bid of £1.95 million ($3.98 million) for the one of the seven limited edition of this book that was hand written and illustrated by J K Rowling and auctioned in late 2007. Thank fully that money was used for a good cause and given to The Children’s Voice Charity campaign run by the author herself along with MEP Emma Nicholson.

Beedle the Bard was released to the public on the 4th of December 2008. Just over a 100 pages, the book is of five short stories, all of wizarding background. One of the five is “The Tale of the Three Brothers” which plays a pivotal plot in the final book of Harry Potter, “The Deathly Hallows”.

For the size of the book and its contents, I definitely feel that it is over priced. It definitely did not have the flair of any of the Harry Potter books and it did little to drag me to read it completely. After the first story, I had to force myself to go to one story after the other, just to have enough feel to complete this review. From my perspective, this book is a definite let down for the hardcore Harry Potter fans. You can definitely buy this book, if and only if you have a burning feeling to have all books associated with Harry Potter.

The only solace that I can take is that, the profit from the sale of this book is again being contributed to “Children’s High Level Group“. Current standing of the sales profit is over £4M.


3 Responses to “The Tales of the Beedle the Bard – Books Review”

  1. Vani said

    Nice write up! Though I am an ardent fan of JK Rowling I couldn’t convince myself to buy this book because of its monstrous price.The publishers should show some concern towards the readers. looking forward to read this book.

  2. saipradeep said

    Thanks Vani… Good luck with the book 🙂
    Let me know if you like it…

  3. Vyas said

    Ooohh….I didnt know the book wuz up 4 sale for commoners. But..judging by the exorbident price..I think I’ll pass.

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