Posted in 2020, Audible, Audiobook, children's fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, J.K. Rowling, Short Fiction

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by @jk_rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.


[THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD is a collection of stories written for young witches and wizards]


(Pottermore Publishing, 31 March 2020, 1 hour 35 mins, audiobook, copy from @audibleuk, free with membership for a limited time, various narrators)




I bought a hardback copy of this book when it came out. I’m a Harry Potter freak / uber fan. I was a bit disappointed though. I thought it was just okay and rated it 3/5. The audiobook is much, much better. The stories are brought to life through a variety of excellent narrators. Like the hardback, I enjoyed The Tale of the Three Brothers the most. What makes this stand out from the physical book is the introduction and notes on each story, supposedly from Dumbledore. This is an impressive audio production and I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s well worth listening to if you were disappointed with the book.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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