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DECEMBER 9, 2008
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

Please note these cautions before beginning to read Beedle's Tales!  They are more like stories written by the Brothers Grimm than like classic "prince meets raving beauty" fairy tales.  Secondly, they more nearly resemble Aesop's fables, each with a lengthy review attributed to Albus Dumbledore and with illustrations and occasional comments or notes contributed by Ms. Rowling.  "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" rather surprisingly advocates kindness to Muggles, while "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" allows a Muggle knight to be as successful as the witches he befriends.  In "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" we meet a young wizard who makes a heartbreaking choice.  "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump" at last gives the reader a tale featuring a witch who outsmarts a Muggle, but at great cost to herself.  The last story, "The Tale of Three Brothers" is familiar to all Hogwarts fans because of the part it played in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Quickly read, with clear messages in each of the tales, the book will interest Potter fans of all ages.  Those who buy a copy should be aware that net proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Children's High Level Group, a charity cofounded by the author.

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