“No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional. To hurt is as human as to breathe.”
When I was younger, I love to read fairy tale stories like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and other children’s stories. Stories full of magic and enchantment with a “happily ever after” ending. This book is somehow similar to those children stories that I loved to read. The tales are shorter but equally delightful to read. It is a compilation of extra-ordinary fairy tales in the context of wizardry under the precepts of J.K. Rowling’s imagination. A new twist for children stories that may appeal to young children as well as the magic lovers among us.
The book consists of a collection of five imaginative wizarding tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”, “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump”, and “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. Accompanied with delightful-pen-and-ink illustrations done by J.K. Rowling herself. Probably, if you are a reader of the Harry Potter series, you might just have crossed the name of Beedle the Bard somewhere in book seven – The Deathly Hollows – specifically when Harry was trying to solve the puzzle of the Elder Wand. The tales are suitable for younger readers. There is also a commentary from Professor Albus Dumbledore after each tale which I think is better than the stories for the most part.
The tales are simple and not exactly amazing but it is fun, light and easy to read. In these tales, Rowling returns to themes familiar to readers of the Harry Potter series — love, generosity, tolerance, self-reliance, hope, the none reversibility of death and the irreplaceable value of life. Things that isn’t new to the moral universe of the world of Harry Potter.
Overall, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is like a bonus feature, not really necessary to the understanding or enjoyment of the main story, but a nice little extra. If there is one thing special about this book, it would be the fact that the tales teach its readers a moral or lesson right after every story. It contains lessons about the basic realities of life. Little life lessons that we already knew but needed to be reminded.