Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

This collection of five fairy tales from J.K. Rowling's fictional wizarding world is a charming addition to the Harry Potter canon. It continues the whimsical feeling found in the early Harry Potter volumes; a feeling readers may begin to connect with childhood in the wizarding community. It's easy to imagine Mrs. Weasley reciting the stories to her children at bedtime.

Albus Dumbledore's commentary on the stories is almost better than the stories themselves. Dumbledore's trademark humor is evident in nearly every paragraph. There are any number of books on Muggle shelves in which scholars attempt to analyze the themes of fairy tales and fantasy stories, and it only seems fitting that the same sort of book should be found on Wizard shelves as well.

This book was an excellent foray into Harry Potter's world. I can only hope that Ms. Rowling will choose to write another such addition at some point in the future.

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