Nostalgia in The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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


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Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade
Author: J. K. Rowling
Published: December 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 109 {hardback}

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Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing

If ever you needed reminding that JK is the queen of everything fantasy, here you are. I adored this super quick and delightful read. I need the rest of the Hogwarts Library after this, that’s for sure. Nothing beats the nostalgia from reading The Tale of the Three Brothers especially when you imagine Emma Watson reading and the beautiful animation that goes with it.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

This book was beyond adorable. I decided that I needed a quick and light book to read and this was perfect. It’s super easy to read and a lot of fun. It comprises of five different magical fairytales that are almost spin-offs of the ones we know. If you love Harry Potter then you just HAVE to read these! This is obviously a very short book so this is going to be a nice and quick review. The stories are:

The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
The Fountain of Fair Fortune
The Warlock’s Hairy Heart
Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump
The Tale of the Three Brothers

The Wizard and the Hopping Pot

This was hilarious and adorable. This is the story of an embittered son who doesn’t want to take on his father’s legacy of aiding muggles with their ailments. This is perfectly Rowling-fied and UGH – can’t she write an entire massive encyclopaedia of these fairytales.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

This was my second favourite of the entire collection. It’s the story of four desperate people trying to get past obstacles to get to the Fountain of Fair Fortune, which supposedly cures all problems. It’s beautifully witty and can someone please write an entire novel of this? Yes? Thank you.

The Warlock’s Hairy Heart

This is the story of a man who doesn’t want to love, he wants to avoid the perils that come with this and well, you’ll find out what happens. This made me laugh. This is what happens when you hand over a beautiful fairytale like Beauty & the Beast and give it to Rowling. UNEXPECTED HORRIDNESS. Loved it and want more.

Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump

This is the story of a silly king and false sorcerer. You can imagine how it goes. I thought this was very clever. This was very funny and very perfectly Rowling. If ever there was someone who could rival the Grimm brothers, it is her. Someone could easily make this into a full-length novel retelling. PLEASE DO.

The Tale of the Three Brothers

This is the story we all know. The three brothers who conquer death at a bridge and each takes a gift. One takes the Elder Wand, one the Resurrection Stones, and one the Invisibility Cloak. It was amazing and beautiful and GAH. *flails*

Albus Dumbledore

One of the best things about this little book is the commentary from Dumbledore. There are both footnotes and information at the end of each chapter which give you insights into his characters and a solid reflection on the stories themselves. It’s pure brilliance.


You need to read this if you haven’t. That’s all. Just go and read it. It’s pure Rowling, you can’t go wrong.

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 Have you read this? What did you think? 

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End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


13 thoughts on “Nostalgia in The Tales of Beedle the Bard

  1. My 8-year-old daughter read this last week and loved it! Her favorite was the Tale of the Three Brothers, but she won’t talk to me about the book until I’ve read it (she never wants to “spoil” anything for me!).

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    1. This is an excellent plan. I just realised that JK has released a Patronus sorting thing-a-ma-bob on Pottermore!! So I totally did it, guess who got a Ragdoll Cat? *raises hand* What’s yours? And if you’re not on Pottermore, GET.

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