Quick Thoughts: “The Tales of Beedle The Bard”

“The Tales of Beedle The Bard” by J. K. Rowling

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

Source: Gift

Summary from Goodreads:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.

Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and reveals snippets of information about life at Hogwarts.

A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author, J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come


  • This is definitely my favorite of the 3 companion books to the Harry Potter series.
  • The creativity of Rowling astounds me. First of all she was able to create the world of Harry Potter, then she was able to write fairy tales from that world, and on top of all that she’s able to write commentary and give history to the fairy tales?! That is seriously impressive.
  • I read this years ago when it first came out. I think I must have only read the fairy tales and skipped the commentary because the comments weren’t familiar to me at all. Big mistake! The commentary was actually really interesting. I’ve become more interested in literature over the years so I always find it fun to look over commentary of my favorite books. It’s great to see other people’s perspectives!
  • The stories were entertaining but definitely a bit short (much like “real” fairy tales).
  • My favorite story is “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

The bottom line? It’s a good companion book. Great for fairy tale fans!

12 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “The Tales of Beedle The Bard”

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  2. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this companion novel. I did read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages in summer 2011, though. I really enjoyed Quidditch. It was quite funny; I love the footnotes.

    I should re-read this one, though.

    • I should really go back and reread those! I remember not enjoying them too much but I had a lot of fun with this book this time around.

      The notes really made this book for me. I need more Dumbledore notes in my life!

    • It is good to hear his voice. I’d really love to have Dumbledore’s commentary on more books from the wizarding world. How awesome would that be?

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