The new illustrated edition of 2017

Illustrations by: cover: Jonny Duddle, inside: Tomislav Tomic

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is one of the three little books that J.K. Rowling published for the charity Lumos. It is also an excellent proof of the vastness of the Harry Potter universe created by Rowling. The Tales of Beedle the Bard consists of fairy tales from the magical world – equivalents of the muggle princess stories and the like, that we tell to our children. But these stories are dealing with the issues concerning witches and wizards and teaching lessons their children would need to learn. That’s some backstory building, indeed.

J.K. Rowling: the Tales of Beedle the Bard

One of these stories plays a major part in the Harry Potter series – the Three Brothers. The book itself is mentioned in the series too and Albus Dumbledore testaments it to Hermione in the Deathly Hallows. The four other stories are just bonuses to widen our perspectives of the magical world. I’ve read this book several times and I can’t stop admiring how cleverly Rowling has created these tales. They’re similar enough to our classic fairy tales to belong to the same realm, but different enough to be clearly in their own category and truly original tales.

The illustrated edition has also Albus Dumbledore’s comments for each tale, which add a little bit fun and curious details to merit the new publication of this collection. Tomislav Tomic’s black and white drawings fit seamlessly to the style and are a beautiful addition. The Tales of Beedle the Bard goes definitely to my Bookworm’s Wishlist. This little book would be excellent stocking filler…