J. K. Rowling has written five fairy tales with wit and imagination. Each tale reveals a
lesson: that strength can be gained through trusted friendship, that redemption is gained
through the power of love ("Wizard of the Hopping Pot"), and that true magic exists in the
heart of all of us ("The Warlock’s Hairy Heart").
Added to the tales is Professor Dumbledore, whose wizard's perspective allows today's
readers to place the tales in the context of the 16th century Muggle society. He also
includes tidbits of the history of magic wands and comments on the Dark Arts and their
These tales give lessons for both parents and children. The stories are accompanied
by pen and ink illustrations by Rowling.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a wise and delightful addition to the Harry Potter series.
Highly recommended...not to be missed.