review: the tales of beedle the bard

12 12 2008

I didn’t pre-order my copy or rush out as soon as the stores open as most self-respecting Harry Potter fans must have, but I did go out the day it was published – a bit later in the day as I kind of forget it came out that day until the Artsy Mama reminded me – and picked up a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.  I didn’t read it in one gigantic gulp though, as I could have easily done.  Instead I spread it over about a week, reading one story and commentary at a time.

I enjoyed it very much and my one compliant is that I would have liked more – much, much more.  I enjoyed re-immersing myself in the worlds J.K. Rowling is able to create and I would have enjoyed venturing much deeper into this fairy-tale land with more stories.

I enjoyed all of the stories in different ways, but parts that particularly stood out to me was the cleverness of Babbitty Rabbitty, the harrowing tales of the Warlock’s Hairy Heart and the message behind “The Tale of the Three Brothers” (the story that was featured in Deathly Hallows). Dumbledore’s voice and wit came through loud and clear and I thoroughly enjoyed the footnotes and I must admit it made me eager to return to that tradition on my blog.

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