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“The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

Here’s one book by JK Rowling that won’t sell a gazillion copies.

A set of fairytales mentioned in the final Harry Potter novel, which have been handwritten and illustrated by JK Rowling, are to be auctioned off to raise money for a children’s charity.

The author has handwritten and illustrated just seven copies of the Tales Of Beedle The Bard.

It is her first work since the last Harry Potter book was published in July.

While one copy will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London next month, the others will be given away by Rowling to those most closely connected with the Potter books.

Her agent? Someone at the publisher? Daniel Radcliffe? Melissa from The Leaky Cauldron? I can say with some confidence that I am not on that list.

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard played a central role in the seventh book about the boy wizard, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

Only one of the five fairytales, The Tale Of The Three Brothers, is recounted in the book.

Now for the first time, Rowling is revealing the four remaining untold stories which make up the set.

They are The Fountain Of Fair Fortune, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart, The Wizard And The Hopping Pot, and Babbitty Rabbitty And Her Cackling Stump.

Rowling said: “The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years.”

The aforementioned Leaky Cauldron has more. One presumes that a non-handwritten version will hit the bookstores presently, but the AP version of the story makes it seem like that may not be the case. It also mentions that Rowling is back at work:

Rowling said she was working on a new book, “a half-finished book for children that I think will probably be the next thing I publish.”

One way or another, she’ll be back in bookstores.

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  1. Jamie says:

    I think it’s great that she’s written a new book that’s so closely connected to the Harry Potter series, but a shame that only seven people will have a copy. It’s a bit of a kick in the mouth to the fans that have read the “7 Harry Potter” books countless times and know them nearly off by heart. Why not have photocopies or scans of The Tales of Beedle the Bard made into a book so the fans, the ones that make her all her money, get to read them too? At least she wouldn’t have to hand write every page…

    Thus, as it stands I really have only three words left to say: “Sic Semper Tyrannis!”