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

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Titles available in the Harry Potter series (in reading order): Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Titles available in the Harry Potter series (in Latin): Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (in Welsh, Ancient Greek and Irish): Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Other titles available: Quidditch Through the Ages Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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First published in Great Britain in 2008 by the Children’s High Level Group, 45 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3LT, in association with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 36 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QY Text and illustrations copyright © J. K. Rowling 2007/2008 The Children’s High Level Group and the Children’s High Level Group logo and associated logos are trademarks of the Children’s High Level Group The Children’s High Level Group (CHLG) is a charity established under English law. Registered charity number 1112575 J. K. Rowling has asserted her moral rights All rights reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher A CIP catalogue record of this book is available from the British Library ISBN 978 0 7475 9987 6 Mixed Sources

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Introduction The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches. They have been popular bedtime reading for centuries, with the result that the Hopping Pot and the Fountain of Fair Fortune are as familiar to many of the students at Hogwarts as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle (non-magical) children. Beedle’s stories resemble our fairy tales in many respects; for instance, virtue is usually rewarded and wickedness punished. However, there is one very obvious difference. In Muggle fairy tales, magic tends to lie at the root of the hero or heroine’s troubles – the wicked witch has poisoned the apple, or put the princess into a xi

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

hundred years’ sleep, or turned the prince into a hideous beast. In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, on the other hand, we meet heroes and heroines who can perform magic themselves, and yet find it just as hard to solve their problems as we do. Beedle’s stories have helped generations of wizarding parents to explain this painful fact of life to their young children: that magic causes as much trouble as it cures. Another notable difference between these fables and their Muggle counterparts is that Beedle’s witches are much more active in seeking their fortunes than our fairy-tale heroines. Asha, Altheda, Amata and Babbitty Rabbitty are all witches who take their fate into their own hands,...
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