Tales of Beedle the Bard

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  1. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    Well, as a few of you potternuts might know, 6 copies of the legendary wizarding children's books was given to some of JK's friends as a parting gift with Potter and as a personal "thank you" for those who supported her in her recent works.

    A seventh copy (all good comes in sevens, of course) was auctioned at Sotherby's in London on 13 December. It fetched a staggering 1.95 mln pounds (about $4mln) , by Amazon.com. All benefits went to Childrens Voice, JK's charity organisation.

    The bad news is that probably none of us will ever even hold a copy. I can't see any way in which we'll be reading these tales before Rowling dies. The seven handwritten (!) copies are exclusively limited. However, Amazon.com was so nice to post a synopsis:

    Enjoy here, with a small spoiler warning.

    Here you will find Amazon.com's main page on the Tales, with some images of the book. I am dead sure every fantasy fan will chill at the potent "magic" eminating from this book. Worth taking a look at!
     
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    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    I was wrong :(

    Tales of Beedle the Bard is going to be published in December, Rowling has announced! I've read there'll be a limited edition (though not very limited at 100.000 copies) which looks very interesting (to me).

    Sooo...

    which of the stories do you look forward to read?

    There's
    - The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
    - The Fountain of Fair Fortune
    - The Warlocks Hairy Heart
    - Babbity Rabbity and her Cacking Stump
    and, of course

    - The Tale of the Three Brothers.
     
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    Sounds great though I don't think 100000 copies will last long with the amount of Potter fans out there. I wanna read about Babbitty Rabbitty! :D
     
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    wellll... it''ll be £50 or $100 (about... €70?) for the special edition. That's a bit steep, innit - for that sort of money?
     
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    Yep, though I'll bet that 100000 people willing to pay that will be found soon enough.
     
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    I hope there will be some copies in Sweden. But I think ill have to wait for it. It would have been wonderful to live in USA or UK sometimes. But I like it here in sweden. Its to much rain in the UK and to many fat people in USA :p
     
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    I've got the standard edition on my x-mas list. lol. I'd like to read it but I still haven't finished Dealthly Hallows. I haven't had any time lately. Busy busy.
     
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    I've been looking into securing a limited copy. I'm not quite sure though they'll be available beyound Amazon.com (who bought one of the original copies).

    I'm fairly sure they won't ship to anywhere beyond the US and the UK tho. Unless, that is, you import one, that is. And that won't be too hard considering there's a bias towards Amazon in the first place.

    Amazon.co.uk has preorders available of both versions.
     
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    hmmm... for once, TFF seems totally uninterested in a new Rowling release.... remarkable.


    Has ANYONE read it by now?
     
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    I havent but I do plan on getting it at some point.
     
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    Might as well...sometime...
     
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    well, I read it yesterday evening.

    Though I was actually looking forward to this book, I doubt it's worth the 7 euros I payed. It's comprised of 5 short stories, each with notes from Albus Dumbledore and denoted by both JKR and APWBD. There are at least a few new items of interest in the book; like, for isntance, the probable source for Aberforth's fondness of goats. As, by the way, on wand lore, in the notes for The Tale of the Three Brothers.

    The book in itself is written in a rather strange way; the choice of words don't always make for the smoothe story we're used to when readin Rowling. Maybe it's a pitty she opted to have Hermione Granger translate the runes from Albus' original copy; for some reason the stories only make sense to me if I imagine Hermione reading them.

    Dumbledores notes are witty as ever, though at least some of Rowlings every-day frustrations seem to be reflected as well. Still, Dumbledore hints at some unresolved mysteries; even creating some in his own right. But beyond that, I think this is mostly a nice gift to the Rowling adepts, rather then it is as a fairytale booklet...
     
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    I read it an enjoyed it, though it didn't take very long. It's pretty much in keeping with the 'Tales of Beedle the Bard' described in 'Deathly Hallows', although I always imagined there would be more tales (I would even guess that there were more tales in the original concept of the book, but Rowling didn't have time to write more and it would have upped the price of the book without adding much to it). All the tales were quite amusing, and the commentary by Dumbledore was interesting.

    What's different about the special edition ones...?
     
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    I have bought the book a month ago. Its really... well, small XD and its quite expensive (I mean 10 euros for 100 pages (smaller than A5 format!!)) but tales are cute and I enjoyed reading them ^_^
     
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    I have it now, still yet to read it.