Monday, 19 August 2013

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

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

Author: J.K.Rowling

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter's billionaire biographer, was gracious enough to release an annotated, albeit abridged, version of the collection for Muggle public consumption in 2008, a year after the publication of the last installment in her series of books about the life and times of Harry Potter. The public edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard authorized by Rowling is notable for having two of the most important figures from the Second Wizarding War (1995-1998) involved in its development. Hermione Granger, a distinguished Muggle-born alumna of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and a confidante of Harry Potter's, translated the tales from their original runes, while Professor Albus Dumbledore, a former Hogwarts headmaster and Harry Potter's eccentric mentor, provided a delightful and insightful commentary on each of the tales included in this slim collection, with clarificatory, intertextual, and metacritical footnotes appended by Rowling.

And how! In the opening story, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, an irritable wizard inherits the cauldron used by his recently deceased father in getting rid of their Muggle neighbors' many troubles, ranging from dermal protuberances to missing mules. But in refusing to follow suit, turning his back on every suffering Muggle asking for his assistance, the wizard soon faces some troubles of his own in the way the earthenware heirloom grows a metallic foot and seems to sprout and spew physical and acoustic annoyances that are reflective of his discouraged neighbors' woes.

To reveal the ending here and now is scarcely an act of spoiling: it's a predictably happy one, with the wizard skipping alongside the newly slippered pot upon learning a thing or two about tolerance and equality, lessons that are related to the ones imparted on an arrogant Muggle monarch who wants to monopolize magic in the book's penultimate tale, Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump.

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