The Info List - The Tales Of Beedle The Bard

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THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD is a book of children's stories by British author J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
. There is a storybook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows , the last book of the Harry Potter
Harry Potter

The book was originally produced in a limited edition of only seven copies, each handwritten and illustrated by J. K. Rowling. One of them was offered for auction through Sotheby's
in late 2007 and was expected to sell for £ 50,000 (US$77,000, €69,000); ultimately it was bought for £1.95 million ($3 million, €2.7 million) by Amazon, making the selling price the highest achieved at auction for a modern literary manuscript. The money earned at the auction of the book was donated to The Children\'s Voice charity campaign.

The book was published for the general public on 4 December 2008, with the proceeds going to the Children's High Level Group (renamed Lumos in 2010).


* 1 In the Harry Potter
Harry Potter

* 2 Publication history

* 2.1 Handmade edition * 2.2 Auction * 2.3 Public editions

* 3 Synopsis

* 3.1 Overview * 3.2 "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" * 3.3 "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" * 3.4 "The Warlock\'s Hairy Heart" * 3.5 "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump" * 3.6 "The Tale of the Three Brothers"

* 4 Reception * 5 Live show * 6 References


The symbol of the Hallows found in "The Tale of the Three Brothers"

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
first appeared as a fictional book in J. K. Rowling's 2007 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows , the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series. The book is bequeathed to Hermione Granger
Hermione Granger
by Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore
, former headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . It is described as a popular collection of Wizarding children's fairy tales , so that while Ron Weasley is familiar with the stories, Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and Hermione Granger had not previously heard of them due to their non-magical upbringing.

The book Hermione receives in Dumbledore's will is a copy of the original edition of the fictional book. It is described as an ancient-looking small book with its binding "stained and peeling in places". In the novel it is also said the book has a title on its cover, written in embossed runic symbols.

The book acts as the vehicle for introducing the Deathly Hallows to the trio. Above the story "The Tale of the Three Brothers", Hermione Granger finds a strange symbol which later is revealed by Xenophilius Lovegood to be the symbol of the Hallows. The triangle from the symbol represents the Invisibility Cloak , the circle inside the triangle symbolises the Resurrection Stone , and the vertical line represents the Elder Wand .

These three objects are also mentioned in the story itself (see below ), and are said to belong to the Peverell brothers , who are later revealed as being both Voldemort's and Harry Potter's ancestors. Towards the end of the novel, Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore
also confirms Harry's connection to the Peverells, and states that the three brothers might in fact have been the creators of the Hallows.

The introduction (written by Rowling) to the publications released in December 2008 mentions that the fictional character Beedle the Bard was born in Yorkshire
, lived in the 15th century, and had "an exceptionally luxuriant beard".


Rowling started writing the book soon after finishing work on the seventh Harry Potter
Harry Potter
novel. During an interview with her fandom she also stated that she used other books as a source of inspiration for the tales. More specifically, "The Tale of the Three Brothers", the only story included entirely in The Deathly Hallows, was inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer
's "The Pardoner\'s Tale " from The Canterbury Tales .


Originally The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
had only been produced in a limited number of seven handmade copies, all handwritten and illustrated by the author herself. The books were bound in brown morocco leather , and decorated with hand-chased silver ornaments and mounted semiprecious stones by silversmith and jeweller Hamilton "> The Moonstone edition of the book was auctioned in December 2007.

The 157-page "Moonstone edition" of the book was first put on display prior to bidding on 26 November in New York and on 9 December in London. The book was auctioned 13 December 2007, at Sotheby\'s in London. The starting price was £30,000 ($62,000, €46,000), and originally it was expected to sell for approximately £50,000 ($103,000, €80,000). The closing bid far exceeded all prior projections, as ultimately the book was purchased by a representative from London fine art dealers Hazlitt Gooden and Fox on behalf of Amazon , for a total of £1.95 million ($3.98 million, €2.28 million). This was the highest purchase price for a modern literary manuscript at that date. The money earned at auction later was donated by Rowling to The Children's Voice charity campaign.

printed a forty-eight-page promotional catalogue for the auction. The catalogue featured illustrations from the book, as well as comments from J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
on The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The catalogue was sold as a collector's item, and the money from the sales also has been donated to The Children's Voice.

Another copy of the same book was put into auction on November 2016. It was auctioned for £ 368,750 on 12 December 2016. The book was auctioned by Sotheby in London. The book is a leather bound manuscript decorated with Rhodochrosite (A precious stone) and a silver skull. The copy does have a note by Rowling to Mr. Cunningham as follows “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell … THANK YOU.” She has also added a note about the stone as “traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life”.


US cover of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

On 31 July 2008, it was announced The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
would also be made available for the public, in both standard and collector's editions. The book was published by Children\'s High Level Group and printed and distributed by Bloomsbury , Scholastic , and Amazon.com
. The decision was taken due to disappointment among Harry Potter fans after it had initially been announced a wide public release was not intended.

Similarly to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
and Quidditch Through the Ages (two other books mentioned in the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
novels that have also been printed) the standard and collector's editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
feature commentary and footnotes from Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts
and one of the main characters of the series. The standard edition also includes illustrations reproduced from the handwritten edition auctioned in December 2007 and the introduction by the author. The limited collector's edition features ten illustrations by J.K. Rowling not included in the standard edition or the original handcrafted edition, as well as an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, and other miscellaneous objects such as replica gemstones and an emerald ribbon.

The book, released on 4 December 2008, was published in the United Kingdom and Canada by Bloomsbury, while the US edition was published by Scholastic, and the limited collector's edition of the book, available in all three countries, by Amazon. The limited edition retailed for £50 ($100, €100), and around 100,000 copies have been printed. The book has been translated into 28 languages. Profits from the sale of the book were offered to the Children\'s High Level Group . Initial sale estimates were roughly £4 million ($7.6 million, €4.7 million); as of January 2010 an estimated £11 million ($17 million, €13 million) were generated from sales for the charity.



Rowling wrote five stories for the book. One, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", is not mentioned in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows; three others, "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", "The Fountain of Fair Fortune", and "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump", receive cursory attention. "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is the only story also included entirely in The Deathly Hallows.


This story is about the legacy of an old man who, in his generosity, used his pot to brew magical potions and antidotes for other people when they needed his help. Upon his death, he leaves all his belongings to his only son, who has none of the virtues his father had. After his father's death, the son finds the pot and a single slipper inside it together with a note from his father that reads, "In the fond hope, my son, that you will never need it".

Bitter for having nothing left but a pot, the son closes the door on every person who asks for his help. Each time he does so, the pot takes on the symptoms of the ones who ask for help, it starts disturbing the son and prevents him from having any peace of mind. This continues until the son finally gives up and provides aid to the town. Upon doing this, the pot's ailments are removed one by one and the son's ordeal finally ends one day when the slipper he received from his father falls out of the pot; he puts the slipper on the pot's foot and the two walk off into the sunset.


In this story, there is a fountain where once per year, one person may bathe to have his or her problems answered. This is how three witches meet. The first witch, Asha, suffers from an incurable disease. The second, Altheda, endures poverty and powerlessness due to a robbery. The third, Amata, is distraught after being left by her beloved. The three witches decide to try to reach the fountain together but along the way, a knight, Sir Luckless, also joins them.

On their path to the fountain, they face three challenges. The first involves a giant worm that demands "proof of pain". The second, a steep slope where they have to bring the "fruit of their labours". The third challenge, crossing a river, requires them to pay with "the treasure of past". Amata passes the challenge by using magic to withdraw the memories of her ex-lover and drop them into the water.

At the fountain, Asha collapses from exhaustion. To save her, Altheda brews an invigorating potion that also cures Asha of her disease and need of the fountain. Altheda realises that her skills are a means to earn money, so she also no longer needs the fountain. Amata realises that washing away her regret for her lover removed her need as well. Sir Luckless bathes in the water, after which he flings himself at Amata's feet and asks for "her hand and her heart" which she happily give