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Old December 4th, 2008, 7:57 pm
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard: General Thoughts

I haven't read it yet so I don't actually have any general thoughts


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I picked the book up at lunchtime and read it in the shop's cafe in about half an hour!

I really enjoyed them ; they were written in a genuine "fairytale" style, I thought. And I loved Dumbledore's notes!

But I have to say that I loved them because they were from the world of Harry Potter, not really for themselves ; it was a final taste of the magical world. And to read Dumbledore's witty words, knowing that his character was dead in our minds, was poignant.

The best bit for me? Discovering that McGonagall took over as Headmistress of Hogwarts! YAY! Go Minny!


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I picked the book up at lunchtime and read it in the shop's cafe in about half an hour!

I really enjoyed them ; they were written in a genuine "fairytale" style, I thought. And I loved Dumbledore's notes!

But I have to say that I loved them because they were from the world of Harry Potter, not really for themselves ; it was a final taste of the magical world. And to read Dumbledore's witty words, knowing that his character was dead in our minds, was poignant.
Hey no spoilers! But yay anyways


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This thread and subforum is especially made for people who have read the Tales. Therefore they can spoil as much as they like

So spoil and discuss away!


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Re: The Tales of Beedle the Bard: General Thoughts

*isn't planning to buy - yet - so is coming here for spoilers *

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The best bit for me? Discovering that McGonagall took over as Headmistress of Hogwarts! YAY! Go Minny!
I thought Jo said earlier she didn't

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To be honest I don't think I am going to bother. For me the Harry Potter series finished with DH and I think I would prefer to leave it that way. The only exception would be if Jo does decide to go ahead with an encyclopedia but I'm not that fussed about the Beadle the Bard


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This thread and subforum is especially made for people who have read the Tales. Therefore they can spoil as much as they like

So spoil and discuss away!
Oh, I thought it said no spoilers Sorry, my bad.


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The best bit for me? Discovering that McGonagall took over as Headmistress of Hogwarts! YAY! Go Minny!
I thought Jo said earlier she didn't
JKR said that, nineteen years later, McGonagall had retired from the Headmistress position:
Vieira, Meredith. "JK Rowling One-On-One: Part One." Today Show (NBC) , 26 July 2007MV: Okay. Number one, 19 years later, who's the headmaster at Hogwarts?

JKR: Well, it would be someone new. Erm, McGonagall was really getting on a bit. So someone completely new. But if I ever do the encyclopedia, I'm promising I will give details.

I very much enjoyed Beedle. It was, as JKR says, therapeutic for my Harry Potter obsession. I was glad to see she carried the same wit and humor the series possessed into the tales, as well as the extra information we received. I believe she did a fabulous job with these stories, which are just as good to read to one's children as our Muggle favorites.


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Well, we got some new bits of info, didn't we? Lol, Professor Kettleburn ... I bet people had been wondering about how he lost all those limbs ... turns out it wasn't from his beasties after all!


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I liked Albus' commentary, except for the first, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot. For some reason, I found it confusing.

I enjoyed the backstory, hearing from Brutus Malfoy, the origin of Lucius' ill-will toward Albus, Aberforth's favorite fairy tale (Grumble the Grubby Goat), how many limbs Professor Kettleburn had remaining.

On another forum, someone purchased the collector's edition and there were errors in the book. My standard edition is just fine. I thought it was going to be a paperback. I was pleasantly surprised with the hard cover and the beautiful artwork.

My favorite was The Fountain of Fair Fortune and, of course, The Deathly Hallows. The Warlock's Hairy Heart was good with an obvious moral. The other two Tales seemed forced.

Well worth the price and a worthy addition to my collection.


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My favourite was The Warlock's Hairy Heart. It was just like a Grimms fairytale, nice and gruesome!


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Oh my God, I absolutely adored this book. And good thing too, because I went through utter hell to get it ASAP (the abridged version: got up early to go to B&N before school, found out it doesn't open till 9, tried to go out during lunch to get it, was informed unvoiding my ID is a lengthy process and might be done by tomorrow, had my friend go out during lunch and actually get it. the moral of the story: don't release HP books on Thursdays)

Anyway, I don't know what I liked more, the tales themselves (which were nothing short of brilliant), or DD's commentary. Imagine, a musical at Hogwarts! WB should make a movie of that, it just has so much potential!


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Re: The Tales of Beedle the Bard: General Thoughts

I really enjoyed the book. JKR is a great story-teller, I could never come up with stuff like that. It flowed so easily. They were exactly like real fairy tales.

I really loved Dumbledore's notes as well. They made me smile a couple of times.


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I had so much fun reading the stories! I love children's lore anyway so it was really fun to read.

I have to admit though, my dog destroyed one of my slippers just the other day and I was grouching at her asking her what I would do with ONE slipper? (like she would answer, she's a dog...) Anyway, I was nearly in tears at the end of Hopping Pot laughing so hard about the one slipper.

All in all, I was very pleased and it slightly appeased my obsession for a while.


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Not exactly a long read. I noted the reference to Hector Dagworth Granger in Dumbledore's notes - presumably a relation. Has anyone checked on the wandlore (p167) against the characters wands?


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Has anyone checked on the wandlore (p167) against the characters wands?
I was wondering about that too, although I haven't checked.

I enjoyed them. My favourite was the fountain of Fair Fortune. I couldn't read The Three Brothers without hearing the trios commentry though

I found Dumbledore's notes interesting too.


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Not exactly a long read. I noted the reference to Hector Dagworth Granger in Dumbledore's notes - presumably a relation.
Yes, I noticed that. I'm assuming that isn't a "Mark Evans" but a reference to the ancestor from whom Hermione got her magical gene.


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Actually Slughorn asked Hermione about it.
HBP, chapter 9'Granger? Granger? Can you possibly be related to Hector Dagworth-Granger who founded the Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers?'
'No, I don't think so,sir. I'm Muggle-born, you see.'


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I only read a bit in the book yet (got it from amazon today), but so far my impression is good. I like that there are these remarks by Dumbledore and JK's notes. Don't know if I'll find many new stuff yet, but it looks fine.

I got the cheaper version since I liked that one better anyway. Ok, and since I'm not thrilled enough to pay so much for the other one.


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I read it on the train today and had a really good time. I particularly enjoyed Dumbledor's comments, do you know if they were in the original, handwritten version?


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