Harry Potter: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Tales of Beedle the Bard Book Will Benefit Children's Charity
Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Just when we were suffering from withdrawal with no relief in site, J.K. Rowling comes through with a new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Sales of the book will benefit Rowling's charity, Children's High Level Group, which helps institutionalized children.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
From handcrafted book to market publication
Harry Potter fans will recall that The Tales of Beedle the Bard was the book left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one of the tales, however, is recounted in the Deathly Hallows.
In late 2007, author J.K. Rowling created seven handcrafted copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Each book of wizarding fairy tales was handwritten and illustrated, bound in leather, embellished with silver and mounted with semi-precious stones. Rowling gave away six copies to individuals and gave the seventh book to her charity, Children's High Level Group (CHLG), to be auctioned. The book was sold at auction in December 2007 by Sotheby's in London for a record-breaking 1.95 million British pounds.
Amazon.com was the high bidder for the handwritten book. The incredible auction price broke the records for auction of a modern literary manuscript, auction of a children's book, and auction of a work by J.K. Rowling when it sold for Â£1.95 million (or approximately $4 million US dollars).
Amazon shared the book with the world at that time by posting pictures on its website and reviews of the tales within, but no one was sure Harry Potter fans around the world would ever get a chance to read the five tales within.
Now Harry Potter fans will have a chance to read all the stories that helped Harry find and destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. The Tales of Beetle the Bard was released December 4, 2008.
The book will include all five tales, including: 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot' and 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump'.
Tales of Beedle the Bard Collector's Edition - Limited edition book is available exclusively through Amazon
Only 100,000 copies of the collector's edition will be sold.
This edition of the book comes tucked inside a case disguised as a wizarding textbook. It includes a reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction and 10 additional illustrations not included in the Standard Edition or the original.
When the case is opened, readers will find a velvet bag in which is contained The Tales of Beedle the Bard complete with metal skull and corners, replica gemstones, and an emerald ribbon.
The book itself will include the five tales from the original The Tales of Beetle the Bard, a new introduction by J.K. Rowling, illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book and commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Tales of Beedle the Bard Standard Edition - Paperback version is within reach of most budgets
The standard edition of the book will be released in hardcover December 4 and will include the five tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard. In addition, the book will include a new introduction by J.K. Rowling, illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book and commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Children's High Level Group
J.K. Rowling's charity will benefit from sales of "Beetle the Bard" book
Children's High Level Group (CHLG) is a nonprofit organization started in 2005 by author J.K. Rowling and Baroness Emma Nicholson MEP to help the 1 million European children living in residential institutions.
According to the CHLP website, "only 4% of these children are orphans, and they are in care because their families are poor, disabled or from ethnic minorities. Many of these children have disabilities and handicaps, but often remain without any health or educational interventions. In some cases they do not receive basic services such as adequate food. Almost always they are without human or emotional contact and stimulation."
The site also says studies of adults who grow up in institutions are much more likely than the general population to have difficulty in adult life, including being:
- 500 times more likely to kill themselves
- more than 100 times more likely to have a criminal record
- 45 times more likely to be unemployed or underemployed
- 30 times more likely to become alcoholics
CHLG "is working to give them a better chance in life through political lobbying; education activities; outreach work in institutions and practical support projects on the ground; and a dedicated telephone and email helpline," according to the charity's website.
Sales from The Tales of Beetle the Bard are expected to raise $8 million for the charity, according to a press release from Scholastic, Inc.
Amazon Photo from the Handcrafted Copy Sold at Auction in 2007
Harry Potter Box Set - Own them all in one set
This hardcover boxed set makes a great gift for Harry Potter fans who might not have the entire series or who have the paperback versions. It contains all seven books: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer'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, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
This boxed set includes all seven books in the Harry Potter series and comes in its own wizard trunk.
Harry Potter Audio Books - Listen to the entie series on audio
Jim Dale won two Grammy awards and was nominated four other times for his reading of the Harry Potter audiobooks. And there's a reason why - he's amazing! If you trip over the strange names for potions while reading the books, need something to listen to while driving a long distance, or simply need a new way to experience these books, you won't be disappointed by the audio version. Jim Dale is undoubtedly the best reader of any audiobook I've ever listened to, and he brings these books to life with marvelous voices for each character.
Collector's Edition or Standard?
Will you pay the extra money for the collector's edition?
JK Rowling Reads from Beedle the Bard
More Harry Potter Books - Harry Potter schoolbooks
If you've read all seven books in the Harry Potter series and need something else to read until The Tales of Beedle the Bard is released in December, this set contains two textbooks used at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages are the same books used by Harry, Ron and Hermione in their wizarding studies, so if you're a Muggle who wants to learn more about the wizarding world, these are the books for you.
J.K. Rowling Interview About the New Book
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