Friday, December 12, 2008

Beedle the Bard

Everyone will have to buy two copies anyway, but here goes: This slim and horribly bound volume consists of five stories traditionally read to wizard children, with notes from Albus Dumbledore and J. K. Rowling. The stories follow fairy tale conventions and point out different lessons that wizard children need to know. They don't add much to the Potter tales, but are pleasant enough. There is one funny bit about a Mrs. Bloxam, who bowdlerized the tales, making them "more suitable". (And Wee Willykins kissed and huggled the hopitty pot and promised... never to be an old grumpy-wumpkins again" pg. 19)

Would have liked this more without the commentary but with more tales.

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