And she’s back. Following up on the unprecedented success of the Harry Potter empire, J.K. Rowling has penned The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Harry Potter fans will recognize the title immediately from Deathly Hallows and there is a lot more familiar territory beyond that as well.
A collection of fairy tales in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, Beedle offers insight into the world Rowling built as well as a batch of new stories in this “Wizarding Classic.” Deceased Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore provides an extensive introduction and Potter classmate Hermione Granger translates the stories so muggles like us can enjoy them for the first time.
Beedle is rich in Harry Potter-ness, a benefit for all those fans ravenous for a fresh fix of Rowling. But for those select few who are not Potter fanatics, this books is still quite an enjoyable, although extremely quick, read. And keep in mind that the net proceeds from the sales of Beedle go to the Children’s High Level Group, a charity founded by Rowling to promote and protect the rights of children around the world.