2017 Reading Challenge, Book 17 – The Tales of Beedle The Bard

 

Hi, Hey, Hello!

Soooo, I am back with a series of book reviews for the next couple of days because, well they’ve been read and as such they are due a review. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump I guess and so just getting through a book was a bit of a struggle, although I seem to be getting back with it, so I am hopeful that I can continue plodding along with this challenge.

The next book in question is:

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 17, The Tales of Beedle The Bard

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 17, The Tales of Beedle The Bard

Look I am not gonna lie, I bought this so that I could have a complete (and aesthetically pleasing) set of new covers for the Hogwarts textbooks and then when I received it (and the Quidditch one) I remembered that I never actually read them, so it was a win win in the end.

This is basically a collection of short stories that are told to wizard children and are pretty much like wizard fairy tales. To just sum it up in a sentence. As it is a series of short stories I am just going to go through them as they are and say what I thought about them individually (there aren’t that many, it’s a short and sweet little book).

The Wizard and the Hopping Pot – This was maybe my least favourite of the stories in this. I can’t tell you why, I just know that I didn’t really like it and that it didn’t really impact me at all. In fact I think I preferred the Dumbeldore notes afterwards than I did the story itself. Yeah, not my fave.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune – I really liked this one. It reminded me of a lot of the stories that I read as a kid moral wise. I liked the elements of magic and how real they felt, if that makes sense, which I’m sure that must do because the whole thing is magical just because of the universe that it exists in. Again, I liked reading Dumbeldore’s thoughts about it and how it impacted the wider magical world in some way. This one might have been my favourite one, or at least in my top two.

The Warlock’s Hairy Heart -For whatever reason this story came up in a conversation casually with R not that long ago and when we were talking about it the whole story just sort of freaked me out a bit. And it did that I when I actually read it as well. I mean I get the moral of it and all and that was great, but there was just something a little bit morbid about it all that although is the sign of a great fairytale never fails to freak me out just a tad…

Babbity Rabbit and her Cackling Stump  – I cannot read those first two words without hearing Rupert Grint’s voice…I liked this one as well. I like the way it gave a bit of context to the whole Animagus thing that always fascinates me. I liked the fact that it felt the most ‘real’ in the cannon of Potter’s world (a fact that was further reinforced by Dumbledore’s notes afterwards) and even though fairy tales are the very place where things can get a bit crazy and out of this world it is nice for things to just feel sort of grounded in something. I liked the playfulness of it and the overall vibe of the whole story.

The Tale of the Three Brothers – So, I think this may be my favourite one. This is definitely due to the history of it and the way it is woven into Deathly Hallows and therefore is the one that I know the best. I also love the moral of it and the impact that it appears to have on the wizarding world. It just holds a special place in my heart, so yeah it’s my favourite and also beautifully written. It’s just all around stunning.

A few other things that I think are worth mentioning are the illustrations. Jeez are some of them stunning. And by some of them I mean all of them. They are gorgeous. And also, I have mentioned them a couple of times throughout, but I really liked Dumbledore’s thoughts and notes on the stories afterwards. Just delving a bit deeper into his head and opinions on the tales that shape wizard youth was so interesting and I love Rowling for giving that opportunity to delve deeper into the teacher/studious aspect of Dumbledore’s character.

If you’re a fan of the universe that Rowling created then I would recommend reading this book as it does sprinkle a little bit of magic into your life while you swipe through the pages.

3/5 stars

Parentheses count: 4. See you tomorrow!

 

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