The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library)

Tales of Beedle the Bard


“The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. 

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.  (Summary and cover courtesy of


Part of what makes this book so wonderful are the reflections by Albus Dumbledore after each of the stories.  I really enjoyed reading his thoughts and some of his comments after “The Tale of the Three Brothers” were particularly interesting in the context of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

I was worried the other stories in the book would be secondary to “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, but it is really the shortest of the five I believe!  “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” really surprised me of them all (but in a good way).  I’d definitely recommend this anthology to Harry Potter fans who haven’t gotten around to it yet!

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Harry Potter fans who want to know some of the other stories references in the series!

Want to read the whole series?

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)