Harry Potter series is always expanding and growing into new things every month or so it seems. And even though this book has been out for a long while now, I’ve only recently picked it up to read. J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of bedtime stories for the magical community. It is yet another step into the wizarding world that we all are secretly a part of. We just can’t let the muggles know, so *shush* they are already close enough to the truth. We can’t let them find out the rest!
Because this was such a short collection of stories and the idea behind these are to convey bedtime stories, I’m going to forgo my usual format for a book review.
This book was a lot of fun to listen to (I got it on Audible). I loved the voice actors they got for this edition of the book which is why I decided to go with this format rather than a physical book. Both renditions of the book are short and easy to get through, so which ever way you choose to read it, you’ll be able to get through it fairly fast.
I thought the stories that J.K. Rowling wrote for this book were all a lot of fun and a perfect creation of bedtimes stories for those who are not muggles. They each followed the specific requirements found in fairy tales that can be quite difficult to accomplish, but of course Rowling’s writing has it coming across as if it is so easy.
The biggest downside to it all of me was how hyped this book got. Maybe not from where you were seeing it, but at least in my life and in conversations about Harry Potter if came across as being really great. Especially after the last book included the tale “The tale of the Three Brothers” or also known as The Deathly Hallows tale. It seemed like I heard so many people raving about how great the tales in the Beedle book was. However, when I finally listened to and then finished it I was really let down that it was firstly so simple and secondly that there wasn’t more to it. People got really excited over just five stories and the last of those five we heard from both the original series AND from the movie. So technically only four stories.
As a whole, I am glad that I finished this because I am at least a bit more informed in the wizarding world, which I am in love with – GO HUFFLEPUFF – and I am always happy to be able to learn something else about the world Rowling has created. On the other hand, I really wish this book didn’t get as much hype as it did because it made me far more excited going into the stories than I walked away with. So this book hit middle of the road for my scaling. It wasn’t crazy amazing, but wasn’t horrible either. It was a goldilocks of stories for me, just right.
Time to go get lost in the next story!