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Report and Photos from JK Rowling's Beedle the Bard Release Party in Scotland

Posted by: sue
December 04, 2008, 03:56 PM

The first images and reports from the special party held in Edinburgh, Scotland by author J.K. Rowling for the release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard are now online. You can see early images here via Getty, while Reuters has some details from a question and answer session at the event. Jo said she was afraid of spiders, just like the character of Ron Weasley. Jo said: "What's funny is, as you probably know if you've read Harry Potter, I gave Ron that fear. He's terrified of spiders, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron in the films, is absolutely petrified of spiders.

"I feel so sorry for him because I kept putting Ron in these situations where he had to encounter them."

Jo also noted the prompting behind the decision to publish the Beedle tales was brought about by fans.

The idea actually came from you, by which I mean Harry Potter fans," Rowling told around 200 primary school children gathered at Edinburgh's Parliament Hall for a tea party that officially launched Beedle the Bard.

"There was quite a lot of high feeling from Harry Potter fans that only someone who had two million pounds could afford to read the book. I thought 'fair point', so I thought 'I'll publish it and then the charity can have that money too'."

Update: A new report is now online, from a fan who was in Edinburgh at the time of the event, and spoke to a few who were able to attend the release party who noted it was fantastic" and "a whole lot of fun." Christine Roberts writes via MuggleNet that Harry Potter cast members were at the party, including Matthew Lewis (Neville), Devon Murray (Seamus), and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)

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Silver Doe – thats so cool, congrats to little Silver Doe, thats fab. God to be under 12 again for this reason alone would be amazing hee hee

No vide of this posted yet? awwwww

Posted by wingardium on December 06, 2008, 06:32 PM report to moderator
Silver Doe

In response to last comment. It meant just as much to me to be there too as I am a massive HP fan. I might be 33 but Harry Potter is the one and only thing that me and my 9 year old can share on the same level, things do get very HP obsessive around our house!

Posted by Silver Doe on December 08, 2008, 07:43 AM report to moderator
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