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The Tales of Beedle the Bard Now Available, Early Reviews of New Printed Book Now Online

Posted by: sue
December 04, 2008, 08:12 AM

Behold, the Bard! The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the new book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has now officially be released! Last night, some fans were able to attend special midnight release parties, such as those in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Scotsman reports that while the parties were not as large as in years past, fans still dressed as their favorite characters and "enjoyed a Hogwarts-style feast as they waited for the launch of The Tales of Beedle the Bard at midnight...Christie Roberts, 21, a student from Cowgate, attended the party at Borders last night. She and friend, Dinah Russel, 21, who travelled from Stirling, planned to stay up all night reading. She said: "I think it's just the really hard core fans here. It's not one of the actual Harry Potter series, so it's more subdued than last time. It's for those of us who can't let go. I'm so excited."

Others attended parties in London, as seen in this BBC video now in our galleries. UK paper, the Daily Mail reports that one party had almost 500 people, and many were very excited to be getting the new book of tales that were first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.Grayson Walton, 18, from Godalming in Surrey, said: 'There was no way I was not going to be at the launch. When I heard about it, I moved heaven and earth to be here.' A reminder that JK Rowling will be holding her tea party event later today starting at 4pm,  where she "will read passages from The Tales of Beedle the Bard, at Edinburgh's Parliament Hall." Many parties are planned for this afternoon, with others being held this weekend. A reminder too, that TLC and PotterCast will also be holding a release party event tomorrow at the Books of Wonder store in NYC, hope to see you there!

While Amazon posted their summaries last year, several early reviews of the new printed version of book are now online. There is one at the end of the The Dail Mail article, with the AP has a broader review, saying:

"If anything, the new book shows us Rowling hasn't lost her touch since finishing her series. It's all here — cleverly written stories, little details that add to the enjoyment of readers who spot them, deeper points about the choices people make and their consequences. The yarns are ostensibly meant to be read by wizard children, so they're short, but they don't lack for action, or in some cases, rather gruesome imagery and some violence. Apparently wizard children are a hardy bunch."

Finally, The Telegraph has a more detailed review, including some of the new material from Dumbledore, who makes notes that appear throughout the entire book of tales.

"Those who know their Harry Potter will turn straight to the notes of the final tale, "The Tale of the Three Brothers". Dumbledore mentions that the legend of three brothers who cheated Death and were rewarded with an unbeatable wand, a stone that brings the dead to life and an Invisibility Cloak, might have an element of truth in it. At this point all Potter fans will be shouting out loudly in response. (Note for parents: these tales hint at the ending of the Potter books, but don't actually give it away.)

This short collection would be unremarkable were it not for the body of work that lies behind it. There is an element of padding to make it a respectable length and it will barely satisfy the Potter fanatics for more than half-an-hour. Still there are some nice touches and all profits go to charity, which fits with the generous impulse of the stories."

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Weird One

Yay….they came. The collector edition is beautiful, I was surprised by the size of the book box it came in. I had to put it away, I had them mailed to my work and my staff wanted to handle it. I couldn’t bear to think of fingerprints on the pages. lol…..I’m a pathetic fangirl.

Posted by Weird One on December 04, 2008, 11:36 AM report to moderator

Whaaaah!! I’ll have to stay away from all sites Harry Potter for now :( mine’ll only arrive next week!

Posted by emmy on December 04, 2008, 11:47 AM report to moderator
Moody One

Oh I’m with ya Emmy. Mines being prepared to ship as we speak. I’m dying! Oh please mister postman bring mine to me! (Sob’s uncontrollably)

Posted by Moody One on December 04, 2008, 12:11 PM report to moderator

I received both the collector’s edition and the standard one via UPS today. I love the collector’s version. It’s just gorgeous! And since it was a work/school-day we didn’t get to go to a release party.

Posted by abigail89 on December 04, 2008, 01:49 PM report to moderator

I got the standard edition…although the packaging slip says collector’s edition. Lol I wouldn’t have minded the collectors for the price of the standard. Anyone else love the Amazon packaging? “Tear here to open, or use want and Alohomora spell”

Posted by hp3to12 on December 04, 2008, 02:26 PM report to moderator


Posted by hp3to12 on December 04, 2008, 02:26 PM report to moderator

i have to wait until i have christmas with my family which is in like january!!!! uhhh my mother wouldnt let me pre order it because my grandma needed an idea of what to get me!! i CANT WAIT to read it tho!!!

Posted by erika on December 04, 2008, 02:34 PM report to moderator

I got my CE this morning from Amazon!!!!!! IT IS BEAUTIFUL! MUCH better than I thought it would be! I am so happy right now!

Posted by Peter on December 04, 2008, 02:50 PM report to moderator

I got my CE this morning from Amazon!!!!!! IT IS BEAUTIFUL! MUCH better than I thought it would be! I am so happy right now!

Posted by Peter on December 04, 2008, 02:50 PM report to moderator

Ahh! I want my copy!

C’mon amazon!!

Posted by Gabriella on December 04, 2008, 04:01 PM report to moderator

Ahhh! It was just delivered! So, so nice. And I totally love the amazon box for it. =D

Off to read!

Posted by Gabriella on December 04, 2008, 05:26 PM report to moderator

By following a link from the (extremely positive) review in The Times, I arrived at this:

Merlin’s Left Testicle, what a load of cobblers. And yet no comments, even though it’s been there for a year!

I tried to leave a comment, but it said:

“Thank you for your comment. We cannot guarantee to publish all because of the high volume received.”

Posted by JanitorOfAzkaban on December 04, 2008, 05:32 PM report to moderator

I’m in Australia so I won’t get my special edition ordered from Amazon for ages yet. Can someone tell me what it’s like?!!!

Posted by Selena on December 04, 2008, 06:20 PM report to moderator

I just got mine a couple of minutes ago. It’s sitting on the desk in front of me. It looks great and I can’t wait to read it.

Posted by jordan on December 04, 2008, 06:40 PM report to moderator
Moody One

Still sobbing! No Beedle for me. I think it would have came faster by Owl post!

Posted by Moody One on December 04, 2008, 06:43 PM report to moderator
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