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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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Ok so I am so mad right now. I went to Borders all happy and wating around for an hour and they didn’t have ant kind of Beedle party or anything! They said on that the Borders that was near me was having one and then I get there and there isnt one! What the heak? Did anyone else have this problem? Ugh and now my copy of the book that I pe-ordered isnt going to get to my house till Monday! This is so not cool. :(

Posted by Lorelai on December 04, 2008, 07:27 PM report to moderator

Got my book! Wondering when Leaky is going to add a Beedle sub-forum to the forums. I have a question, and I couldn’t find a single Beedle thread anywhere!

Posted by Deb on December 04, 2008, 07:46 PM report to moderator

OMG!! I had to wait till I got off work to get mine and it took for-freaking-ever! I washed my hands and set the Amazon box down on the kitchen table, ready for disection. The actual delivery box is marked with the Tales of Beedle the Bard and an attention Muggles warning-Do not deliver or open till Dec 4. I’m a big dork and am going to keep the box and all the packing material. It’s so pretty!!!

Posted by Erin on December 04, 2008, 07:50 PM report to moderator

I put the amazon box on my Harry Potter wall.


Posted by Gabriella on December 04, 2008, 11:38 PM report to moderator

I have never seen such a beautiful book in my life as the collector’s edition. I was completely blown away tonight when I got home and opened my box and looked at this beautiful volume.

My only surprise was that there is a typo on one page! The word “And” is spelled “Tnd.” But, as the book was attributed to being Hermione’s translation from ancient runes, I figured she just made a little mistake, right? :-)

Posted by Reader511 on December 05, 2008, 01:28 AM report to moderator

Got 2 copies and am done reading. :)

the reason i got two is pretty line the lady at Target sad jokingly, “you can have the backwards one if you don’t want this one…” this made me curious so i askd her to elaborate. It turns out when they were stocking their shelves they found a copy that is glued in upside down AND backwards….So i bought it, lol

At first i had the human reaction of “it’ll sell on EBay for LOTS!!!!!” then i realized that i couldn’t do that morally, the book’s for charity and all…so i have 2 copies and one’s backwards and upside down….

Posted by Krystle on December 05, 2008, 02:06 AM report to moderator
Snape's Mistress

I got up early yesterday to make sure I’d be up when the postman came with my book! (of course, since I got up early, he didn’t show at 8.30 as usual, but well past 10.00). It’s a lovely little book. The tales are so like classic stories, both in content and style. And in the improbable case that JKR never had another successful book written, she could well pursue an illustrator career.
But you know whet’s the best part of these tales? you don’t need to have read Harry Potter to enjoy them. It helps, sure, but it’s not a must. Go Jo!

Posted by Snape's Mistress on December 05, 2008, 03:28 AM report to moderator

Yay thanks Amazon! According to the site, I wasn’t going to get it until the 8th of this month. And behold, here it is, in my hands, sooner than expected!!! :-D

One thing on Jo’s writing though, that I can’t read:

page 12, in the bottom: “The exception to this …” the word after ‘this’. Is it ‘role’? Or something else?

Anyways. Loving it! Thank you, me! For giving myself such a fun Sinterklaas present (yes, you non-European-continental-people don’t know who he is)!!!! :-)

Posted by emmy on December 05, 2008, 05:48 AM report to moderator

@ Erin

I didn’t have a nice box like that! :-O

Posted by emmy on December 05, 2008, 05:50 AM report to moderator
Moody One

Still no books for me. = ( Agh!!!!!

Posted by Moody One on December 05, 2008, 09:46 AM report to moderator

emmy i think it says “the exception to this rule” …
anyway just wanted to say that i loved the book. i got both of them. though is it just me or are there lots of typos?
anyway. this may sound weird but it kinda bothered me that jo put herself in the harry potter universe with this book. i mean she’s commenting on dumbledore’s notes. which is great. but with the other two books (fantastic beasts and quidditch) it was all like jo didn’t write this it comes from the hogwarts library etc. but jo’s comments in this book break that charm i think. cause jo and dumbledore cannot exist in the same universe. you know what i mean?
any i’m mumbling. didn’t mean to criticize though. i sincerely loved the book. and the collector’s edition is beautiful..

Posted by doloresporter on December 05, 2008, 04:10 PM report to moderator

*sniff*can’t get mine till christmas.=’’’’’’(

Posted by mandi on December 05, 2008, 07:04 PM report to moderator
Lorelai Alas! The Bard has arrived in my home! Today at 3:20 the postman came to my door and rang the doorbell.

I, of course was in my basement reading up on the Leaky Cauldron when my dad called me to say I had got something in the mail. And there it was…it was so beautifull. I read it in an hour and while I was reading it I was wearing my Gryffindor scaf that I had made! Squeeee. I am just so excited right now. I loved all the tales they showed us just how it feels to be a young wizard!

Posted by Lorelai on December 06, 2008, 05:28 PM report to moderator
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