'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is a book that was written and illustrated by J. K. Rowling in 2007. It makes an appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and is a book of children's stories for young witches and wizards. The book contains five stories; The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump, and The Tale of the Three Brothers. The Tale of the Three Brothers is the only story read out loud in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J. K. Rowling gave seven hand-written copies of 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' to people important to the Harry Potter book series success in 2007. On December 4, 2008 the book was released to to the general public.