'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. The tales are told as muggle fairy tales are often portrayed, with an air of fantasy and illusion portraying terrible events happening to unfortunate wizards and a distinct message prevalent at the end of the story. Illustrations are prevalent. After each story, commentary from Albus Dumbledore follows which gives some of his insight into the tales.
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. A copy was also sold at auction and bought by Amazon.com, who subsequently released summaries of the tales. On December 4, 2008 the book was released to to the general public including notes written by Albus Dumbledore.
In 2010, wizard wrock band The Butterbeer Experience (also known as Lena Gabrielle) produced a wrock opera based on the Fountain of Fair Fortune which was performed for the first time at LeakyCon 2009. She also released an album, "Songs from Beedle the Bard", which has a song for each tale of the book.