The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Warlock’s Hairy Heart," "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump," and of course "The Tale of the Three Brothers." But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: From every sale of this book, Scholastic will give its net proceeds to Lumos, an international children’s charity founded in 2005 by J. K. Rowling. Lumos is dedicated to ending the institutionalization of children, a harmful practice that affects the lives of up to eight million disadvantaged children around the world who live in institutions and orphanages, many placed there as a result of poverty, disability, disease, discrimination and conflict; very few are orphans. Lumos works to reunite children with their families, promote family-based care alternatives, and help authorities to reform their systems and close down institutions and orphanages.


  • Age Range: 9 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 10
  • Lexile Measure: 1290L (What's this?)
  • Series: Harry Potter
  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Children's High Level Group; Standard edition (December 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545128285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545128285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,405 customer reviews)
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5 thoughts on “The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)”

  1. If you love the Harry Potter series, then this is a must-have. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and I devoured it right away. And that’s my only complaint: it’s brevity. It’s a short, quick read. But a fun one.
    And it’s not simply a handful of fairy tales from the wizarding world. The commentary by Albus Dumbledore on each story was a really nice touch, in some cases even more entertaining to me than the stories themselves.
    If you were expecting a thick book that would absorb you for hours as the Harry Potter series did, I hope you’re not disappointed in this book’s brevity. It’s still worth the price if you enjoy the series, and it supports a charitable cause.
    If you’ve never read the Harry Potter books (or seen the movies, I suppose) then do NOT consider this a sample of the series. You will not glean any sense of the depth, quality and, as everyone else calls it, the magic of the Harry Potter world. This book is a tasty dessert to those who’ve feasted on the seven-course series.

  2. The book was decent, in a cutesy kind of way. It is a very quick read — somewhere around 100 pages. Being in my twenties, I think I was probably a little older than the intended audience. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but with one caveat: Don’t get your hopes up too high. It’s good and provides some insight into “The Deathly Hallows,” but it’s no Harry Potter.

  3. Admittedly as the time neared and having ordered multiple copies I was having trepidation about what I might end up with. Let me just say, I no longer feel that way. The packing box itself is collectible, warning Muggles to not distribute this before Dec 4th. That was a nice beginning to the opening of this gem. As others have said, the packaging is phenomenal and when I slid the main box out of its protective cover I gave a gasp – it is a thing of beauty. Alone it is truly one of the all-time great book boxes (I collect them). I was worried it was going to be vinyl but not it looks like a real, old Hogwarts book. They did themselves proud with that. Then I opened the box which I found very well made and gave another gasp – there was a beautiful velvet interior with the pouch and the prints. I took out the pouch and brought out the tome and gave my 3rd gasp – it is a thing of terrifying beauty. All in all, a very high quality presentation and surely to end up a valued treasure in anyone’s library, certainly mine. Bravo Amazon! Thank you for replicating your amazing purchase and thank you for making it truly legendary. Bravo!

    Update: I will reinterate what other’s have said – the collectible edition is a remarkable piece of work. I love that book, it is beautifully done – the cover, the metal decorations, the paper, the fontography are all gorgeous. But let me tell you a secret. You see, I am a collector of book boxes as well and let me tell you, the book box that the collector’s book comes in has to be the prize of my book box collection. I was expecting something of lesser quality – a seamed vinyl covered cardboard thing like the other Potter materials. It is not that. It is a beautiful piece of work that looks and feels like engraved leather. I’ve shown this around to other collectors of magic and they were highly impressed. They, like me, felt the book box alone was worth it. Sorry, just had to share my fetish.

  4. I learned many years ago, when I would lock myself away with each new HARRY POTTER release, and refuse to talk to anyone – even my mother – that J.K. Rowling had a magical way with words. No other author had the power to capture my interest in such a way that I could not tear myself away from their work until every last word had been read; yet Rowling accomplished such a feat.

    Following in the footsteps of the works of The Brothers Grimm, THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD are extraordinary. And what makes them so is the fact that they are simple. Each of the five tales – 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 – never exceed twenty-five pages, and this includes the commentary from Albus Dumbledore himself; yet within that short amount of time, they manage to weave a tale that features morals and lessons – without being preachy – that is in-depth enough to pique the reader’s interest right off the bat.

    Those who savored the Harry Potter stories from start to finish will remember mention of THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS and THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD within the fantastical stories; and will rejoice in the fact that they can feel like a true member of the wizarding world due to the fact that, in the universe of Rowling, these are the fairytales that young wizards and witches are told as they find themselves drifting off to slumberland.

    Die-hard fans, do not delay, if you want an extra dose of the delightful Harry Potter, this is an essential for your collection, as not only does it feature the enchanting words of Rowling, but sketches done by her which illustrate that she is talented in more ways than one.Read more ›

  5. A short while ago I opened my door to find a large package from Amazon: I could not believe it was actually my copy of The Collectors Edition of the Tales of Beedle the Bard! While I first ordered this a while ago, there was a problem with my credit card and I had to reorder, so I did not think I would get this book at all, much less on the relealse date! Thank you Amazon, I don’t know how you do it!

    The book is an absolutely must have for every Harry Potter fan. I had already read the tales themselves when I opened this volume, and they are truly delightful and full of wonderful messages for our children (and for all the magic lovers among us). The stories aside, this edition is truly beautiful and a pleasure to hold in one’s hand. There are some wonderful and unique features to it — the set of reprints is just beautiful; the small book inside the velvet bag inside the larger volume makes you feel like you are opening a treasure and indeed you are!

    I bought this volume for my son for a Christmas present, but now I’m thinking, maybe I will need another one! It is well worth the money to own such a special item, and it makes it that much greater that a portion of the proceeds goes to Ms. Rowling’s incredible charity. I know the holidays are going to be very special in my house. Thank you Ms. Rowling, for yet another gift to your legions of fans.

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