Friday, January 2, 2009

harry potter

The Tales of Beedle the Bard Tales of Beedle the BardDownload link: J.K. RowlingPublish Date: December 4, 2008- Publisher: Children's High Level Group- Language: EnglishInfo: 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 illustrationsby 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.The stories are accompanied by delightful pen-and-ink illustrationsby Ms. Rowling herself, featuring a still-life frontispiece for each one.Professor Dumbledore’s commentary—apparently written some eighteen monthsbefore his death—reveals not just his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, butalso more of his personal qualities:his sense of humor, his courage,his pride in his abilities, and his hard-won wisdom. Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore,Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington(or “Nearly Headless Nick”), as well as other professors at Hogwarts andthe past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents uniqueto the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions atHogwarts or the dangers of having a “hairy heart.” But he also revealsaspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find alltoo familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about thedeepest mysteries in life.Altogether, this is an essential addition to our store of knowledgeabout the world and the magic that J. K. Rowling has created, anda book every true Harry Potter fan will want to have for their shelves.

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