This is an enchanting volume to complement the “Harry Potter” series; it fleshes out some of the wizarding children’s myths mentioned in the original books. I especially enjoyed how Rowling kept in the tradition of the other companion books, and “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” are offered as wizarding publication, offered to the Muggle population as well.
The popular stories (among magical folk, at least) were originally composed by Beedle, and recently translated from Ancient Runes by Hermione Granger, one of Hogwarts’ finest. Fortuitously, drafts of commentary about the tales written by Albus Dumbledore were found in the late headmaster’s office and have been included here for the benefit of less informed muggles such as myself. His explanations were helpful in trying to understand the importance of the tales in the wizarding psyche, as well as the plausibility of the stories in the real world of magic.
These tales are a great addition to the “Harry Potter” series and will be a welcome excursion into the wizarding world for any Harry fans.