The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a children’s storybook that was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling decided to write the book within the book, and auctioned seven limited edition handwritten and illustrated copies to charity. One of the copies, the moonstone edition, sold to Amazon for $3.98 million. On July 31st 2008, it was announced that the book would be published and made available to the general public, with the proceeds going to charity.
The book contains five fairy tales, each with an Aesop-like lesson, illustrated by the bard herself. Amazon will exclusively be offering a luxuriously packaged Collector’s Edition designed to evoke the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s handcrafted original (pictured above).
“Tucked in its own case disguised as a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library, the Collector’s Edition includes an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Opening the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon.”
“But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard’s-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered “among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives,” the venerable wizard’s ruminations on the Tales allow today’s readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that “Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles” during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters. Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led “a certain Beatrix Bloxam” to cleanse the Tales of “much of the darker themes that she found distasteful,” forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through “Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump” that ‘many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead.’ “
You can preorder the standard hardcover edition for $7.59 or the Exclsuive Collectors edition for $100 on Amazon.com.
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J.K. Rowling has penned a brand new story featuring the characters in her fantasy best-selling Harry Potter book series. According to the Sunday Mirror, the story is being adapted into a mini-movie which will be shown at Universal Studio’s The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. The report says that all of the regular cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, are said to be involved. They will shoot the mini movie, and additional sequences and clips which will be included in the rides in Leavesden, Hertfordshire UK.
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is expected to open next year or early 2010 at Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure in Orlando. The 20-acre island will feature attractions, shops and restaurants set inside locations such as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village and the iconic Hogwarts castle (concept art seen above).
Thanks to Alejandro of BlogHogwarts for passing this along.
JK Rowling has penned a prequel to the seven book Harry Potter series. The 800-word outline was donated for an auction to raise money for English PEN and Dyslexia Action charities. Before you get too excited, Rowling says that the prequel doesnt actually exist, ending the outline with:
“From the prequel I am not working on – but that was fun!”
And while I’m sure fans would love a prequel, it doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me. The story which takes place before Harry went to Hogwarts, and before he began to discover his powers, isn’t probably a tale worth telling. Plus, the friends and enemies which Harry later meets at Hogwarts would likely not be part of said story.
Other authors who have donated outline works are Lisa Appignanesi, Margaret Atwood, Lauren Child, Richard Ford, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Michael Rosen, Axel Scheffler, Tom Stoppard and Irvine Welsh. Copies of the cards will be published as a book which will be available in August.
I’ve read all of the Harry Potter novels (although, I’ve yet to finish the last one) and have seen all the Harry Potter films, yet the sexual preference of one of the main characters is a shocking twist that I nor Hardcore Harry Potter fanatics ever expected.
JK Rowling revealed at a book reading in front of over 2,000 fans at Carnegie Hall in New York that the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore, is actually gay. Who woulda thought? Rowling said that the character originally fell in love with the wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who, according to Rita Skeeter’s book The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (read: not very reliable), is the second Most Dangerous Dark Wizard of All Time, under of course, Lord Voldemort.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows it was revealed that Grindelwald was an adolescent friend of Albus Dumbledore and that the two of them planned to establish a new world order, where wizards would rule over Muggles “for the greater good”. An argument culminated in a three-way battle between Albus, Aberforth Dumbledore, and Grindelwald in which Albus’ disabled sister Ariana was inadvertently killed by one of them. Grindelwald fled, fearing retribution, which ended their friendship. In 1945, Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald in what is described as the most intense wizarding battle ever to occur.
“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings. “He was horribly, terribly let down.” She referred to this love as Dumbledore’s “great tragedy.”
Rowling went on to reveal that she had recently read through Steve Kloves’ script for the upcoming movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and came across a scene in which Dumbledore was reminiscing about past loves. Rowling says she crossed out the passage and noted “Dumbledore is gay” in the margin.
The audience fell silent, and then after a moment, Carnegie Hall exploded into applause. Rowling said that if she had known that her admission would get that type of response, she would’ve revealed her thoughts on Dumbledore earlier.
Dumbledore is portrayed in the film adaptations by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.
At the London press conference for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, one of the big topics of conversation was which character was cut, than added back into the film’s screenplau under JK Rowling’s advisement.
“Jo reads each draft,” David Heyman said, “she reads each screenplay, and she said, ‘You know, I wouldn’t do that if I were you. Or you can, but if you get to make a seventh film, you’ll be tied in knots.'”
MTV has been doing a little investigating and finally got a definite answer.
“It was Kreacher, actually,” director David Yates confirmed to MTV. “We took Kreacher out, and Jo said, ‘Listen guys, you don’t have to put Kreacher back, but I’m just telling you, if you want to kind of keep a thread going for six and seven, you might want Kreacher to come back.’ She basically told us Kreacher plays a role in Seven, in a sense. She hinted. We thought about it for five seconds, and he came back.”
What role could Kreacher play in the seventh and final book? We have no idea. Read more about the story and the disappearance of the mysterious locket at MTV Blogs.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has always said that the seventh Harry Potter Book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows) would be the last in the series. Apparently that might not be the last in the series after all. Okay, this story isn’t as juicy as it sounds.
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The final book in the Harry Potter series will be released on July 21st 2007.
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