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The Tales of Beedle the Bard – A Review

Posted in books., interests. by Lex on January 8, 2010

This are tales by Beedle The Bard, four to be exact, are binded in a book by J.K Rowling, translated by Hermione Granger with commentaries of Albus Dumbledore. Inside are four different stories with different messages to convey to the readers.

These wizarding tales are the equivalent of fairy tales to the muggle world. Stories that contain important moral values. Tales that enchant anyone who reads it. Tales that are read before bedtime. And just like any other person, I was enchanted with the stories as well.

I have two personal favorites among the four tales. First, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”. Three witches – Asha, Altheda, and Amata – wanted to reach The Fountain of Fair Fortune which they believe would fix their woes. The roads, with challenges for those who pass, is blocked by a magical wall that opens only once a year. This three ladies planned to get to the opening first together. But then, fate has its twists. Along with them came Sir Lukeless, a muggle. What happens on their journey and on their arrival on the fountain is something for you to find.

This story was as magical as the others but it delighted me the most. It portrays the power of belief. It reminds me of the fact that when you believe you’d heal when you’re sick, you will. It’s being optimistic and proving to one’s self that this could happen and it will.

The first and the simplest story of all is the “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. Three brothers, on a journey, needs to cross a river too dangerous for a person to pass. Since these brothers are skilled wizards, they created a bridge for them to pass. Death, outraged by the fact that he was surpassed, tricked the brothers.

As Dumbledore said on his commentary:

Human efforts to evade or overcome death are always doomed to disappointment.

The eldest and second brother asked Death things that would enable them win any battle and bring back the dead. At the end, Death took them away. But the youngest brother, the wisest and humblest, asked for an Invisibility Cloak which he used to hide from Death. But when he reached old age and when he was ready to welcome death, he took off his Cloak and passed it to his son.

On Dumbledore’s commentary:

The third brother in the story (“the humbles and also the wisest”) is the only one who understands that, having narrowly escaped Death once, the best he can hope for is to postpone their next meeting for as long as possible.

The story with the simplest, most well known and obvious moral lesson is by far my favorite. Just like I said, the story was simple and the message was clear but just like Dumbledore, it made a profound impression on me. It reminds me of stories of people who was given second chances, those who are critically ill, almost dead, but was brought back to Earth for the reason that their mission isn’t done yet. These people, at some point of their life, would welcome death as the youngest brother did.

Another message that this last tale wants to convey is to remind us that death is just around the corner (as scary as this sounds), thus live life to the fullest of your abilities. Never be afraid to explore more for whatever life brings. Always be happy. Triumph over disappointments, problems, lost dreams, painful pasts, negative aspects in life, everything – for everything has a solution, everyone must move on.

The other stories were quite as good as these two, “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” and “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, but I won’t summarize it for you.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a beautiful book that could be read by anyone without the need to think and contemplate what just happened at that particular page. You could even read it to your kids at bedtime. It’s as good as Cinderella or Snow White. Though there would be mentions of death and hairy hearts, I believe kids of today’s generation are tough enough to handle these?

Once again, J.K Rowling did a good job. I would like her to write more. Harry Potter is already a classic and I plan to buy anything that is HP related. Wouldn’t you want her to write another epic tale? The skies would cry with joy if she would!

Rating: 5 out 5!

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