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a worthy addition for any potter fan...not bad for 3.99 almost half price

there is also a collectors edition for £50

In December 2007, J.K. Rowling unveiled The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a very special book of five fairy tales illustrated by the bard herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. Amazon was fortunate to come into possession of one of the original copies, and it was our privilege to share images and reviews of this incredible artifact. Now J.K. Rowling is giving millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide cause for celebration with a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, available December 4, 2008.

Offering the trademark wit and imagination familiar to Rowling's legions of readers--as well as Aesop's wisdom and the occasional darkness of the Brothers Grimm--each of these five tales reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales, noting that the characters in Beedle's collection "take matters into their own hands, rather than taking a prolonged nap or waiting for someone to return a lost shoe," and that "magic causes as many problems as it solves, and to this day it is often Beedle's stories that help the parent explain this fact of life to their young sons and daughters."

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."

Both a wise and delightful addition to the Harry Potter canon, this new translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard is all that fans could hope for and more--and an essential volume for the libraries of Muggles, wizards, and witches, both young and old.

Net proceeds from this Standard Edition and the Collector's Edition support of the Children's High Level Group, a charity co-founded in 2005 by J. K. Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children. (The Children's High Level Group is a charity registered in England and Wales under registered charity number 1112575.)
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£3.99 plus £2.75 P&P.

I'd just wait and see who else is selling it (i.e. everybody including butchers and tanning salons). One of the supermarkets will probably charge 1p for it. :-D
Hmm, there are going to be 100,000 of those "Collector's Editions". Not that rare, then!
Thing about this is the fact that said she made one and only one for charity, which was sold on ebay or something all proceeds went to charity. Nows shes made them for general public hmm wonder if this is a way for people to cash in :S
Didn't Amazon buy it? and now they are doing these editions?
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Didn't Amazon buy it? and now they are doing these editions?

Amazon brought the original for £1.95m and this money was donated to charity.

The profits from the reissue (estimated at around £4m) will also be donated to charity.

Good old Amazon!! About time a big company did something good for charity. I for one, hope this sells well.:)
Hmm, there are going to be 100,000 of those "Collector's Editions". Not that rare, then!

mmm dont harry potter books sell in their millions 100,000 for this isn`t such a large amount
mmm dont harry potter books sell in their millions 100,000 for this isn`t such a large amount

Yeah, but I just mean in terms of an 'investment', it won't be worth a huge amount in the future as there are so many of them. I'd look on it as a charity donation. :-D
down to £3.49 at Amazon now :thumbsup:

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