Reading Challenge 2015 – A Book of Short Stories

Book Number Ten – The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.


I realise that there is plenty of choice in the literary world when it comes to short stories but as Harry Potter is one of my favourite series of books ever, I just had to choose this one.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the magical equivalent of Muggle fairy tales and its further proof of the brilliant mind of J.K. Rowling. There are five stories in here, each with a moral tale of their own. But the most renowned one is ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ which is mentioned in The Deathly Hallows.

This is a wonderful little novel, which has the ability to ‘speak’ to even Muggles like me, the messages are easy to understand even though they are shrouded in the world of magic. But by far the best thing are the additional notes added by Dumbledore after each story, these add to the love of the character, allow for more understanding of the great Wizard himself and also allow for some small moments of humour.

A joyous little book, which is beautifully presented and illustrated and makes for great ‘add on’ reading as part of the immensely brilliant Harry Potter series.

‘And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.’


Star Rating out of 5: 5

Happy reading fellow bookworms.