There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight…
So begins ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’; a fairy tale, a clue, a secret that unlocks the mysterious Deathly Hallows.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for generations. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain as captivating to young wizards today as they were when Beedle first put quill to parchment in the fifteenth century.
Translated by Hermione Granger the collection includes: ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ – which Harry Potter fans will know from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’ and ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump’ complete the collection.
In the tradition of all great fables and fairy tales kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard.
These narrative gems are accompanied by explanatory notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore (included by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmaster’s archive). His illuminating thoughts reveal the stories to be much more than just simple moral tales, and are sure to make Babbitty Rabbitty and the slug-belching Hopping Pot as familiar to Muggles as Snow White and Cinderella.