Harry Potter prequel released Dec 08
Excitement was followed by disappointment for millions of children – and many booksellers – last year when J.K. Rowling revealed that although she had written a Harry Potter prequel, she would release only seven copies of it, auctioning one for charity and giving the others to friends who supported her through the 17 years that it took to complete the Harry Potter series.
She said yesterday: “There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was offered to the public last December.
“I am therefore delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Bloomsbury – The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans.”
The Tales were a central part of the final Harry Potter book. Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, bequeathed a volume containing five wizard fairytales to Harry’s friend, Hermione Granger. It offered clues to help Harry to defeat his great enemy, Lord Voldemort.
The author said: “The new edition will include The Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive.”
The Tales contains five stories, The Tale of the Three Brothers, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump. Only The Tale of the Three Brothers was published in the final Potter book.
Source: Times Online.