16th August 2008
In a dramatic change of heart, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has decided to allow the publication of this set of five fairy tales from the wizarding world. It will be every child's favourite stocking filler this Christmas.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard are an intrinsic part of the plot of the final Harry Potter book, the Deathly Hallows. The book of five fairy tales are well known to Ron Weasley, who grew up in a wizard family, but unknown to Harry and Hermione, who grew up in Muggle (non-wizarding) families. The Book is bequeathed to Hermione by Albus Dumbledore, and the three children use ancient wisdom contained in the book to help them in their quest to defeat the evil wizard Lord Voldemort.
The book includes an introduction by J.K. Rowling and notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive.
There was great disappointment last December when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was offered for sale to the public. This copy was bought for £1.9 million by Amazon, who are among three organizations to be supporting the publication of the book in aid of the charity the Children's High level group.
The Children's High Level Group (CHLG) was founded in 2005 by the author JK Rowling and MEP Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne to help the 1 million children across Europe still living in large residential institutions.
The charity works to make life better for vulnerable children across Europe, where over a million children and teenagers are growing up in unacceptable conditions in large residential institutions. In most cases they are without adequate human or emotional contact and stimulation, while many only just survive without life's basics such as adequate shelter and food. You can find out more about this charity by visiting: www.chlg.org.
There is also a Special Collector's Edition Exclusive to Amazon
text © Alexandra Freeman 2008
About the Author: Alex Freeman is a freelance writer specialising in parenting and family topics and can be contacted via eParenting.