'Harry Potter' offshoot unveiled...

@Tatsuya (1149)
United States
November 1, 2007 11:03am CST
J.K. Rowling has completed her first book not to feature teen wizard Harry Potter -- an illustrated collection of magical fairy stories titled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." Only seven copies of the book are being printed, Rowling said Thursday. One will be auctioned next month to raise money for a children's charity, while the others have been given away as gifts. Rowling drew the illustrations herself and provided the handwriting for the five stories that make up the collection of fairytales. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is mentioned in the final Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," as a gift left by headmaster Albus Dumbledore to Harry's friend Hermione, and provides clues that help destroy evil Lord Voldemort. "'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years," Rowling said in a statement. The volume, bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semiprecious stones, will be auctioned at Sotheby's on December 13 with a starting price of $62,000. Proceeds will go to The Children's Voice, a charity that helps vulnerable children across Europe. "Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment in Harry's adventures, was published in July. The seven books have sold nearly 400 million copies and have been translated into 64 languages. Rowling told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the book of fairytales had helped her say goodbye to Harry's world. "It's not about Harry, Ron and Hermione, but it comes from that world," she told BBC radio in an interview broadcast Thursday. "So it's been therapeutic in a way." Rowling said she was working on a new book, "a half-finished book for children that I think will probably be the next thing I publish." On Wednesday, Rowling and the makers of the Harry Potter movies filed a lawsuit against RDR Books, a small U.S. publisher that plans to bring out a companion volume based on the Harry Potter Lexicon fan Web site. Rowling has said she plans to produce her own encyclopedia of the wizarding world and says the book would infringe on her intellectual property rights.
3 responses
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
Really? That would be a nice book to read especially for Harry Potter fans. I find her ideas really amusing. That was what caught my attention with her first Harry Potter book. I'm sure this new book will be a nice one too. It's just sad that only a few people will get to read that. Whoever, will be the highest bidder at the auction will sure be a lucky person.
@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I wish she would mass produce this, then use all the money for the charity fund. I think she'd get more money that way, but that's just my thoughts on it. Thanks for your reply.
• Australia
15 Dec 09
I bought a cheap copy of this book from my local bookstore and it was hilarious! The stories themselves aren't that funny but the commentary written by Dumbledore was side splitting funny.He comments on the themes of the stories and the impact it has had on later generations of witches and wizards. My favorite story is "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" about this bunch of witches and a wizard who seek the fountain of fair fortune to improve the luck/fortune.The commentary Dumbledore makes relates to why Hogwarts doesn't have a pantomime or school production every year. Apparently the first pantomime at Hogwarts was a production of "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" which was a complete disaster!The teachers in charge didn't realize there was an undercurrent of turmoil between the main leads (love triangle between the 2 female leads and the male lead)which lead to an all out fight that set fire to the stage quite literally! Loved this,it was so funny
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 07
I just read about this on the news and on the official website of J.K. Rowling... i am happy that she made another spin off books about the world of Harry Potter, but i am quite sad that only sever are goint to be produced... i hope that "The Tales of Beedle the Bard would be available to the public soon... i would certainly buy a copy... I am also saddened about the lawsuit against RDR books... i hope they would be able to sort things out... i think this is the reason why hp-lexicon.org is currently not available... i like that website and i hope i can access it soon...