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Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling


The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 111

Source: Library

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

5 out of 5 stars


This was just the book I needed right now. I hadn’t finished a book in quite awhile, and felt like I was reading every-so-slowly, but this picked it right back up!

I love Harry Potter (Gryffindor power) and am co-hosting Randomathon Round 2 on my YouTube channel. One of the challenges was to read a Harry Potter book, so that’s why I picked this up from my library.

I’m so glad I read this because it was so fast paced and it was perfect for a readathon!

This book included five Wizarding World fairy tales that are told to wizard children while they’re growing up. These stories are just as well known as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. I honestly really enjoyed every single story, but I think my favorite was “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Even though I knew this story through watching the Harry Potter movies it was nice to read it in a book :)

Also, this cover is really cool. You should definitely study the cover a little bit after reading this, because you can tie each of the stories to one of the illustrations!

I think this was a great addition to the Harry Potter world, and if you get the chance you should totally pick it up! It was short and a very fast read :)

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: August 1, 1999

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 734

Source: Garage Sale

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march…

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

As I have said at the beginning of every Harry Potter review, I love Harry’s wizarding world. I love absolutely everything about it. The idea for this book was so well thought out and I love that the two other schools come to participate in the Triwizard tournament. I really enjoyed reading about the three tasks that went on for the competetion as well. The first time I read this book it was my favorite of the ones I’d read, but reading it again made me realize that this one is slower than the others. That of course isn’t a bad thing, just an observation. The endings of all the Harry Potter books are my favorite parts. J. K. Rowling wraps everything up so nicely. You find out all the little things that you could have overlooked throughout the story. The plot ties itself together very nicely at the end.

Characters:

I love all these characters, just as I have since book number one. Krum and Fleur irritated me at the beginning because they acted so cocky and stuck up. I think one of the reasons they irritated me was because I know I’ve read this book, but I didn’t remember how they turned out. By the end of the book I really enjoyed Fleur. She really is a sweet girl and my favorite parts with her were when Ron blurted at her and asked her if she wanted to go to the ball with her and when Harry saved her younger sister from the depths of the lake in front of Hogwarts and she kissed both Ron and Harry on the cheeks. When I imagine her, I imagine a beautiful, skinny, tiny girl with white blonde hair. The movie portrayal of her is was perfect. Krum still ended up irritating me by the end because I wanted to hurt him when I thought he was doing one of the ‘Unforgivable Curses’ on Cedric during the competition.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Fleur in this Harry Potter because I would love to take her place and see everything from her perspective. I would want to know what she thought of Hogwarts and what her original responses were to getting her name drawn from the Goblet of Fire. I would love to have that accent as well, because why not? If I could, I definitely would.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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In Conclusion: Harry Potter


In Conclusion will be a meme created by yours truly that will be posted once a month for the #AYearAThon. This month was Harry Potter themed. I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling *review*, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J. K. Rowling *review*, and got halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling.

I have enjoyed this read-a-thon because I can connect with other people reading the same things that I am. I love being able to talk about books, therefore the blog, and discuss parts that we loved or hated or just got annoyed by. I am so thrilled to be part of this group on Goodreads and watch the YouTube videos. I am very proud of how much I have read for this read-a-thon this month. I read a total of 1,113 pages of Harry Potter from the 3-9 of this month. That is pretty awesome in my opinion.

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (6)


Yesterday and today I’ve been home sick with what I think is the flu *sigh* but I’ve been reading the whole time. Today I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J. K. Rowling *review* and I am about to start Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling. I am reading these books for the #AYearAThon theme of February, Harry Potter. *#AYearAThon Goodreads group* I do have to say, these books do keep getting better the further I go into the series. I have only read 1,2,3 and 4 and I cannot wait until I finish the other three. Although they do get very good as they go on, so far my favorite is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling *review* :)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: June 2, 1999

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 341

Source: Garage Sale

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl’s bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble beings, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter is just that, wonderful. J. K. Rowling  put so much thought into these books and I am so glad I’ve gotten to read them. The Chamber of Secrets is my favorite of the Harry Potter books I’ve read and is definitely my favorite movie. I love everything about this whole series and if you have not read these books, you haven’t discovered that ordinary lives can become extraordinary.

Characters:

These are my favorite characters out of anyone from any book. You get to grow with them and they are all so loveable. I’d forgotten how heartwarming the characters are. Harry is a great, brave main character. Ron is a silly side-kick best friend, and Hermione is the glue that keeps them together. Without Hermione, they wouldn’t have figured out half of the things they needed to.

Who Would I Be?:

I would probably still want to be Hermione. I love Hermione and I would want my best friends to be Harry and Ron. Even though Hermione gets petrified by the Basilisk, I would still want to be her because she loves reading and she is so smart. She is kind of innocent in a way because she worries about small things, like tests and studying, more than big things that are happening sometimes. I love how vulnerable she is.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: January 1, 1997

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 310

Source: Bookstore

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This story is still as perfect as I remember it being the first time I read it. The wizarding world J. K. Rowling has created is remarkable. This story is perfect and witty and the conversations are beautifully written. There isn’t really much to say because this book (and whole series) is utterly perfect.

Characters:

The characters are wonderfully and perfectly flawed. They aren’t perfect. Ron’s family doesn’t have much money, Harry doesn’t have parents, and Hermione is muggle-born. None of them are perfect and that is part of the reason that makes this story relateable and wonderful to read. Dumbledore still has to be one of my all time favorite characters.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Ron. I would live in a quirky, awesome house and I would live with a bunch of crazy nice siblings. I love Fred and George and Ron is adorable. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to fall in love with Hermione ;) I would love having that many crazy siblings. Fred and George would be the craziest ones and Bill and Charlie and Percy would be the normal-ish ones and Ginny would be that awesome little sister. I mean come on. And, plus, Ron was definitely my first book crush.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (2)


Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J. K. Rowling

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I’ve read and loved this book so many times. I am, of course, loving it again. The storyline of the Harry Potter world is so brilliant. I do not understand how anyone could possibly come up with something as magical (hehe) as this series. The wizardry is fantastic and unlike anything anyone will ever read. Reading this book again reminds me of the first time I read this book. It was the summer right before fourth grade at my grandma’s house. She had all of the books and she told my brother and I how much she absolutely loved them. I wanted to read it because she loved them so much. I started it and immediately fell in love. She let me take it home and I finished it really quickly. I have never gotten past the fourth book *Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling* and I really want to. I’ve made myself a personal goal of finishing the series this year, therefore I need to start at the beginning. This first book is so cute and innocent and is before the books start getting darker and creepier, and I love that about this book. I am going to try and finish this as soon as possible and start a new book from a series that I haven’t finished yet…. :)

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