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Book Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

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

"But thought Death searched for the third bother for may years, he was never able to find him. It was only when he had attained a great age that the youngest brother finally took off the Clock of Invisibility and gave it to his son. And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him glaly, and, equals, they departed this life."

It was so wonderful to finally read the book that Dumbledore wills to Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The reader is able to see a bit into the history of magic and of wizards and witches. It's easy to think that Voldemort is the end-all when it comes to evil, but there have been various evil and great men (and wizards!) through history. This book was like getting a piece of The Wizarding World back, if only for the short time it took to read this collection of short stories sung by Beedle the Bard. Each story has an afterword narrated by Dumbledore himself, explaining the message in each story. The annotations written by Dumbledore or JK Rowling were also greatly appreciated and added a deeper context to the explanations.

There are five stories contained in this collection, but perhaps the most important is The Tale of the Three Brothers, which documents the beginning of the Elder wand and the Invisibility cloak and reminds us all that Death, while not something we can escape, is nothing to be feared.