(Updated)”Good Morning America” to Preview “Beedle the Bard”

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Nov 24, 2007

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The “Good Morning America” news program will feature a special preview and discussion of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” on Monday morning, November 26. As we first told you earlier this week, the handwritten book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be on display here in New York at Sotheby’s auction house starting Monday November 26 as well. The manuscript will later be on display in London, England starting December 7 before it goes up for the charity auction on December 13. The GMA talk show that will preview this book is broadcast on the ABC television network, starting at 7am on Monday. If anyone can capture video, please send it in!
UPDATE: As promised, the morning show did preview the book, with the news anchor reading a short excerpt from the “Tales of Beedle the Bard.” These few sentences involved a bit where three brothers create a bridge, and it ended as they meet a mysterious hooded figure. We hope to have video of this, and will update with more when we can.

On a related note, earlier it was reported that estimates on the final sale price of the “Beedle the Bard” book will reach a “record 50,000 pounds ($103,000).” Now, naturally the bookies in the UK have weighed in, claiming this amount is too low for this rare handwritten manuscript. The Economist reports today that one bookmaker “quotes a sale price of £26,000 to £50,000 at 50-1 against”long odds indeed. They indicate the way they are thinking the sale will go by quoting 10-1 against a price of £226,000 to £250,000. Favourite at the moment, priced at 7-2, is a selling price of more than £500,000.”

A reminder that all proceeds from the sale of a preview catalog (available via this link) and the auction of this special “Tales of Beedle the Bard” book will benefit The Children’s Voice charity. You can also read a detailed report from Sotheby’s and JKR, here as well as Melissa’s exclusive preview of the book, here.





29 Responses to (Updated)”Good Morning America” to Preview “Beedle the Bard”

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This is cool and everything and I’m looking forward to it, but it’s still not as exciting with previews of something on which you’ll never get your hands on the actual thing… :) Oh well, still cool.

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Yes! Finally!

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Oh, to be a really rich Philathropist Potter fan! I can hardly wait for my preview copy to arrive! I love to live close enough to NYC to catch a glimpse!

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I can’t wait, either! I know I’ll never see the book, except by the Catalog, but it will be worth it to see it benefit the Charity! Good luck! I wish I lived in New York! :<

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I wish she would do something like the box set of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the “Tales of Beedle the Bard”. Twenty percent of retail sales went to Comic Relief.

I would love to be able to read the tales.

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In the UK it was more like 80% that went to Comic relief. But I am not convinced Beedle the Bard will be published as a book in its own right (at only 5,500 words it isn’t really long enough), but it might be part of the long rumoured encyclopedia Jo said she would probably write at some point.

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I STILL don’t have my catalog, and I ordered it early….grrr.

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A brief comment on odds: Just because the 500k+ bet is the favourite it doesn’t mean William Hill expect the book to make this much because this covers many more prices than the other odds which cover 25k price ranges. Within these 25k price ranges, they given the best odds for prices between 251k and 325k. So the bookmakers are actually expecting a price of something like 300,000 pounds (about $600,000).

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Do we know for sure we’ll never get to read this book? Or will they print it eventually, with regular type. I mean, these special copies will still be special because they’ll be first and they’ll be handwritten by the author. I sure hope they will publish this more widely. I really, REALLY want to read it.

Thanks for the tip, I’ll have my DVR recording tomorrow at 7.

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It is unclear. There have been reports to that effect but that just might be misinterpretation of what we do know – that Jo retains her copyright and thus no-one else can publish the text even if they buy the book for auction.

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I should add, my personal opinion is that we will get to find out what the stories are eventually, but there is no guarantee that this will be the case.

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One thing’s for sure though, it would be hard to publish anything that only has 5k words, if that part is true. It would have to include all of JK’s illustrations. Although I’m pretty sure it’s also hard to stop 5k words from spreading fast in the internet.

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Sotheby’s list it as 5,500 words. The Tale of the Three Brothers is maybe 700 words (though I haven’t counted them).

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Wouldn’t it be great if Evanna Lynch bought the book? I have no idea if she makes enough from the movies to buy it, but I think that would be pretty cool if she did buy it.

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chuckle, Fossil….only if we get an audio of her reading the stories!

just weeks before the OotP is available in the US, and less than a year before we get HBP…..

Mars and Roonwit, that’s why i’ve been suggesting the (why, oh why can’t i remember the right word! i have had such a brain fart on this!) “photostatic” copy idea. Roonwit’s suggestion of inclusion in the encyclopedia also makes a lot of sense.

and we’ll just need to be patient….

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I’d love to see Emma Watson get it, she IS Hermione after all!

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I watched the piece on GMA. I’m disappointed. They read the part we already have heard. They only read like 3 sentences, why couldn’t it have been 3 sentences from the Babbity Rabbity story?

It was neat to see it, the actual book. I thought it would be a bit larger. But it was very nice.

roonwit, I didn’t mean to suggest that someone else would publish it. I want Jo’s people to do so, in a mass-produced quantity so we can all buy a copy. It doesn’t have to be hand-written.

I can’t see why it would be “hard” to publish a work that only contains 5,500 words. Large font size, large margin, extra leading (leading is the typographical term for the amount of space between each line of text) will increase the number of pages. I agree, it should have Jo’s illustrations in it. Maybe have someone create a font specifically for the text, something ancient-rune-ish. Oh, what fun it would be to design this book!

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Has anyone sent in the clip. I’ve got it down to 62 Mb and emailed it but not sure if it’s going through or not. Maybe too many shoppers online today

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If this was all about getting money to charity…Jo could have raised so much more…by allowing the world to buy this book. I love Jo…but this just seems more about the hype than anything. Not allowing her most loyal fans to own it and read it…not cool.

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budb

Facsimile copy

there you go, out of your misery

Ava

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