Amazon Posts Second Synopsis from “Tales of Beedle the Bard”

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Dec 15, 2007

Posted by SueTLC
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Amazon.com has now posted a second synopsis from “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” As mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the collection of fairy tales were collected in a special handwritten book, auctioned by J.K.Rowling to benefit The Children’s Voice charity. Purchased yesterday by the online retailer, Amazon has now posted an overview with plot detail of “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,”which you can read via this link. A permanent link to the Beedle the Bard tales at Amazon.com can be accessed at www.amazon.com/beedlebard.

Thanks Alex!





51 Responses to Amazon Posts Second Synopsis from “Tales of Beedle the Bard”

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I am really enjoying this. I am so glad that this book isn’t fated to languish in the safe deposit box of some wealthy individual. Thank you Amazon!

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:) Also new images from the book :P BlogHogwarts.com

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I wish we could read these tales to our children, they would learn so much about morality, empathy, strength, kindness and love.

Imagine if these storys become the cinderellas and snow whites in time, wouldn’t that be so amazing?

This story is beautiful, and Jo, so is your heart.

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Wow, I really am enjoying theses stories (even though they are being relayed in summary!) but so beautiful. Rowling is the queen of storytellers and an enchantress. Her stories are very much Oscar Wilde in heart with a Brother’s Grimm level of invention.

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Alex, thanks for getting the news in, and Sue, thanks for getting it posted so quickly!

I particularly liked this insight in the review of Fountain:

“It is heartening to see Rowling continuing to embrace the themes of friendship and camaraderie so prevalent in her series, not to mention her ability to draw strong, intelligent, female characters. We spent seven books watching Harry learn that it is okay to need the help and support of his friends, and that same notion of sharing responsibility and burden is strong in this tale. “

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I enjoy the fact that themes of Harry Potter are caried over, such as the Pensive, and even how Ron had thought he took the Felix potion, but really his luck was in him.

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wow….. just WOW!! eeek! hmmmmmm…. I wonder Where on Earth she got that amazing “journal?” for them? i Have to find one! it’s so…. creepy yet beautiful!

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Jo you have done it again: strong and brave female characters and a brave and modest male character. Our power truly comes from within, a very poignant notion. Like many of the characters in Harry Potter, the witches in this tale put other’s welfare ahead of their own. Selflessness is a beautiful thing.

The tales we have been so fortunate to have glimpsed at have been wonderful thank you JKR!

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Just beautiful, I am so glad Amazon was the winning bidder so we can all share in these incredible, wonderful stories.

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Sarah (F), why not buy a blank journal, decorate it, and write some stories yourself? That probably would be something that would make JK happy ;-)

hey again ImH, LemonF

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Hey, budb! Nice to see you! I guess we know where we have to come to find you these days, huh? I’m sure “the crew” would want me to say hello for them all, we miss you over there. Hope you are doing well! I want this book so much more now than I even did before, having read these summaries, don’t you? Pretty amazing, aren’t they? Jo is absolutely a one of a kind.

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Awesome!

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OMG. I love Amazon. These stories sound AMAZING. Just by reading the reviews I’m getting chills. I can’t imagine how would it be to read theme exactly as Jo wrote them. I think we can learn so much about these tales, new lessons of friendship, selflessness and bravery. The ending seems so beautiful, and I’m glad it’s getting such good reviews from the site. I actually wonder who is writing them.

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Thank you so much to Amazon for sharing their beautiful summary of this amazing book.

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Ohh I am so happy that Amazon was the winner of the book! I love the 2 summaries we have recieved and I cannot wait for the next. What amazing stories!! To read the “real” thing would be incredible but whomever is writing the reviews for Amazon is doing a superb job at relaying Jo’s stories.

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Did anybody notice they had one of the Hogwarts hogs over the door at Sotherby’s? Nice touch—that and the engraved or painted glass with the illustration.

I don’t know why they say “spoilers”—it’s not like anybody will be able to read it unless she allows it to be published one day. Or maybe that’s a hint that she will?

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Wow! I’m nearly crying, sighing, gasping, laughing, and gawking at the creativity, enchantment, love, friendship, and unity displayed by the characters in her fairy tales. Way to go, Rowling, and Kudos, Amazon, for sharing!

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LemonFaerie, i’ve tried to cut back on being online, tho somedays i’m checking leaky more than i shold. i’ll make the time to visit soon, got some news to share (going to Maine for the spring semester..and living on the beach..in Maine, in winter???)

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This has been a wonderful year to be a Harry Potter fan. Thank you, Jo.

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Oh, and thank you, Amazon!

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I have to believe that a “consumer” version of the book will be released some day. I think that is why the “spoiler alert” is there. But speaking as someone who started in the HP world by watching the first three movies, I can attest to the fact that even though I has a “summary” knowledge of the story the books were just so much richer. That’s what I think will happen with the full story version of the “Tales of Beedle the Bard”. And remember that we’ve already heard one of the stories read in full, from the original runes.

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I agree, Mountain Violet, this has definitely been our year. Never before have I felt so happy so say I’m a Harry Potter fan than now. This whole year has been the best Christmas present ever.

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As everyone else is saying.. WOW. I’m at home sick today and reading these stories has definitely raised my spirits. I especially like the fountain story. I’m glad the knight didn’t drown in the end!!! LOL :)

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Wow, I’m so pleased that Amazon won and was great enough to share it with fans…The ending of The Fountain of Fair Fortune was excellent; what an unforgettable ending! Although the hopping pot was quite entertaining.

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OMG I love this. I read it and one of the main characters in “Fountain of fair Fortune” shares my name; Asha. I was honestly shocked!!

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“Thank you Amazon” my foot !

Mega greedy corporation uses its power to advertise itself and exploit gullable Harry Potter readers who will never read the stories. Its all disgusting and its all the fault of the author.

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This is brilliant! But I wish they could type it out exactly in Jo’s own words….

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well, i’m not going to read the summaries, even though they sound wonderful. i’ll wait and see if the book will be published some day. i’m in no hurry, but you can only read something for the first time once, and i don’t want to “spoil” it.

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M Jones: Wtf? Would you rather a private individual have purchased it? If that had happened we would have NO idea what contents the book held.

Donating 4 mill to charity. So disgusting…

On that end note- Thank you amazon!

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What a great story! I know I’d never write it as well as Jo did, but I’d love to write my own complete version of the stories and read them to my kids xD

Oh. Wait..

I don’t have kids yet. lol. Maybe later, then xD

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M Jones: Don’t be ridiculous. Amazon are treasured by book-lovers across the globe. I think it’s very suitable that they were the ones to buy the book. Besides, they just gave millions of pounds to charity and then gave up their time to write reviews on the stories that Jo Rowling fans have been dying to hear about.

I don’t really see where they’re gaining anything at all, except our respect.

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Jo. is. AMAZING!!!!! I sooo love this story, and I hope that I some time in the future will have the oppurtunity to read it. Once again, AMAZING!

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Echoing Katie….........and adding: Too beautiful, for words!

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Kelly, Linny…

M Jones shows up in each thread, posts one negative comment with no substance, and then vanishes. Save your breath and bloodpressure responding.

So, are we going to get one review each day, or will the Amazon reviewer take the weekend off?

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Iolanthe Sorry to spoil your “vision”, but the stone carving above Sotheby’s is of Sekhmet, the lion-headed Egyptian goddess of war and destruction.

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@Katie (and anyone else) There, really, is no reason you can’t READ these to your children…..brothers and sisters…..or grandchildren! Sit, in front of your monitor, have your family gathered around. Read the story/synopsis, to them. As if you were reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ or any other story. What a great thing to do, at Christmas! Yah. You’d have to read it, from your monitor. Yah, you can’t show them pictures. But isn’t that what reading is all about? JK has done a magnificent job, with these stories. Amazon has done a great job “reviewing” them, so far. They deserve to be shared….....any way they can be. And what better way, as I said, than as a “family” thing?! It really is, too bad, we can’t print out the review/synopsis. Then, we’d have a “physical” book. But what a fantastic “family” thing…........JMHO Thank you, Amazon and JK, for this beautiful gift. To be shared, amongst ourselves…........what ever the form.

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People on the amazon discussion boards keep on saying how this profits the website. That annoys me. It doesn’t seem to matter about the profit to them, they just want to share amazing stories with devoted Harry Potter fans and I am so happy they bought it, so we can have a taste before JK, HOPEFULLY (am I being overly optimistic?), publishes it.

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“The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” even synopsized, had me misty-eyed. Another example of Jo’s remarkable skills as a storyteller. Thanks, Amazon!

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okay that was a nice story but am i the only one half-sickened by amazon’s complete worship of the author? yes i know that we are all here because we love her work and wish we could read this new book but they are so completely over the top. the reason i love harry potter is more because of the grand story guiding the series, and these are just fairy tales. while i am sure they are beautifully written (literally and figuratively) i cannot imagine that they can in any way be as powerful as 7 books of 300-900 pages each just because they were written by the same person. when they said that the fountain being…well i’ll avoid a SPOILER (oh no?!!!!!), but how could you possibly call that the “Best. Ending. Ever.” and who is writing these, a 15 year old? the review in general is well-written enough but what respectable writer would not only use such ridiculous hyperbole but separate it with periods like they were IMing their lab partner?

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Ick! I really hate the author of these reviews. They’re cloying and annoying. They strike me as padding to allow Amazon to claim that they’re “reviewing” the stories and not simply posting an abridgement.

Hello! Amazon. Reviews don’t give away the endings. Saying “spoiler alert” is no excuse for actually telling how the story ends. A true review would have ended with them getting into the Garden and mention of them facing three challenges before reaching the Fountain. But it’s shameless to say what those three challenges were and who actually got to bathe in the Fountain and how the story ends.

Amazon is simply publishing these stories indirectly. I think Leaky members should send them some nasty notes. The stories will eventually be published and I can wait until then to read them. I’m sickened by this reviewer’s gushing and gawking. Ick!

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David-

We have no reason at all the believe that the Tales will be published. Actually, we have reason to believe that they won’t. If, indeed, J.K. Rowling had intended to publish the book, she would have had to inform the auction before hand, and the buying price would never have been so high as four million. So, saying that “The stories will eventually be published” is probably incorrect. If you’re holding out for the book, you probably won’t ever read anything more of the Tales. I hope I’m wrong, but I am EXTREMELY doubtful that it will ever become published for the public to read.

Therefore, I enjoy Amazon’s review, however “shameless” you find it. Yes, maybe it is more of an overview or something than a review, but you don’t have to read them when they come out.

Anyway, that’s just my take on it.

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The amazon people ask the stupidest questions…

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I have to agree with Suzanna about the possible release of The Tales of Beetle the Bard, but I don’t agree that it’s completely impossible.

Yeah, the odds are stacked against ever seeing more of it than these reviews—but I prefer to stay hopeful. I think there would be some serious issues with it being published right now, but from the tone of Amazon it seems like they might embrace the publication. It certainly wouldn’t lose them any money…It would probably gain them plenty, with people going to Amazon to buy it! I don’t think they would try to sue J.K.R. over misinformation or anything if she decided to publish it. It would probably still be worth it to them to have the “original” copy.

But, really, who knows? I doubt it will ever be published, too, but there’s always hope. I wouldn’t blatantly say it will ever be released, for sure, but still…there’s always the possibility.

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David, people should NOT send Amazon nasty notes for this! Whether you like the things or not, it is generous of Amazon to post these. They won’t make any direct profit from it – maybe some profit, yea, but not direct profit. I really am hopeful that tToBtB will be published but it doesn’t seem likely.

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Does any one see many links to the books? For example, “the true power lies within” for the end of the second tale? Felix Felicies, anyone? Where Harry pretends to put the potion into Ron’s drink, and Ron plays a perfect game of Quidditch, because he THINKS he’s been given lucky potion. That’s a brilliant bit of… linking to stories? I don’t know the term.

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The review of The Warlock’s Hairy Heart is now on the Amazon pages.

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Thanks Roonwit! This tale definitely sounded very much like a Grimm’s brothers tale, most of which did not have the happiest of endings. I really liked this one as well, for the lesson it teaches and for the similarity of characters in it and Harry Potter naturally :) So wonderful thank you Jo!

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Wow it sounds amazing i’m so glad they’re putting up sypnosis’ i’m very intrigued to know what the story of babitty rabit and her cackling stump is about personnaly! Thanks for posting this sue! lol xxxxxx

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This was one of my favourite stories of beedle’s! I love Jo!

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Absolute treasure for ever, and such a wonderful charity, lets hope it makes lots of money for such a worthwhile Charity and makes the childrens lives happy, healthy, safe and warm.

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these stories are just wonderful even if you are reading only their summary and its just great knowing that one of the characters has the same name as me. I loved reading these….thank you amazon…............

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