Additional Info on Previous Elder Wand Owners, Malfoy Family, Aberforth Dumbledore and More in New “Beedle the Bard” Book

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Aug 01, 2008

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Scholastic, the US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, have updated their website with additional information regarding some of the content to be found in the new “Tales of the Beedle the Bard” book by J.K. Rowling due December 4 of this year. Noting the material written 18 months before his death, Professor Albus Dumbledore is said to reveal ” not just his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, but also more of his personal qualities: his sense of humor, his courage, his pride in his abilities, and his hard-won wisdom.” Of particular interest are the new details we can expect to find regarding “Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his family, and Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (or “Nearly Headless Nick”), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a “hairy heart.” But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life.”

If you have not yet done so, be sure to check out in depth the new cover art by Mary Grande Pre on the Scholastic website, as well as see photos of the deluxe edition of the book here in our image galleries, along with the UK edition of the novel. Single High Res images of the US book cover can be seen via this link, the UK cover right here.

Again, all proceeds of this book, sales of which are expected to exceed 8 million dollars, will benefit the Children’s High Level Group. As noted before, there will be two editions of the book, a special Collector’s Edition and the Standard version both will be published December 4, 2008. Pre-orders for the book are available via our Cauldron Shop: Collector’s Edition, Standard Edition. The Collector’s Edition ($100 USD) will include the following:
All five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Outer case disguised as a wizarding textbook from the Hogwarts library
Exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction
10 new illustrations by J.K. Rowling not included in the Standard Edition or the original handcrafted edition
Velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature
Metal skull, corners, and clasp
Replica gemstones
Emerald ribbon

The Standard Edition ($7.59 USD) will have:
All five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard
A new introduction by J.K. Rowling
Illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book
Commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore





119 Responses to Additional Info on Previous Elder Wand Owners, Malfoy Family, Aberforth Dumbledore and More in New “Beedle the Bard” Book

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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!

SO EXCITED!

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HEEEEEEEEEPPP! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! I CANT WAIT!

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First!

Wow, this is awesome news. Sooo much information!! It’s almost like JK is preparing us for her Hogwarts: A History… One can only hope!

Quick question, is this book going to be for sale at book stores? Or can you only order it online? None of the press releases or news stories on the book seem to indicate otherwise…

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GREAT!!!!!! Can’t wait!.It’s like a new “potter book” for me!!!!Thanks JKR for letting us live in another world than ours and thanks Leaky for these great news§.

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This is fantastic news, Something to look forward too after the HBP film is released.

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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cant wait!!! does anyone wonder what the sorting hat said when ginny was sorted? (random)

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I’m sooo excited!! (If anyone was wondering, BN has the US edition listed as 128 pgs…:D)

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I ma so excited, i cant way till i have i ton my hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEYEYEYYEY GO JO.

I HOPE JO. COM EUP WITH MORE STUFF, WE LOVE IT

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Thank you so much, Jo…<3

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Looks interesting! Heh, poor J.K., she can’t seem to escape this world she’s created. Godwilling she’ll be writing ancilliatory stuff forever. :D

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This just looks so excellent. I’m really excited!

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I have a question does the collectors version come with the Dumbeldore commentary as well ? Cause it seem in the description only the standard additons has them .

Does anyone know ?

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I PREORDER IT OM IM SOOOOO HAPPY, MY MUM UNDERSTOOD ME I WANTED IT SO BAD! 100 dollar is about 600kr in Swedish money so its really now that much IM SO EXITEEEEEEEED

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I CAN’T WAIT!!! Next up: the Encyclopedia!!!

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I just pre-ordered mine! It’s my Christmas present to me! I’m so excited!

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YAY!!! i am so excited! thnx for creating harry potter J.K. Keep the books comming plz!!

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Natalie: the answer to your question is yes. Check out the details here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0956010903/ref=ms_sbrspot_0/002-9089739-5200047?pf_rd_p=421436201&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=507846&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1KAT7RP3K4607B01498C

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I wonder if Jim Dale is going to do an audio book version of this….that would be cool.

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YAY!!! This is the best news since…I don’t know…ever?! hehe So glad the Standard and Collecter’s Edition are coming out together…I can buy the Standard for myself and Santa can bring me the Collecters! Thank you Ms. Rowling!!!!!

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This is incredible! I was already so excited about getting to buy the book at all – knowing that these are the kinds of details that will be included makes it even better. Jo is brilliant…this is the perfect way to hold us over until the Scottish Book is finally published! :)

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Thought you might be interesting in this.

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OMG! I can’t wait until I have my collectors copy in my hands!!!!!

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This is such fantastic news! Jo, if you are reading this, please know that we are so thankful for this new information and are SO EXCITED for the Scottish book too! I want to know Everything, and you are the only one who can tell us! :)

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So, so, so, so, SO HAPPY!!!!!! We ordered two collectors, one standard and one UK standard, we are ALL set! Jo, thank you so much! I was hopeful when the Beedle books first came out that we would someday be able to own one ourselves, Christmas has come early this year! :)

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Awesome! Can’t wait for it!

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Hey- I just had a thought. If Dumbledore wrote this 18 months before his death, then he would have been working on this during the “January of book 5” or around there. So, somebody grab Order of the Phoenix and see what was going on right after Christmas in book 5 – Was this after he had left Hogwarts and Umbrage had taken over?

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Oh, and we find out “other professors at Hogwarts.” Maybe we will find out who the “married teachers” she mentioned in Melissa’s interview were.

Agh, I’m so sorry. I’m an HP addict, and when I find out new info it’s like I’ve ingested 4 quarts of refined white sugar!

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Yeah, this is totally amazing!! I so look forward to this!!

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More great news!!!!

I preordered my collectors and 2 of the standard editions yesterday morning. They are currently #1 and #2 on Amazon’s sales list. I’m waiting to see when the collector’s edition will sell out it’s preorder since it’s limit is up to 100,000 copies worldwide. So I encourage anyone who wants the collector’s to preorder it before they declare it sold out.

I cannot wait to have these in my hands!! Well only with gloved hands for the collectors! LOL

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Didn’t read everything that’s written up here, because I wanna be surprised when I get it in the mail! :-)

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@ anotherweasley

Why did you order two standard editions?

On the limited edition- luuurv the fact that i’m one in a hundred thousand ;-)

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It does rather sound like a mini Scottish Book, since it seems Dumbledore’s commentary is ranging fairly widely, which basically means Jo could put in anything she wanted up until the point it was supposedly written, so it should be an interesting and fun read.

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can you write about albus, james, lily potter, hugo, rosie weaseley and scorpius malfoy and their time at hogwarts pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!! jk rowling

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I really want the Collector’s Edition, but man $100 is alot, still considering what it is the Collector’s Edition is worth it. Even with that said I’m still not going to pre-order it right away. Santa perhaps?

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I’m definitely getting both versions… now I just need to start saving up money! Argh, it stinks to be broke. D:

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OMG! IM SO EXCITED! IM GONNA PREORDER MINE! U CAN GET IT FROM BORKERS FOR $7.79. GO JO ROWLING! IM SO HAPPY SHE MADE IT INTO A BOOK THAT WE CAN ALL BUY!

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The news just gets better and better!

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I’m upset that I can’t afford the collector’s edition. The price difference is so huge that I expect it to be soo much better than the standard… anyway I’m just getting the standard one. Was anyone else annoyed at how they put “Harry Potter” on the cover? It ruins the authenticity. Oh well, I’m much more interested in the content.

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Just put in my preorder for the Collectors Edition. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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Oh goodie!!! new canon on the horizon.

let’s hope it doesn’t scatter too many fanfic illusions

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do you think it will get released in other countries because i’m mexican and i really , really want it, i don’t care if they dom’t translate it as a matter of fact i prefer to read it in english, i’m just really hoping scholastic or bloomsbury will export it here to mexico. do you think there’s a posibility?

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Yay, really excited! I’ll have to admit that I prefer the UK standard edition, though. I think the huge font on the US cover is inappropriate and makes it look somewhat cheap… The artwork is really nice, though, I’m assuming that’s the cackling stump? :P

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do you thnk it will be exported to mexico? because i really really want it

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I was so excited when I heard the news. The moment my pay cheque was deposited, I bought 1 copy of each of the books. I cannot believe that we have to wait 4 more months!!!

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I was so excited when I heard the news. The moment my pay cheque was deposited, I bought 1 copy of each of the books. I cannot believe that we have to wait 4 more months!!!

I would love if there would be an audio version of this book too!!! I’d buy that as well!!!

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I hope the extra info is in both editions.

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I’ve ordered mine, getting both UK versions. Early xmas pressie for me.

Can’t wait! Thank you Jo for sharing this with us all!

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Hurray, this is fantastic! Like CarolynJ (and i’m sure others), i just pre-ordered mine for me too. It’s my christmas present to me as well. giggle I ordered the collector’s edition, which i’m super fantastically excited about! Anyway, i think it’ll just be brillant.

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AAAAHHHHHHKKK! OMG! Where can I get one? Where can I pre order one? quick quick!!!!! i can not wait! i bet i’ll finally be able to finish a HP book in one day! can thursday December 4th, 2008 come any later!!!!!!!?

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Beautiful!

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I can’t wait for this to come out. So excited!!! =]

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Can it be December yet? NO NO wait, November, can it be Novemeber yet? I don’t want to miss the movie

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There’s no way my mum’s gonna let me buy the collector’s. It’s too expensive. But I’ll definitely get the standard…even if it isn’t as good.

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I just ordered my copy – Le Collectors Edition! I am officially one of 100,000 =]]] I feel special hahaha

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hmmm…cant wait for the Tales to be out…and it does sound interesting..it’d be like a HP 8 in a different form..lol

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SOOO EXCITED CAN’T WAIT!!!! I don’t really fancy the American cover, maybe i’ll order the UK version instead, means aa longer wait though : /

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heyy will the collectors edition have the albus dumbledore commentarys on it?

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“10 new illustrations by J.K. Rowling not included in the Standard Edition ” Why this differance between the collector’s (65€) and the standard (5€) ? Why this discrimination between rich and less rich ? I taugth one of the lessons Rowling wanted to give us through Harry Potter was ” no discrimination” . But we all know money rules the world, even the HPworld !!!

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Can’t wait to read it!!!

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Just when you think that we’ve basically bled every drop of information from poor JKR she lets out new info! I would be squeeing if my kids wernt sleeping!!! I also wish I could spare a hundred bucks for the delux….well there is christmas! SQUEEEE!

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I knew it was getting released eventually…

To the Mexican guy… I’m Mexican too, and I also prefer to read it in English. I’m pretty sure the standard Scholastic edition will be here at almost – if not the same – time as in the US, just like the previous books. And I’m also pretty sure it will get eventually coughsevenmonthscough translated, although I never get those (I only have the first one in Spanish, and it was a gift). As for the collector’s edition, I understand it’s Amazon exclusive, and it will very likely be sold out before it’s even released, so I don’t think we’ll see it in conventional stores. However, I’m pretty sure Amazon will ship books to Mexico (although I’ve never used Amazon before…)

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Wow this is exciting news!

And if anyone wants to buy me the Collector’s Edition, I’d be more than grateful!

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OMG YAY!!! Can’t believe it – so excited! Can anyone tell me how much both editions are in pounds (£’s) and if you can buy the both books in a bookshop or whether you can only order online?

Oh – and by the way thanks Jo! xx

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Chelsae, Don’t be annoyed about the cover, the book is supposed to be a copy translated by Hermione. The UK version is much better, but I have ordered the Collector’s edition – that’s mine, but think I will go back and order the standard as presents for some of my godchildren.

Jo, Thanks a million for allowing the book to be published. You must be having a wonderful time keeping Harry alive for us.

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Bless her for giving us a reason to go on! I feel lost without Harry…

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That amazing news has made my day! I love you JKRowling.

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Laurel the $100 book is about £50 and the $7.59 is about £3.85. I really want to buy both but I don’t know if I will have enough money.

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I AM SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! I’M GOING TO ASK FOR THE COLLECTORS EDITION FOR MY BIRTHDAY! X

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Squeak! I’m so excited! I can’t wait!

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How lovely! I’m psyched about the commentary from Dumbledore: I loved the “scholarly” commentary and footnotes in Fantastic Beasts, and I’m hoping this will be in a similar vein.

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I know it’s for charity, but it is just like the seventh movie being split up in two…

Long live $$Harry Potter$$...

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YAY!!!!! This is so cool!

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OH MY GOSH ! ! ! this is an absolute SQUEEEEEEE. Another HP book to enjoy reading. I’ll order the collector’s edition. Have more time to save for it, but definitely, I’ll get it no matter what. Thanks JKR you’re not only the best but you have a good heart for helping and being charitable. God Bless You and I love you !

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I went ahead an pre-ordered the deluxe edition because I thought that they might run out if I didn’t do it right away. Is the deluxe edition also going to have notes from Dumbledore? Everywhere I look is only mentioned that the standard edition will have them. It would make sense for the deluxe edition to have everything that the standard one does, but I can’t seem to verify that. Thanks!

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No, the standard edition will have Dumbledore’s commentary as well. As far as I can tell the only thing extra in the Collector’s edition, apart from the presentation, is 10 new illustrations by Jo. Incidentally, relative Amazon UK figures are 61% to 39% in favour of the collector’s edition.

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I absolutely cannot wait!!

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more info on the tales of beetle and bard said to be pre-quill to Harry Potter

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Cover for the UK-edition: smaller market, better taste. This summer, I bought paperback copies of books 6 & 7. Now I feel having contributed enough.

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omg im so EXCITED!!!!!! i agree, this is perfect to hold us all over till the scottish book… i dont know how i could have survived the next 2 years without another hp book!!! - i wonder if barnes and noble will have a midnite release that would just be too cool ; )

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this is so greaat!!!! Im always seeking to feel as if I was inside hp world, which I cannot with only reading harry potter because it means Im outside! Im definitely going to buy the special edition.. Im crazy about it!

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I hope that I’ll get that book soon. I am dying to read it :)

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i was just wondering if the said amazing book will also be available in the philippines…i hope it is available because i just can’t wait to have one for christmas as well…can anybody know? hhhmmm…

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I’m SO EXCITED!!!! I can’t wait, this should be so awesome!!!! Cross your fingers for the Encyclopedia!!!! = D

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The front cover of the UK edition is better. The US one is childish.

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Will this have same day release worldwide? Amazon does not ship stuff in certain parts of Asia. =(

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP OH MA GAWD ^^ SO EXCITED

i thought She Made one and only sold it for like £1 million

OH WELL . ITLL BE ALL MINE SOON. ALL MINE MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA Thank you jk ;)

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I can’t wait, for me too, this will be just like another Harry Potter Book, I am very excited!!!!!

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