Tales of Beedle the Bard Pre-Orders “Shipping Soon”


Nov 29, 2008

Posted by SueTLC

With just four days left until the release of the new book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, fans (including this editor) who have pre-ordered their copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard have started seeing their order status set to “shipping soon” or “dispatching soon.” Very exciting business indeed!
On a related note, the LA Times is one of many papers starting to preview the book which goes on sale this week on December 4, with the paper giving some new details on a time frame for the book and a quote from Dumbledore. It reads:

It’s J.K. Rowling’s new book of short fable-style stories set in 16th
century Muggle society, a time before the wizarding world went into
hiding (as they are in the “Harry Potter” novels). Thankfully,
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore puts the collection
in context for modern Muggle readers, noting that “Beedle was somewhat
out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for
Muggles.” (Thursday)

As a reminder, The Tales of Beedle the Bard were first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and are now being published in 23 countries on December 4, 2008. All proceeds from the sale of the new 128 page book will benefit the Children’s High Level Group charity. As reported many times previously, Scholastic, the US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, describes this new book as follows:

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.

The stories are accompanied by delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by
Ms. Rowling herself, featuring a still-life frontispiece for each one.
Professor Dumbledore’s commentary”apparently written some eighteen
months before his death”reveals 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. Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages,
including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, 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

26 Responses to Tales of Beedle the Bard Pre-Orders “Shipping Soon”

Avatar Image says: I got my email earlier today. I cant wait!!Avatar Image says: Woo! Just saw I was charged today =) Avatar Image says: i am so excited!! who cares about finals? i'll be waiting by my mailbox!!Avatar Image says: Ahhhh, I can't wait! The collector's edition will probably be my biggest Potter indulgence yet, and I'm so excited. :DAvatar Image says: Oh my Dumbledore! That's great! I hope I can get the book not too soon after it's released; I doubt Amazon will ship at midnight though. I totally forgot that the book will have Dumbledore doodles or notes.Avatar Image says: Mine still hasnt changed! though it is UK amazon which may be different. I wish i could wait by my mailbox for it and ignore finals but that wouldnt help cause its going to my other address so i wont get it until xmas eve! *sobs*Avatar Image says: Oooooo, so soon! I'm so excited! Let's have a group squee!Avatar Image says: Awesome! Got an email telling me this just ten minutes ago ;D Can't wait!!Avatar Image says: I haven't received this e-mail from Amazon yet, but as soon as I saw this post I went straight to check my order status and now it says "shipping soon"! I am so excited for this week! First we've got Dan on Inside the Actor's Studio and Beedle the Bard will be here Thursday then last but not least the Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family with its HBP exclusives! I really do hope that the Collector's Edition really is worth that $103 Amazon is charging. Still... squee same day delivery! Can't wait!Avatar Image says: I went to Amazon and the regular version shows shipping soon with a Dec 4th shipping date. But the Deluxe edition still says has not shipped and an expected date of Dec 8th. Amazon UK says dispatch date for the regular version is Dec 3rd with expected delivery Dec 13 to 17. I only got the deluxe version from Amazon US but I got both the regular versions as the UK version has a different color and better paper.Avatar Image says: I can't wait until Thursday!!! I'm so excited to read these stories! I really wish I wasn't a poor student and could afford the deluxe edition! I hope everyone who gets the deluxe will post pictures for the rest of us to be jealous of!Avatar Image says: I am excited! I won't be getting my copy, by mail, though! I'll be waiting, outside 'Books-A-Million', waiting patiently [ well, maybe not patiently] for them to open! I didn't order, from Amazon, but directly at the store. This is going to be such a great addition to an already large collection. Something tells me that this collection is just going to keep on growing! I am totally thrilled!Avatar Image says: Mine still hasn't changed yet! OMG I'm panicking!!!!!Avatar Image says: i am so excited cause the books out my birthday the 4th the best b day presentAvatar Image says: i am so excited cause the books out my birthday the 4th the best b day presentAvatar Image says: OMG Sue I love you! squee! I almost wish I'd ordered it in the mail just so i could participate in this experience of true excitement over a book once more.Avatar Image says: My status now says they "posted" it last Wednesday! Eeeee!Avatar Image says: I just checked my status (I ordered from play.com) it says it was posted on wednesday! YaY! Avatar Image says: With me, it's 'not yet dispatched' :(Avatar Image says: I am sooo excited for this book. I will be going to the midnight party on Wednesday night at Picaddilly. And get my CE from Amazon following morning! This however caused me a great deal of stress in answering the current Leaky poll ;)Avatar Image says: Still no change in my order status! : ( Avatar Image says: I pre oredered mine the Leaky posted about it, but Amazon is saying that it won't be shipped till the 8thAvatar Image says: You all are so lucky, those of you that have the 'shipping soon' from amazon massage. This morning after I read this post looked at amazon and it says 'Shipping December 8th". I hope it will ship earllier. Though if it dose ship, as it is a christmas gift to myself, should I hold off and open it on Christmas. I will be picking my standard edition up at barns n noble when it opens on the 4th.Avatar Image says: My CE says it will be shipped the 8th. My standard says the 4th. Still no change in shipping status. : (Avatar Image says: I just ordered mine, but it won't ship until it comes out :( it's supposed to get here the 9th, but i don't mind tooo much cause that's my birthday! Avatar Image says: Just over one day to go!!

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