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JK Rowling Comments on Success of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" Sales for Charity

Posted by: sue
December 17, 2008, 08:23 AM

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made some new comments in the wake of the release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The new book, which was released on December 4 with all proceeds to benefit the Children's High Level group charity, raced to the top of the best seller lists. The PA reports that "2,629,000 copies of the book - the first from the writer since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - were sold in the first week, generating £4.2 million for children suffering in institutions. Jo is quoted as follows:

"I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised," Rowling said.

"I would like to thank everyone who has so far purchased a copy of the book.

"All royalties will be going to help children without families, many of them with disabilities, whose voices have been unheard for many years."

On the CHL website, further comments can be found from charity officials:

Richard Alderslade, Chief Executive of CHLG, said: "We had no idea what to expect in terms of sales figures so we are thrilled by such impressive sales in the first week alone. Whatever the final total, and we do hope that Beedle stays on top of the bestsellers list for Christmas, the project will certainly raise a huge amount to fund our work, giving hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children across Central and Eastern Europe a better life. Each time someone opens a copy of Beedle this Christmas or gives it as a gift, they will be making a difference to the life of a vulnerable child living not so very many miles away.

"Once again, we'd like to extend our thanks to JK Rowling for her ongoing support and for the wonderful gift of Beedle; not only the beautiful handcrafted copy we auctioned last year, but for allowing us to publish the tales so that people everywhere can enjoy them."

In case you missed it previously, photos from the launch of Beedle the Bard are available here in our image galleries, with TLC's video coverage found here and here.

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Confederate Lady

Wow! Again, I have to add another little “bit”…a very good friend of mine, from a group I belong to, has 9 grandchildren. 7 of which are reading age. All of them have been reading the HP series, and have seen all the movies. When Beedle was released, she bought 10 copies. One for each grandchild, for Christmas, and three others. One, for herself. One, for her daughter, the eldest. [she is the mother of 7 of the 9] and one “just because”. “Just because” she is very much in tune with helping children. With 9 grands, it’s an important thing, to her! She loves JKR, respects her, as we all do. For her, as well, Thank you, Jo, for all your good works! P.S.: Good morning, Professor Potter! :D

Posted by Confederate Lady on December 18, 2008, 07:47 AM report to moderator

I miss the wizarding world so much. Just don’t get back here as much since I grew up and married a muggle. I knew the book was coming out but no pre-orders and such for me. Where once I would have stayed up until midnight I was content to come across it in a shop and buy it then (didn’t care a knut how much it was, just picked it up and put it in me cauldron, er, I mean bag). Merry Christmas everyone.

Posted by CristalShandaLear on December 18, 2008, 07:56 AM report to moderator
Marcelo L.

I’m really happy to see that Beedle is a world phenomenon! And the sales will raise! \o/

Posted by Marcelo L. on December 20, 2008, 06:41 AM report to moderator

Yay – got my collectors edition on the 4th (my birthday!)
Really brilliant that so much money has been raised. Thanks to everybody who brought it.

And a special thanks and congratulations to Jo.


Posted by Laurel on December 21, 2008, 07:13 AM report to moderator

Hiya, – loads of money been raised “fantasic”. Such a worthy cause. Well done Ms. Rowling.

Posted by EMMZY on December 21, 2008, 07:17 AM report to moderator
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