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The Tales of Beedle the Bard Now Available, Early Reviews of New Printed Book Now Online

Posted by: sue
December 04, 2008, 08:12 AM

Behold, the Bard! The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the new book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has now officially be released! Last night, some fans were able to attend special midnight release parties, such as those in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Scotsman reports that while the parties were not as large as in years past, fans still dressed as their favorite characters and "enjoyed a Hogwarts-style feast as they waited for the launch of The Tales of Beedle the Bard at midnight...Christie Roberts, 21, a student from Cowgate, attended the party at Borders last night. She and friend, Dinah Russel, 21, who travelled from Stirling, planned to stay up all night reading. She said: "I think it's just the really hard core fans here. It's not one of the actual Harry Potter series, so it's more subdued than last time. It's for those of us who can't let go. I'm so excited."

Others attended parties in London, as seen in this BBC video now in our galleries. UK paper, the Daily Mail reports that one party had almost 500 people, and many were very excited to be getting the new book of tales that were first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.Grayson Walton, 18, from Godalming in Surrey, said: 'There was no way I was not going to be at the launch. When I heard about it, I moved heaven and earth to be here.' A reminder that JK Rowling will be holding her tea party event later today starting at 4pm,  where she "will read passages from The Tales of Beedle the Bard, at Edinburgh's Parliament Hall." Many parties are planned for this afternoon, with others being held this weekend. A reminder too, that TLC and PotterCast will also be holding a release party event tomorrow at the Books of Wonder store in NYC, hope to see you there!

While Amazon posted their summaries last year, several early reviews of the new printed version of book are now online. There is one at the end of the The Dail Mail article, with the AP has a broader review, saying:

"If anything, the new book shows us Rowling hasn't lost her touch since finishing her series. It's all here — cleverly written stories, little details that add to the enjoyment of readers who spot them, deeper points about the choices people make and their consequences. The yarns are ostensibly meant to be read by wizard children, so they're short, but they don't lack for action, or in some cases, rather gruesome imagery and some violence. Apparently wizard children are a hardy bunch."

Finally, The Telegraph has a more detailed review, including some of the new material from Dumbledore, who makes notes that appear throughout the entire book of tales.

"Those who know their Harry Potter will turn straight to the notes of the final tale, "The Tale of the Three Brothers". Dumbledore mentions that the legend of three brothers who cheated Death and were rewarded with an unbeatable wand, a stone that brings the dead to life and an Invisibility Cloak, might have an element of truth in it. At this point all Potter fans will be shouting out loudly in response. (Note for parents: these tales hint at the ending of the Potter books, but don't actually give it away.)

This short collection would be unremarkable were it not for the body of work that lies behind it. There is an element of padding to make it a respectable length and it will barely satisfy the Potter fanatics for more than half-an-hour. Still there are some nice touches and all profits go to charity, which fits with the generous impulse of the stories."

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First :)

I got mine through the post today! Yay!

Posted by Natalie on December 04, 2008, 08:50 AM report to moderator

I’m still waiting on mine to arrive….c’mon Amazon!!!!! Well, An Phost is delivering it so HURRY ON to the postman :-)

Posted by Wingardium on December 04, 2008, 08:53 AM report to moderator

wish i could of gone but they don’t do midnight releases here in italy :-( they haven’t even shipped beedle the bard to the international bookstore here in florence! still, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Posted by liv on December 04, 2008, 08:53 AM report to moderator
Callisto Lamia

Yeah! got mine too some time ago through the (owl)post! AWESOME! I Love it! and man, it is heavy for such a tiny book!

Posted by Callisto Lamia on December 04, 2008, 08:56 AM report to moderator

Got mine at the crack of dawn this morning, it’s a wonderful little book!

Posted by Quietus on December 04, 2008, 08:59 AM report to moderator

went and got mine today! and just like the article said i skipped straight to the bit by dumbledore, read a sentence or two then decided i should read it from start to finish instead, then go back to dumbledores bits :)

Posted by danielle on December 04, 2008, 09:13 AM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

Didn’t have an Midnight Parties, here in the South [South Carolina, USA, that is!]
I envy NYC…..I can’t wait to go to the Books-A-Million [in the heart of the Christmas traffic, no less] to get mine! Glad the reviews are coming out! It’s interesting to note that ‘The Daily Mail’ reports that “If any thing, the new book shows us that Rowling hasn’t lost her touch, since finishing her series.” NO DOUBT! Can’t wait!!!!! Have fun, at the Tea, y’all!

Posted by Confederate Lady on December 04, 2008, 09:17 AM report to moderator

I bought the special edition and the bloody thing still hasn’t arrived. Not impressed, Amazon!

Posted by Hollierose on December 04, 2008, 09:17 AM report to moderator

I got mine, like, half an hour ago, and I got a frappachino, and I’m going to read it nowwwww squees and falls over

Posted by Jen-en-en-a!!! on December 04, 2008, 09:29 AM report to moderator

Merlin’s Pants!!! Hahaha. I’m so excited….can’t wait to get my copy!

Posted by phoenixgirl on December 04, 2008, 09:31 AM report to moderator

WOW!!! got mine through the post this morning…. amazon in England have actually been on time for a change! Unfortunatly for me ive got tonnes of work to do so have only been able to read the hopping pot so far with the noted accompanying it but JKR is as good as ever with her brilliant story-telling and her clever and funny commentry as from Dumbledore. i can’t wait to read the rest followed by Mellisas book which came at the same time!!!

Posted by jonamos on December 04, 2008, 09:50 AM report to moderator
KB Prez

I’m still waiting for my copy from Amazon too. Argh.

Posted by KB Prez on December 04, 2008, 10:24 AM report to moderator

You can’t blame the time the book gets to you today you have to blame the post office or UPS at least here in the US. My post man comes around 11:00 am everyday so that is when the book will arrive. If your post man does not deliver to your house until late afternoon then that will be when you get the book. Amazon just says the book will be delivered today not first thing today. If it was shipped UPS then they do there routes and if you live close to the ups station you will not get your package until late in the afternoon. Everytime I get something shipped UPS it comes at 6:00 pm becasue the UPS station is two blocks away. Anyway, I expect mine to arrive in about half an hour and my UK copy that I ordered from Amazon UK will be here early next week. I can’t wait until I have both editions to add to my HP US and UK collections.

Posted by Michele on December 04, 2008, 10:36 AM report to moderator
Weird One

I am sitting here playing the waiting music from Jeopardy watching for my mailman. He’s Late! I have ordered both copies and am twitching to get a look at them.

Posted by Weird One on December 04, 2008, 10:47 AM report to moderator

Mine arrived at 10.45am via my regular postman. I opened it for a quick look but I had to dash of to keep a dental appointment. It is so beautifully presented in its Hogwarts-style book box and the book itself is so special. I’m going to have a cup of coffee, wash my hands and settle down with my treasure to explore every delight.

Posted by Graymayne on December 04, 2008, 11:05 AM report to moderator
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