Hello Headmistress McGonagall!
With this Christmas break now done, I have finished my son’s third library book, also checked out from Hogwart’s. While Fantastic Beasts raised some ire, my mellowing started with the Quidditch volume. Now full blown excitement fills my Muggle veins
The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is exquisitely penned by some wizard who lived a long time ago, named appropriately Beedle The Bard (that name sounds less false than the previous ones do, which helps the believability). The fact so many of these wonderful delightful children’s stories not only have a moral, but in all likelihood actually happened, makes them all extra special. The desert on this scrumptious meal of a book is the informative notes from your late mentor, Mr. Dumbledore.
Reading and embracing this slim hardcover of ancient fables was quite an enjoyable pastime for me this holiday season. The tale “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump” held particular sway, since it deals with ugly prejudice having to be fought, all through cunning and guile. Also, the rather morbid story “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” has a definitive Poe feeling to it. Needless to say, I found them all highly entertaining and extremely moralistic.
While each tale individually is marvelous, the historical footnotes are forthwith and insightful. The scholarship exhibited here is quite impressive, it makes me feel like Mr Dumbledore had enjoyed a long and well lived life, filled with much wisdom. Maybe he used that Pensieve device to commune with Mr. Bard. I could see that possibility.
In fact, has anyone tried that experiment? Have an expedition journey into the Pernsieve, seek out, say, the Three Brothers, and ask to see the Elder Wand. That would be most exciting!! And we might even catch a glimpse of Death. Wonder what the chap looks like.
I certainly hope that, somewhere in some musky witches liar, an undiscovered manuscript filled with more Tales from Beedle is uncovered. That would be quite interesting, and maybe this time you Headmistress could provide the end notes. But would it be difficult to write with a cat’s paw?
My son has told me of another book, about to released, that he wishes to get. Something called “How To Destroy Your School And Have Fun Doing It” by some wizard named George Weasel. I certainly hope he is joking.
May you have an excellent rest of the school year Headmistress, and never be stuck with a dancing pot.
Your’s Very Sincerely,
P.S. This book helped win a war? Amazing what the power of the printed word can do! Which chapter was read aloud to the troops by Harry Plodders girlfriend Hermione? I bet a quid it was the story of the knight and the fountain. That one sounds so dashing!
This letter plopped out of my fireplace, probably via the Floo network, just a short time ago. I placed it online in order to promote great children’s literature, and to provide a glimpse into the magic folks myths and legends.
P.P.S. The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is copyright 2012 to J.K. Rowling.