Tales for Muggles (the Tales of Beedle the Bard)

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The five different stories with the attached Professor Dumbledore’s notes gives you the general ideas of the children’s tales in the magical world. Instead of jokes and laughs from usual characters like Harry, Hermione, Ron and the Weasley twins, the stories are principle-oriented to explain the most important messages from JKR — like anti racial discrimination and be honest towards Death.

Still, the story I like the most is The Tales of The Three Brothers, which is already released in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. However, I can not resist to laugh at the stupid King in Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump who thinks that he himself should be the only one to use magic, when he cannot even identify the difference between tricks and real magics?

In The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, JKR demonstrated how a father forced his son to be good to other races his own death.  It seems hard enough for one to be good to others, not to mention the huge gap (as if there shouldn’t be) between races. Still, human beings are learning to fill the gap, and with tremendous effort we have put in these years, we are eliminating racial discrimination not only because of someone’s forcing us, but by our truly heart. To love and to care, is always the message that JKR brings us.

In The Fountain of Fair Fortune, JKR shows how everyone should face their difficulties themselves, and everything could be solved even without magic. This story is the most interesting and lovely for children among the series since the 4 characters are so modest and kind who will even pass the opportunity to be lucky to others once they are not in need.

The Warlocks’s Hairy Heart is, on the other hand, the most terrible one. In order to provide an example that how one would become without proper love, JKR wrote this story with a hairy heart and terrible ending to act as a warning for kids (which remind me of the magnificent and impressive drawing of the baobabs in “Le Petit Price”)

Although the stories are written for children, it is always good for us to learn from the very beginning, and isn’t it interesting enough to read the most outstanding wizard’s notes and enjoy his good sense of humor?


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