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Thursday, July 31, 2008

PSA: The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard on SALE

Ahem. Ladies. Amazon.com will be selling exclusive copies of The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard, by JK Rowling. For the price of $100… but still!

Oh wait, you can also order an Average Joe copy for the low, low price of $7.79.

Wahoooooooooo!

It comes out December 4, 2008. I’m quite sure each and every Smartini barmaid will have this item on their Christmas list. Or hell, I might just order my copy IMMEDIATELY.

Ripped straight from amazon.com, because due to my excitement, I can barely type, much less sum up:

“Tucked in its own case disguised as a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library, the Collector's Edition includes an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Opening the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon.

Offering the trademark wit and imagination familiar to Rowling's legions of readers--as well as Aesop's wisdom and the occasional darkness of the Brothers Grimm--each of these five tales reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales, noting that the characters in Beedle's collection "take their fates into their own hands, rather than taking a prolonged nap or waiting for someone to return a lost shoe," and "that magic causes as much trouble as it cures."

But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered "among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives," the venerable wizard's ruminations on the Tales allow today's readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that "Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles" during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters.

Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led "a certain Beatrix Bloxam" to cleanse the Tales of "much of the darker themes that she found distasteful," forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" that "many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead."

Both a wise and delightful addition to the Harry Potter canon, this new translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard is all that fans could hope for and more--and an essential volume for the libraries of Muggles, wizards, and witches, both young and old.

Net proceeds from this Collector's Edition and the Standard Edition support of the Children's High Level Group, a charity co-founded in 2005 by J K Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children.”

4 tips left at the bar:

Megan said...

I CAN HARDLY COMPREHEND THE WONDERFULNESS THIS IS!

NO, FOR REAL. This is so exciting! I really wish I had $100 to lay out for HP, I bet the official fancy schmancy one would be so neat.

::searching for debit card::

mendacious said...

ok-- i still don't get it. UGH. i'm soooo sorry. no really. i just feel disdain. not about you guys but for JK... i don't know why i'm telling you this. its all irrational and out of place but man... i think i belong to some other universe more akin to tolkien and cslewis and alexander lloyd than this lass. but ah well. if you are happy i will try to be too!. here's to things we love and can't wait for. best-christmas'-ever.

jenn said...

Ooooooh! Forget waiting for Christmas! This one will definitely be an early Christmas present to myself. (I will, however, NOT be purchasing it for $100. I'll wait for the $7.79 version, thank you very much.)

moodr said...

Sounds like an awesome trailer of an Oliver Stone movie instead of Harry Potter :)