This article is dedicated to the journey of Beadle The Bard stories from the Magic world to the real world.
This is the year 2007. Deathly Hallows, the last book in the Harry Potter series, has been released. This time J.K.Rowling wants to thank six people close to her who are very close to the Harry Potter conversation. She knew there was no point in thanking them with jewelry or anything traditional like that. So she realized that the best thing she could do for them was to write a new book of her own.
She chose the book The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which contains the story of the three brothers mentioned in the seventh book of Harry Potter, which has not yet been written. She created this book to consist of five new stories and created six copies of it herself, so as a token of gratitude, she wrote the six books in her own handwriting and arranged for her own illustrations. She created the look of all six copies in a very unique way.
The cover is made of brown Moroccan leather used for luxury works. Its front was decorated with 5 handmade silver ornaments and encrusted with semiprecious stones. Of these five silver designs, the five stories included were symbolic. She also made sure that the six books were finished with different stones, each with its own value, and my feeling was that the people were showing their worth. She will hand over these 6 books to the relevant 6 persons. How lucky you are to be the owner of a book written by JK.
Although two of the six lucky ones can be identified, the identity of the other four remains a mystery to the world. The known are Barry Cunningham, JK’s first editor, and Arthur A. Levine, British editor.
Why six ???
As we know, the number seven is a unique number for JK. Even in the Harry Potter story, I remember there were a lot of special things in the number seven. She usually tends to make seven special things. We can’t imagine J.K. stopping at 6 copies. Confirming yes, she creates a seventh copy. Can you guess it?
This is how she describes this script.
Albus Bumdaldor leaves a copy of Beedle the bard, written in the old Runes language, to Hermione Granger on his last will and testament. Hermione later translated the book into English. J.K. also gives an interpretation to this book that it is the seventh copy.
This book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was finished in the same way as the rest of the books and was studded with moonstone. Hence the name “Moonstone Edition”. J.K. is creating this book with the idea of auctioning it. It had 157 pages and had a starting price of $ 62,000 with the intention of selling it for a maximum of close to a million dollars. Unexpectedly, the book sold for $ 3.98 million in London. These prices add to the record-breaking price of a manuscript of modern literature.
All of this money was donated by J.K. to The Children’s Voice Charity.
This is the year 2008. As a result of the auction, the companies that bought it announced that they were preparing to print it for the public. Accordingly, its first edition was released on December 4 as a limited number of works. There are five stories.
1. The Tale of the Three Brothers
2. Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
3. The Warlock’s Hairy Heart
4. The Fountain of Fair Fortune
5. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
You can buy this book, which has been translated into 28 languages today, as well as the audio book of the voices of the leading actors who starred in Harry Potter.
If you read this book you will find out what kind of stories magicians tell their children when they are young.
Sasindu Jayasri is an Engineering student at Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.