Friday 8 April 2016

Harry Potter Novella's: The Tales of Beetle and the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by: J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beetle and the Bard 

Genre: Fantasy 
Published: December 4, 2008 by: Bloomsbury 
Pages: 108 
Rating: 5/5 stars 

Enchanting stories and myths that have delighted wizard children for ages, The Tales of Beetle and the Bard consists of 5 mystical stories translated from ancient runes, all about the wizarding world. The stories may have been familiar to us from The Harry Potter series, and now there ours to read to a get glimpse on some "wizard style" fairytales. 

I have been wanting to get my hands on this book since forever! The stories look absolutely mysterious, and I was especially excited to read the 4 stories we have only heard about in Harry Potter, but never read about. For those of you unfamiliar, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione receives a book containing wizard fairytales that the wizarding world grew up with. Now, J.K. Rowling has published the stories so that we may read all about them. This woman has a damn great imagination. 

I'm going to go classic here and say that my favourite story was The Tale of the Three Brothers, because that story is oh-so-chilling, especially if you know the significance behind it. However I also really loved "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", it was equally funny and mysterious. To be honest, all of the stories were amazingly thought out, and believe it or not, had some great morals and lessons to be learned as well. As we all know, Ms. Rowling does magic well. 

Pick up this book if you'd love to look more into the stories of the ancient Harry Potter world, or if you just simply love fairytale-style books! I think anyone would enjoy these :D 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

Genre: Fantasy 
Published: June 1, 2001 by: Arthur A. Levine 
Pages: 64 
Rating: 5/5 stars 

The ever so popular magical monsters guide, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was written by magic zoologist Newt Scamander, as an alphabetical guide to the wizarding world's magical creatures. Now, us muggles can read them to get a glimpse, just in case you might cross a basilisk or a troll in your lifetime. 

This book was utterly hilarious and so adorable! Another wizarding-world style novella, Rowling set this one up in the style that it belongs to Harry himself, and so the whole book is graffitied with notes from Harry and his friends. It seemed as if it was his actual copy! The actual book was very imaginative and fun to read, and the silly notes from Harry and co. just made the whole thing even more joyous. I especially loved all of the Hagrid jokes! 

So these are my reviews of J.K. Rowling's Hogwart's Library series, and I think she did a fantastic job! This woman truly created an entire world of wizardry that goes beyond what we learnt in Harry Potter, and it was great fun to read about. 

Have you read these books? What did you think? 

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I loved Beedle the Bard - especially the illustrations, which are awesome.

    Haven't read Fantastic Beasts, though it does look interesting.

    Fab review :)

    1. Thanks Cee! The illustrations add a great touch :)