I decided to start my reign of terrorising authors by taking on a book at my weight level. Not Thomas the Tank Engine, the complete stories, but it was nearly that. I’ve picked the sizable target of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which you may remember from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. Any who enjoy.This book is split into five stories: 1) The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, 2) The Fountain of Fair Fortune, 3) The Warlock’s Hairy Heart, 4) Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump and finally, the famous Tale of the three brothers. As its the one everyone knows i’ll make you wait till the end for that one.
First off, The wizard and the hopping pot is about a wizard who is the son of a kind medicine man who hides his magic from the simple pesents he helps, but uses it to cure them. His son resents him for this, so when he dies, he turnes everyone asking for help away. Only his dad had a old medicine pot, made of bronze, containing one slipper. As the son turned person after person away, there ailment infected the pot as well as them, and the pot grew a foot and followed the wizard around, coughing, ozing puss from boils and claning his bronze foot on the floor, sloshing his contense that had appeared from nowhere. Eventually, the wizard finds his Good nature and heals the people, curing the pot, and empteing it of its contense so he could put the slipper on its foot and they lived happily ever after! Bullshit. This story is about how wizards had to be haunted by every illness, ailment and hardship of muggels, knowing they could cure them but would end up persocuted and hunted for it.
The fountain of fair fortune is arguablly the best known story of Beedle the Bard in the magical world. About three fair witches and a knight named sir luckless who go on a jurney to the founatin that grants its one drinker fair fortune for the rest of there days. On there jurney the three witches each encounter an obstical that makes them realise they don’t need the fountain. Sir Luckless only makes a fool of himself at each obstical so in the end he drinks from the fountain and gets his wish to marry one of the witches, and through all this, none of them realised that the fountain possesed no power at all. This story depicts how you yourself make your own luck and shape your own destiny, but it is also seen by purists before and during Voldomorts reigns of terror to promote magical and muggel marrage and so is a story against nature. Showing just how ahead of his time Beedle was.
The Warlocks Hairy heart. Who says there has to be a happy ending. This sad tale is about a prince who sees love as folly and the fools it makes of us. His swears never to fall for such a weakness and uses dark magic to remove his heart and lock it away in a crystal coffin, hidden in the dungeon without telling anyone. Becomeing hartless and cold and devoted to a life of comfort. He rejoices at his parents death as it leaves him the kingdom and thinks himself wise for chooseing solitude as he sees his friends marry and have children, whome he observes as burdens. Only he overhears two survents one day, one taking pitty on him for never finding love and the other scornfully asking why a man such as his stature had never found love. At this he vowed to be married and meet the perfect girl the very next day. At a banquet in her honour, he takes her to the dungeons and shows her is now shriveled heart grown ugly black hairs with age. The lady convinces him to put his heart back, but it had grown cold and hateful in its crystal prision; and perverted. When the guests were worried at there hosts absence they went to the dungeons to find the lady dead on the floor and the prince clutching her heart. He swears never to be ruled by his heart again and removes his own and for a second kneels triumphant with two hearts untill he falls over dead. This story has surprisingly come under no attemps at interpriation or critisism. Thats it…..
Babbity rabbity and her crackeling stump is an halaious story of a old washer woman who was also a which in the time when witches were hunted. She watched her folish king be tricked by a hustler with a stick trying to teach him magic. She kept up the illusion with real magic without letting onto anyone because it could end the hunting of her kind; but also for a laugh. When one trick goes slighty wrong, the hustler, who had caught on, quickly blames the washer woman Babbity so she ran away, turning herself into a rabbit and hinding under a tree. The king cut down the tree beliving it to be her and then the stump ordered him to stop hunting wizards and witches. She also rats out the hustler, who is later beheaded. She then cackels off into the sunset. This story is rather a poke at how much fun and risk witvhes and wizards could take when messing in the muggle world, but is also a warning that it can be dangerous and even lead to a muggels death, which is wrong even if he does deserve it, but more importantly a warning that that kind of behavior will never stop magic kind being hunted.
Finally, the most famous stroy of the three brothers. If your in any way a Potter fan youve heard this story and understand the moral is you cant cheat death, you can only be wise, carfull, and hide from it. This story, unlike the others contains no muggels but is instead a all magical story, which seperates it from the others as one of Beedles less controversial works, but it still come under the scrutiny of those seeking the deathly hallows. The wand is now split in two somewhere at the mouth of the river circleing Hogwarts or floting out at sea. The resurection stone is somewhere in the dark forrest, undoutably beeing hunted for by the department of misteries, and the cloke is in Harrys’ sons possesion. A very unfitting end i feel for three of the most magically powerful items of all time, but im not J.K.Rowling.
I must finally point out for the record, before i publish this, that i do not belive that the world of Harry Potter is real, as i am a man of science. Having said that, i also will not rule out the possibility of it exsisting as, lets face it, who wouldn’t want some form of magical power. I would have the power to fly; predictable i know but there you go. Please comment on what power you wnat bellow, untill next time.
Oh yeah, my verdict….ummm….. i would say about a 4/10. Great bedtime stories for kids and deeper meaning for adults, fun and entertaining, with good language, but basic, predictable story lines, a little boaring, try to be funny and, well, just arn’t and i just dont think they deserve half of full marks, so 4.