The Tales of Beetle the Bard

Maybe you've heard of this really famous series of books written by some British author. I think it's called Harry Potter... or something like that.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 11 years, you know what I'm talking about. Even those who haven't read any of the books probably know about it. (By the way, I haven't read any of the books, for the record)

In J.K. Rowling's last book, she makes a reference to something called "The Tales of Beetle the Bard", which supposedly has clues how to defeat the evil bad guy Voldemort (or something like that. I'm sketchy on the details).
Well, it's no longer just a figment of any of her reader's imaginations. Less than a year ago, J.K. Rowling sold a handwritten and handmade copy of this book for over $4mil USD to Amazon (with proceeds going to Rowling's worldwide orphan charity).
Two weeks ago, this book was brought over to Japan to coincide with the release of the last Harry Potter book in Japanese. I was fortunate enough to get really close to the book to see it's magnificent cover and beautifully illustrated text.
Although the Harry Potter series is not significant to me, taking a look at the book itself was an incredible experience. It was a work of art.

Up until now, only a select few people have ever read the tales. Other than the 6 close friends of Rowling (to whom she gave the other six handwritten copies to), only one editor and (likely) the top brass of Amazon have read the tales. I personally saw the first page of each tale.

But Potter fans, do not fret! Starting December this year, Rowling and her charity are publishing these tales in hardcover book form for your reading pleasure.
"The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition" goes on sale in the US December 4th from, with pre-orders already being accepted. (Canadian fans do not fear, you can pre-order from and have it shipped to your home in Canada).

For the hardcore Potter fans out there, there is something even more special. An exclusive, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition" is a book inspired by the original hand crafted version. Though, at a steep $100 USD (over 10x the regular edition), this is for the biggest of hardcore Potter fans.

I consider myself quite lucky in that I was able to see this book. Witnessing the result of the (nearly) lost art of handwritten, hand-drawn, and handcrafted book was something special.

For those of you who are interested in buying the standard or collectors edition of the book, I have included the links at the bottom for your convenience.


Anonymous said...

Wow, so I can get a copy soon? I wonder if that will take away from the mystique that was wrapped up in the secrecy of this book. I'm torn whether to read it, or stick with my imagination's version and not risk being disappointed.

Anyway, that's pretty cool that you saw it Matty-K.

Unknown said...

haha, did your boss pay you to post this! this is free advertising for amazon!!

Matt said...

Jason: You should buy it! In fact, you should buy it by clicking one of the links off of my blog! :P
In fact, buy the collectors edition so it keeps some of its mystique!

Actually, I agree. I'm kind of disappointed Rowling chose to publish this. It was so much cooler when there were only 7 int he world and I was one of the few to get close to it :P

Amanda: Actually, I posted this so I could try Amazon Associates, which makes me money if someone buys this off of my blog ;)