Early on in The Deathly Hallows Hermione Granger inherited a copy of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard from Albus Dumbledore. Neither she nor Harry Potter had heard of the book so Ron Weasley explained that it a book of stories told to young witches and wizards, similar to the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm for Muggle children.
The book contains five short stories, but one in particular, The Tale Of The Three Brothers, was important to the quest that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were on in the final book. Little was known about the other four stories because there was no such book by Beedle the Bard in our world.
That is, until late 2007. J.K. Rowling created seven handwritten and illustrated copies of the book. They were bound with leather and had silver ornamentations on the covers. Each silver piece represents one of the five stories contained inside the book. Rowling gave away six of the books to people who were important in bringing the Harry Potter stories to life, and auctioned off the seventh copy.
The book was made available to the general public when it was published on December 4, 2008. Finally, fans could read the stories that Ron and other wizarding children grew up with! The stories are interesting and unique, and add a wonderful layer of mythology to the Harry Potter series.
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