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AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

A book of five wizarding fairy tales by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. All net proceeds will help make life better for vulnerable children

Who’s it for?

Harry Potter fans of all ages

VISIT THE SITES

scholastic.com/harrypotter
Children's High Level Group

Release Date

December 4, 2008

More Information

Kris Moran
kmoran@scholastic.com
(212) 389-3789
 

SPECS

ISBN13: 978-0-545-12828-5

Trim Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"

Pages: 128

 



The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans. Royalties will be donated to the Children's High Level Group, to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice.

— J.K. Rowling


Press Releases

Scholastic Unveils Original Copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Handwritten and Illustrated by J.K. Rowling, at NYPL
 

Scholastic Announces The Tales of Beedle the Bard Launch Plans for December 4, 2008

J.K. Rowling’s Children’s Charity to Publish The Tales of Beedle the Bard on December 4, 2008

Highlights

What is The Tales of Beedle the Bard?

  • A book of five wizarding fairy tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one - The Tale of Three Brothers – is recounted in the seventh book. In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the four remaining stories are revealed for the very first time.
  • The book is published by the Children’s High Level Group, a charity co-founded by J.K. Rowling and Baronness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP, to help children suffering in institutions, in cooperation with Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Amazon. All net proceeds from the sale of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be given to the Children’s High Level Group to support their work.
  • J.K. Rowling handwrote and illustrated seven original copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Six were given as personal gifts to those most closely associated with Harry Potter. The seventh was given to her charity, the Children’s High Level Group to auction in December 2008. Amazon acquired the book for $4 million.
  • There will be a display of one of the original seven books at the New York Public Library from December 4, 2008 – January 4, 2009. The book is on loan from Arthur A. Levine, co-editor of all seven Harry Potter books.
  • Scholastic sponsored an essay contest for 5 winners to go to Scotland for an event with J.K. Rowling on December 4, 2008, the day the book is released.

Video Downloads

Arthur Levine unveils an original copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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Watch Arthur Levine read from The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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Watch J.K. Rowling reading from The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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Image Downloads


J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh book release party, December 4, 2008
 

 

 


J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh book release party, December 4, 2008
 


J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh book release party, December 4, 2008
 


J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh book release party, December 4, 2008
 


Beedle the Bard contest winners, Edinburgh book release party, December 4, 2008. L-R: Justin S.,  Atlanta, GA; Olivia C., Hollywood, FL; Seham H., Pinole, CA; Emily W., Fort Washington, PA; Shane H., Houston, TX.
 


The Tales of Beedle the Bard cover

 

Beedle frontispiece
Frontispiece

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Tale of Three Brothers
The Tale of the Three Brothers

JK Rowling Romania
J.K. Rowling in Romania

original book

One of only seven original copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard,created, handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling, is unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at the New York Public Library. The original copy is made available for public viewing by the book's owner Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic co-editor of the Harry Potter series, and will be on display from Dec. 4 through Jan. 4, 2009 at the library. The public edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard goes on sale worldwide Thursday, Dec. 4. (Photo/Diane Bondareff, Scholastic)

 

arthur levine and paul leclerc

Arthur A. Levine, left, Scholastic co-editor of the Harry Potter series, and Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Public Library, unveil one of only seven original copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard,created, handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at the New York Public Library. (Photo/Diane Bondareff, Scholastic)

 

media at library event

One of only seven original copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, is photographed by media at the December 3 event at the New York Public Library's Main Branch. The original copy is made available for public viewing by the book's owner Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic co-editor of the Harry Potter series, and will be on display from Dec. 4 through Jan. 4, 2009 at the library. The public edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard goes on sale worldwide Thursday, Dec. 4. (Photo/Diane Bondareff, Scholastic)