The Tales of Beedle the Bard (U.K. 1st printing)
The original British first hardcover edition, released in London on December 4, 2008 by Bloomsbury UK in cooperation with The Children's High Level Group (CHLG). CHLG is a charity co-founded by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne. The CHLG campaigns to protect and promote children's rights and make life better for vulnerable young people.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the volume of wizarding fairly tales left to Hermione Granger by Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The tales contained clues that were to prove crucial to Harry Potter's final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort, but only one of the five stories - The Tale of the Three Brothers - was recounted in theat book.
This volume reveals the four remaining tales, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, alongside notes by Professor Dumbledore and illustrations by JK Rowling. The entire five tales are: The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, The Tale of the Three Brothers, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump.
JK Rowling says: "Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children in Eastern Europe are living in appalling conditions in large, residential institutions. Contrary to popular belief, fewer than 4% of them are orphans, but are in care because they are considered disabled or their families are poor or from ethnic minorities. The charity is publishing The Tales of Beedle the Bard to raise money to fund our work in helping these children out of institutions and in to loving families or community care homes.
"I hope that The Tales of Beedle the Bard will not only be a welcome present to Harry Potter fans, but an opportunity to give these abandoned children a voice. It will encourage young people across the world to think about those who are less fortunate and help change many young lives for the better."