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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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Written by J.K. Rowling. Read by Sally Mortemore, Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch, Jason Isaacs, Bonnie Wright, Noma Dumezweni and Jude Law.

Performed by talented actors from across the Wizarding World, this is the first ever audiobook edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally written in 2007 by J.K. Rowling and has raised money for her children’s charity Lumos ever since.

As familiar to Hogwarts students as "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" are to Muggle children, Beedle’s stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards. So, if you’re wondering what’s in store in this brand-new audio edition...well, your ears are in for a treat.

Once you’ve checked this fabulous Hogwarts Library book out, you’ll start by hearing the author’s introduction, read by Sally Mortemore (librarian Madam Pince from the Harry Potter films). Then it’s time for the tales to begin....

You’ll laugh along to "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" as you listen to the havoc wreaked by a father’s impish gift to his son, read by Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick - Harry Potter films).

"The Fountain of Fair Fortune" will take you on a quest through an enchanted garden, alongside three witches and a luckless knight, read by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter films).

In "The Warlock’s Hairy Heart", you’ll be warned about a young warlock who is fearful of love and turns to dark magic to avoid it at all costs, read by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy - Harry Potter films).

The calamitous meeting of a foolish king, a cunning charlatan and a mischievous washerwoman unravels in "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump", read by Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter).

And finally, the most iconic of Beedle’s stories. "The Tale of the Three Brothers" - with its message of humility and wisdom - will introduce you, dear listener, to the Deathly Hallows, read by Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway).

Each of the tales is accompanied by wise and whimsical notes from a certain Albus Dumbledore, surely everyone’s favourite headmaster, read by Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore - Fantastic Beasts films).

We’re told these five fables have been firm favourites in wizarding households for centuries, and now it’s your turn to experience these tales from the Wizarding World, as you’ve never heard them before.

At least 90 percent of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to The Lumos Foundation for their work to help children worldwide out of institutions, so they can thrive in loving families and communities. The Lumos Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales with registered charity number 1112575.

Around the world, more than eight million children live in orphanages and other institutions. What may be surprising is that about 80 percent of them aren’t actually orphans. They have family who could care for them, with the right support. Lumos is an international children’s charity founded by J.K. Rowling. Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos’ mission is to ensure that by 2050 all children will grow up in loving, protective families.

This title will be available for free to Audible members until midnight, 07 January, 2021.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes and reasonable expenses.

©2008 J.K. Rowling (P)2020 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Publishing
A note about the Lumos Foundation

Around the world, millions of children live in orphanages and other harmful institutions. Evidence shows about 80% of them aren’t orphans and have family who could care for them with the right support. Lumos is a global charity founded by J.K. Rowling to tackle the root causes of family separation and is working to ensure every child is raised in a loving family environment.

Below, listeners can hear Tales from Lumos: Transforming Children’s Lives, an audio documentary explaining the importance of Lumos’ work through the personal experiences and reflections of two of their Youth Advocates, who are both care leavers: Jerome from the United Kingdom, and Dumitrița from Moldova in Eastern Europe.

With an introduction by Jude Law, this documentary accompanies the release of – for the first time in audio – The Tales of Beedle the Bard, an audiobook that continues to raise crucial funds for Lumos’ work around the world. At least 90% of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from the audiobook will be made available by the publisher to The Lumos Foundation for their work to help children worldwide out of institutions, so they can thrive in loving families and communities. Listen to both now - and to find out more, visit www.wearelumos.org. Lumos Registered Charity number 1112575 England and Wales/Lumos Foundation USA EIN 47-2301085.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes.

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short fairy tales for charity

the book is 3 or 4 fairy tales within the harry potter universe. it's blatantly a money raiser for jk rowlings charity so not too had of an idea. the stories themselves are shallow lacking the dark themes behind the classic fairytales. the references back to the modern wizard world are contradictory and tenuous. the last tale is the only decent one and its the one we all know from the hp books. great idea to raise some money, wish she'd dug a bit deeper with the tales.

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loved it

I love they brought in the actress who played Luna Lovegood in the movies that was a plus but the performance is great and even tho it's currently free for members I'd happily pay for the audiobook version it's amazing

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So inspirational

I'm so grateful to have been able to listen to this incredibly magical audiobook! thank you to everyone involved and to make this world still alive and full of good morale. The Foutain's tale brought me tears! J.K you're such a wonderful writer, thank you for what you do with Lumos. Cheers from New Zealand

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Missing Hogwarts? Here is another wonderful taster

Something I might actually read to my own children some day. Pouring some magic into their slumber.

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loved it

I loved having the book read to my I would love to read it again.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE! 😍🤩😘😜

J.K. Rowling is amazingly cool!
All her books are absolutely perfect! In my opinion, This one is the second best one in the series!🥳📚💙💜

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Magic

Loved every moment of this journey. Listened whilst working in my garden. Narration was perfect 🙏❤

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 31-03-2020

Perfect for the entire family

Harry Potter is one of the most loved fictional characters ever and with this release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in audiobook format you can step back into the magical Wizarding World created with love and passion by best-selling and award-winning author J.K. Rowling.

Immerse yourself in this audiobook production of The Tales of Beedle the Bard performed superbly by beloved actors from the Harry Potter movies and the Theatre play. They bring these stories to life like never before and the narrative experience is even more enriched and elevated by well placed sound effects.

Discover alongside your young one five beautifully written fables that are considered classics by the children of Wizards. Each one of them will fascinate and captivate your imagination with charm and wit.

This audiobook will be Free for Audible members until early 2021, so you have all the reasons to give it a chance, especially during these trying times.

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  • Erika Lisman
  • 31-03-2020

Amazing story!!!

I love this book because it is such a page turner. It has been one of J.K Rowling’s successes. It is the best extension of the Harry Potter. I love that it is read by the actors and actresses from the franchise. Definitely an incredible book.


- Navah Lisman


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  • C. Corey
  • 31-03-2020

I only wish there were more of it

excellent quality; well written, well read, a feast (well, hearty snack) for the imagination. I loved it immensely

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  • Emily Kirwan
  • 31-03-2020

Very well narrated

I enjoyed it very much. It was such a treat to hear the voices of a few of my favorite characters.

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  • Beverly Early Davis IV
  • 02-04-2020

Hard to enjoy because of sound effects.

I couldn't finish it. The sound effects were so distracting to the story that I couldn't enjoy it. the readings were ok. the stories themselves were a little short.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

A magical experience

To be perfectly honest, I only listened because of the cast. For good reason, really. All the performances were magical. I particularly enjoyed Evanna Lynch's 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune' and Jude Law's take on Dumbledore's annotations. Really enjoyable.

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  • Angelina and David
  • 31-03-2020

Fantastic rendition

Listened all the way through without pause because it was so well done. Definitely entertaining!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-03-2020

Wonderful

Hearing all the actors narrate these familiar tales was an absolute delight. The sound effects were also well done.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 31-03-2020

Harry Potter Fans Must Have!

This is absolutely a must have! It has some of our favorite voices/actors from the Wizarding World. This edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard is completely immersive and family friendly as it is the wizard fables meant for kids. We definitely need more books narrated like this one to add to our Harry Potter collection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2020

Fantástico

Narrado de una manera soberbia, me atrapó incluso más que cuando leí el libro hace ya varios años. Una actuación de voces muy por encima de mis expectativas, lo amé de principio a fin. Y siendo Jude Law la voz de Dumbledore en las notas, realmente logró que sienta como si el mismo profesor estuviera explicandomelo.
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  • Sigrin
  • 01-04-2020

The Bard... JK Rowling

Sorry, but this was not too exciting for me.

Just seemed like an add on to the Hogwarts legacy that was just superfluous.

JK Rowling is undoubtedly a very talented writer but why this?

I am sure her fans will love it and have nothing said against the multimillionaire writer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

23rd Review :D

Of course I have read all the Harry Potter books several times and it was so nice to listen to all the back stories that make up even more of the this world. God bless you J. K. Rowling for making a difference in children lives around the world and though ‘Lumos’. Keep writing magic!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

A good read but lacks Emma Watson.

This was a great audiobook that takes us back to the wizarding world of J.K Rowling. I really loved that they got the actors/actress who played Professor Flitwick, Luna Lovegood, Lucius Malfoy, Ginny Weasley (my favorite) to read the different chapters. The only thing I don't like and why I gave it four, not five stars, is they did not have the real Hermione Granger;Emma Watson, read the tales of the three brothers.

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  • SSmith
  • 31-03-2020

Loved this <br />

It was great hearing the actor's voices telling these stories. Especially Bonnie Wright. I loved this.

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  • Sam Edwards
  • 05-04-2020

so happy to have listened to this.

this has made my afternoon :) beautifully read and made gardening even more fun.

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  • Jagna
  • 05-04-2020

Very good listen of the Beedle's Tales

Thoroughly enjoyed it, nicely done. Loved the additional sound effects and the actors naarrating the stories added to the experience.

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  • JibberJabberrr
  • 05-04-2020

Short and Sweet

Lovely wee stories and another addition to JK Rowlings back catalogue. Well worth a listen as I got it free. thanks Audible.

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  • Solitaire72
  • 05-04-2020

easy listening

very well read. good description and narration by all the speaker. worth a listen if you like the potter world

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-2020

Loving and witty additions to JK's magical world

I loved every story and detail and am thankful that there appears to be no end to the possibilities of how many ways JK can draw me in and keep me falling in love with this magical world that she has created. Her imagination and attention to detail continues to be spellbinding.

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  • Teekay
  • 04-04-2020

Update your app if it won’t download!

If you can’t get it to appear in your library- update the app on your device and then try again 🤞🏻