J.K. Rowling’s back with prequel to the seven Potter seriesNovember 20th, 2008 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Here’s some good news for all the Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling, the creator of the famous boy wizard, is now ready with another addition to the seven books - The Tales of Beedle the Bard - which is a prequel to the series. Set to be released worldwide Dec 4, The Tales of Beedle the Bard consists of five wizarding fairy tales, referred in the last book of the series - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
These tales reveal some key plot points and enclose clues that turned out to be crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and ultimately defeat the Dark Lord.
The Harry Potter series are famous and much loved worldwide, having sold more than 400 million copies and won multiple awards. Some of them have been made into movies as well.
Rowling’s latest work, since it rides on references to three of her most loved characters - Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger - is certain to be a bestseller and catapult her to fame and popularity once again.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard acts as the vehicle for introducing the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the ultimate novel of the series.
It is a plot device in the book, in which it is bequeathed to Hermione - one of Harry’s best friends - by recently-deceased Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Harry and his friends study.
The book is described as a collection of popular fairy tales well-known to children of wizarding families, and thus Ron is familiar with them, while Harry and Hermione had not previously heard them due to their non-magical upbringing.