New Harry Potter book hits stands across globe

December 4th, 2008 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) The new Harry Potter book, “The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard” by J.K. Rowling - a collection of five tales - hit the stands across the world Thursday. The book has been published by the Children’s High Level Group in association with Bloomsbury and distributed in India by the Penguin Books at a special price of Rs.599, a press release issued by the Penguin India said Thursday.

“The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard” - the newest addition to the Harry Potter canons - played an important role in assisting Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione to crush Lord Voldemort in the last Potter book, “Harry and the Deathly Hallows”.

The five stories, which are almost like short fairy tales, are “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, which has been recounted in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, “Fountain of Fair Fortune”, “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, “The Wizard and the Popping Pot” and “Babbity, Rabbity and her Cackling Stump”.

Each tale has its own magical character. “The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard”, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the female lead of the Potter novels, has been introduced and illustrated by Rowling.

The book also includes notes on the stories by Professor Albus Dumbledore - which “appear by the generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive”.

The Children’s High Level Group is an English charity co-founded by Rowling and Emma Nicholson to help children suffering in institutions.

The book has been published in three editions, which will be distributed by Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon.

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