One morning Babbitty was watching their foolishness from the window of her little The story of Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump, as we know, brings. “Babbitty Rabbity and her Cackling Stump” is about a foolish king who decided that he should have the power of magic. He commanded his army to form a. “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump” begins (as good fairy tales often do) long ago and in a faraway land. A greedy and “foolish king” decides that he.

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There is a storybook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsthe last book of the Harry Potter series. The book was originally produced in a limited edition of only seven copies, each handwritten and illustrated by J. The book was published for the general public on 4 Decemberwith the proceeds going to the Children’s High Level Group renamed Lumos in The Tales of Beedle the Bard first appeared as a fictional book in J.

It is described as a popular collection of Wizarding children’s fairy talesso that while Ron Weasley is familiar with the stories, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger had not previously heard of them due to their non-magical upbringing. The book Hermione receives in Dumbledore’s will is a copy of the original edition of the fictional book. In the novel it is also said the book has a title on its cover, written in embossed runic symbols. The book acts as the vehicle for introducing the Deathly Hallows to the trio.

The triangle from the symbol represents the Invisibility Cloakthe circle inside the triangle symbolises the Resurrection Stoneand the vertical line represents the Elder Wand.

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These three objects are also mentioned in the story itself see belowand are said to belong to the Peverell brothers[10] who are later revealed as being both Voldemort’s and Harry Potter’s ancestors. The introduction written by Rowling to the publications released in December mentions that the fictional character Beedle the Bard was born czckling Yorkshirelived in the 15th century, and had “an exceptionally luxuriant beard”. Rowling started writing the book soon rabbbitty finishing work on the seventh Harry Potter novel.

Originally The Tales of Beedle the Cacklung had only been produced sutmp a limited number of seven handmade copies, all handwritten and illustrated by the author herself. Six of these original handwritten copies were uniquely dedicated and given by Rowling to six people who were most involved with the Harry Potter series.

Since then, two of these people have been named. One is Barry Cunningham, [20] Rowling’s very first editor. Another is Arthur A. Levine, [21] editor for Scholasticthe U. Cunningham and Levine had lent their personal copies as part of Beedle the Bard exhibits in December Rowling also decided to create a seventh handwritten copy distinguished from the others by its moonstone jewelling to sell at auction in order to raise funds for The Children’s Voice charity campaign.

The idea came really because I wanted to thank six xtump people who have been very closely connected to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, and these were people for whom a piece of jewellery wasn’t going to cut it. So I had the idea of writing them a book, a handwritten and illustrated book, just for these six people.

And babbity, if I’m doing six I really have to do seven, and the seventh book will be for this cause, which is so close to my heart. The page [1] “Moonstone edition” [19] of the book was first put on display prior to bidding on 26 November in New York and on 9 December in London.

This was the highest purchase price for a modern literary manuscript at that date. Sotheby’s printed a forty-eight-page promotional catalogue for the auction. Rowling on The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The catalogue was sold as a collector’s item, and the money from the sales also has been donated to The Children’s Voice. Another copy of the same book was put into auction on November sfump The book was auctioned by Sotheby in London.


The book is a leather bound manuscript decorated with Rhodochrosite A precious stone and a silver skull. The copy does have a note by Rowling to Mr. On 31 Julyit was announced The Tales of Beedle the Bard would also be made available for the public, ane both standard and collector’s editions. Similarly to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages two other books mentioned in the Cacklingg Potter novels that have also been printed the standard and collector’s editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard feature commentary and footnotes from Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts and one of the main characters of the series.

The standard edition also includes illustrations reproduced from the handwritten edition auctioned in December and the introduction rabbittj the author. The limited collector’s edition features ten illustrations by J. Stum; not included in the standard edition or the original handcrafted edition, as well as an exclusive reproduction of J.

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Rowling’s handwritten introduction, and other miscellaneous objects such as replica gemstones and an emerald ribbon. The book, released ans 4 Decemberwas published in the United Kingdom and Canada by Bloomsbury, while the US edition was published by Scholastic, and the limited collector’s edition of the book, available in all three countries, by Amazon.

The book has been translated into 28 languages.

Rowling wrote five stories for the book. This story is about the legacy of an old man who, in his generosity, used his pot to brew magical potions and antidotes for other people when they needed his help. Upon his death, he leaves all his belongings to his only son, who has none of the virtues his father had.

After his father’s death, the son finds the pot and a single slipper inside it together with a note from his father that reads, “In the fond hope, my son, that you will never need it”. Bitter for having nothing left but a pot, the son closes the door on every person who asks for his help.

Each time he does so, the pot takes on the symptoms of the ones who ask for help; it starts disturbing the son and prevents him from having any peace of mind.

This continues until the son finally gives up and provides aid to the town. Upon doing this, the pot’s ailments are removed one by one and the son’s ordeal finally ends one day when the slipper he received from his father falls out of the pot; he puts the slipper on the pot’s foot and the two walk off into the sunset. In this story, there is a fountain where once per year, one person may bathe to have his or her problems answered.

This is how three witches meet. The first witch, Asha, suffers from an incurable disease. The second, Altheda, endures poverty and powerlessness due to a robbery. The third, Amata, is distraught after being left by her beloved. The three witches decide to try to reach the fountain together but along the way, a luckless Muggle knight, Sir Luckless, also joins them. On their path to the fountain, they face three challenges. The first involves a giant worm that demands “proof of [their] pain”.

The second, a steep slope where they have to bring the “fruit of their labours”. The third challenge, crossing a river, requires them to pay with “the treasure of [their] past”. Amata passes the challenge by using magic to withdraw the memories of her ex-lover and drop them into the water. At the fountain, Asha collapses from exhaustion. To save her, Altheda brews an invigorating potion that also cures Asha of her disease and need of the fountain.

Altheda realises that her skills are a means to earn money, so she also no longer needs the fountain. Amata realises that washing away her regret for her cruel and false lover removed her need as well. Sir Luckless bathes in the water, after which he flings himself at Amata’s feet and rabbitgy for “her hand and her heart” which she happily gives.


Everyone gets an answer to his or her problem, unaware that the fountain held no magical power at all. The story is about a young and handsome warlock who decides to never fall in love, so he uses Hre Arts to prevent himself from doing so.

His family, hoping he will change, does nothing. However, one day, he hears two servants whispering about him not having a wife, so he decides to find a talented, rich, and beautiful witch and marry her to gain everyone’s envy. He meets that girl the next day. Though the girl is both “fascinated and repelled”, the warlock persuades her to come to a dinner feast at his castle.

During the feast, she tells him that she needs to know he has a heart. The warlock shows her his beating hairy heart inside a crystal casket in his dungeon. Rabbity witch begs him to put it back inside himself. After the warlock does so, she embraces babgitty.

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However, being disconnected from its body for so long, his heart has developed savage tastes as it has degenerated into an animalistic state. And so he is driven to take by force a truly human heart.

He tears out the witch’s heart to replace his own, but finding that he cannot magic the hairy heart back out of his chest, he cuts it out with a dagger. Thus he and the maiden both die, with him holding both hearts in his hands. This story is about a king who wants to keep all magic to himself. To do this he needs to solve two problems: He creates a “Brigade of Witch Hunters” and calls for an instructor in magic. Only a “cunning charlatan” with no magical ability responds.

The charlatan proves himself with a few simple tricks and begins to ask for jewellery and money to continue teaching. However, Babbitty, the king’s washerwoman, laughs at the king one day as he attempts to do magic with an ordinary twig. This causes the king to demand the charlatan join him in a public demonstration of magic and warns that the charlatan will be beheaded if anyone laughs. The charlatan later witnesses Babbitty performing magic in her house.

He threatens to expose her if she does not assist him. She agrees to hide and help the demonstration. During the performance, the brigade captain asks the king to bring his dead hound back to life. Because Babbitty cannot use magic to raise the dead, the crowd thinks the previous acts were tricks. The charlatan exposes Babbitty, accusing her of blocking the spells. Babbitty flees into a forest and disappears at the base of an old tree.

In desperation, the charlatan states that she has turned “into a crab apple” and has the tree cut down. As the crowd departs, the stump starts cackling and makes the charlatan confess. The stump cackles again, demanding the king never hurt a wizard again, and build a statue of Babbitty on the stump to remind him of his foolishness. The king agrees and heads back to the palace. Afterwards, a “stout old rabbit” with a wand in its teeth hops out from a hole beneath the stump and leaves the kingdom.

The story is about three brothers who, traveling together, reach a treacherous river. They make a magical bridge over the river wherein just as they cross, they meet the personification of Deathwho is angry for losing three potential victims.