Originally penned down in 15th century by an author with an exceptionally luxuriant beard, The Tales of Beedle The Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches. It features five richly diverse fairy tales that will bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril!
With the help of the brilliant mind Hermione Granger and additional notes by Albus Dumbledore, the former headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; it is not difficult to read and love all five of the magical stories!
Below are excerpts from the stories in The Tales of Beedle and why the five enchanting tales must absolutely be made into films!
1. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
There was once a kindly wizard who used his magic generously and wisely for the benefit of his neighbours. Rather than reveal the true source of his power, he pretended that his potions, charms and antidotes sprang ready-made from the little cauldron he called his lucky cooking pot... This well-beloved wizard lived to a goodly age, then died, leaving all his chattels to his only son... Those who could not work magic were, to the son's mind, worthless, and he had often quarrelled with his father's habit of dispensing magical aid to their neighbours. (p. 3-4)
Why The Wizard and the Hopping Pot should be a movie!
This fairy tale is altogether amusing yet heartwarming. It also has the ability to instill generousity and humility to its readers. I loved how annoying the hopping pot could be and the moral of the story is truly priceless. If this enchanting tale is made into a film, it is quite certain that it will effortlessly satisfy parents and children from both the muggles and the wizarding world!
2. The Fountain of Fair Fortune
Once a year, between the hours of sunrise and sunset on the longest day, a single unfortunate was given the chance to fight their way to the Fountain, bathe in its waters and receive Fair Fortune for evermore. On the appointed day, hundreds of people travelled from all over the kingdom to reach the garden walls before dawn... Three witches, each with her burden of woe, met on the outskirts of the crowd, and told one another their sorrows as they waited for sunrise. (p. 21-22)
Why The Fountain of Fair Fortune should be a movie!
Absolutely clever and enriching, the adventure in this fairy tale gives plenty of valuable life lessons that everyone should know. This is my top favorite tale out of the five and if this enchanting tale is made into a film, I would certainly be one of the first to see it in theatres. Unless I am unfortunate with the timing or some mean Muggles decided to create some obstacles for me...
3. The Warlock's Hairy Heart
There was once a handsome, rich, and talented young warlock, who observed that his friends grew foolish when they fell in love, gambolling and preening, losing their appetites and their dignity. The young warlock resolved never to fall prey to such weakness, and employed Dark Arts to ensure his immunity... Though many a maiden was intrigued by his haughty mien, and employed her most subtle arts to please him, none succeeded in touching in his heart. (p.45-46)
Why The Warlock's Hairy Heart should be a movie!
This could be the darkest fairy tale in the collection but it is equally enchanting. The story could be sickening but it is certainly not without the cruel truth of human* nature and its obscurity. Although it may haunt the minds of its audience if depicted closely, I am certain that no Harry Potter fans would want to miss this if it is made into a film!
* A quote from Albus Dumbledore's additional notes, "There is not a witch or wizard in existence whose blood has not mingled with that of Muggles".
4. Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
A long time ago, in a far-off land, there lived a foolish king who decided that he alone should have the power of magic. He therefore commanded the head of his army to form a Brigade of Witch-Hunters, and issued them with a pack of ferocious black hounds. At the same time, the King caused proclamations to be read in every village and town across the land: 'Wanted by the King, an Instructor in Magic.' No true witch or wizard dared volunteer for the post, for they were all in hiding from the Brigade of Witch-Hunters. However, a cunning charlatan with no magical power saw a chance of enriching himself, and arrived at the palace, claiming to be a wizard of enormous skill. (p. 63-64)
Why Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump should be a movie!
Charming in its own way, this fairy tale preaches its readers to always think and act wisely with others in mind. Do not be selfish and we will also learn that no magic in this world can bring back the dead. However, I am certain that if we believe in the magic of filmmaking; all of these fairy tales can be made into films and it will certainly be one of the most loved fairy tale films of all time!
5. The Tale of the Three Brothers
There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight. In time, the brothers reached a river too deep to wade through and too dangerous to swim across. However, these brothers were learned in the magical arts, and so they simply waved their wands and made a bridge appear across the treacherous water... And Death spoke to them. He was angry that he had been cheated out of three new victims, for travellers usually drowned in the river. But Death was cunning. He pretended to congratulate the three brothers upon their magic, and said that each had earned a prize for having been clever enough to evade him. (p. 87 & 89)
Why The Tale of the Three Brothers should be a movie!
Finally, the fifth story in the collection is also as promising. It is a tale of a genius and the story has also been cleverly incorporated in the main Harry Potter series. The message of this fairy tale can be dark as it subtly signs that no one can avoid death no matter how powerful they could be but in the end we may only find ourselves helplessly charmed; falling in love with the magical world of Harry Potter, all over again.
Honestly, how to not love The Tales of Beedle The Bard?! All of these Five Enchanting Tales Translated By Hermione Granger Must Absolutely Be Made Into Films!
Muggles or wizards, all five of the fairy tales in The Tales of Beedle The Bard will be enjoyed and loved for many years to come! If all of these enchanting tales from The Tales of Beedle the Bard are adapted into a film, I am certain that many moviegoers (hopefully along with their younger ones as well...) will flock the theatres just to watch this!
Lastly, thanks to amazing author J.K. Rowling in making all of these magic present. Let's hope that these enchanting tales will be made into films too!
Which story is your favorite?
Reference: Rowling, J.K. (2008). The Tales of Beedle the Bard. (1st ed.). Children's High Level Group & Bloomsbury Publishing: London, UK.
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