Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Bit of Harry Potter for the Holidays

Feeling a little bereft without Harry in your life? On Thursday, December 4th, you'll have a chance to jump back into the world of Harry Potter, with the release of J.K. Rowling's latest book. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of five fairy tales and is mentioned in the final Potter book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as having been left to the boy wizard's friend Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts school. Only one of the five stories -- "The Tale of the Three Brothers" -- was recounted in the Potter book, and the volume contains clues that were to prove crucial to Potter's final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort. According to Rowling, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I loved and lived in for 17 years." Rowling is donating the profits from the book to The Children's High Level Group (CHLG) (www.chlg.org) which she co-founded with European parliamentarian Emma Nicholson. The charity campaigns to protect and promote children's rights across Europe. It began work in Romania before moving to Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and the Czech Republic. At only $12.99, this book makes a great gift for all of the Harry Potter fans in your life.

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