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This review is from: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Hardcover)
So, at last, here it is. After all the excitement and hype, and after HP fans are feeling withdrawal symptoms, here is the small edition of wizarding fables along with commentary by Dumbledore himself. So, of course, the question is, do they succeed in living upto expectation? Well, yes.
There are 5 short stories and each story has a short commentary by Dumbledore. Personally, I think that the best of the stories are "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" and "The Warlock's Hairy Heart". The latter of these is actually quite a dark story, reminiscent of Grimm's style of fairytale. Yet, despite its darkness, this ability to create such an atmosphere in such a short story really does attest to Rowling's writing skill. Shorter stories are always more difficult, as you do not have the time and space to develop characters, plot, emotions etc, so the fact that she manages this proves her worth.
If I was to have one criticism of this book, however, it would be that I would have liked more! At just over 100 pages long, it was over far too quickly.