We now know that Arthur Levine got one, which will be on display at the New York Public Library starting December 4, We also know that BArry Cinningham (her first editor) got one, which will be on display in a library in Scotland. So, we just need to track down four more!
I watched a documentary about J K Rowling in which she talked about the book. She said that there were 6 special people, all close friends or family, who had really helped her in the 17 years she'd been writing the book and she wanted to give them a special gift as a thank you. Rather than just buying something, she decided to handwrite and illustrate 6 copies of Beedle The Bard, each one with a unique cover and dedication for the person it was for. She also made a 7th one, to auction for charity.
No way they would have went to the actors. JK Rowling did not want films to be produced, or merchandise manufactured. So it would not surprise me if she did not ever meet the actors, as they are only actors who aren't necessarily HP fans.
I sincerely hope the actors weren't given the books- that would be a terrible waste. They really don't deserve it, and besides, this is more to do with the BOOKS than the films. I wouldn't really like to guess who she gave them to, though.
Ms B Phillips: What a brilliant theory! I have been a fan of the whole JK mystery, since the start ('The Dumas Club' theory), yet I never thought to recheck the final book's dedication! JK has led us all over the world and through many centuries of story-telling with her clues, yet at the final hurdle I forgot the classic adage "a journey of a thousand miles starts and ends at home"! It really looks like you are right, and if you are, if JK has always been family targeted through being a philosopher, spiritual teacher, literary historian, etc, mass communicator on unprecidented scale (17 years she kept it going!) then this explains the whole cult following - the world noticed she could do something no one else could. The 7 books could have been about any subject (far better writers out there) - hence, it has always been the creator that is magic, not the stories. That simple - JK translated energy that we can all feel. Those who loved her most 'got' the books. Your post has finally given me peace after a long quest. Thanks :)
Im pretty sure she gave them to those thanked in the Deathly hallows: "The dedication of this book is split seven ways" (seven Books) ":to neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with harry to the very end." Im sure that is who she gave them to, i think i heard it on the news or a podcast, not sure. It makes sense tho.
I bet I know someone who HASN'T received a copy: the young woman who first read the book for Bloomsbury and recommended that they should purchase it. I know her mother, who says she has received no acknowledgement other than her normal reader's fee. Can't give away names, as I haven't got her Mum's permission, but I feel she certainly deserves something but will almost certainly remain anonymous and unacknowledged. Such a shame, really...
Yes I dont think the film actors will be involved... Remember the dedications in each of the Harry Potters, maybe the people mentioned there will be given them, or maybe the people that believed in her at the begining, those that allowed Harry Potter to come into print
We also know that certain characters are based on people she knows/knew in her own life, especially in her formative years here in the West Country. Perhaps some of these inspirations could be about to be thanked by a copy.
Probably her agent at Christopher Little. Her UK editor, whose name is Emma (blanking on surname). Her American editor, Arthur Levine. Definitely her oldest daughter. Maybe the other two are her PAs? Or maybe she's giving them to the owners of cafes that she wrote in? Jeremy Paxman?
Presumbably anyone could have bid on the seventh, but since it was going to a charity, I'm sure the auctioners were hoping for big buyers. If the book went for a 100 that wouldn't have done much for charity.
The photos show how flash the book is, but apart from the Tales as an aesthetic object I don't really see how Amazon plan to get away with touring it. Since there isn't a publisher for the book, who decides whether Amazon can do readings of it at libraries? If all they plan to do is wave it in front of millions of children's faces to show how pretty it is, that seems pointless.
They were given to those most closely connected to the Harry Potter BOOKS over the past 17 years, so this won't be the film actors. Jo's sister and eldest daughter are certainly possibilities, as are the book editors, and her agent Christopher Little.
The other six books went to people 'closely connected with the Harry Potter phenomenen', so I'd assume Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and emma Watson would each have been given 1 and three other people. They must be so charmed to receive something that special.