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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Written by J.K. Rowling. Read by Sally Mortemore, Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch, Jason Isaacs, Bonnie Wright, Noma Dumezweni and Jude Law.

Performed by talented actors from across the Wizarding World, this is the first ever audiobook edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally written in 2007 by J.K. Rowling and has raised money for her children’s charity Lumos ever since.

As familiar to Hogwarts students as "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" are to Muggle children, Beedle’s stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards. So, if you’re wondering what’s in store in this brand-new audio edition...well, your ears are in for a treat.

Once you’ve checked this fabulous Hogwarts Library book out, you’ll start by hearing the author’s introduction, read by Sally Mortemore (librarian Madam Pince from the Harry Potter films). Then it’s time for the tales to begin....

You’ll laugh along to "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" as you listen to the havoc wreaked by a father’s impish gift to his son, read by Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick - Harry Potter films).

"The Fountain of Fair Fortune" will take you on a quest through an enchanted garden, alongside three witches and a luckless knight, read by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter films).

In "The Warlock’s Hairy Heart", you’ll be warned about a young warlock who is fearful of love and turns to dark magic to avoid it at all costs, read by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy - Harry Potter films).

The calamitous meeting of a foolish king, a cunning charlatan and a mischievous washerwoman unravels in "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump", read by Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter).

And finally, the most iconic of Beedle’s stories. "The Tale of the Three Brothers" - with its message of humility and wisdom - will introduce you, dear listener, to the Deathly Hallows, read by Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway).

Each of the tales is accompanied by wise and whimsical notes from a certain Albus Dumbledore, surely everyone’s favourite headmaster, read by Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore - Fantastic Beasts films).

We’re told these five fables have been firm favourites in wizarding households for centuries, and now it’s your turn to experience these tales from the Wizarding World, as you’ve never heard them before.

At least 90 percent of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to The Lumos Foundation for their work to help children worldwide out of institutions, so they can thrive in loving families and communities. The Lumos Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales with registered charity number 1112575.

Around the world, more than eight million children live in orphanages and other institutions. What may be surprising is that about 80 percent of them aren’t actually orphans. They have family who could care for them, with the right support. Lumos is an international children’s charity founded by J.K. Rowling. Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos’ mission is to ensure that by 2050 all children will grow up in loving, protective families.

This title will be available for free to Audible members until midnight, 07 January, 2021.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes and reasonable expenses. 

©2008 J.K. Rowling (P)2020 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Publishing
A note about the Lumos Foundation

Around the world, millions of children live in orphanages and other harmful institutions. Evidence shows about 80% of them aren’t orphans and have family who could care for them with the right support. Lumos is a global charity founded by J.K. Rowling to tackle the root causes of family separation and is working to ensure every child is raised in a loving family environment.

Below, listeners can hear Tales from Lumos: Transforming Children’s Lives, an audio documentary explaining the importance of Lumos’ work through the personal experiences and reflections of two of their Youth Advocates, who are both care leavers: Jerome from the United Kingdom, and Dumitrița from Moldova in Eastern Europe.

With an introduction by Jude Law, this documentary accompanies the release of – for the first time in audio – The Tales of Beedle the Bard, an audiobook that continues to raise crucial funds for Lumos’ work around the world. At least 90% of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from the audiobook will be made available by the publisher to The Lumos Foundation for their work to help children worldwide out of institutions, so they can thrive in loving families and communities. Listen to both now - and to find out more, visit www.wearelumos.org. Lumos Registered Charity number 1112575 England and Wales/Lumos Foundation USA EIN 47-2301085.

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About the Performer

Jude Law has been honoured for his work on the stage and screen. He received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his work in Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, winning a BAFTA Award for the latter. His many credits also include The Young Pope (Golden Globe nom.), Captain Marvel, The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Sherlock Holmes films, The Holiday, The Aviator, A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Golden Globe nom) and The Nest. When taking on the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films, he met with J.K. Rowling to learn all about the character’s intricate history. This is evident in his thoughtful and humorous reading of Dumbledore’s notes on each of the stories in The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

About the Performer

Best known for playing the feisty Gryffindor Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Bonnie Wright is an actress, film director and screenwriter. Her beautiful voice makes 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump' even more of a pleasure to listen to. Bonnie made her screenwriting and directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Separate we come, Separate we go. She now has her own production company, Bon Bon Lumiere, and has written and directed several projects since. Bonnie is an ambassador for Lumos and also plays an active role in raising awareness around sustainability – particularly on the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

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Evanna Lynch is an actress, activist and narrator. She came to prominence at fourteen years old for playing the kind and dreamy Ravenclaw Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. Her lilting voice is the perfect guide around the enchanted garden of 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune'. Evanna lives in London with her beloved feline friend, Lil Puff, where she splits her time between acting and activism. Evanna is passionate about creating a kinder world, and has been involved in several non-profit projects and is an ambassador for Lumos.

About the Performer

'The Warlock’s Hairy Heart' could only have been read by Jason Isaacs, otherwise known as the notorious Lucius Malfoy – when he dons the blonde wig and a Death Eater’s uniform, that is. A BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor, he’s appeared on stage and screens both little and large for over 30 years. His other roles in uniform alone include Colonel Tavington in The Patriot, Captain Steele in Black Hawk Down, Major Briggs in Green Zone, General Zhukov in The Death of Stalin, Captain Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery and Captain Hook (and Mr Darling!) in Peter Pan. Jason is a seasoned audio narrator and has recorded, amongst others, all of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie Case Histories books, Thunderball by Ian Fleming and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

About the Performer

An award-winning actress, Noma Dumezweni played Hermione Granger in the Original West End Production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London and featured in the original Broadway cast. Noma is a seasoned and captivating performer onstage whose velvety voice perfectly lends itself to her reading of 'The Tale of the Three Brothers'. Onscreen, Noma recently shone in Black Earth Rising and Mary Poppins Returns. 2020 will see her appearing in HBO series Made for Love and The Undoing.

About the Performer

As well as an actor, Warwick Davis is a television presenter, writer, director, comedian and producer. In the Harry Potter films, Warwick portrayed not one, but two, characters – the charming Professor Flitwick and Griphook the Gringotts goblin. Adding yet another string to his bow, Warwick will have you chuckling away with his narration of 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot'. Setting up the talent agency Willow Management with Peter Burroughs, and the Reduced Height Theatre Company, Warwick has helped short actors be properly represented in the industry. As well as this, Warwick is a passionate advocate for Lumos.

About the Performer

Sally Mortemore (Madam Pince, Harry Potter films) reads J.K. Rowling’s introduction.

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Can't view in library or download

So disappointed as would love to listen. Hopefully someone at Audible will look at the feedback and rectify this.

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Of course I have read all the Harry Potter books several times and it was so nice to listen to all the back stories that make up even more of the this world. God bless you J. K. Rowling for making a difference in children lives around the world and though ‘Lumos’. Keep writing magic!

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It was great hearing the actor's voices telling these stories. Especially Bonnie Wright. I loved this.

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A good read but lacks Emma Watson.

This was a great audiobook that takes us back to the wizarding world of J.K Rowling. I really loved that they got the actors/actress who played Professor Flitwick, Luna Lovegood, Lucius Malfoy, Ginny Weasley (my favorite) to read the different chapters. The only thing I don't like and why I gave it four, not five stars, is they did not have the real Hermione Granger;Emma Watson, read the tales of the three brothers.

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A Feast For The Ears

Fans of Rowling's magical world will love this audio version. I'm not an obsessed Potterhead myself but I've read the books with my children and watched all the films.
Each of the stories within this fictional book of wizarding fables was read by a different actor as was the preface and Dumbledore's notes. As the narrators are accomplish performers in their own right the overall effect was magical, if you'll excuse the pun. ;-)

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Even for a non Potter nerd.

Best thing about this was the multiple narrators. Can Jude Law please narrate more!!?? Evanna Lynch was also amazing to listen to!

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Fantastic!

Currently with the world in lockdown it was fantastic to revisit Hogwarts and the wizards. Well read by the narrators and kept us entertained for the afternoon. Thank you JKR.

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Enjoyable short stories, a must for HP fans

The narrative following the short stories explains the story's relevance and how it sits within the HP volumes, sometimes explaining peculiarities within some of movies, for example why the people in the portraits at Hogwarts are able to move. Very enjoyable.

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What more could I ask for?

A book that received in a box set from mum one Christmas is now read by some of my favourite actors if not all, I cannot say any of these fine voices were at fault as it was read so beautifully. The brothers tale is my favourite but that maybe because it's woven into the Harry Potter books and we are not made aware of that fact until later in its series.

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Wonderful stories.

Produced for an excellent cause. Great stories and a great companion book to the Harry Potter series.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 31-03-20

Perfect for the entire family

Harry Potter is one of the most loved fictional characters ever and with this release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in audiobook format you can step back into the magical Wizarding World created with love and passion by best-selling and award-winning author J.K. Rowling.

Immerse yourself in this audiobook production of The Tales of Beedle the Bard performed superbly by beloved actors from the Harry Potter movies and the Theatre play. They bring these stories to life like never before and the narrative experience is even more enriched and elevated by well placed sound effects.

Discover alongside your young one five beautifully written fables that are considered classics by the children of Wizards. Each one of them will fascinate and captivate your imagination with charm and wit.

This audiobook will be Free for Audible members until early 2021, so you have all the reasons to give it a chance, especially during these trying times.

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  • 31-03-20

Amazing story!!!

I love this book because it is such a page turner. It has been one of J.K Rowling’s successes. It is the best extension of the Harry Potter. I love that it is read by the actors and actresses from the franchise. Definitely an incredible book.


- Navah Lisman


Age 10

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  • C. Corey
  • 31-03-20

I only wish there were more of it

excellent quality; well written, well read, a feast (well, hearty snack) for the imagination. I loved it immensely

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  • Emily Kirwan
  • 31-03-20

Very well narrated

I enjoyed it very much. It was such a treat to hear the voices of a few of my favorite characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-20

A magical experience

To be perfectly honest, I only listened because of the cast. For good reason, really. All the performances were magical. I particularly enjoyed Evanna Lynch's 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune' and Jude Law's take on Dumbledore's annotations. Really enjoyable.

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  • Angelina and David
  • 31-03-20

Fantastic rendition

Listened all the way through without pause because it was so well done. Definitely entertaining!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-03-20

Wonderful

Hearing all the actors narrate these familiar tales was an absolute delight. The sound effects were also well done.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 31-03-20

Harry Potter Fans Must Have!

This is absolutely a must have! It has some of our favorite voices/actors from the Wizarding World. This edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard is completely immersive and family friendly as it is the wizard fables meant for kids. We definitely need more books narrated like this one to add to our Harry Potter collection.

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  • Beverly Early Davis IV
  • 02-04-20

Hard to enjoy because of sound effects.

I couldn't finish it. The sound effects were so distracting to the story that I couldn't enjoy it. the readings were ok. the stories themselves were a little short.

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  • Jo Anne Geej
  • 02-04-20

Another Great Book

J K Rowing does it again! Loved this audible
It held my handicapped daughter’s attention the full length and she never has made it through any child’s audible yet.
Each story was unique