In honor of today's release of the final Harry Potter movie: A review of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of fairy tales and childrens' stories from the world of Harry Potter, illustrated by J.K. Rowling herself.
It's really short (100 pages or so; I finished it in less than an hour) but it's a fun, quick little read. Maybe targeted for a younger audience, and it's definitely not as deep and amazing as the actual Harry Potter books. But as a little addition/extra for the series, it's great. Also, each story comes with some commentary from Albus Dumbledore, which was really fun to read. Dumbledore's writing is entertaining and clever and sometimes more fun than the stories themselves.
Each of the stories resembled classic fairy tales, and as such there were no real suprises. And it's hard to pack any kind of plot into 10-15 page stories. Still, they were nice little tales.
Characters: Not really applicable, I feel. Dumbledore gets five stars, though.
To be honest, I was a little let down because this is much different from Harry Potter... it's the fat-free, lite version. But JKR does deliver some nice little children's stories, fairly well-written.
End Result: four stars. A good book, definitely worth your time.