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Limited printing of The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Postby Bmat » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:56 pm

I received this in an email message, sorry I don't have a link to the source:

'Harry Potter' spin-off unveiled

* Story Highlights
* J.K. Rowling completes first book not to feature teen wizard Harry Potter
* Book is an illustrated collection of magical fairy stories
* Only seven copies of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" printed

LONDON, England (AP) -- J.K. Rowling has completed her first book not to feature teen wizard Harry Potter -- an illustrated collection of magical fairy stories titled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard."

Only seven copies of the book are being printed, Rowling said Thursday. One will be auctioned next month to raise money for a children's charity, while the others have been given away as gifts.

Rowling drew the illustrations herself and provided the handwriting for the five stories that make up the collection of fairytales.

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is mentioned in the final Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," as a gift left by headmaster Albus Dumbledore to Harry's friend Hermione, and provides clues that help destroy evil Lord Voldemort.

"'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 have loved and lived in for 17 years," Rowling said in a statement.

The volume, bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semiprecious stones, will be auctioned at Sotheby's on December 13 with a starting price of $62,000. Proceeds will go to The Children's Voice, a charity that helps vulnerable children across Europe.

"Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment in Harry's adventures, was published in July. The seven books have sold nearly 400 million copies and have been translated into 64 languages.

Rowling told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the book of fairytales had helped her say goodbye to Harry's world.

"It's not about Harry, Ron and Hermione, but it comes from that world," she told BBC radio in an interview broadcast Thursday. "So it's been therapeutic in a way."

Rowling said she was working on a new book, "a half-finished book for children that I think will probably be the next thing I publish."

On Wednesday, Rowling and the makers of the Harry Potter movies filed a lawsuit against RDR Books, a small U.S. publisher that plans to bring out a companion volume based on the Harry Potter Lexicon fan Web site.

Rowling has said she plans to produce her own encyclopedia of the wizarding world and says the book would infringe on her intellectual property rights.
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Postby who me » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:57 am

I read that all Sivan books will be hand written by R.J Rowling.
my only thought is that i would have given one book to a library so that every one could have a chance to read it at some point.
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Postby aldan » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:19 pm

Ah, but then if they gave one to a library, it'd disappear VERY quickly... guaranteed. I'm sure that a LOT of people who would go to the library would just be interested in borrowing the book, but such a limited edition printing would make that book, by an author of such renown, worth untold amounts of money, which would make the fees for 'loss of book' more than worthwhile for the one who 'lost' it....
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