Two of the books from J. K. Rowling’s magical world have been redesigned and reillustrated by Tomislav Tomic and Jonny Duddle, and The Guardian got the exclusive first look at the illustrations before their publication. And now we get them too!
First up, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is being republished on January 12th. A collection of short fairy tales, these are the stories that Harry and his friends grew up with. Basically, it’s a Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Wizards.
The Tale of the Three Brothers is arguably the most important of these tales, at least when it comes to Harry, Hermione, and Ron. It follows the fates of three brothers who have evaded Death. Death grants each brother one wish – the eldest asks for a powerful wand, the middle asks for the ability to resurrect the dead, and the youngest asks for a way to stop Death from following him, and Death begrudgingly grants him an invisibility cloak, the same cloak Harry receives from his own father.
After the brothers split up, the eldest is murdered in his sleep after bragging about his new and powerful wand. The middle brother brings back the woman he loved from the dead, except she’s in limbo between life and death and never fully alive. Eventually, he kills himself to be with her. The youngest brother is never found by Death, hidden by his cloak, until as an old man he leaves the cloak to his son and greets Death as an old friend and an equal.
Beedle’s Tales also includes a few other stories – The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, a generous old man bequeathes his magical pot he uses to brew potions to his son. Angry and bitter about his inheritance, the son refuses to help anyone. Despite, the pot begins to do good deeds by itself. In the illustration, the Hopping Pot spews out bad cheese, sour milk, and a plague of hungry slugs.
In the tale Babbitty Rabbit and her Cackling Stump, Babbitty the witch is tricked into helping a charlatan fool the king into thinking he himself is magical. The illustration is from a scene where Babbitty flees into the forest and disappears at the base of an old tree, escaping from a hole beneath the stump as a “stout old rabbit” with a wand in its teeth.
The second of the reissues is Quidditch Through the Ages by Kenniworthy Whisp (or if you’ve lost your ability to suspend your disbelief, by J. K. Rowling), also to be published on January 12th. The cover features famed Quidditch player Roderick Plumpton, who in a 1921 match caught the Golden Snitch within three-and-a-half seconds.
The Wigtown Wanderers were founded in 1422 in the Scottish town Wigtown by the seven children of wizard butcher Walter Parkin. The OG lineup is remembered as particularly formidable, likely because Walter used to show up to games with his wand in one hand and a cleaver in the other.
Here’s an illustration of Glynnis Griffiths of the HolyHead Harpies catching the Snitch. The all-female team was founded in 1203, the second-oldest team in the league. Ginny Weasley eventually played for the Harpies after graduating from Hogwarts, so go girl.
The first ever Quidditch World Cup took place in 1473 between Transylvania and Flanders. According to the guidebook, the game is the most violent of all time, with all 700 fouls listed in the Department of Magical Games and Sports’ occurring during the final, including some new fouls including turning a Chaser into a polecat, the attempted decapitation of a Keeper with a broadsword, and the release of 100 vampire bats from underneath the robes of the Transylvanian Captain, but who can blame him, really, because that’s totally on brand.
And last but not least, Kevin and Karl Broadmoor of the Falmouth Falcons, who played for the club from 1958 to 1969. Their antics resulted in no fewer than fourteen suspensions from the Department of Magical Games and Sports and I’m sure some sort of inspiration for Fred and George.
Oh man, I just remembered about Fred and now I’m depressed.
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