Originally published in 2008, J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard is getting a gorgeous illustrated revamp in October of this year. Originally mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this new edition will feature full-color illustrations alongside the original stories.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard include five short stories, “The Wizard in the Hopping Pot,” “The Fortune of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Crackling Stump,” and most notably, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” which was featured in both the Deathly Hallows book and movie.
Illustrator Chris Riddell has recently posted on his Instagram some previews of his upcoming work in the form of giant, colorful prints at an undisclosed book fair.
If you’re a Harry Potter super fan, this is for you. If you want to live in the wizarding world, this is for you. If you can whistle the Harry Potter theme tune, well, that’s impressive. Pretty much if you love Harry Potter with a passion, then you’ll love this, okay?! Your bedroom is a personal space and you want it to reflect who you are and what you love. So I’ve got all you magic folk covered.
My sister recently purchased one of the below items and it finally came in the mail this week! I had no idea it was part of a magical collection by Pottery Barn designed with Harry Potter in mind! Below is a list of their Potter-themed room décor that will charm you, spell you, and make you wish you could cast spells on everyone. The good kind of spells of course, right? That’s up to you. But these decorating goodies will surely make you feel like less of a muggle.
1. Wicked Designed Bedset
Luxurious and comfy…Nice. | Image Via PBteen
2. Flying Key Hooks
These are lovely in a stationary position. | Image Via PBteen
3. Hedwig Night Table Lamp
If I can’t have a real owl…this should do. | Image Via PBteen
4. Mischievous Pillow
Is that glowing? | Image Via PBteen
5. The Mirror of Erised reveals all…
That is simply beautiful | Image Via Entertainment Weekly
6. Snitch Alarm Clock
I’d hit snooze just to stare at it some more. | Image Via Entertainment Weekly
7. Owl Cage-Turned Jewelry Holder
So gold, so nice. | Image Via PBteen
8. Acceptance Letter Wall Mailbox
No post on Sundays… | Image Via Pottery Barn
9. A Deathly Hollows Pillow!
I won’t lay on it, I’ll only look at it. | Image Via Entertainment Weekly
10. Charming Laptop Rest and Storage
House crests? I’m available. | Image Via PBteen
If that doesn’t put you in the wizarding mood, nothing will! This line from Pottery Barn is so beautiful, well made, and just everything you could dream of for your own personal room and space. Check out more on their site and the stunning collection. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to steal my sister’s flying key holders.
We all know where the Deathly Hallows came from. Three brothers, tragedy, sacrifice. Those are essentially the bullet points. But it turns out J. K. Rowling’s real world inspiration for the Deathly Hallows is also pretty melancholy…and relates to the Illuminati.
In a new BBC documentary, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Rowling revealed how the Deathly Hallows’ signature emblem came about. The minimalist look of a line within a circle within a triangle was actually borrowed from a Freemasonry symbol used in the 1975 Sean Connery movie The Man Who Would Be King.
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Rowling had been watching the movie, working on the character of Professor Sprout, and she got a call to say that her mother had passed away. She says that when she was creating the Deathly Hallows, the symbol must have come back to her on a “subconscious level.”
Upon re-watching the movie years later, she started putting things together. Rowling said:
I looked at the sign of the Deathly Hallows and realised how similar they are. I’ve got a feeling that on some deep subconscious level, they are connected. The Potter series is hugely about loss. If my mother hadn’t died, I think the stories would be utterly different and not what they are.
It’s an odd mix of inspiration: personal tragedy, Freemasonry, ‘70s cinema, and Sean Connery. Check out the full documentary to learn more about Rowling’s secret to sorcery.
We can’t believe it’s been ten whole years, a decade, a tenth of a century, the average lifespan of a wild deer, since the final installment of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series hit shelves, broke hearts, and affirmed lives all over the planet.
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Fans around the world gathered at midnight for the book’s release on this day in 2007, awaiting what was thought to be Rowling’s final word on the wizarding world.
While it was in some ways the end of an era, the franchise has, thankfully, gone on to expand in a multitude of directions, from the Fantastic Beasts series to new spin-off books to Pottermore to theme parks.
The final movie ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ was released in 2011, with J.K Rowling and the stars of the films appearing in Trafalgar Square in London to greet fans and officially bid farewell to the series. It was here that Rowling uttered her famous, tear-jerking words:
“Whether you come back by page, or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
But it’s not all over! According to Warner Bros we still have four more Fantastic Beasts movies to look forward to! And with related books continuing to be released, we won’t be letting go just yet!