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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-08 09:36 PM
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"Beedle the Bard" available for Christmas ...
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Edited on Fri Nov-28-08 09:47 PM by Matilda
On December 4th, the "Beedle the Bard" Collector's Edition will be
released for sale. Here's part of the blurb from Amazon:

"Tucked in its own case disguised as a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library, the Collector's Edition includes an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Opening the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowlings signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon. As a special gift for fans, the Collector's edition also includes a set of 10 ready-for-framing prints of J.K. Rowling's illustrations, enclosed in a velvet-lined pocket in the lid of the outer case."

More here:

It really looks impressive, and would be a wonderfull gift for - well, people
like me.

There will also be a Standard Edition released at a considerably more modest

Then there is "Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His
Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon" - this one is written
by Melissa Anelli (of "The Leaky Cauldron"), assisted by J.K. Rowling.
This one came out in November, and it seems to mainly for either really
hard-core fandom members, or perhaps somebody who hasn't read the books
and is trying to understand what the fuss is about.

And from left field we have Steven Vander Ark (yeh, he's bounced back
from the court case, as dedicated and passionate as ever), with
"In Search of Harry Potter" - Vander Ark's attempt to track real places
in Britain that give the best idea of what Rowling's imagined places
could have been like.

"What I wanted to find were places that reminded me of the places in the books, places which had a sense of magic about them. When I went looking for Grimmauld Place, for example, I knew I wasn't going to find one particular square that Rowling had chosen. Instead, I wanted to walk into a square in the right area of London according to the Harry Potter books and be surprised, to have a sense that this was the place..."

I noticed yesterday that my local bookstore has just got in a whole shelf
of Harry Potter hardback and paperback books - you tend to forget that there
are always more potential fans coming along every year. It may never end.

Edit to add: I did a search to see whether the Collector's Edition of "Beedle
the Bard" will be released in Australia, and learned that it will be a limited
edition (100,000) and available only from Amazon.

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