Pretty Good Gift Idea: More Harry

rowling-bookPssst! Did you hear? J.K. Rowling just published a new Harry Potter book!

OK, I know it’s not the dreamed-of Book Number 8, but, I guarantee the Harry Potter fan — or fans, plural — in your life will not be disappointed to open his or her stocking and find this slim but essential book inside.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, comes a stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by Rowling. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

This book is a welcome addition to the store of knowledge about the world and the magic that Rowling created. Not only that, you can feel good knowing that purchasing this book will do more than satisfy Harry hunger pangs. From every sale of this book, the book’s publisher, Scholastic, will give its net proceeds to the Children’s High Level Group, a charity co-founded in 2005 by Rowling. CHLG campaigns to protect and promote children’s rights and make life better for vulnerable young people.

So your gift will go in two different directions for the single payment of $12.99. I’d say that’s pretty good.

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