"In Muggle fairy tales, magic tends to lie at the root of the hero or heroine's troubles – the wicked witch has poisoned the apple, or put the princess into a hundred years' sleep, or turned the prince into a hideous beast."
J. K. Rowling[src]

Beauty and the Beast is a popular Muggle fairy tale. In this story, a wicked witch turns a prince into a hideous beast.[2]

Squib author J. K. Rowling has noted the difference between this fairy tale and wizarding children's stories: that instead of being in the origin of the heroine's troubles (and personifyed by a "wicked witch"), in wizarding children's stories magic is seen as a tool that must be used properly not to cause as many problems as it fixes.[2]

Behind the scenes

Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, portrays Belle in a 2017 adaptation of this fairy tale. The film also stars Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts, who plays Sybill Trelawney.


Notes and references

  1. Beauty and the Beast at Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Introduction