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Beedle The Bard

"If his stories accurately reflect his opinions, he rather liked Muggles, whom he regarded as ignorant rather than malevolent; he mistrusted Dark Magic, and he believed that the worst excesses of wizardkind sprang from the all-too-human traits of cruelty, apathy or arrogant misapplication of their own talents. The heroes and heroines who triumph in his stories are not those with the most powerful magic, but rather those who demonstrate the most kindness, common sense and ingenuity."
J. K. Rowling[src]

Beedle the Bard (fl. 15th century) [1] was an author of wizarding fairytales. Beedle was born in Yorkshire, England. At some point in his life, he wrote The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The only known image of Beedle is a woodcut that shows him with a "luxuriant" beard. Taking his stories as an indicator of his opinions, he seems to have held Muggles in higher esteem than most of his contemporaries.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard consist of at least the following tales:


  • His name probably refers to the medieval English historian Bede. It could also refer to English playwright William Shakespeare, who is known as "The Bard".


Notes and references

  1. Tales of Beedle the Bard, page ix, 12

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