- "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) 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:
- The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
- The Fountain of Fair Fortune
- The Warlock's Hairy Heart
- Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
- The Tale of the Three Brothers
- His name may refer to the medieval Anglo-Saxon historian Bede. His epithet could refer to English playwright William Shakespeare, who is known as "The Bard".
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Depicted in a woodcut)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Depicted in a woodcut)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Mentioned only)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Depicted in a woodcut)
Notes and references
Altheda · Amata · Amata's lover · Antioch Peverell · Antioch Peverell's killer · Asha · Babbitty · Brigade of Witch-Hunters · Cadmus Peverell · Cadmus Peverell's fiancée · Captain of the Brigade of Witch-Hunters · Charlatan · Death · Evil Sorcerer · Gigantic white worm · Ignotus Peverell · Ignotus Peverell's son · King · Kinsfolk · Maiden · Old man · Old man's donkey · Old man's family · Peasant woman · Peasant woman's granddaughter · Sabre · Sir Luckless · Warlock · The Warlock's friends · Wizard · Wizard's father · Young woman · Young woman's child
Altheda's potion · Altheda's wand · Cloak of Invisibility · Creepers · Crystal casket · Elder Wand · Enchanted garden · Fountain · Gold statue of Babbitty · Hairy Heart · The Hopping Pot · Never-ending hill · Poisonous toadstool · Poultice for warts · Resurrection Stone · Silver chalice