"The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches. They have been popular bedtime reading for centuries, with the result that the Hopping Pot and the Fountain of Fair Fortune are as familiar to many of the students at Hogwarts as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle (non-magical) children."
J. K. Rowling[src]

The Sleeping Beauty was a popular Muggle fairy tale. In this tale, the heroine, a princess, is put on a "prolonged nap" by a wicked witch.[1]

Muggle author J. K. Rowling has noted the difference between this fairy tale and wizarding children's stories: fictional witches are much more active in seeking their fortunes than the Muggle fairy-tale heroines. Asha, Altheda, Amata and Babbitty Rabbity are all witches who take their fate into their own hands, rather than than taking a hundred year-long nap, as the protagonist of Sleeping Beauty does.[1]

Despite it is just viewed as a children's story by Muggles, this tale seems to be an actual account of the incident caused by Hag Leticia Somnolens in the Middle Ages.[2]

Behind the scenes

Imelda Staunton, who plays Dolores Umbridge, portrayed one of the fairies in a recent adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent.


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