It looks like fans of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World are in for a magical treat!
The first-ever audiobook edition of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, which has entertained wizarding families for generations, has been officially announced. The new audiobook will be released by Audible later this year and features the voices of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child stars.
Noma Dumezweni (the original Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) will narrate The Tale Of The Three Brothers, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will read The Warlock’s Hairy Heart, Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick/Griphook) will read The Wizard And The Hopping Pot, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) will narrate The Fountain Of Fair Fortune, and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) will narrate Babbity Rabbity And Her Cackling Stump.
Arguably the most exciting aspect of the announcement, however, is the news that Jude Law (who portrays Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts movies) will narrate “whimsical” notes from Dumbledore throughout the audiobook.
Read the official announcement below:
Performed by talented actors from across the Wizarding World, this is the first-ever audiobook edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally written in 2007 by J.K. Rowling and has raised money for her children’s charity Lumos ever since.
As familiar to Hogwarts students as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty” are to Muggle children, Beedle’s stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards. So, if you’re wondering what’s in store in this brand-new audio edition…well, your ears are in for a treat.
Once you’ve checked this fabulous Hogwarts Library book out, you’ll start by hearing the author’s introduction, read by Sally Mortemore (librarian Madam Pince from the Harry Potter films). Then it’s time for the tales to begin….
You’ll laugh along to “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” as you listen to the havoc wreaked by a father’s impish gift to his son, read by Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick – Harry Potter films).
“The Fountain of Fair Fortune” will take you on a quest through an enchanted garden, alongside three witches and a luckless knight, read by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter films).
In “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, you’ll be warned about a young warlock who is fearful of love and turns to dark magic to avoid it at all costs, read by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy – Harry Potter films).
The calamitous meeting of a foolish king, a cunning charlatan and a mischievous washerwoman unravels in “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”, read by Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley – Harry Potter).
And finally, the most iconic of Beedle’s stories. “The Tale of the Three Brothers” – with its message of humility and wisdom – will introduce you, dear listener, to the Deathly Hallows, read by Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway).
Each of the tales is accompanied by wise and whimsical notes from a certain Albus Dumbledore, surely everyone’s favourite headmaster, read by Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore – Fantastic Beasts films).
We’re told these five fables have been firm favourites in wizarding households for centuries, and now it’s your turn to experience these tales from the Wizarding World, as you’ve never heard them before.