given to me by eduardo in the christmas of 2008
A word of warning: I am huge Harry Potter nerd, so this’ll be an incredibly biased review.
A friend of mine gave me this as a Christmas gift back in 2008. I only read it yesterday. Yes, you have guessed correctly, I am still butthurt about Deathly Hallows. Reading this book made me want to re-read the entire series, but I still can’t cope with SiriusSnapeFredHedwigLupin, etc etc. I sort of hated J.K. Rowling for a while. Like, a lot.
Anyway, to the review itself. This is a compendion of short fairytales that are supposedly known to wizards as well as Muggle children know tales about Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood. These stories actually play an important part in the series, so it’s a bit surprising I am only reading this now (I’m still mad J.K.).
I’d have to say, the stories were entertaining, but what really made the book for me were Albus Dumbledore’s notes and endnotes. I think Dumbledore will always be one of the best characters of all time, mostly because he’s so cool without even trying, and I totally want to be like him when I grow up. However, I do think that if you haven’t read the Harry Potter series, most of this will seem disconnected, and not very interesting at all. It’s a bit like reading Quidditch Through The Ages without knowing what a Nimbus 2000 is. So, if you’re planning to get started on the Harry Potter series, don’t read this book first, read the actual series.
Read on May 16th, 2010.