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A collection of {{Fairy Tale}}s that exist in the PotterVerse and which describe the eponymous {{MacGuffin}}s of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. After ''Deathly Hallows'', Creator/JKRowling gave ''Beedle The Bard'' the {{Defictionalization}} treatment. Published in 2008.

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* "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" -- A nice old wizard helps people with his magic pot. After his death, his [[{{Jerkass}} decidedly less nice]] son decides to help no-one and the pot treats him to some karma.
* "[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]" -- Three witches and a {{Muggle|s}} knight overcome ThresholdGuardians to reach a magical fountain.
* "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" -- A young rich warlock fancies himself GenreSavvy to the fact that LoveHurts and [[BeatStillMyHeart cuts out his heart]] to save himself the hassle. Then he finds out that everyone thinks he's a loser for not having a girl and sets out to bag himself a trophy wife. This does not end well.
* "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump" -- A Muggle king decides to [[BurnTheWitch eliminate wizards]] and learn magic himself, unaware that [[WitchSpecies it does not work that way]]. He asks for an instructor in magic and only a fraud responds since real wizards were not born yesterday. Then the fraud encounters a real witch...
* "The Tale of the Three Brothers" -- {{The one with}} [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the Deathly Hallows]]. Three brothers literally cheat [[TheGrimReaper Death]], who in turn offers to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grant them wishes]] with the intention of being a JackassGenie. YoungestChildWins.

The tales are interspersed with commentary by Albus Dumbledore. J.K. Rowling herself said that ''[[Literature/TheCanterburyTales The Pardoner's Tale]]'' may have provided inspiration for "The Tale of the Three Brothers."
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!!''The Tales of Beedle the Bard'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" states that many witches were attracted by the warlock's "haughty mien" and fantasized about conquering it.
** Possibly a TakeThat at the DracoInLeatherPants crowd, which Rowling [[WordOfGod has complained about]] before.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Dumbledore's commentary occasionally treads into this territory.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Invoked. The Tales of Beedle The Bard were essentially the wizarding equivalents of Aesop's Fables.
* AssholeVictim: Loxias, a wizard who at one point had the Elder Wand, according to Dumbledore's notes on ''The Three Brothers''. Several people, including his own ''mother'', claimed to have killed him.
* BeatStillMyHeart: You can guess from the title of "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" what happens when the warlock in question removes his heart from its usual place in an attempt to keep himself from falling in love.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: ''The Tale of the Three Brothers'' and ''The Warlock's Hairy Heart''.
* BilingualBonus: Some of the French characters' names, like Lapin (Rabbit) and Pensées-Profondes (Deep Thoughts).
* BluenoseBowdlerizer: Beatrix Bloxam.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Warlock's Hairy Heart'' compared to the other stories in the book. {{Lampshaded}} in Dumbledore's commentary.
* {{Defictionalization}}
* {{Disneyfication}}: Spoofed: In one of Dumbledore's commentaries he describes how a Beatrix Bloxam republished Beedle's tales, taking them to ridiculous heights of [[TastesLikeDiabetes Tasting Like Diabetes]] - her wizarding card in one of the [[VideoGame/HarryPotter video games]] even says her book was banned for inducing vomiting. He later explains that this happened after she was horrified by "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", which incidentally she was never able to "sweeten" to her satisfaction. All this, and the fact that kids ''hated'' the Bloxam versions, might very well be a TakeThat against the many real-life MoralGuardians who worried that ''Harry Potter'' was traumatizing children.
* DracoInLeatherPants: In-universe. After all her good feelings from her times with her lover are gone, Amata realizes he was actually a {{Jerkass}} and is glad to be rid of him.
* FairForItsDay: "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" and "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" were controversial in-universe, especially at the time they were published, for their positive depictions of wizards helping and marrying Muggles, respectively.
* FantasticAesop: What this book comprises.
* FictionalDocument
* FighterMageThief: The three brothers, or more precisely Death's gifts to them, fall under each of the three archetypes: The Elder Wand, being unbeatable and giving its owner lots of raw power, falls under the fighter archetype; the Resurrection Stone, being preternatural even by wizarding standards, falls under (the wizard equivalent of) the mage archetype; the Invisibility Cloak, naturally, falls under the thief archetype.
* FootnoteFever: Thankfully they're all compiled into their own mini-chapters between each Tale.
* FreudianExcuse: Beatrix Bloxam's hatred of anything not overflowing with {{Glurge}} apparently stems from her overhearing "The Wizard's Hairy Heart" as a child and being traumatized by it. That it somehow segued into "ghastly details of the dreadfully unsavory affair of my uncle Nobby, the local hag and a sack of Bouncing Bulbs" didn't help, she was in bed for a week after that.
* FriendlyEnemy: "The Tale of the Three Brothers" ends with the youngest brother voluntarily dying after evading Death with the cloak of invisibility after years and years. They had apparently arrived at something resembling friendship at that point.
* TheGrimReaper: More simply known as Death in "The Tale of the Three Brothers".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of Dumbledore's aunts called off her wedding when she caught the fiancé fondling Horklumps. Horklumps being [[FreudWasRight pink hairy mushrooms...]]
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: [[spoiler: The Fountain of Fair Fortune.]]
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
** In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', Hermione receives a very old copy of ''The Tales of Beedle the Bard'', a traditional book of wizarding fairy-tales. This book appears as a translation from the original runes made by Hermione, accompanied by a set of notes on the tales written by Albus Dumbledore, with J. K. Rowling only adding a foreword and some notes for us Muggles' benefit.
** It mentions "the seven volumes of Harry Potter's biography", thus making the HP books real in their fictional universe.
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler:The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]
* MalignedMixedMarriage: At the end of [[spoiler:"The Fountain of Fair Fortune"]]. As indicated by his letter, Lucius Malfoy did not approve.
* MisaimedFandom: In-universe. "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is a story about the futility of beating Death, but many wizards who heard the story figured they could do just that if they had all three Hallows.
** Dumbledore's bemoaning the continued folly of wizards who seek to defeat death and his observation that "humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them" all take a serious tint of HeroicSelfDeprecation when you remember that [[spoiler:he's guilty of every single one of those things, and knows it all too well]].
** Voldemort takes it a step further: having never ''heard'' "The Tale of the Three Brothers" in the first place due to his Muggle upbringing, he has no idea of the true significance of the Elder Wand (or that it's part of a set) - he just wants it because he believes it will make him invincible.
* MoralGuardians: Besides Beatrix Bloxam's revisions mentioned above, Dumbledore notes that some tales got rewrites through the ages because they were deemed too pro-Muggle. Specifically, he explains that the Hopping Pot went from causing trouble for the mean wizard who refused to help his Muggle neighbours, to swallowing threatening Muggles until they left the nice wizard alone.
** Also, Lucius Malfoy once tried to have ''The Fountain of Fair Fortune'' censored, because the witch Amata marries the Muggle Sir Luckless at the end of it. Dumbledore, however, gave a [[ShutUpHannibal thorough speech]] about keeping it in the library by saying that almost every witch and wizard are at least half-blood.
* NightmareFuel: "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" is an {{In-Universe}} example (Dumbledore points out many parents only read it when the children are grown).
* TheProblemWithFightingDeath: "The Tale of the Three Brothers"
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The wizard and the hopping pot do this at the happy ending of their story, when the wizard learns his lesson.
* RomanceOnTheSet: In the commentary for ''The Fountain of Fair Fortune,'' Dumbledore mentions the unfortunate casting choices in a theatrical version of the aforementioned story - the students playing "Amata" and "Sir Luckless" had been dating until "one hour before the curtain rose," at which point "Sir Luckless" dumped "Amata" for the girl who was playing "Asha." [[invoked]]
* SchoolPlay: In one of his commentaries, Dumbledore describes how Hogwarts once had a disastrous production of "The Fountain of Fair Fortune." The disastrous results prompted a ban on all theatrical productions at Hogwarts.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler:Sir Luckless is this to Amata at the end of "The Fountain of Fair Fortune"]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: The ending of "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" - [[spoiler:the third witch, Amata, whose heart had been broken, moves past her disastrous first love and comes to love Sir Luckless]].
* SophisticatedAsHell: In the commentary on "Babbitty Rabbitty", Dumbledore quotes ''A Study into the Possibility of Reversing the Actual and Metaphysical Effects of Natural Death, [[OverlyLongName with Particular Regard to the Reintegration of Essence and Matter]]'':
-->"Give it up. It's never going to happen."
* StylisticSuck: We are not only informed of Beatrix Bloxam's Disneyfication of the Tales, but ''shown'' just how sickeningly sappy her version of "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" was.
** TastesLikeDiabetes
* TakeThat: In-Universe, at the end of the commentary for the Fountain of Fair Fortune: "This exchange marked the beginning of Mr. Malfoy's long campaign to have me removed from my post as headmaster of Hogwarts, and mine to have him removed from his position as Lord [[DoesThisRemindYouofAnything Voldemort's]] [[ShoutOut Favorite]] [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Death]] Eater."
** The whole last page and a half of the commentary would suffice, including the last footnote.
*** Plus, in the commentary on "The Tale of the Three Brothers", Dumbledore delivers one to those scholars who make up BS about past authors and their works for their [[JustForPun Piled High and Deep]].
* TerribleTicking: The Hopping Pot for the wizard who inherits it from his father, who used it to help their Muggle neighbors before he died. When the wizard denies the Muggles' requests for help, the pot starts hopping and making noises that are reminiscent of the suffering the Muggles endure as a result of the wizard's selfishness. Eventually, this drives the wizard to relent and thereafter start following his father's example.
* UnreliableNarrator: Dumbledore's notes on the Tale of the Three Brothers contradict or omit some things we know he knew about the Hallows. This is lampshaded by the very Prologue of the book, which more or less tells you to make your own opinion as to why Dumbledore played ignorant.
* WomenAreWiser: "No witch in history has ever claimed to own the Elder Wand. Make of that what you will." The implication being, of course, that women are too smart either to want the wand or to advertise that they have it.
** Or that only a wizard would consider a [[FreudWasRight long, thin object]] so valuable.
* YoungestChildWins: In "The Tale of the Three Brothers", the youngest brother is the wisest and the one to outlive his older brothers.
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