The main point of this post, however, is to express my excitement over the recent announcement that J.K. Rowling's charity will be publishing "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" in December. Now, if you're at all a part of the Harry Potter fandom, even on the fringes, you've probably heard this news unless you've been living on Jupiter or something, but I wanted to throw in a YAY anyway. From the release on the Leaky Cauldron's site:
"According to a post on JKRowling.com, the book will have commentary by Dumbledore (it was 'discovered in his papers after his death,' including historical notes, personal reminisces, and insights into the most mysterious branch of magic, wand lore). The tales were 'translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger' and have illustrations by J.K. Rowling.
"JKR: 'There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was offered to the public last December. I am therefore delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon (who bought the handwritten copy at auction) – and with the blessing of the wonderful people who own the other six original books - The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans. Royalties will be donated to the Children’s High Level Group, to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice. The new edition will include the Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' archive.'"
Because I'm a dork, I've already preordered my $100 collector's copy from Amazon.ca. (I knew there was a reason I decided to work so much overtime last month! XD) The book will be released on December 4, which seems an awfully long way away from where I'm sitting! It will at least make a nice semi-birthday gift for me though, not to mention something to look forward to while I'm buried chest-deep in exams.
I'm really curious about the tales themselves, and have been ever since JKR announced that she had written them and would be auctioning a copy off. Amazon.com had a special section dedicated to the book after they won it, and if I recall correctly there was a special group of people selected to read it and post reviews to the website. I read reviews of a couple of the stories but then forgot to go back and check for the rest. I suspect they've probably taken it down anyway now that the book is going to be published for a general audience.
Anyway, should be fun!
In other SW news I was at the bookstore yesterday after work, loading up on Clone Wars merchandise. To my surprise and annoyance, not a lot of it seems to be available in my area as of yet (and it's not like I live in Siberia or something - Ottawa, the freakin' capital of Canada, thank you very much!). I did pick up the Visual Guide and the Junior Novelization, but was unfortunately unable to get the adult novel. Maybe it's better that way, so I won't be tempted to peek and get spoiled. ;) The Junior novel is safe under my bed, not to be opened until after I see the movie. And although I did take a brief look at the Visual Guide - and was very pleased with what I saw, with respect to a certain character - I'm going to save a more detailed reading for later.
August is going to be quite the exciting month fandom-wise! Let's hope my oversqueeful self can survive it. XD