The last of the three Hogwarts Library books, and book 52 of the year (hooray!). This was my favourite of the three, it felt more familiar to me and seemed exactly like the books of stories I used to read as a child (minus the magic of course). You can definitely imagine that it would be read by little wizard children, and it’s a very clever set of stories by J.K. Rowling.
The book consists of five short tales, followed by an explanation from Dumbledore about the back-story of the tale or the moral or how well received it was by young wizards. These little explanations really do make the book, as the stories are not always as you would think!
It was nice to finally read the tale of Babbity Rabbity after I’d heard it mentioned so many times by Ron in the Deathly Hallows. Which of course leads me to my favourite of the tales – The Tale of the Three Brothers.
If you can read this story without hearing it in Hermione’s voice, I’ll be amazed. Having watched the Deathly Hallows so many times, this story felt incredibly familiar, and that’s probably the reason it’s my favourite. While reading it, I could even see the animations in my head.
“There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight…”
So yes, this was a great book to end the year on. As well as lovely tales, the illustrations were beautiful and it was just a joy to read.