Thanks to Scholastic for a copy of this edition for the purposes of review.
Released on October 9th, The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Illustrated Edition is a lush illustrated edition of the iconic 2008 fantasy release, containing five stories that bolsters and lays critical foundation for the Harry Potter lore. The new edition is available for purchase now.
When it comes to The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the most influential addition of lore in the Wizarding World outside of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, it has always retained the unique style and imagination of readers across the entire globe. That concept is beautifully realized in this gorgeous version of the iconic release, illustrated by award-winning artist Lisbeth Zwerger. Replacing previous artist Jim Kay, Zwerger presents a unique style of illustrations that is reminiscent of the illustrations seen in the original release. Complemented by a stunning layout that places it shoulder-to-shoulder with other illustrated edition releases in the franchise, The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Illustrated Edition is a beautifully captured and imagined visioning of a story that is iconic for its booming fantasy.
In relation to the 2008 original release, there are little-to-no changes that are present in the actual text. Even after so many years, The Tales of Beedle the Bard still captures that impressive childish aspect that made readers flock towards it. However, with this release, it may not have been a sore idea to remove the commentary from the fictional character Professor Dumbledore. While in the original release his snarky remarks did allow for some comical relief, the presence of the commentary here, in such a richly redefined visioning, feels off-putting and unnatural, leading to consistent tones between the illustrator and the author.