The Tales of Beedle the Bard, illustrated by Chris Riddell, goes on sale in the UK today

The Illustrated Edition of the Tales of Beedle the Bard
Illustrations by Chris Riddell. Published by Bloomsbury

The fascinating tales from the wizarding world’s very own Bard have been given a new makeover from Bloomsbury, in this new illustrated edition. Illustrator Chris Riddell explains his creative process behind the drawings.

From today, you can pick up this colourful new copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling – which is referenced in the Harry Potter books as the old collection of wizarding world fables often told to young witches and wizards. In 2008, J.K. Rowling made the book into a real-life one, raising money for her charity, Lumos.

Now, 10 years on, you can see Beedle’s tales reimagined thanks to award-winning artist Chris Riddell, who has put his own spin on the eccentric stories for Bloomsbury’s new edition.

Take a look at Chris explaining some of his ideas around his drawings, such as his depiction of Albus Dumbledore, here:


From 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot' to 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', enjoy Chris’s depictions of every one of Bard’s tales, complete with notes and annotations from Albus Dumbledore himself.

And if you’re based in the US, Scholastic have also illustrated the Bard’s stories with children’s illustrator, Lisbeth Zwerger. You can take a look at some of her work here. That edition will be released next week, so don’t worry, not long to wait!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard’s Illustrated Edition is out today, and we’re more excited than a hopping pot about it. Order your copy today.