JK Rowling's Tales Of Beedle The Bard Becoming A Movie?

By Josh Tyler 2008-12-07 16:59:47discussion comments
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This should come as no surprise to anyone: Warner Brothers wants more Harry Potter. The last book in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series is already being prepped for the big screen, but when it’s over that leaves Warners without a source of steady, reliable, wizard income. Knowing that the magical gravy train is coming to an end, the WB is looking for ways to squeeze more out of Potter. According to one of our regular, reliable sources, they’re hoping to do it by digging deep into other J.K. Rowling work; specifically “The Tales of Beedle The Bard”.

“The Tales of Beedle The Bard” is a book within the book. It was first referenced in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", as a book of stories read by children in the Harry Potter world. It’s a collection of five completely separate short stories which Rowling has since gone on to actually write and publish.

The five stories included in "Beedle The Bard" are: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”, about the son of a wizard who inherits a pot with a foot. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”, about a fountain where people who bathe have their problems solved. “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, about a warlock who uses dark magic to prevent himself from ever falling in love. “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”, about a king who wishes to keep all magic to himself, but is thwarted by a stump with a cackle. Lastly “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, about three traveling brothers granted wishes by death.

None of these stories seems to have any connection to the other, which ought to make it difficult for Warners to fit them all into a single film. Could they be planning five movies? That would seem unwise. These are short stories after all, it’s unlikely there’s enough material in any one story to justify a feature film.

According to our sources, Warners is still trying to figure out exactly how to make this work. But there’s definitely a strong interest in making Tales of Beedle The Bard: The Movie happen, once Harry Potter is over with.
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