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JK Rowling publishes a new book... but there are only seven copies and it costs £50,000


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A set of fairytales mentioned in the final Harry Potter novel are to be auctioned off to raise money for a children's charity.



Author J K Rowling has hand-written and illustrated just seven copies of the Tales Of Beedle The Bard. It is her first work since the last Harry Potter book was published in July.



While one copy will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London next month, the others will be given away by Rowling to those most closely connected with the Potter books.


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BeedlePA_468x658.jpgJK Rowling: Her handwritten book of fairy tales is expected to sell for up to £50,000



The Tales Of Beedle The Bard played a central role in the seventh book about the boy wizard, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.


A volume, which contains five wizarding fairytales, was left to Hermione Granger by Hogwarts headteacher Albus Dumbledore, and provided clues to help Harry and his friends defeat his nemesis Lord Voldemort.



Only one of the five fairytales, The Tale Of The Three Brothers, is recounted in the Deathly Hallows book. Now for the first time, Rowling is revealing the four remaining untold stories which make up the set.


They are The Fountain Of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, The Wizard And The Hopping Pot, and Babbitty Rabbitty And Her Cackling Stump.




Rowling said: "The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years."

Each of the seven copies are bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with different semi-precious stones.


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BeedlePA_468x536.jpgHandwritten and illustrated: A page from The Tales of Beedle the Bard



The copy due to be sold at auction is mounted with hand-chased silver ornaments and seven moonstones.

A dedication written in the front of the book says: "Six of these books have been given to those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books during the last 17 years.



"This seventh copy will be auctioned; the proceeds to help institutionalised children who are in desperate need of a voice. So to whoever now owns this book, thank you - and fair fortune be yours!"

The book is expected to realise between £30,000 and £50,000.





All proceeds from the sale will go to the Children's Voice, a charity co-founded by Rowling which campaigns for child rights across Europe - particularly Eastern Europe - where more than a million children and teenagers are growing up in institutions, often in unacceptable conditions.


Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Rowling said: "It's a huge silent scandal how many children within Europe are institutionalised.

"A child with mental health issues was being taken from their family or given by their family to an institution and then placed in a cage and I really would like to do whatever I can to change it."

Rowling said the fairytales were "not about Harry, Ron and Hermione, but it comes from that world. It's been quite therapeutic in a way. A nice way to say goodbye".

And she said writing something other than Potter had been "like coming up from a deep dive".

Speaking of her future plans, Rowling said she has a "half-finished book for children" that would probably end up being her next published work.



The Beedle book will be sold on December 13.

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