"If his stories accurately reflect his opinions, he rather liked Muggles, whom he regarded as ignorant rather than malevolent; he mistrusted Dark Magic, and he believed that the worst excesses of wizardkind sprang from the all-too-human traits of cruelty, apathy or arrogant misapplication of their own talents. The heroes and heroines who triumph in his stories are not those with the most powerful magic, but rather those who demonstrate the most kindness, common sense, and ingenuity."
J. K. Rowling regarding Beedle[src]

Beedle the Bard (fl. 15th century)[1] was an English wizard and author of wizarding fairytales. Beedle was born in Yorkshire, England. At some point in his life he wrote The Tales of Beedle the Bard . The only known image of Beedle is a woodcut that shows him with a "luxuriant" beard. Beedle wrote in ancient runes, which were later translated to English.

Taking his stories as an indicator of his opinions, he seems to have held Muggles in higher esteem than most of his contemporaries. He also valued traits such as: kindness, common sense, and ingenuity.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard consist of at least the following tales:


  • His name may refer to the medieval Anglo-Saxon historian Bede. His epithet could refer to English playwright William Shakespeare, who is known as "The Bard".


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