Ronald Weasley: "Oh come on! All the old kids' stories are supposed to be Beedle's aren't they? The Fountain of Fair FortuneThe Wizard and the Hopping PotBabbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump"
Hermione Granger: "Excuse me? What was the last one?"
Ronald Weasley: "Come off it! You must've heard of Babbitty Rabbitty —"
Hermione Granger: "Ron, you know full well Harry and I were brought up by Muggles! We didn't hear stories like that when we were little, we heard Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella"
Ronald Weasley: "What's that, an illness?"
Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger on children's fairy tales[src]

Cinderella was a popular Muggle fairy tale by Muggle author Charles Perrault. In it, the protagonist waits for the return of a lost shoe.[1]

Squib author J. K. Rowling has noted the difference between this fairy tale and wizarding children's stories: fictional witches are much more active in seeking their fortunes than the Muggle fairy-tale heroines. Asha, Altheda, Amata and Babbitty Rabbity are all witches who take their fate into their own hands, rather than waiting for someone to return a lost shoe, as the protagonist of Cinderella does.[1]

Hermione Granger mentioned it to Ron Weasley in 1997, as an example of something that she and Harry heard as children, instead of the classic wizarding tales by Beedle the Bard. Ron mistook "Cinderella" for an illness.[2]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Introduction
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 7 (The Will of Albus Dumbledore)