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A page from The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling, which will be auctioned in December 2007 to raise money for a children's charity.PHOTO: AP

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has written a new book, her first since the final bestseller about the boy wizard came out earlier this year.

But most fans will not be able to buy a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard -- just seven copies of the work will be produced, with six going to people involved with the Potter books, and a seventh being auctioned in London.

The book is the volume of five wizarding fairy tales left to Potter's friend Hermione Granger by headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and last Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

One of the tales - a distillation of the themes of the seven Potter works - appears in Deathly Hallows, but the remaining four are told in The Tales of Beedle the Bard for the first time.

Each copy of the book is handwritten and illustrated by Rowling on translucent vellum paper as well as being leather bound and covered with silver and jewels.

Rowling said that writing the book had helped her to come to terms with the end of Potter.

"It's like coming up from a deep dive I suppose," she told BBC radio.

"I've been writing about the world. It's not about Harry, Ron and Hermione but it comes from that world so it's been therapeutic in a way, a nice way to say goodbye."

The author also revealed that she is also working on a "half-finished book for children" which will probably be the next one she publishes.

The titles of the five tales in the book are The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, The Tale of the Three Brothers, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot and Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump. (AFP)




Shay: I really want to get my hands on a copy of that book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Kate: You'll be lucky. Have you got a small fortune stashed away somewhere?

Shay: Well, I was thinking of using my trust fund.

Kate: Isn't that supposed to help you get through college?

Shay: Yeah, but it would be a really good investment!

Kate: Well, I hope your parents have been generous. I imagine it's going to cost a lot of money.







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