Harry Potter fans have some excitement coming their way. The elusive Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This book of fairy tales was written to supplement the Harry Potter series and will be published in two new editions on December 4, 2008. Originally the book was made into only 7 copies. Amazon ultimately purchased one that was auctioned for 3.98 million dollars. However we, who don't have around 4 million in pocket change, now have an opportunity to purchase a copy.

The Standard Edition features all five fairy tales (each with an Aesop-like lesson) from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a new introduction by J.K. Rowling, illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book, and commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

The exclusive Collector's Edition includes a reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition. When you open the cover of the case, a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling's signature is revealed, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon. As a special gift for fans, the Collector's edition also includes a set of 10 ready-for-framing prints of J.K. Rowling's illustrations, enclosed in a velvet-lined pocket in the lid of the outer case.

Don't be left behind -- pre-order it online now and get the best deal by clicking here for the Standard Edition or here for the Collector’s Edition. Since it doesn't come out until December, you can even put it on your Christmas list since it will be a great and sought-after Christmas gift.

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