For Harry Potter fans, this will be the best Christmas, Chanukah, Divali, Kwanzaa, you-name-it pressie: J. K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard Collector's Edition, coming out on December 4. It's coming out in a standard edition on the same date, but who cares?! The Collector's Edition replicates the feel of the original: it features a reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, metalwork and clasp, replica gemstones and 10 new illustrations by J.K. Rowling, plus a velvet bag embroidered with Rowling's signature. But you have to pre-order now, because this is available exclusively through Amazon and there are limited quantities. Every cent of the proceeds after costs are covered goes to Children's High Level Group, a charity to help vulnerable children.
Rowling made 7 originals, written and illustrated by hand — one was auctioned off by Sotheby's in December 2007 and won by Amazon for £1.95 million (roughly $4 million). You can see images of the original at Amazon.
I just ordered 3 (one for me, one for my sister, and one for my BFF). Why can't it be December already!!! *SQUEE*