Happy LAST Friday of 2011! It’s been a great year in books (*cough*Dream School*cough*) and we’re excited to find more books to
demand recommend you read in the coming year! We’ve been on a bit of a Harry Potter binge lately–must be those idyllic Hogwarts Christmas scenes–so this week we’re recommending a book of fairy tales from Harry’s magical world. I had my BFF (Best Fig Forever), Vee Weasley, help me out via Twitter, and she even contributed to this week’s scale. Thanks, Vee! Have a lemon drop on me!
So, let’s ring in the new year by re-reading, or discovering (*casts shameful look*), the fairy tales of the super lucky witches and wizards who were brought up on in the magical world.
Using the Figment Scale of Awesome for the last time this year, let’s see how The Tales of Beedle the Bard pleases us!
+500 for being a book Hermione hasn’t buried her nose in. This is explained in The Deathly Hallows, but since these are fairy tales read to children born in the magical world, our little Muggle-born Hermione was behind on her reading. Ron broke the spine of this book before Hermione did.
+389 for Dumbledore being a know-it-all. Oh, Dumbly-dore. How I’ve missed you since Snape killed you on your orders. One of the best things about this book is the commentary from our favorite Hogwarts Headmaster! Especially great for the fan who wants to know everything about the HP universe–our buddy Albus enlightens us on wizarding law in the old days and much more. (Credit to Vee Weasley–she loves this portion of the book.)
-123 for being too short. I’m heartless enough to chain J.K. Rowling to a chair in front of her computer and force her to write us fairy tales if we can’t expect anymore Potter novels. Don’t look at me like that, Fignation! I’m doing this just as much for you as I am for myself!
(Credit to Vee Weasley–she suggested deducting points for this reason. She didn’t think up the author torture, though, and likely doesn’t agree with it. But maybe she does.)
+2,367.5 for giving the readers more than we could’ve asked for. Enough said, don’t you think?
That brings The Tales of Beedle the Bard to a total of 3,133.5 points! That’s no doubt the highest rating all year, and, well, EVER! Considering the wizard behind the book, we’re about as surprised as we were when we found out Snape had been good all along. (None of us ever doubted him, right? RIGHT?!) Happy New Year, Best Figs Forever!