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Babbity Rabbity And Her Cackling Stump?

Story of Babbity Rabbity Cackling StumpMum used to read those to me as a kid!

The Wizard And The Hopping Pot, Babbity Rabbity And Her Cackling Stump… Come on! Babitty Rabbity… No?
–Ron Weasley

In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Ron sees the book ‘Tales Of Beedle The Bard’ and starts naming off all the fairy tales his mother used to read to him as a kid.

But since he grew up in the world of magic the stories are nothing like most people have heard of, and Harry and Hermione look at him like he’s gone crazy.

And with titles like Babbity Rabbity And Her Cackling Stump it’s hard not to wonder if the stories are a bit crazy themselves.

Tales Of Beedle The Bard Book by JK RowlingTurns out that JK Rowling had originally come up with those titles because they sounded silly and a little crazy, thinking that they would be the perfect titles for wizard fairy tales. What she didn’t realize at the time is that she’d end up writing those stories later on for people in the muggle world. Rich muggles, to be exact.

In 2007 she wrote the stories and auctioned off a handmade copy of Tales Of Beedle The Bard to help a children’s charity. The book ended up raising a whopping 4 million dollars! Maybe Babbity Rabbity doesn’t sound so crazy after all.

Luckily for the rest of us Tales Of Beedle The Bard was released to the public a year later, and at a price that was almost 4 million dollars cheaper ;).

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The Hobbit: The Strange Story Of How JRR Tolkien Came Up With The Idea

Picture of Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey.No doubt you’ve heard of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, it’s one of the top bestselling books of all time and has even been made into several movies.

But did you ever wonder how JRR Tolkien even came up with the idea of hobbits in the first place?

Turns out that hobbits were originally inspired by the strangest of things: a blank sheet of paper.

JRR Tolkien was working as a teacher in the early 1930’s and one day he was sitting at his desk grading a pile of papers his students had recently turned in. Frankly he was bored of it but it was a task that had to get done, so he continued to go through page after dull page.

Suddenly he came across a paper that for whatever reason the student had left completely blank. This was a breath of fresh air for Tolkien and gave him a bit of an escape from the dreary work he had to do.

He stared at the piece of paper for a bit and then suddenly, for no particular reason, wrote “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Picture of the book cover of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien with Smaug on the front.The thing is, JRR Tolkien had no clue why he wrote that line …or even what hobbits were supposed to be. But in the days afterwards the line stuck with him and he just couldn’t get it out of his mind. He said about this later on:

Names always suggest a story in my mind, eventually I thought I’d better find out what hobbits are like.

So JRR Tolkien started to write about hobbits to find out what they were like, and two years later he had completed one of the bestselling books of all time.

I wonder if that student who turned in the blank page ever had any idea of what kind of impact their decision had on history. One thing is for sure though, next time you randomly come across a blank page don’t ignore it, you never know what could happen if you start writing!

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Magical Me: JK Rowling And The Mystery Man Behind Gilderoy Lockhart

Picture of Gilderoy Lockhart the professor from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.JK Rowling sparked big rumors when in an interview when she revealed some things about the character of Gilderoy Lockhart.

She said that not only is he based on a real person, but that she had “to endure for two solid years” the real life person who Lockhart is based on.

She was married to her ex husband for two years so it seemed a likely fit, and the rumors started to fly.

Gilderoy Lockhart, in case you don’t remember, was Harry Potter’s Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher who was way into himself. Whether it was constantly quoting from his Gilderoy Lockhart in front of a painting of himself painting himself.bestselling book ‘Magical Me’, or striking a pose in front of one his many giant paintings of himself, Lockhart had a talent for bringing the focus back onto him no matter what the situation.

JK Rowling’s ex husband is known for acting a bit like Lockhart by doing things like claiming he co-authored the first Harry Potter book, so that just added more fuel to the rumors.

Things got so bad that JK Rowling finally had to make a point of stating that Lockhart was definitely not based on her ex husband.

The book Magical Me by Gilderoy Lockhart of the Harry Potter books.Some people didn’t believe her but I think it makes sense. JK Rowling was afraid of her ex husband (even at one point having to take out a restraining order against him), while the character of Gilderoy Lockhart is goofy and mostly harmless.

If JK Rowling’s ex husband was the inspiration for any Harry Potter character it would probably be one of the Death Eaters, just sayin. But that still leaves the fact that Lockhart is based on a real person …who could it be?

Many people have speculated that it’s an old professor of hers but she’s staying mum on the true identity of the person, other than to say that he’s

probably out there telling everybody that he inspired the character of Dumbledore.

Ha!! Now that sounds exactly like something Gilderoy Lockhart would do, don’t you think?