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The second Beedle the Bard tale, The Fountain of Fair Fortune deals with another topic very important in the world of Harry Potter, that is, the cooperation between and intermarrying of Wizards and Muggles. The characters in the story are healed of their ailments and woes at the end, but not because the fountain did anything magical.
|Title||The Fountain of Fair Fortune|
|Part of Collection||The Tales of Beedle the Bard|
|Published Date||December 2008|
|Referenced in Books||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|
|Referenced in Movies||Not directly mentioned|
|Genre||Wizarding fairy tale|
The Fountain of Fair Fortune is one of the enchanting tales featured in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a beloved collection of wizarding fairy tales by J.K. Rowling. Published in December 2008, this compilation has garnered much admiration from fans of the Harry Potter series. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” holds a distinct place, being referenced within the pages of the seventh book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. However, it’s essential to note that the tale does not have a direct presence or specific mention in the Harry Potter movie adaptations.
The story unfolds in an enchanted garden, enclosed within high walls and protected by strong magic. Inside the garden lies the Fountain of Fair Fortune, which is rumored to grant good luck and happiness to one person once a year. Many people attempt to reach the fountain, but only a select few manage to find their way in.
On the appointed day, three witches, each burdened with their own misfortunes, find themselves in the garden along with a knight. The witches are Asha, who is sick; Altheda, who has lost her home and wealth due to a robbery; and Amata, who suffers from a broken heart. The knight, Sir Luckless, is also hoping to try his luck at the fountain.
The journey to the fountain is challenging, filled with obstacles that the group must overcome together. They encounter various magical hindrances, but they manage to pass through them by working as a team and relying on each other’s unique capabilities and talents. During this journey, they find solace in each other’s company and their spirits are lifted by the camaraderie they share.
Upon reaching the fountain, they realize that they’ve already found what they were seeking. Asha finds herself cured, Altheda discovers a way to regain her fortune, and Amata realizes that she no longer pines for her lost love. Sir Luckless, who believes that he has no luck, chooses to bathe in the fountain but ends up finding fortune in a different way by marrying Amata.
In the end, the tale teaches that the journey and the companionship they found along the way were more valuable than the magical properties of the fountain. It portrays the message that happiness and fortune can often be found in unexpected places and that the challenges faced in life can lead to growth and eventual success.