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The first of Beedle the Bard’s tales, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot deals with a topic often touched upon in the Harry Potter stories, and one that Hagrid addressed with Harry in the very first book. Should Wizards use their magical abilities to help Muggles? Or should Wizards hide themselves from the Muggle world, and more importantly, should they hide all magic from Muggles?
|Title||The Wizard and the Hopping Pot|
|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||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1|
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot is a central story from The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a book of wizarding fairy tales by J.K. Rowling. Published in December 2008, the book holds a special place in the Harry Potter universe, embodying the magical world’s folklore and traditions. The story is introduced in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, the seventh book in the Harry Potter series. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot is briefly mentioned in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie.
The story is about a kind and generous old wizard who lives in a small village. He uses his magical pot, which has a single, brass foot, to brew potions and remedies to help his fellow villagers. When the old wizard passes away, he leaves all his belongings, including the magical pot, to his only son.
Unlike his father, the son is selfish and refuses to help the villagers with their problems, ignoring their pleas and suffering. The magical pot, mirroring the son’s conscience, starts to act up. It takes on the problems and ailments of the villagers that the son has ignored, such as becoming covered in warts or starting to cry incessantly.
Each ailment the pot acquires makes a loud, obnoxious noise, and it starts hopping around on its single brass foot, following the young wizard everywhere he goes, making his life miserable. No matter what the young wizard does, he cannot silence the pot or stop it from hopping around, as it continues to exhibit the pains and problems of the villagers.
Finally, desperate and unable to bear it anymore, the son decides to help the villagers. He brews the necessary remedies and potions in the hopping pot, solving the villagers’ problems one by one. As he aids each villager, the pot’s ailments disappear gradually, becoming quieter and less troublesome.
In the end, after the son has helped all the villagers, the pot returns to its normal, inanimate state, and the young wizard learns the value of kindness and community help, resolving to be more like his generous father.
Through this tale, the story conveys a moral lesson about the importance of empathy, kindness, and community responsibility.