08/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard: J.K. Rowling To Publish First Post- Harry Potter Book In December

Christmas comes early for Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling's new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard - her first major work since retiring the boy wizard last year - hits shelves December 4.

The 157-page collection of five wizardry-inspired fairy tales was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final novel in the best-selling series.

Rowling previously produced seven hand-crafted copies of the book - but this is its first commercial publication.

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