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Last Updated: Friday December 05 2008 10:13 GMT

JK Rowling reads Tales to fans

JK Rowling reads Tales to kids

Two hundred Harry Potter fans gathered in Edinburgh to hear JK Rowling read from her latest book.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard isn't about the boy wizard himself, but it is in the final Harry Potter story, and explains what the Deathly Hallows are.

A few kids at the tea party even had the chance to ask JK questions, like whether her teachers at school thought her stories were any good!

The Harry Potter author said her best thing at school was story writing.

JK said: "I can remember some teachers thinking that I was good at story writing, and I used to love it when my stories were read out to the class.

J K Rowling
JK answered the kids' questions
"That was my favourite thing," she added.

And in an interview, JK explained why she had written The Tales of Beedle The Bard.

She said: "I had the idea of writing it as a thank you for the key people that have been with me 10 years, and in some cases longer.

"And then I realised how many fans wanted to read it, so I thought, well, what a great way to make money for the charity," she said.