Almost every wizard and witch knows the story Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump, as they had it read to them countless times as a young child. For those who have been living in the dark, here’s a brief summary:
A long time ago, a king formed the Brigade of Witch-Hunters in order to be the most powerful king that has ever existed with the help of magic. However, slight problem, he knew about as much as about magic as he did when it comes to ruling a successful kingdom. The king decided to ask for the help of a person trained in magic. A Muggle, who only wanted riches, volunteered, despite knowing nothing about magic in the slightest. There happened to be a real witch, Babbity, who was greatly amused by the Muggle trying to teach the king magic by running around in circles shouting nonsense, each waving a stick from a nearby tree. The king heard Babbity, his washerwoman, laughing loudly, which embarrassed him, so he ordered the Muggle is to help him show off his magic abilities, and if it wasn’t perfect and stunning, he’d kill the Muggle. The Muggle went to Babbity after he realizes she was a witch, he demanded that she help him or he’d tell the king of her magic abilities. When they perform, Babbity hides in a nearby bush, astonishing the crowd by vanishing a hat and levitating a horse, making the king appear to do it by himself. However, someone asked the king to revive his dead dog, but Babbity knew not even magic can revive the dead, so she did nothing. The Muggle pointed to the bush where she was hiding, claiming she is an evil witch interfering with his magical abilities. Babbity ran away, changing into a rabbit, her animagus. Babbity curses the King, so every time he’d kill a witch or wizard, he’ll feel the blade of an axe. Soon after, the king declared that no harm was to come to witches or wizards. She also made the king make a statue of her on a stump to remind everyone of the proclamation that the king made. Babbity left the kingdom, but no harm had come to another witch or wizard again.
As you can see, Babbity Rabbity is a fictional story made by Beedle the Bard. However, was all of this made up? Witches were, in fact, very prejudiced by Muggles starting in about 1450. Historians believe that 35,000 to 100,000 witches were killed, either being hanged, burned, or tortured as Muggles were scared of these so-called witches. The sad thing is, those who died weren’t actually real witches or wizards, as real ones wouldn’t die by being burned. In fact, witches could get out of any situation the Muggles put them in with a wand, and it is safe to assume the majority always had their wands with them, especially since they were being constantly hunted. Quibbler has determined a very strong theory that answers the question, “is Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump actually based on a true story??!” that is supported by concrete evidence too strong to ignore!
So, Wendelin the Weird, who loved letting fearful Muggles catch and burn her (while she casted a flame freezing charm) a total of 47 times during the Middle Ages. One day, when she was visiting Germany to experience the witch burning there (she loved traveling the world to see how it differed) when in the 15th century, a harmless Muggle was thrown into the Danube River after being falsely accused of being a witch, her name being Agnes Bernauer. Wendelin was negatively impacted by Agnes’ death, as while she loved to participate in witch burnings for the fun of it, she sometimes did it to honor the Muggles who were not able to cast a flame-freezing charm.
Having been greatly upset, Wendelin the Weird sent a message to Beedle the Bard (before he published the original Tales of Beedle the Bard back in the 15th century). It is unknown the exact method of communication they established, but it was most likely either owls, mirrors, or a combination of bubble gum and wet sand. Whichever it was, Wendelin expressed her sadness over Agnes’ murder to Beedle the Bard, who greatly sympathized. Beedle the Bard, being a fellow writer, decided to add Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump to his collection of stories, after being inspired by what happened to Agnes.
Quibbler has done extensive research, and there are too many coincidental facts to ignore. Quibbler can safely confirm that Wendelin, Agnes, and Beedle’s lives all intertwined, and Agnes inspired a child’s book well known by children and their parents. So, the next time you read Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump, keep in mind that while Babbity and Agnes lived two different lives, Babbity was based on a real live Muggle falsely accused of witchcraft that was killed by fearful Muggles with zero reasons to justify murder.