Sunday, 16 October 2016

Review: Pottermore Presents: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide - J.K. Rowling

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

This is the third Pottermore Presents collection that collects articles and short stories written by J.K. Rowling for the Pottermore website along with some new material that can only be found in these ebooks. As you might guess from the title, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, this collection is focused on the school that every Harry Potter fan dreams of attending. Let's face it, we've all looked out of the window hoping to spot an owl dropping off our acceptance letters!

Anyway, we already know a lot about Hogwarts from the series but this lets us into some behind the scenes information about where J.K. Rowling got her ideas for things like the sorting hat and some other background details that never quite made it into the books. Learn more about Kings Cross Station and Platform nine and three-quarters, find out how the Ministry of Magic got their hands on the muggle train that became the Hogwarts Express, learn more about the Sorting Hat and the different Hogwarts Houses. You'll even get to visit the Hufflepuff common room, find out how the Marauder's Map was created and learn more about Time-Turners and the rules of time travel (Jack Thorne & John Tiffany you should have paid special attention here!).

As if that wasn't enough there are whole sections on the residents of Hogwarts from the ghosts to the various portraits and you'll get a backstage pass to view the hidden parts of the castle like the Chamber of Secrets. You'll even find out more about some of Hogwarts' greatest treasures from the Mirror of Erised to the Sword of Gryffindor and many more in between.

This is probably the most detailed of the three ebooks and there is a lot of extra information in here. I still think the first book (Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies) is my favourite but this was a close second. These books are still expensive for what they are but if you want all of the information collected in one place rather than having to hunt it all down on the Pottermore website then they're worth picking up. If you're not a Harry Potter superfan then you'll probably be happy to give them a miss though.

Source: Purchased

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