Sunday, 16 October 2016

Review: Pottermore Presents: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies - J.K. Rowling

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on with some exclusive new additions. 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.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

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)

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated Edition)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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 (with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

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

As a huge Potterhead it was inevitable that I was going to read the Pottermore Presents ebooks, I'm not a fan of reading large amounts of text on my laptop (it kills my eyes!) so even though some of the information included in these ebooks have previously been published on the Pottermore website it was all new to me. I can't confirm how much is new and what you might have seen before but I like having it all collected together in one place so I can read it easily on my kindle so from that point of view it's worth buying just for convenience. Do I think these ebooks are good value for money? At £1.99 for around 70 pages probably not but if you're as big a Harry Potter fan as I am then you're probably used to spending a crazy amount of money to get anything with a HP logo on it so I doubt it'll stop people from buying them.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies includes background information about two of my favourite Hogwarts teachers: Professor McGonagall and Remus Lupin. Find out more about their families, their upbringing and what brought them to hogwarts in the first place, see first hand the huge effect Dumbledore had on their lives and discover everything you wanted to know about animagus magic and werewolves. Both of their stories are bittersweet, they have been through so much, some of which we've seen in the main books and some that happened off the page but it was great to see another layer of depth added to their characters.

There are also a couple of interesting pieces about Sybill Trelawney and Silvanus Kettleburn (who, if you're like me and have forgotten the name, was the Care of Magical Creatures teacher before Hagrid took over the position). All this extra information just goes to show how much thought J.K. Rowling put into the world building for the Harry Potter series, there are backstories for characters that barely got a mention in the main books not to mention the rich history of the wizarding world and wonderful range of magical creatures that populate it. I'm excited to discover more in the other Pottermore Presents ebooks.

Source: Purchased

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