Monday, 12 December 2016

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

Author: J.K Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
Type: ebook
Pages: 71
Series: Pottermore Presents #1
Source: Own
Publisher: Pottermore Limited
First Published: September 6, 2016
First Line: "Minerva McGonagall was the first child, and only daughter, of a Scottish Presbyterian minister and a Hogwarts-educated witch."

Book Description from GoodReads‘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.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: As my long-time blog readers know I'm a huge Harry Potter lovin' gal.  I simply adore the universe Rowling created and was more than happy to jump back in and get more detailed information on some of her characters.  

In this book, which is part of a Pottermore Presents series, readers learn more about four Hogwart's professors - Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Sybill Trelawney and Silvanus Kettleburn.  I'll admit that with Kettleburn I let my Muggle show when I had to Google his name to find out who he was in the Potter stories.  

Ten points from Hufflepuff!

Overall, I think that Harry Potter fans will enjoy this book of short stories. They contain Rowling's vivid descriptions and give readers insight into the backgrounds of some of our favourite secondary characters (and one obscure one - I'm looking at you Kettleburn!). 

With these stories, Rowling adds another layer to her already rich characters that we've come to expect and also gives her fans one more opportunity to delve into the magical world that we've come to love.

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