Thursday, 23 February 2017

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Author: J.K Rowling
Genre: Fantasy
Type: e-book
Source: Personal Copy
Series: #3 in the Pottermore Presents series
Publisher: Pottermore
First Published: September 6, 2016
First Line: " We know quite a lot about Hogwarts."

Book Description from GoodReads‘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: 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.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I'm always eager to step back into the Potterverse.  In this third and final installment of the Pottermore Presents series J.K Rowling focuses on many aspects of Hogwarts including the history of the Hogwarts Express, Platform 9 3/4 and more information about the castle itself like descriptions of the Hufflepuff common room and the mysteries in the Great Lake. Rowling also gives her readers a better look at many magical artifacts that were featured in her famous books. These include the Sorting Hat, Dumbeldore's Pensieve, the Sword of Gryffindor, The Mirror of Erised and the Philosopher's Stone.  

Page time is also given to some of Hogwarts' inhabitants including the ghosts, Sir Cadogan and the people who dwell in the pictures throughout the castle.  I enjoyed the ballad about Nearly Headless Nick which was the icing on the cake for me.

This was a good read but, like most Potterheads, I would have liked even more detail.  I found the first book in the series, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, gave a bit more detail about the topics it touched on.  This is still a 'must have' for fans of Harry Potter.  It's always fun to spend time in Rowling's head and get a better idea of how she came up with her magical universe.  These e-books are a very quick read, a great price and are an easy way to get back to her Potter magic which, of course, is priceless.

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