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- ASIN : B01JLXETNK
- Publisher : Pottermore Publishing (September 6, 2016)
- Publication date : September 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1476 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 68 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,208 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The biggest plus for me is that you can hear JKR's voice so clearly through the entire thing. It's nothing like Cursed Child. This book (and I'm hoping the other two!) just ooze Rowling's writing style, creativity, attention to detail, and love of the wizarding world. This is so refreshing after CC. I cannot wait to read the other two! I will say that some of this information has been available either on Pottermore (which I don't get to that often) or from other interviews, but it's nice to have it all together and on my kindle. My biggest hope for this is that they'll put these into print, either compiled together or with added information so I can add it to my HP collection!
Of course I loved learning more about my favorite Hogwarts professors. I even thought Silvanus Kettleburn’s part was interesting! It allowed me to get to know them better. I never would have thought Minerva McGonagall had gone through such hardship in her life. I felt for her, I really did. And I already loved and felt for Remus.
But my biggest criticism is: this book’s name is really misleading. These aren’t short stories, in my opinion. They’re more like: short biographies? It’s not told in a story format, but merely in a text providing you with the facts. I hope you understand my meaning.
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.
I recommend this to anyone a fan of the Harry Potter Series.
I enjoyed reading about so many of the teachers in this book. From the gifted witch, stern professor, lifelong Quidditch enthusiast and occasional tabby cat, Minerva McGonagall. Learning about the study of werewolves also intrigued me. “Professor Marlowe Forfang, undertook the first comprehensive study of their habits. He found that nearly all those he managed to study and question had been wizards before being bitten. He also learned from the werevolves that Muggles ‘taste’ different to wizards and they they are much more likely to die of their wounds, whereas witches and wizards survive to become werewolves.” Lastly I loved this quote “Kettleburn retired to Hogsmeade but was unable, due to his physical infirmities, to take part in the Battle of Hogwarts. Determined to play his part, he clambered into his attic and threw his entire stock of Flobberworms out of the skylight at passing Death Eaters. While this may not have had much effort on the outcome of the battle, it was generally felt to show the right spirit.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Top reviews from other countries
‘Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies’ consist of the biographies of four teachers from Hogwarts. It thus provides some background information and history about these characters which wasn’t covered in the regular novels. This expands these characters and gives a further insight into their personalities.
The four sections are very differently weighted with much more material being given to McGonagall and Lupin whose biographies are particularly informative and arouse quite a level of pathos. In comparison the section on Silvanus Kettleburn, certainly one of the least known of the teachers, is remarkably brief and not too enlightening.
Each of these biographies are accompanied by a couple of exerts that generally relate in some way to that particular teacher’s subject or something related to them; for example Lupin’s biography is accompanied by a brief discussion on werewolves in the wizarding world. They also come with a few thoughts from the author herself about how she came to create these characters and what influenced their creation.
Essentially this is a publication designed for Harry Potter fans that after absorbing the novels and films are looking for a bit more background information; particularly on things that the scope of the novels might not have covered in much detail. It isn’t aimed at new readers at all and assumes a certain level of previous knowledge. For its target audience, however, it enriches the world of witchcraft and wizardry created by Rowling.
Overall, it is a good quick read and adds that little extra. JK Rowling also adds little extras after each little bit as well, so you get to know her thoughts. It’s not written in depth and passionately like the series, as this is a short read and four stories/characters are squeezed in to these 60+ pages. Lupins I would say, in my opinion, is definitely written the best. Possibly because it’s also JK Rowlings favourite character and she put more effort and pride into writing that section. Also possibly because it made me get all emotional again... Damn you J.K. Rowling!
Anywho, I was very excited about this series of books and oh wow did they blow my mind. I loved learning about the history of Hogwarts and more about the supporting cast of Harry Potter. This is what I want more of. Who knew Minerva McGonagal’s past was so fraught with heartache or the exact details of Professor Trewlany’s legacy?
This series will satiate the appetite of any HP fan….but don’t expect it to last too long. WE. WANT. MORE!
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1), Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2), Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) are all available now.
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These characters are incredible in their own right but now that I know that little bit more about who they are I feel connected even further to the magic of the world she has so expertly created. I would never say it possible to overlook any potter characters but I would say they can go unappreciated, (especially Lupin and Trelawney) doing as she has with this book allows a spotlight to be shone on these creations that may otherwise have stayed almost shadowed by others. I cannot wait to now reread the entire potter series to see if my impressions of it have at all altered as a result of now having learnt more about these wonderful people. Needless to say I am very excited to continue reading from the Hogwarts library collection to see what other delights and depths these characters hold. Thank-you Jo you have as always my undying devotion to your genius and to the world you have created.
Series: Pottermore Presents (#1)
Author: JK Rowling
Release Date: 6th September 2016
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (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: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com 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.
This one had me welling up! The chapter on Remus Lupin was just really moving. I mean it was already clear both from his demeanor and the things that were revealed in the Harry Potter series, that he'd had a hard life, but this was putting it all in one place and in detail. It gave me a greater apprectation for a character that already struck a chord.
I also really liked learning more about McGonagall, there was so many little extra bits that showed just how well thought out the character was and I thought that it rounded her out as a character, even more so than in the books.
It was also good to learn more about the Maurauders in the McGonagall and Lupin chapters!