At the end of last week I was unwell and trapped in my bed all day, usually when that happens I pass the time by reading fanficton but I thought I would read some actual books this time instead. I remembered that Pottermore released three short books about the wizarding world so I downloaded them to my phone, and I am so glad I did!
Today I have three spoiler free mini reviews for you of the three Pottermore Presents short books! I hope you enjoy.
Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars
This is the first of the three short books and I absolutely loved it. It was brilliant to learn more about some of my favourite Hogwarts professors and the Wizarding World in general. This book included stories about Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin and more. I liked the mix of articles, which were written like they were from the Wizarding World, mixed in with writing from J.K. Rowling explaining her thoughts and inspiration.
You can find the Goodreads for this book and the link to the cover image used here!
Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars
I don’t think I will ever stop being amazed at how thorough the world building and character development in the Wizarding World is. I loved reading about power and politics as that’s not something Harry knows much about in the original books. It was especially interesting to learn more about the Ministers of Magic throughout the years as well as Professor Slughorn and Dolores Umbridge. I love that J.K. Rowling has created such an in depth history for the world.
Here is the Goodreads page for this book and the source of the cover image used.
Hogwarts an Incomplete & Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars
This final book was the longest of the three short books at 79 pages. Again, it was a very eye-opening collection of notes and short stories from J.K. Rowling, this time more focused on Hogwarts. This book begins with the journey from Platform 9 3/4, and goes right up to explaining more about some of Hogwarts’ hidden secrets. It’s great to learn about the history of Hogwarts, I especially enjoyed finding out about the Hufflepuff common room which we never see in the original book series. Although I enjoyed this book, I still really wish they would publish Hogwarts A History.
The book’s Goodreads page and source of the cover image can be found here!
I really enjoyed these three short books, they made my miserable day a lot happier and I felt a little productive despite being stuck in bed all day. They also had the added bonus of helping me catch up with my Goodreads goal (although I am still miles behind).
I think these books are a must read for any Harry Potter fan out there, I saw some people complaining that a lot of the information was available on Pottermore before these short books, but I never really went on Pottermore so I didn’t notice.