All three of these short books (60-80 pages each) are less stories and more a brain dump from JK Rowling. She’s always said she wrote a lot of backstory for various characters and came up with more information about things than she used in the original seven books. These three little books were her chance to provide readers with some of that information as well as her own thoughts on some of the topics. I very highly recommend them to all Harry Potter fans who just can’t get enough of the wizarding world.
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide includes sections on King’s Cross Station, Platform 9 3/4, the Hogwarts Express, the Sorting Hat, hatstalls, Hufflepuff’s common room (the only one Harry did not visit in the books), the Marauder’s Map, the lake, subjects at Hogwarts, time-turners, ghosts (including The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick), portraits, the Mirror of Erised, pensieves, the Philosopher’s Stone, the Sword of Gryffindor, and the Chamber of Secrets.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies includes sections on Minerva McGonagall, animagi (including instructions on how to become one), Remus Lupin, werewolves, Sybill Trelawney, naming seers, and Silvanus Kettleburn.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists includes sections on Dolores Umbridge, the Ministers for Magic, Azkaban, Horace Slughorn, potions (and Polyjuice Potion specifically), cauldrons, Quirinus Quirrel, and Peeves the Poltergeist.
5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2016: 86
Pages Read in 2016: 22,594
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