short stories from hogwarts of heroism hardship and dangerous hobbies

Harry Potter and the Three New Editions

In an ideal world, I would be sitting here, typing up notes about a Harry Potter Anthology – a huge compendium, coffee table sized book that would contain everything you need to know about the wizarding world and its inhabitants. But, this isn’t an ideal world and sadly I only have three new short books (of the Pottermore Presents series) which are nonetheless wonderful.


hogwarts-an-incomplete-and-unreliable-guideHogwarts 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.” GoodReads.
short-stories-from-hogwarts-of-heroism-hardship-and-dangerous-hobbies“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.” GoodReads.
short-stories-from-hogwarts-of-power-politics-and-pesky-poltergeists“These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.” GoodReads.

I have written many a time before about how much Harry Potter meant to be in my late teens, I’ve never been so enthusiastic to read as I have this series. The memories I have of my childhood, that spring to mind most easily, are oft Potter related in some way. Either talking about or reading with my sister as soon as a new book was available.

These shorts over a lot of ground, revisit a few characters and touch on varies aspects of the novels. Some information is new, but some of it also felt familiar – I just wish there was more.

Learning more about McGonagall made me cry because she really is such a hero of a character – she reminds me of an Austen/Thackeray heroine.

Due to a few things revealed in one of these books – I won’t spoil it – I’ve decided The Cursed Child is either the film Potterverse or another alt-Potterverse. Which makes my issues with it a lot easier to cope with.

Why do you love the Harry Potter series? If you don’t like it, why? (genuine interest, not despair) and for those who haven’t read it, will you ever?


16 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Three New Editions

  1. The Harry Potter books were a big feature of my childhood, and I have a very special place in my heart for the series! I haven’t been that tempted to read the play, but I’m really interested in reading these new books. I think it’s because they seem to expand on the world and characters I love so much, or at least revisit them in a new way. Thanks for your review 🙂


  2. I just honestly feel so lucky to have been the right age to experience the whole Harry Potter phenomenon. Now that my generation is all grown up, I’m certainly becoming more alive to problems in the Potterverse and with some of the things JK Rowling has said/done since the books came out, and that’s all fine, but the books themselves — pure love.

    Those Jim Kay editions BY THE WAY that are coming out one a year, I cannot deal with their beauty. Chamber of Secrets comes out in October, and even though that’s my least favorite of the books, I’m still heart-attack excited for Jim Kay’s pictures.


  3. I’ve only just found out about these new editions, so when I saw ‘anthology’ and ‘coffee table sized book’ in my feed reader preview… I like the sound of your ideal world *sigh*

    Glad they’re good anyway.

    I like Harry Potter because it’s just got everything in it, though I’ve actually only read 2 and a bit of the 3rd (I have 4). I want to continue but due to my own procrastination in getting them I know I’ll have a mismatched collection of covers :/


  4. Harry Potter was definitely a big part of my childhood too, and I still adore the books. I must admit I haven’t read The Cursed Child or these ebooks… somehow I’m not sure if I want to risk spoiling or even changing my memories of the books. Your suggestion that there’s a film Potterverse and a book Potterverse is interesting, though. I think if anything would convince me to read Cursed Child, it would probably be that! 🙂


  5. I heard about the new short series but haven’t actually read any of the summaries yet (fear of disappointment after the Cursed Child). But after reading what you posted, they sound super interesting!! I’ll have to give them a try, especially since it seems you enjoyed them.

    Honestly, I almost feel like Harry Potter is a generational thing. It was so international and I haven’t had that pre-release excitement of the books, or watching the news about the long lines in front of bookstores or talking about the books with someone who doesn’t even like fantasy. Not to mention, we grew up with them! I still remember the feeling I had after the last book came out for the last time.


    1. Oh they will definitely pick you up after CC. They are written by JK and are little snapshots back into the world. I loved them.

      I think you’re right about it being generational, although I didn’t come to them till around when book 4 was published. I’ve not seen a fever for reading like it since.


  6. I hadn’t realized this had been released yet since I haven’t seen anyone else review them! In a way, I’m surprised Rowling is even giving us more Harry Potter at this point. No matter what she does anymore people criticize her for it.


    1. I think, though I’m not sure, that the proceeds go to a charity. Although, from a marketing perspective it is a clever tool to push people towards using Pottermore and finding out even more.


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