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?



Literary Life: August in Review

If you’ve not read or seen The Cursed Child do no go beyond the list of what I’ve read below, as there be spoilers.

August has been a lovely month, full of mini golf and dressing up as Sherlock for a Sherlock tour around central London.

The British Museum is an oven in summer, however, there is a rather marvellous room full of books that was air conditioned. I am not sure I have ever been happier; books and cold. There is also a picture called L’Oeuf which looks a lot like Darth Vader without the helmet, as my friend James very accurately assessed. I’m going to let you find that for yourselves, consider it a challenge and an adventure.

british museum

Reading wise I’m a bit behind on the impressive reading of June and July, but I’ve read some good’ens!

Currently Reading:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jasckson
Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford



I’ve Read:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two
  2. The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
  3. The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
  4. Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online – Emma Gannon
  5. Bodies of Light – Sarah Moss
  6. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

The Interestings is now one of my favourite books, it’s so good that it’s replaced One Day by David Nicholls on the favourites shelf.

Homegoing EVERYONE should read, you need it in your life.

HP SPOILERS: Firstly, does this mean Harry no longer has control of the elder wand as he was disarmed? (Why hasn’t there been a Buzzfeed article on this??) and secondly, AS IF Voldemort had sex. I mean really. I can’t even believe there was a turkey baster because no one who splits their soul a ridiculous amount of times has the ability to conceive. The man thing had no nose, it’s fair to assume the rest of him was Ken doll smooth as well.

How was your literary August?