Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter Companion Book
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Urban fantasy, Witches
Format: Anthology, eBook
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘To Remus’s shock and displeasure, the seventeen-year-old Harry not only declined his offer but became angry and insulting.
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.
Admittedly, I have read most of these character biographies on the old Pottermore website. However, it was fun to read them again, and the flow with which they are put together was both interesting and organic. Again, the depth of J.K. Rowling’s back stories and the amount of thought which she has put into her characters was enviable and thrilling. The personal comments placed at the end of each tale and the reasoning behind names, diseases and hobbies gave me more and more insight into a world that I am already completely obsessed with.
McGonagall is by far my favourite of Harry’s teachers at Hogwarts, so discovering more of her somewhat tragic past was both saddening and enjoyable. Learning of her history helped to fill in a few gaps about her actions, and I loved that ultimately, she become the new headmistress of Hogwarts. Contrastingly, Lupin’s life ended in tragedy, and it was almost painful to reread about his and Tonks’ marriage in the light of their death.
This was such an easy to read, albeit somewhat tragic collection of tales from the amazing mind of J.K. Rowling and I can’t wait to finish the other Pottermore Presents tales.
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