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Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents Book 1) Kindle Edition
'Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.' - J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling's writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters' lives and surprises from the wizarding world.
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.
- ASIN : B01JLXETNK
- Publisher : Pottermore Publishing (6 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3192 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 73 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,379 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a collection of McGonagall, Lupin, Trelawney, and Kettleburn's back stories and they're all depressing as HELL. It's fantastic to see into their lives and how they came to be the characters we know and love, but Christ these characters have been through a lot! Lupin's story alone will break your heart all over again!
Thankfully Rowling ends the book on a high note with Kettleburn's bio, which is more funny than sad - and I will never look at flobberworms the same!
As for me, I'd rather have a real novel rather than background notes and outtakes.
There are some jewels lurking there, and fortunately it's short - but it's not value for money.
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‘Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies’ consist of the biographies of four teachers from Hogwarts. It thus provides some background information and history about these characters which wasn’t covered in the regular novels. This expands these characters and gives a further insight into their personalities.
The four sections are very differently weighted with much more material being given to McGonagall and Lupin whose biographies are particularly informative and arouse quite a level of pathos. In comparison the section on Silvanus Kettleburn, certainly one of the least known of the teachers, is remarkably brief and not too enlightening.
Each of these biographies are accompanied by a couple of exerts that generally relate in some way to that particular teacher’s subject or something related to them; for example Lupin’s biography is accompanied by a brief discussion on werewolves in the wizarding world. They also come with a few thoughts from the author herself about how she came to create these characters and what influenced their creation.
Essentially this is a publication designed for Harry Potter fans that after absorbing the novels and films are looking for a bit more background information; particularly on things that the scope of the novels might not have covered in much detail. It isn’t aimed at new readers at all and assumes a certain level of previous knowledge. For its target audience, however, it enriches the world of witchcraft and wizardry created by Rowling.
When I end my next inevitable pilgrimage into the wizarding world, where the character's journey will end in the pages but go on without me, and mine without them, I think I'll include these books in the series as essential reading towards the end of the saga. Thank you for this gift, J.K.
Overall, it is a good quick read and adds that little extra. JK Rowling also adds little extras after each little bit as well, so you get to know her thoughts. It’s not written in depth and passionately like the series, as this is a short read and four stories/characters are squeezed in to these 60+ pages. Lupins I would say, in my opinion, is definitely written the best. Possibly because it’s also JK Rowlings favourite character and she put more effort and pride into writing that section. Also possibly because it made me get all emotional again... Damn you J.K. Rowling!
Anywho, I was very excited about this series of books and oh wow did they blow my mind. I loved learning about the history of Hogwarts and more about the supporting cast of Harry Potter. This is what I want more of. Who knew Minerva McGonagal’s past was so fraught with heartache or the exact details of Professor Trewlany’s legacy?
This series will satiate the appetite of any HP fan….but don’t expect it to last too long. WE. WANT. MORE!
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1), Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2), Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) are all available now.
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Series: Pottermore Presents (#1)
Author: JK Rowling
Release Date: 6th September 2016
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling. Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world. 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.
This one had me welling up! The chapter on Remus Lupin was just really moving. I mean it was already clear both from his demeanor and the things that were revealed in the Harry Potter series, that he'd had a hard life, but this was putting it all in one place and in detail. It gave me a greater apprectation for a character that already struck a chord.
I also really liked learning more about McGonagall, there was so many little extra bits that showed just how well thought out the character was and I thought that it rounded her out as a character, even more so than in the books.
It was also good to learn more about the Maurauders in the McGonagall and Lupin chapters!