Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

Author: J. K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5

While entering the world of wizarding and magic through the stories of young Mr. Potter, we are introduced to any number of individuals, some of whom have a profound impact on events even while remaining shrouded in mystery. Professor McGonagall, for instance, shows immense depth of character and insight, yet her students are never told much of anything regarding her personal history. And Remus Lupin, beloved teacher and dear friend of Harry’s parents, had his own share of secrets. Even some of your less well-known residents of Hogwarts may surprise you with their courage, their tragic histories, and the lengths to which they will go in pursuit of their passions.

As with Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, this collection is less a collection of short stories per se and more of a collection of short documentaries and short biographies that were originally released on the Pottermore website and are here collected in an organized volume. It’s quite an enjoyable collection, I must say. This particular volume focuses on the lives of Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Sybill Trelawney, and Silvanus Kettleburn, providing all sorts of details that never came up in the Harry Potter books. The bulk of the book is focused on McGonagall and Lupin (which is as it should be). The sections about Minerva made me love and admire her all the more, and Lupin’s story made me cry all over again (like I didn’t do that enough while reading those parts of the Harry Potter series to begin with!). Mixed in with the characters’ stories are short sections of a more documentary nature, providing additional details about werewolves, the naming of witches and wizards, and the like, which were quite interesting as well. I would definitely recommend Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies to any fan of the Harry Potter stories (even if the book doesn’t actually contain short stories).

 

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12 responses to “Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

  1. Hah, I didn’t know she had done a collection like this, interested. Oh and very excited: https://fantasyandanime.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/200th-post-ready-steady-sequel-launch/

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  2. I feel terrible because I had no idea this existed? To be honest, I don’t own a lot of HP stuff aside from the series itself despite claiming to be a fan. However, I’m glad this one proved to be enjoyable. I’ve been feeling pretty slumpy lately so I may pick this one up; short stories seem to be the perfect remedy when I start to feel this way.

    Summer

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  3. Thank you for your review! Even I don’t know such book exist! I don’t think it is published in my country but I will hunt it down and read it to my heart’s content! I can’t wait to read their stories…
    Thank you so much!! :’D

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    • You’re welcome. 🙂 There are actually 3 books in this set, the other being Short Stories from Hogwarts of. . . They’re only available as ebooks. (I got mine on Google Play.) But if you can get on pottermore.com, the stories are there too, just not organized in book form. Enjoy!

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