Series Review: Pottermore Presents 1-3

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Minerva McGonagall is my favorite of all the teachers at Hogwarts, and I loved reading about her backstory, her quiet heroism, and her moral fortitude. Even after having read most of it on Pottermore.com, I enjoyed reading it a second time!

Remus Lupin is my second favorite character in the Potterverse (right after Hermione, naturally). Reading his full story is so heartbreaking and beautiful! His internal struggles, his kindness to everyone despite the prejudice he encounters, and his strong sense of duty and loyalty all make him a supremely lovable person. I just love reading about his romance with Tonks! Those two are so perfect together.

And there are some very short descriptions of Trelawney and the previous Care of Magical Creatures professor before Hagrid, both of which I had already read on Pottermore as well.

All in all, I love getting any more information about these beloved characters and seeing more of the Wizarding World!

 

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2)Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most of these I had already read on Pottermore, but I enjoyed re-reading them, and the new little tidbits about Hogwarts life that have been added.
I’m not sure why this is entitled “Short stories”, because it reads more like encyclopedic entries, especially as there is not a definite story arc in any of the chapters.

I did not enjoy this collection as much as the first one because it deals with some of my least favorite characters, Umbridge, Slughorn, Quirrell, and Peeves. Hearing about the history of Azkaban was also very dark and sad.

Still I do love the depth of the Harry Potter world, and I truly appreciate the complexity and background of every single character.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most of these were things about Hogwarts that I already knew from reading on Pottermore, but it’s nice to go back and reread them in this format all together. I love how Hogwarts is such a diverse and interesting place with lots of history behind it and magic around every corner!

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