Monday, 20 March 2017

REVIEW - Pottermore Presents..

HogwartsAn Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts 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.

The reason it drops a star, and this I thought would probably be the same across all three of the Pottermore Presents series, is because of the fact that a lot of what is printed here has already been available on Pottermore for a few years. Despite that complaint which did hinder my enjoyment, I loved this compilation of the secrets of Hogwarts Castle. Though much of it is already released content, the majority of the passages in Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide were based on things that I wouldn't have actively chosen to search for on the website. For example - I never would have gone in search of extra information on the Black Lake, or the Hufflepuff Common Room, but I'm grateful that this has given me the knowledge of those aspects of Hogwarts. [Also, can I just add that, much to my surprise, I really enjoyed the new content regarding Sir Cadogan being an Arthurian Knight of the Round Table. My Merlin fangirl heart is singing.] 

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.

Most of the information in here is already Potterhead knowledge, but it was nice to have a compilation with the new material in an ebook form. Honestly, I'm a little bothered by how some of the marginalia promoted the idea that only Gryffindors are capable of being brave, but that's on the part of Pottermore, not J.K Rowling, so I can look past it.

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.

This installment is by far the best in the collection. I read this on my iPad on the long journeys to and from London for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and it certainly held my attention when needed. Unlike the other two Pottermore Presents ebooks, I feel like I learnt so much new information that enriched our previous ideas of British wizarding history within these pages. Out of all three, this is the collection that achieves what the aim of Pottermore Presents actually was: to immerse us deeper into the wizarding world. The information and backstories on Slughorn, Quirrell, Azkaban and the Minstry of Magic were utterly fascinating. Whilst these aren't essential reading for a Potterhead, it's certainly given me greater perspective and knowledge on areas I'd questioned before now. 

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