Tonight I excitedly purchased the three, new short stories by JK Rowling and here’s what I thought:
Power, Politics and Poltergeists is the first in the series of short stories written by JK Rowling and published under Pottermore Presents. The stories are available for free on the Pottermore Website but if like me you just have to OWN everything Harry Potter then you can now purchase the set of 3 ebooks for £1.99 each on Amazon.
PP&P has just five chapters consisting of:
Dolores Umbridge – remember her? The teacher cum politician cum inspector of Hogwarts. Looked like a road and had a penchant for frilly things which hid a nasty interior.
Minsters for Magic and Azkaban
Horace Slughorn, Potions, Polyjuice Potion and Cauldrons
Peeves the Poltergeist
Although short, each chapter is made of up of lots of delicious and juicy titbits of information about the characters who featured in one or another in the HP novels. Accompanying each section are JK Rowling’s thoughts on the creation of the characters and places from her hatred of chemistry influencing Harry’s hatred of Potions to the influence the American prison Alcatraz had on creating Azkaban.
I found the book a short, neat, easy read giving just enough information to satisfy my Wizarding World hunger and interesting enough to learn about several of the characters who play small or large parts in the HP series.
Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies is the second Pottermore Presents short Ebook written by JK Rowling. Made up of only four chapters this time.
Minerva McGonagall and Animagi
Remus Lupin and Werewolves
Sybill Trelawney and Naming Seers
This book looks at the more loveable characters of Hogwarts and provides a wonderfully detailed history of McGonagall and Lupin which enchanted the HP lover in me. Once again this was accompanied by interesting notes from JK Rowling herself from her basis for myths to inspiration for names.
Hogwarts an Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is the final short Ebook connected with Pottermore Presents.
It has six chapters as follows:
The Journey to Hogwarts. Kings Cross Station, Platform 9 and 3/4, The Hogwarts Express.
The Sorting Hat and Hatstall
The Castle and Grounds. Hufflepuff Common Room, The Marauder’s Map, The Great Lake.
Lessons at Hogwarts. Hogwarts School Subjects, Time-Turner.
Castle Residents. Hogwarts Ghosts, Ghosts, The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick, Hogwarts Portraits, Sir Cadogan.
Secrets of the Castle. Mirror of Erised, Pensieve, The Philosophers Stone, The Sword of Gryffindor, The Chamber of Secrets.
As with the previous two books it contains a lot of information we as readers were not privy to in the HP series of books. It is both interesting and engaging and as with the other two; accompanied by JK Rowling’s thoughts and inspirations for particular features.
In conclusion I considerably enjoyed these three new short ebooks, I got the answers to many questions I had forgotten I had and learnt many new things which were beneficial to me not only as a HP fan but as an aspiring writer as well. 5* to all!