‘Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide’ by J.K. Rowling [Book Review]

More Potter? It would be rude to say no.

Very recently, Pottermore announced that it would be releasing three brand new eBooks, featuring original content, as written by J.K. Rowling, about the Wizarding World. I was not aware that there was any kind of “order”, though Goodreads told me different, and that I was in fact reading book 3/3. It didn’t appear to deter from my enjoyment. There may not have been a 2016 Reading Challenge category for this, but I will forever and always read anything Jo releases, so it is of no consequence.

Title: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Author: J.K. Rowling
Released: 2016
Pages: 79
Category: #46 A book by your favourite author
Rating: 7/10

“Just as the human mind cannot comprehend time, so it cannot comprehend the damage that will ensue if we presume to tamper with its laws.”

This is a beautiful little eBook compendium of original Pottermore content, focusing on several artifacts and locations within the Harry Potter novels, including: the Chamber of Secrets, Time-Turners and the Hogwarts Express.

There are several original pieces of writing from J.K. Rowling, which are very story-esque, accompanied by more factual (for Potter) accounts of mysterious artifacts such as the Sorting Hat. These are all supplemented by reasonings and opinions of the author, which make for a very interesting read.


My level of enjoyment whilst reading this book came as somewhat of a surprise. I am not Pottermore’s biggest advocate – in fact, I find reading on it a chore – but I loved being able to digest a number of pieces of content in one fell swoop. I loved that it stipulated new facts and concepts, including Hat Stall, and that it allowed for even more reader submersion in the series. I’ll certainly be reading the other two accompanying books over the coming days.

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