Almost immediately after finishing the first book in the Pottermore Presents series, I picked up one of the remaining two: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies for the 2016 Reading Challenge. In some ways this volume was markedly different than Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, largely because this book was character as opposed to artifact and location focused.
Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Author: J.K. Rowling
Category: #47 An eBook
“After all, you don’t have to be a sword-wielding Gryffindor to be a hero; sometimes, all it takes is having your heart in the right place.”
One of three eBooks released comprising exclusive Pottermore content, this volume includes detailed backstory on Hogwarts professors Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin – Lupin’s history was the most interesting and heartbreaking (though many of the details had been drip fed by Rowling in interviews over the years). There are also smatterings of information about teachers Sybill Trelawney and Silvanus Kettleburn, allowing for an interesting insight into two background characters.
Alongside the character profiles are comments made by J.K. Rowling, but these are short and generally vague. Whilst this is a short and absorbing read, it felt as though something was missing with this volume.
Although this didn’t hold my attention to the extent of most Potter companion books, I still enjoyed delving into the backgrounds of several Hogwarts professors, and the hardships they faced. I can’t believe there’s only one more Pottermore Presents book left to read – then I’ll have to wait until November for more J.K. Rowling goodies!
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