Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Review: "Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide"

The third and the final ebook based on the material from Pottermore. This one has 19 (very) short stories about anything and everything that is Hogwarts - you will find out more about Hogwart's grounds, different creatures that dwell there, some of its history & of course some of its secrets.

The most intriguing part of the book - a chapter that details how a magical portrait is created and specifically how past headmasters' portraits are created. It is fascinating to see how much thought & attention to detail JKR had put in while creating even the smallest of the things of her fantasy world.

4/5 like the previous two Pottermore ebooks. Potterhead junkies will enjoy it. One downside, leaves you wanting more !

Book Review: "Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists"

The second book of the 'Short Stories from Hogwarts' series continues in the same spirit as the first (review here). And just like the first book, this one also leaves you with a smile on your face and a healthy dollop of nostalgia.

This time around, the focus is on the slightly grey and one downright dark character. Who would have expected a full blown backstory of Dolores Umbridge! JKR has jotted down her thought process about Umbridge's character & how she drew slight inspiration from a real life teacher while developing her demeanor. 

One chapter actually lists all the Ministers for Magic starting from 1707 to present day! Each name is accompanied by a short description. Some are funny with a few tongue-in-cheek-moments. Careful readers of the Harry Potter books (i.e. obsessive fans) won't fail to notice some easter eggs ! 

The best bit of the book is the complete character story of Horace Slughorn, again a definite treat for the fans.

Overall, 4/5. Short read, fun read.