Gavin F (gavluvsga) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Gavin F

#53: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (JK Rowling)

This is that other collection of Harry Potter character biographies from Pottermore, published in Kindle form. This one is based on heroic characters, and has lengthy sections on Professor Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. In contrast to the other Kindle title, I noticed there was a lot of material that seemed original, with one of my favourite moments involving a portrait Professor McGonagall had installed in Hogwarts after Harry Potter spoke to her in confidence.

[Spoiler? I know the end of the series is almost ten years old but just in case...]The portrait is of Professor Snape, who killed Dumbledore and appeared to be evil; as the final book proved, this was not true, but I guess not too many at Hogwarts knew the truth, as it is described as a controversial move.

There are two short biographies at the end, about Professor Trelawney and Syvanus Kettleburn (I wasn't sure who this was - he is Hagrid's predecessor). There were also some fascinating insights into other aspects of wizadry, with my favourite being the essay on polyjuice potions.

I was surprised not to see anything about Sirius Black in this e-book, but maybe JK will publish some more; we need biographies of Snape, Hagrid and Dumbledore too, but maybe I should check out Pottermore again.

Next book: The X-Files Issue 6 (Joe Harris, Matthew Dow Smith & Jordie Bellaire)
Tags: etext, fantasy, harry potter, j.k. rowling, witchcraft

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