For the most part, these reviews will be of singular books but these three came out as a collection and honestly are all so short and written in exactly the same format they should have been one book. I guess that would have meant people wouldn’t need to pay three times…perhaps I am being too cynical.
Before completing this review I have to out myself as a “Potter head”, I mean the fact that I am reading the following should at least suggest an interest in the area of Harry Potter but would be misleading to not fully divulge the amount on fan girl I am.
Book name(s):1) Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents)
2)Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents)
3)Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents)
Author(s): JKRowling via Pottermore
WHY AM I PAYING FOR SOMETHING THAT IS FREELY AVALIBLE ON POTTERMORE?! Okay, so I can’t moan too much I did still pay for them with the information that this would be the case. I did, however, assume that there would be a flow of the books, I was wrong. There is evidence that the articles have been arranged in a way that has tried to put a flow but in my opinion, it is too forced to feel comfortable.
The content itself, whilst good, I also felt was a bit sparse. The titles hint at being packed full of goodies about Hogwarts, Ghosts and the world of Harry Potter instead all three books barely manage to scratch the surface of the plentiful information about this world. I am sure that in years to come as I enter with debates about theories of the Potter world these books will become the yardstick by which to measure “true” fans and those that have done some light background reading.
There were several parts I highlighted for further “research” because they did make me think about theories I have heard previously but these were severely outnumbered by the sections that I highlighted that contradicted each other or that used terminology incorrectly. It’s the 21st Century!! Editors, please remember half of your readership is on Kindle so if they do not understand the long word your author has used to feign intelligence they can highlight it and have a dictionary definition within 2 seconds! This upset me, this particularly upset me because this series was ONLY published as an ebook. <End Rant>
I’ve given it a couple of days and I was potentially a little harsh. The admission of being a potter head hinted at but did not explicitly say I read a lot about this world all of the time. I am the lame girl that fan theories with her friends and picks apart the use of words and their potential deeper meaning for fun. Perhaps it is not that the collection is bad, but that it is just not aimed at me.
It saddens me to say that I would not recommend this collection, I guess they are fun little short stories it is nice to have but in truth, their availability online and the lack of flow through the books was just too much for me to say that I enjoyed them.
Also the friends I would recommend them to are similar if not greater level of fangirl than myself so would find the thirst for more seriously unsatisfied.