Recently, in a moment of boredom, I was browsing for books on Amazon. Given my huge (luckily digital) to-read pile, this wasn’t something I really needed to do, but browsing books is just always fun. Whilst browsing, I came however to the happy discovery that J.K. Rowling published a trilogy of short novels last year: titles. All of these books gave a little extra inside in the magical world of Harry Potter, such as biographies of some of the wizards. Needles to say, it was a no-brainer for me to purchase these books.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
The first book consisted of the biographies of McGonagall, Lupin, Trelawny and Kettleburn. I really enjoyed reading about their past lives, and learning how the became the persons they were in the books.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
The second book consisted of the biographies of Umbridge, short biographies of all the Ministers of Magic since the foundation of the ministry and the history of Azkaban. I found the biographies of the ministers somewhat boring. Each biography was about 4 or five lines, and as most of them were never mentioned in any of the books, there was not much fun in reading about them. The biography of Umbridge was on the other hand quite entertaining.
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Out of the three books, this one I found to be the most entertaining. It covered just about anything there is about Hogwarts. Starting at the origin of platform 9¾, continuing with the Sorting Hat, the castle and the gardens, the way of teaching, the ghosts and the paintings, and last but not least all the secrets the castle has to offer, such as the Chamber of Secrets.
Sad as I still am that there won’t be any new Harry Potter books anymore, all three of these books were quite an enjoyable read – as mentioned, some parts were more enjoyable than the others, and it was just nice to be transferred back to the Harry Potter universe for a couple hours. If it were up to me, J.K. Rowling publishes more short stories like these, even though in an ideal world she would publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a decent novel, instead of the play we’re having to deal with now. Still, I can recommend any Harry Potter-fan to read them.