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review 2017-02-13 20:00
Hogwarts: An Incomplete And Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents) - J.K. Rowling

Hogwarts has arguably been my favorite magical school. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, the third in the Pottermore Presents series, provides, much like its predecessors little bits and pieces of the wizarding world.

Can you enjoy the series without reading this? Sure you can. Can you enjoy Hogwarts without reading this guide? Absolutely.

But if you don't want the magic to stop and don't mind the fact that it is rather short and offers only some new information, give it a try. Since I never ventured into Pottermore, I don't know if it holds anything new for users of Pottermore.

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review 2017-02-13 14:00
Short Stories From Hogwarts Of Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents) - J.K. Rowling

As with the previous book, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, gives some much awaited insights into the wizarding world.

While it was fun to read, I particularly liked the listing of all the Ministers of Magic and some information on them, as it was clearly some information not necessarily needed for the series. Also, some history.

One thing I did notice, as with the previous book is that it is clear which characters JK Rowling likes best, because some of the teachers deserved a better/longer chapter.

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review 2017-02-13 08:00
Short Stories From Hogwarts Of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents) - J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents currently three ebooks with collected extra writings from JK Rowling about the wizarding world. While they are not essential to the series, they provide just a little bit extra, which I liked a lot.

This first book collects the stories on Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies. Some chapters were very strong, like the ones about McGonagall and Lupin. Others, like the one about Trelawney could have been improved.

Still, I enjoyed it a lot.

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review 2016-11-03 03:11
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Year 4)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4 - Pottermore from J.K. Rowling,J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

Do you remember on Buffy when Willow realized the mayor was going to do his entire commencement speech before the big showdown started? And Buffy realized just how evil he really was? That's totally what Voldie did here to Harry because none of this book even needed to happen, lol. Guess Voldie just wanted to make sure Harry got his lessons. School's important, kids! :P

 

This is the last book of happy-fun times, such as these things go in this series, before the crap really starts to hit the fan, and it's a good time. You've got S.P.E.W. and the start of the Hermoine/Ron ship and blast-ended skrewts. Rita Skeeter is perfectly deplorable. I forgot how much the movie changed on how Harry figured out the various clues. I do think the students from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons could've been incorporated better than they were, especially Fleur. And poor Cedric. :( Gotta love Cedric, even if he is played by Edward. :D

 

Jim Dale's been doing great with the narration all along, but this one really ups the ante. It's superb! I don't know how he compares to Stephen Fry, but I have no complaints. He's amazing. 

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review 2016-10-06 03:04
Harry Potter, our new celebrity...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 - Pottermore from J.K. Rowling,J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

There's no doubt Rowlings is a master of her craft, but I tend to think of the first two books as being not as good as the later books. This was better than I remember, though Jim Dale's narration might have helped there. I forgot how much was left out of the movie - Neville's involvement mainly, but also how much braver Ron is in the books. Hermoine's awesome, true, but she kind of took over the movies at the sake of Ron's characterization, which is a shame.

 

This is also the first time I'm rereading the series after finishing book seven way back when, so it's fun picking out the clues and hints that show up here for later books. On the off chance someone here hasn't actually read the series yet (what are you waiting for?!) I'll refrain from pointing them out. It's also interesting to see how she sets up characters and arcs for later books. You can tell she really did have this all planned out when she sat down to write this.

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