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It's a book for the subway train or the solitary bus ride. Kind of like the mood where you're tired of the day and news makes no sense....pick this book up...read a few pages and fall back into wizarding world yet again.
This is a short collection of material loosely based around a common theme, which, for the most part, has previously been available online. Despite the title it isn’t actually an anthology of short stories such as ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’. Instead it is more in the vein of ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’ or ‘Fantastic Beasts’ in that it is written and presented in the style of some type of guide book to various aspects of the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts.
‘Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists’ is an eclectic mixture of biographies concerning three of Hogwarts’ teachers and Peeves the Poltergeist, a history of Azkaban, a chronological list of those who have been Minister for Magic and some short sections where Rowling offers some insight into what inspired here to create various aspects and characters.
The biographies cover some of the more ‘dubious’ teachers at Hogwarts. They provide some background information on their lives that goes some way to offering an explanation for their later character and actions.
Although the Azkaban section is interesting and the Ministry one fairly informative (albeit in a brief way) they only seem superficially related to the other content. The section about Peeves is even more independent and seems to only have been tagged on at the end because his name begins with ‘P’.
Essentially this is a publication designed for Harry Potter fans that after absorbing the novels and films are looking for a bit more background information; particularly on things that the scope of the novels might not have covered in much detail. It isn’t aimed at new readers at all and assumes a certain level of previous knowledge. For its target audience, however, it enriches the world of witchcraft and wizardry created by Rowling.
These ebooks are good fun, informative and highly interesting.
A gripe of mine is that they aren't particularly long, but then again they never claimed to be. They can be read within an hour, perhaps a little quicker or slower depending on your reading ability and speed.
Having followed the whole series since the beginning there was no doubt that I was going to purchase these on the day they came out. I am glad I did as they are interesting.
The power and politics book goes into great detail about all of the ministers of magic and the reasoning behind them leaving. It also goes into detail about azkaban and talks in detail about poltergeists and the dreaded Umbridge!!
The heroism and hardship book goes into details about McGonagall and Lupin and the difficulties they faced in their life. It compliments this information further by talking about animagi and werewolves and gives more information on these subjects.
The incomplete and unreliable book gives information on the authors decisions and plots and why she chose them. It also details certain artefacts and places and how they came into the potter universe.
Overall I really enjoyed these books! They are something that, like the books, I will read over and over again. The information included within these books are fun and helpful and give more insight into the world we already know and love.
I would definately recommend these books to any Harry Potrer fan!
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