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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.
The second volume of short stories suffered from the same issues that I had with the first. These aren't really stories, they're drafting notes - extended character histories about some of the characters in Rowling's wizarding world. This time, the focus is on Professors Umbrage, Slughorn and Quirrell, as well as Peeves the Poltergeist.
While the stories do contain a few interesting facts that weren't revealed in the books, a lot of the information was actually included in the main series and so these biographies don't do a lot to expand what we previously knew. Umbrage's history is probably the most interesting, and certainly gives the reader a lot more reasons to hate the terrifying pink cupcake. I was disappointed by how short the Quirrell and Peeves chapters were as these were the two characters who I didn't know a lot about, therefore a more detailed history would have been interesting.
The bonus material in this volume was also hit and miss. The section about potions was excellent and it's always interesting to learn where Rowling got her inspiration from. The huge list of former Ministers of Magic, however, was really dry and I found myself skim reading it to get to Slughorn's chapter.
There's no real plot to any of the stories, and what character development there is could easily be assumed by a reader of the real books. Some of the names and descriptions are mildly amusing, but on the whole it was very disappointing.
als Harry Potter fan möchte ich nicht sagen dass ich nur wegen dieser Kurzgeschichten ein kindle gekauft habe... jedoch habe ich mich doch sehr darauf gefreut diese zu lesen nur um festzustellen dass man vieles schon weiß oder einfach nicht interessant ist... sehr schade
I am a long-standing Potter fan but this book was a disappointment. First of all, the subtitle is a misnomer. These are no short stories; these are profiles and short biographies of Hogwarts characters. What Rowling seems to be doing: She gives readers a glance into her thoughts about the background of mostly minor characters. The result is not very surprising; something like that we could have surmised. I must admit, I don't kbow what's the use of this. I can imagine that some people are interested in this background information but why call it short stories? Maybe so that more people buy it? I am sad that a genial tale like "Harry Potter" is now exploited for the last scraps of money that can be extracted from it. And, Rowling did not even put any efforts into the language: From the novels we know her skills of expression. These texts are weak, use repetitive vocabulary and to me they just seem to be spoils falling from the wonderfully bountiful table of the original novels.
I bought this because it said the proceeds went to charity. I was hoping it would be a little more fun to read but it seemed like it was just someone throwing bits of information together which I didn't find amusing or enlightening.