with this tiny review I’m starting a Review series that will contain Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists; and Hogwarts: an Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K.Rowling.
Starting is as the title of this post reads, Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies!
This book is less than a novel but more of a pool of information of a few well know characters. Minerva McGonagall, the Transformation and Gryffindor House teacher, Remus Lupin, Harry Potter’s former Defense against the Dark Arts werewolf teacher as well as Sybill Trelawney, the fortune teller teacher and Silvanus Kettleburn, the Care of magical Creatures teacher, were described with stories of their own.
So this is it…
J.K. Rowling devoted each chapter to a teacher. She started with McGonagall and then went on with Remus Lupin. These two teachers were huge characters in comparison to Sybill Trelawney and Silvanus Kettleburn, so they got more detailed and longer chapters. To be honest, I never knew much of their backstories – even back in the day when Pottermore was interactive and awesome and you were able to explore more background information about different characters. Now that you had to focus on them you were really able to enjoy them and got to know them better.
Oh man, McGonagall’s and Lupin’s stories were tragic.
After both chapters, there were short information chapters about Animagi and Werewolfes, fitting to each teacher. This was thoughtful and nice side information.
Trelawney and Kettleburn were pretty useless in this book because there was barely any information about them. J.K. Rowling admitted that she hasn’t thought too much about them, but put them into this collection to show that you don’t have to be super to be an hero.
It is a good lesson for all of us! Still I was a bit disappointed to read so little about these side characters.
All the chapters got the same structure though, started with a short biography and then went to subchapters with various parts of the person’s life.
Is it worth buying?
Depends on. If you are a Potterhead like I am, then yes, it is. Three euros isn’t much money, comparing it to other items you buy for three euros. It’s an eBook so it will stay for a long time too. Consider as well that it’s not a short novel. It’s not one story told in 85 pages, but a few stories.
The thing that made me a bit angry though was the part that the information I got about Lupin is one I just have read summarized in a few tweets two days before I got to read this part. So yeah, you can either search the Interwebs for the background information (I bet it’s out there somewhere) or you buy the eBook.
Biased as I am, I gave Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K.Rowling 5 out of 5 stars because no matter what you are reading about the Harry Potter universe, it feels like you come back home to your favorite world.
See you for the next tiny review 🙂
The cover is from pottermore.com