I went into this small little book of short stories and wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Maybe that was a good thing and how I should start going into most of my books now! Naaaa… anyways…
This little book of short reads consists of fours characters from the Harry Potter series, additional stories that lead off from that and J.K. Rowling’s little added extra after each character. All of which in about 68 pages. I did say they were short stories right?!!
It was great to go back into this world into a new way and hear a little bit more of a history of each of these characters that I love, even if they were brief. The first person we get to explore and read about is the amazing Professor McGonagall and believe me when I say that when I read that, my eyes lit up. She is such a mystery in the series, that knowing that I’m actually going to find out about her childhood, growing up, her life. Yes! Yes! Just Yes! It is brief and reads and is paced as though it’s so rushed, as though Rowling is trying to fit everything in. I understand, but still. I did enjoy it though. I enjoyed reading about all the things mentioned above and finding out about everything she never shares because she such a closed book. We also follow this, of course with talking about “Animagi” and how you can become an animagi, because that just follows perfectly and of course comes beaufilly before the next character.
The second character is the amazing Remus Lupin. This has to be my favourite little short and also the most emotional because of all the memories. There are so much more you get to learn about Remus’ past and it was nice getting those extra details, even if it did get me all emotional all over again. About his parents, what exactly happened to attract the attention of the Werewolves that got the Lupin when he was a child, including what happened afterwards. Lupins I would say, in my opinion, is definitely written the best out of all of the characters, possibly because it’s also JK Rowlings favourite character and she put more effort and pride into writing this section. Also possibly because it made me get all emotional again… Damn you J.K. Rowling! There was a lot of recap of the series, which happened a lot throughout to be honest. What followed this was a section on Werewolves, which was actually rather interesting.
The last two characters I would definitely say were rushed, especially Professor Trelawney. When reading Trelawney’s chapter it was basically a one page recap from the series and nothing about her history, which is what we got from the previous two. We also got Rowling explaining why she chose her name and took time doing so and then what felt as thought it was giving a little extra on McGonagall. Rowling even explained she never really thought of a history for her before Hogwarts.
I did like the last one on the previous Care of Magical Creatures Professor before Harris, Silvanus Kettleburn, as I honestly didn’t know much about that character before reading this. So, even though this was short I did enjoy it quite a bit and take away a lot from it as there was so much I didn’t know about him. Not only about his time at Hogwarts, but after he retired and even his small little part in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad more time was spent on the first two characters, McGonagalls and Lupins, as out of these four, they are the two characters that I would really want to read about. I don’t see why Professor Trelawney was even included to be honest and that little bit of time could’ve just been spent on expanding another character further.
Overall, it is a good quick read that I did enjoy and adds that little extra. JK Rowling does add little extras after each little bit as well, so you get to know her thoughts. It’s not written in depth and passionately like the series, as this is a short read and four stories/characters are squeezed in to these 60+ pages. Like I said, Lupins is definitely written the best, possibly as he’s JK Rowlings favourite character.