Full of tantalising trivia, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is a fascinating short story book for any Potter fan .
Focusing on a dual purpose of providing the history of Hogwarts in bits and pieces it also offers insights from J K Rowling herself on plot development, inspiration and unused characters.
Potter heads may be dissapointed at the fact there is apparently nothing new here , the contents already having been shared on the Harry Potter encyclopedia type website Pottermore.
Fans who are a little rusty or who (myself included) have found Pottermore difficult to navigate will enjoy the addition to the Potter canon.
It’s name is perfect , however , it does feel rather incomplete being only 8 chapters long and there’s a feeling there would be plenty more to really make this an amazing book .
For example, whilst there is detail dedicated to the Hufflepuff common room , the other house rooms have been left out – granted fans have knowledge of them through the original books but a guide to Hogwarts really needs all four.
The same with the house ghosts, their backstorys in detail would have been a great addition as would more details on the house founders and headmasters.
I suppose what I was hoping for was a more thorough guide to Hogwarts – something along the lines of Hermione s favourite tome – Howarts: A History
Granted a £1.99 ebook cannot provide such content but I would be happy to pay 10 x that amount for a true paper back version of something more fleshy. With illustrations.
This book does contain some true gems though – The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick is brilliantly awful and J K s anecdotes truly inspirational.
All in all, it’s a great read but it will leave fans wanting more …. luckily there’s two others in this series available but I m hoping this is just a taste of things to come .
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