Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling
Series: Hogwarts Library ( 3 books)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
This edition was published March 14th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Three classic volumes from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, now in a beautifully redesigned boxed set!
Inside readers will find books treasured by users of the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander’s master work on magical creatures; Quidditch Through the Ages, a comprehensive history of the game and its rules; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with an introduction and illustrations by J.K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. This boxed set is an essential addition to the collection of any Harry Potter fan, and a beautiful gift to cherish.
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films by Warner Bros. She has written three companion volumes to the series in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of her children’s charity Lumos. Her website and e-publisher Pottermore is the digital hub of the Wizarding World. She has recently collaborated with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts Parts One and Two, which is now running at The Palace Theatre in Londons West End. J.K. Rowling is also the author of a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, and, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the author of three crime novels featuring private detective Cormoran Strike, which are to be adapted for BBC television. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
I tend to grab for anything connected with the Harry Potter’s World, and I tried to find the Hogwarts Library for quite some time but it was always sold out, so when I saw this new edition being released I knew I had to have it. This edition is beautiful and it’s a great addition to any HaArry Potter shelf!
This is my first time reading this books and I have no idea of what to expect. I guess I just want all the information I can get in this magical world that I love so much, so let’s get to the reviews!
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.
This was quite interesting. It’s an easy and fast book to read, it literally feels like a report made by a zoologist on his findings – or in this case a Magizoologist – which made it funny but at times it might feel a bit boring…
It has a hilarious introduction that has, for example, information on how it came to be the discerning from beast and beings (my fav part), muggle awareness, and others; the 5 classifications of beasts and a brief information on each magical beast from A to Z from the world of Harry Potter.
I hoped it had a bit more information on each beast since I find them very interesting but it’s still quite well done and creative. Another downside is that there are no images. I know that it was already released as a book with drawings of each beast but I still think the initial book should have had them too, even if more simplistic. This book has some, but not nearly enough.
This had some great humor and funny sidenotes. I really liked to learn about all the beasts and I’m really happy they are doing movies about them. I think my favorite (especially from the ones I never heard of) might have to be the Kneazle! He’s adorable!
If you are interested in knowing more about the fantastic beasts this is definitely a book I would recommend, but if you are able to, go for the illustrated edition!
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J.K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.
Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we know and love, reading them gives new insight into the wizarding world.
This one started even better than I thought it would, after reading the last one. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of short stories/fairytales. They are not the typical fairytales tho. Our main characters can do magic and yet don’t find life any easier than a damsel in distress. Magic can be both a gift and a curse and this is what the book tries to teach. Also, after every story, we have some notes by Dumbledore. They are actually pretty clever and fun to read.
We have 5 stories, which I will not do a synopsis of mainly because they are very short, and also because they are perfect to go into without knowing what they are about… but, I will tell my thoughts on each.
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot: I absolutely loved this story. I thought it was clever, dark and just extremely fun. It has both Muggle-lovers and Muggle-haters in it, which made it interesting and different. I loved the magical aspect of the story and the warm feeling it gave me, and the way it showed that being bitter and mean doesn’t get anyone anywhere.
- I also really enjoyed Dumbledore’s note on it, especially the pro-Muggle version it talked about. It was so creepy and fun!
The Fountain of Fair Fortune: Oh my, what a beautiful story! This was such a heart-warming tale, about love, friendship, magic, and life. It’s a story that really makes you think and it’s a bliss to read. It reminded me a bit of The Wizard of Oz and it’s probably one of my favorites!
- Dumbledore’s note was once again pretty funny, although not as good as the first one. But I could definitely imagine him telling the story he told in the notes. It was just so much his style and way of talking! That’s what made it so interesting to read.
The Warlock’s Hairy Heart: This is probably the darkest tale in this book and the best one. I love dark stories, and this definitely satiated me. It’s a beautiful, but creepy story, in a sense it’s a bit like a mix of Beauty and the Beast and Romeo and Juliet, which is probably why I loved it so much. It’s just so different, clever and creepy! It’s the total contrary to the last one, as where the other is warm-hearted this one is literally heartless. And yet, my absolute favorite.
- This Dumbledore’s note was merely informative, it was a bit different from the others but still interesting and worth reading. There’s always something we can take from them, and they deliver different ways of seeing the story.
Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump: Well, that was interesting and fun, but not as good as the last ones, it felt more informative than anything else. It’s not particularly memorable, but it does feel more realistic tho. Or simplistic? Not sure… It’s the typical story of persons trying to pass as witches to gain riches. It’s also about magic, and how one can’t just do magic by wishing it. And finally, that even magic has its limits.
- Dumbledore’s note in this one was very interesting tho. It made me see the story in a different way – in a less simplistic way than I was seeing it. I really liked his pov on the story and the information about magical laws. I never tire of learning more about this world!
The Tale of the Three Brothers: This is the one I was most anticipating. I loved the story when it was told in the movies, I thought it was super tense, dark and just perfect… So I was super happy to see that it was included here! What I love about it is that it has a dark side to it, and yet it’s also warm-hearted. It’s told in an amazing magical way and shows how it does nothing for us to be bad persons, – it won’t win us anything in life, for the contrary – and it’s told in the most interesting and hard-hitting of ways. It’s impossible not to love it.
- This last note was pretty good. It mainly explains more about the three objects handed by Death, especially the elder wand. It’s mainly informative and interesting. Although, like the others, it has that tiny Dumbledore’s touch, that makes it… Something else.
This is such an amazing book! I definitely highly recommend it. I didn’t know anything before going into it, and I’m incredibly happy I finally read it! Plus, there’s an illustrated version coming out, which I need to get my hands on. The illustrations are done by no other than my favorite illustrator Chris Riddell.
Quidditch Through the Ages
If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages. This invaluable volume is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, who will use your money to continue improving and changing lives — work that is even more important and astonishing than the three-and-a-half-second capture of the Golden Snitch by Roderick Plumpton in 1921. — Albus Dumbledore
Well, that was boring af. If Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them read like a dictionary, this read like a textbook on the history of a wizarding game. I’ve had more fun reading some obrigatory books for school than with this…
I admire that they created such a detailed history behind Quidditch, I really do. I think it’s incredible that the author put so much detail and thought into it. But couldn’t this have been more exciting? For me, it was just like reading a Wikipedia page without being particularly interested on the topic…
I loved quidditch in the movies and reading about it in the books, and I appreciate being able to read the history of it… But wow. It’s just like the title suggests – Quidditch Through the Ages – … I guess I should have got the hint on how it was going to be, right?
Anyway, want to know more about quidditch? With this book, you get to know how the game developed over the centuries; famous teams all over the world; where it was more or less popular; the evolution of the flying broomstick; the changes quidditch had along the centuries; … And my personal favorite, the development of the racing broom.
Overall, I’m happy I read it, first because I own it, and second because it’s Harry Potter and there’s nothing bad in knowing more and more about that world. But I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed reading this book. However, if you’re a die-hard fan of Quidditch and want to know everything about it, this is the book for you!
Have you read these yet? What did you think of it? What’s your favorite? Let’s discuss in the comments below!