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The Hogwarts Collection

(Pottermore Presents #1-3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,876 ratings  ·  240 reviews
The Hogwarts Collection gathers together three Pottermore Presents volumes. Rediscover the stories of Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall in Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; delve into Horace Slughorn's early years in Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists; and venture into the Hogwarts grounds in Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide. ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 2nd 2017 by Pottermore
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Giselle
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read all three and just loved them all. If you want more details about the Harry Potter world then make sure to pick this one up. Rowling goes into a bit of detail and even adds some back stories to secondary characters like Professor McGonagall and Professor Lupin. I particularly like the last volume since it was all about Hogwarts ✋️
Chad
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel a bit misled. I thought this was full of short stories about characters from the Potterverse. However, it has more of a historical background nature to it. It's almost like an encyclopedia for the Harry Potter books. There's still interesting tidbits in it, directly from J.K. Rowling but I wasn't immersed in it like I would be from one of her books. ...more
Jessica Gillies
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't emphasize it enough: if you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, READ THIS. I don't know why I'd not heard of it- I only found it searching through books labelled "Harry Potter" in my libraries Overdrive collection. As fans may well know J.K.Rowling thought up a lot more detail and background to Harry's world than is fully explored in the books, and these collections delve into a lot of that information. It was so wonderful being immersed in the world again and learning new things- alm ...more
Tanya
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Back in the summer of 2011, I was one of the million Potterheads who successfully completed a scavenger hunt and quiz that allowed us to register to Pottermore and test the beta version before it opened to the general public. Back then, it was still an interactive site, and you could go through the books chapter by chapter, collecting potion ingredients, chocolate frog cards, galleons, and other things along the way, as well as duel and brew potions to gain House Points. As you progressed throug ...more
Leah
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
A must read for any Potter fan!!! :)

So much extra interesting information on Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagal.

JK actually wrote more than what was in the Harry Potter books and she also had different drafts of the books which is shared a bit in this book. It's really interesting.

I like how they went over the whole time change issue I had with The Prisoner of Azkaban. JK also shares how she came up with characters names and places and objects. It's really insightful to hear her perspective an
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Jessica
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It gave me information I knew about the world of Harry Potter and information I did not know. It’s good if you are wanting to go in the depth about certain things about the series. Only thing is it doesn’t go to deep. It just scratches the surface.
Books are TARDIS
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars and 100 points to Gryffindor.


Find background stories, trivia and interesting thoughts galore in this magnificent collection of shorts. Hey-yo!

I didn't think that this collection would impact me quite so much. I mean I already know, and have processed the books. Right? Boy was I wrong. J.K. had me with McGonagall, Lupin and even Slughorn. I was tearing up for real y'all. Thanks a bunch J.K.


That tidbit about Neville's sorting. OHMERGARD! Have you read a more gosh darned th
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Iulia
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
A great read for any Harry Potter fan, The Hogwarts Collection provides some interesting facts about characters like Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin and Dolores Umbridge, as well as some of the magical objects mentioned throughout the series.

I personally picked it up as soon as I read 'Minerva McGonagall', as she's one of my favorite characters. The stories are a bit curt, obviously written in more of an article form, but aside from that, I can't fault anything which expands the wondrous Harry
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India Braver
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Basically just all the info already given to us on Pottermore, but in a convenient 3 mini-ebook format. Also, rereading all of this made it even more clear that JK Rowling def didn't really write Cursed Child- SHE HATES TIME TURNERS. ...more
Em*Greedy* (Iniya)
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
absolutely loved reading about Hogwarts...
Supriya
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-it
My actual rating: 4.5
Pia
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
nice little collection of background information about the world of harry potter. as a fan, i just always love an excuse to dive into this world, even if it's not all brand new information and the chapters are sometimes a little clumsily connected. ...more
Stephen
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clever additions to the fantastic world created by J.K. Rowling. They add depth to the existing 7-part story of Harry Potter (and the developing story of Newt Scamander) and rekindles a desire to re-read the Harry Potter saga.
Estelle
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I love anything about Harry Potter, except cursed child. This book is neat, informative and fun to read.
Jade
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, anthologies
4.5 Stars
Ashley
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, ebook, library, 2018
On average, these novellas got a 3.65, so I'll round up the collection because, hello, Harry Potter. (I'm surprised I'm not giving it a 5, to be honest.) It was interesting to learn more tidbits into the wizarding world, even though sometimes I a little bit think that JKR is going to milk this cow dry. And yet, I'll still read anything about it, soooo... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Novella ratings:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies - read April 16, 2018: Three stars, Professor M
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Rachyl
2.5
I enjoyed parts of this collection, but by no means all of it. A fair bit (especially with regard to characters prominently featured in the book) featured a lot of information that wasn't new. It was either explicitly stated in the books or strongly implied. There were some backstories and origins to various characters and magical objects that I was interested in reading about, and I particularly liked the parts of the book called "J.K.'s thoughts" where she went into how she got the ideas fo
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Emily Sidoruk
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the 2nd (Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists) and 3rd (An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide) book in this collection more than I did the 1st (Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies). Looking into Lupin and McGonagall's backstory was awesome, but for me, learning about Azkaban, the Ministers of Magic, the history of King's Cross Station and how Platform 9 3/4 was created, Hatstall, the Hogwarts Portraits, and Sir Cadogan definitely intrigued me more. I will always want to know more ...more
Zuleeza
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
What more can I say? Except The Cursed Child (which we all agree should never exist), I am in love with every single story in the Harry Potter universe. Reading anything from this series makes me believe that reading slump is a myth or I suddenly obtain the superpower to read non-stop.

But of course, my reading nirvana is temporary because as soon as I step out from this world, I am back to my temperamental and a slightly lazy reader self.
Megan
The didactic/textbook style just isn’t my thing. I appreciate this collection for the fact that it introduces info I otherwise wouldn’t have known about the Harry Potter world, but I would have rather read about the lives of characters such as Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall in the style of the Harry Potter series. I can’t give The Hogwarts Collection a rating as I skimmed it so heavily.
Shenna
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a good book to read if you're a HP fan! It gave further insight into some of the characters, and had a lot of Rowling's ideas explained. I loved learning the meaning behind some of the names and purposes to different spells/potions/castle quirks throughout the series. ...more
Melissa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Fun fan fiction for any Harry Potter fan. Lupin's section made me super sad for him:/ ...more
Rebecca
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice elaboration of some elements but not as in depth as I thought it would be
Jen
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unfinished
Enjoyed the backstories of all my favorite characters :o)
Steve
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was alright.
Alyssa
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m a big nerd and loved some of the behind the scenes stuff this added. That said, I wish it came out back when the books were published, not just as this continuing ramble from JK Rowling.
Jess
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was a fun read that gave cool backstory on the Harry Potter series.
Evisa
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five starts for J.K.Rowling. Always.
Ryan
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun companion book to the Harry Potter series. It doesn't present a ton that I didn't already know or surmise, but I am always happy to be in the Harry Potter universe. There are a few small biographies of a few of the secondary or tertiary characters from the Harry Potter series, as well as a deeper exploration of a number of the other places, people, and things that come into play in the series. ...more
Nicki
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I mentioned in my review of HBP, I recently dove back into the full-on Harry Potter obsession after listening to the Binge Mode podcast. On the podcast, they often do "deep dives" into topics, sourced from, among other things, interviews with J.K. Rowling and Pottermore. I never really got into Pottermore, which was originally a sort of computer game with Harry Potter trivia, but apparently I was missing out.

This book is a compilation of posts that Rowling wrote for Pottermore. I had heard a
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Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch
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Other books in the series

Pottermore Presents (3 books)
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1)
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2)
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3)

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