J.K. Rowling recently published three new ebooks, each full of background information on Hogwarts and the world she has created. The ebooks are part of a new Pottermore Presents series and contain content that originally appeared on the website, repackaged into a themed narrative. But don’t worry – there is some fresh new content as well! Rowling wrote a few original pieces for the books, including a chapter full of extra details about Minerva McGonagall. The titles are wordy, but very fitting: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies.
Plain and simple, I loved these ebooks. It was so nice to read Rowling’s own words again – Cursed Child wasn’t actually written by her, and we have a few months before the release of her Fantastic Beasts screenplay. Even though a lot of the chapters were already on Pottermore, it was organized in such a way that it was a lot easier to digest, rather than reading them scattered across the site. I was only disappointed in two things: I wish the books were longer, and that they were actually published as physical books. I would have loved to add them to my shelf.
On a related note, Pottermore recently added a Patronus quiz. You can now answer a few questions, and find out which magical creature will protect you against dementors. Mine is kind of odd – I got a bird called a swift. I’m not a fan of birds, because of the sharp beak/claws and aerial poop factor. But who knows, maybe that is effective against dementors? Anyway, the quizzes on Pottermore are pretty cute, and more fun (in my opinion) than the crappy quizzes that crop up in my Facebook newsfeed. So check them out!