Hogwarts Library Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 906 user ratings

"Though I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to spoilers, there aren’t many to be had here for the Potter stories themselves beyond a few allusions to who survives the events of the novels. If you would like to avoid even the slightest hint of a spoiler, then go ahead and read these afterwords as a balm and a wind-down from the disappointment that you have run out of Potter novels. However, if you don’t mind, or like most reading this have the read the books before already, I think something can be gained from the experience of inserting them strategically into the cannon. In fact, I consider then required reading for any Potter fan.

Here is where I'd put them in reading order:

Philosopher’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Prisoner of Azkaban
Quidditch Through the Ages
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Phoenix
Half-Blood Prince
Tales of Beedle the Bard
Deathly Hallows

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I've reviewed this previously, but I enjoyed reading it even more the second time, especially now that more of the creatures cropped up in the recently released film. I'm still waiting to see Newt repel a beast with his traveling kettle.

Quidditch Through the Ages

Incredibly detailed and true to the world. If I were writing such a book for charity I would naturally succumb to the temptation to make it all a big joke. This is a goldmine for relevant and interesting details about Rowling’s magical world. Especially of note is her description of the American athletes, which makes clear even this early that she had remarkably consistent ideas for the history of magic outside of Britain.

Tales of Beedle the Bard

There is an interesting element that the commentary for the first story also serves as a commentary for Rowling’s series as a whole and the philosophy of her stories. Tolerance and compassion, mixed with a desire for honesty and transparency in children’s storytelling, particularly when it comes to discussing death. This a one of the greatest strengths of Rowling’s work, especially in a time where culturally we are so mortality-phobic, an unhealthy condition that ironically does not allow us to live fully and properly. Pain and death are not the greatest evils, and as the third story portrays, trying to avoid natural pain simply causes more of it.
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" 3 book set: Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. Fun to read after reading the 7 book Harry Potter series. " said.

"How exactly do I review this book? I don't really know. It's not really a book, in a sense. It's more or less a collection of three books, and to be honest, I'm not sure if they would all count as literature. Yes, they're all fictional and they build the world of Harry Potter and everything... but the thing is, Quidditch Through The Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are both written in a bit of a textbook format. They're meant as textbooks within the Harry Potter world, too. So I don't know if this really counts, but, whatever, I'm going for it.

I got this from my friend as a birthday present, along with a Chocolate Frog. I freaked out when I got this, let me tell you. I've always wanted more Harry Potter. I only own the first and last books of the Harry Potter series, and the first book is a mess right now. The pages are all rumpled, and I think something happened to it when I wasn't watching. Like, it's all crinkled. You know what paper looks like after you dump water all over it? That's what my copy of Sorcerer's Stone looks like at the moment. For EVERY SINGLE PAGE. It makes me want to roll up in a ball and sob.

But that's not what this review is about. This review is about The Hogwarts Library.

Honestly, if I had to pick a favorite out of all of these books, I would say either Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The former was the first I picked up, if only because of Harry and Ron's humorous notes (and, by the way, they were hilarious), but it took me a while to get through it simply because of no time/motivation. So, in one night, I blew by that one. Meanwhile, Quidditch Through The Ages I read very quickly. That one hasn't stuck with me very much. I can barely remember anything about what it talked about... er, what were some of the teams, again? I can only remember the Chudley Cannons (that's because they're awful) and a handful of others...

Anyway, I decided I would review all of these by each book.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Great book. I loved reading about all of the creatures and also reading Harry and Ron's notes. If we don't count their notes, this book was still mildly humorous. I'm eagerly anticipating the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie that'll be coming out soon. Even though it's not going to follow the book (what do you expect, it's a textbook) it's SO EXCITING to finally get something new in the Harry Potter universe. Oh, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child... Harry Potter has come again. Either way, I liked reading this book, and I'm going to love seeing Newt Scamander when FBAWTFT drops.

Quidditch Through The Ages: Like I said, I can't recall this book too greatly from memory. All I really remember about this is some of the history. I remember some lady getting upset that some kids were playing Quidditch out in some field or something... and I remember the Golden Snidget. Vaguely.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: I loved this book. It's just a simple collection of wizard fairy tales, nothing more... but I adored it nevertheless. Dumbledore's notes gave me life, and if it was possible, I believed that Hogwarts was real even more after reading it. My favorite story -- due to nostalgic purposes -- is of course the story of the three brothers, especially seeing as I just finished Deathly Hallows. But if I had to pick a favorite aside from that... eh, probably the story with the warlock and his hairy heart.

Overall, I loved this. Now I just need to go hunt down more Harry Potter material to sustain me...
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I gave all 3 books (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Quidditch Through the Ages) were all 4.5 stars.

These are small exceptionally quick reads that were written for charity by J K Rowling several years ago. They are wonderful each for different reasons, although what I like most about all 3 is that they further expand the Harry Potter universe.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This book was made in an encyclopedic way. It covered many fantastic beasts within it, alongside some of J K Rowling's own doodles of what she felt the creatures would or did look like. Throughout the book there were also funny additions of Harry Potter's comments on some of the creatures - with a few quips at Hagrid inside. Under each creature there came descriptions of the creature and fun characteristics that were so much fun to read. Loved this book!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
I loved this book in a different way. It was set up as a fairy tale book for children as that is what it is to the wizarding community. The stories at times also followed the format of fables by having a moral to them as well for young wizarding children which I really enjoyed as well.

Quidditch Through the Ages
This book was unique in that I didn't know much about the history of Quidditch. I hadn't taken much away from the Harry Potter series in regards to the history and so this little snippet of more information was great fun. I loved that this book went into the origins of Quidditch and also what other countries have in terms of popular wizarding sports.

Really enjoyed this collection of short books. Added more to a universe I love." said.

" 4,5 Quidditch a través de los tiempos 4/5 Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos 5/5 Los cuentos de Beedle el Bardo 5/5 " said.

" What is not to love. Huge fan of the Dumbledore forwards. " said.

" Made for Harry Potter die-hard fans. Worth it for Harry Potter die-hard fans. " said.

" I really love how ''Quidditch through the ages'' in particular, is written like an actual history book. " said.

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