I thought it was about time I got around to reviewing The Hogwarts Library, a series of Harry Potter spin-offs written by JK Rowling. As there are three books, I’ve decided to do a mini review of each separate story.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
This is an important book for Potter fans as it contains The Tale of The Three Brothers- the story of the original owners of the Deathly Hallows. But before I even review the content of this book, I have to take a moment to ‘feel the feels’ over how beautiful the three Hogwarts Library editions are, especially this one. The illustrations are absolutely incredible. In fact, they’re beautiful enough to warrant a photo:
Anyway, back to the actual book! This is such a good novelty read for fans of the original Potter books, and it’s also fun because one can actually imagine someone reading the stories to their children. It reminded me strongly of the fairy tales I heard as a child. I’d consider The Tales of Beedle the Bard to be quite well-written for this reason, as the book really does serve its purpose.
Fans of Rowling’s past work will relish in the Potter references in this book, and even those who haven’t encountered her work before (and are therefore probably Martians) will be amazed at the detail in her imaginary world. She even includes notes from ‘Professor Dumbledore’ in the book, expressing his opinions on both the tales included and the Deathly Hallows conspiracy. Once again, Potter fans will be impressed to note the character remains unchanged from the original books, as does The Tale of the Three Brothers. Only a truly talented author could create such an excellent spin-off and recapture the magic of the original novels, yet Rowling does so with ease. Unlike most spin-offs, this is almost as good as the original books!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I was particularly excited to reread this book ahead of the film coming out in 2016. Intended to be a textbook for Hogwarts students, this book includes annotations written by Harry, Ron and Hermione. It reads like the textbook you wish you had and has some great, tongue-in-cheek references to the original Potter books. Rowling deserves praise for creating yet another incredibly imaginative book, in which she includes everything from humorous drugs-style classifications for creatures’ eggs to twists on classic fairytale characters like the fairy. She even throws in some references to Greek mythology. I just can’t wait to see this book on the big screen!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)
Quidditch Through the Ages
As ever, Rowling links this book back to her original work. It reads like an actual history textbook and draws deliberate comparisons to football. It is written in a way that makes one imagine wizards spending their weekend at a Quidditch match or arguing over whose team is batter, and the development of the sport turns out to be very humorous. If rumours of a film is true, this could turn out to be another great movie.
Overall rating for The Hogwarts Library: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)