The Harry Potter series is perhaps my favorite fantasy series ever and one of my favorite series ever, across any genre. When I had acquired the box set of the books, I came to know of three accompanying books too, that formed The Hogwarts Library collection. Without further ado, I bought those three too. I had read Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them earlier. This book completes the set.
Like I said once, there are some books that are intriguing because they are found in books. It was a delight to see three such from the Harry Potter books published as the Hogwarts Library series.
Quidditch Through The Ages is first found in the first book when Hermione gives it to Harry. I didn’t know what to expect from the book itself. Like the other two in the Hogwarts Library series, this too is presented well, like a library book with a borrowing card printed at the front and such.
I enjoyed reading about the history, in particular the descriptions of ancient Quidditch balls, and the Quidditch moves like the Bludger Backbeat etc. And also, the Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland. It was nice to read more about Ron’s favorite team, The Chudley Cannons and Ginny’s favorite team the Holyhead Harpies.
It’s fun to revisit the world of magic that I got to know through Harry Potter. This book is wonderful to read for a Harry Potter fan, and I’m glad to have it in my shelf.
|Title: Quidditch Through The Ages||Series: Hogwarts Library #2|
JK Rowling as Kennilworthy Whisp
|ISBN/ASIN: 9781408835036||Publisher: Bloomsbury|
|No. of Pages: 105||Price: N/a|
(© 20th April 2015)
A book in a book, or in a favorite series is always fun to see. Like Richard Castle’s books Heat Wave, Naked Heat etc. But that’s nothing when you think of the text books in my all time favorite series, Harry Potter. The History of Magic, The Standard Book of Spells, Goshawk’s Guide to Herbology etc. are books that stay in the mind of any Harry Potter fan long after the series has ended. To see three of the books being made into a set Hogwarts Library was nice. It stands proudly in my collection.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a book that looks at the magical creatures in the world of magic that the Harry Potter series creates. I cast my mind through the Defence Against the Dark Arts or Care of Magical Creatures classes and remember the creatures like Cornish Pixies, Kappas, Hinkypunks and Werewolves from the former and Hippogriffs and Flobberworms from the latter. Not to forget the detention in the Dark Forest where they meet Centaurs and Unicorns. I’ve always wanted to know more about them and this book does it.
Is it every bit as magical as the Harry Potter series? Yes. Absolutely, it is. But it’s a text book for reference, and it doesn’t look at language to help me visualize the creatures. It’s informative, not imaginative (even though it is fantastical). But I don’t mind that. The way it’s presented is absolutely fun. Notes written on the side by those who read it; the first page proclaiming the book belongs to Harry Potter etc. make it feel like the book was actually owned by a student. I liked reading about the creatures, especially different breeds of dragons and Billywigs and Imps. There are some, like the last two I mentioned, that don’t form part of the series, making it more interesting reading too.
They say this set is a collector’s item. I agree. I’m glad to have collected it and read it, and I’m sure it’ll help bring a smile when I re-read it. This book is, and pun intended, FANTASTIC.
|Title: Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them
|Series: Hogwarts Library #1|
JK Rowling as Newt Scamander
|ISBN/ASIN: 9781408835050||Publisher: Bloomsbury|
|No. of Pages: 88||Price: N/a|
(© 7th April 2015)