Genres: Fantasy, Children’s
Synopsis: A highly collectable hardback boxed set from the world of Harry Potter – containing handsome new editions of Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (both in hardback for the first time) and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Hogwarts Library is an essential collection for any wizard or Muggle home. Eager seekers of wizard learning will find within a treasure trove of magical facts, additional notes from the esteemed Professor Albus Dumbledore, and illustrations from J.K. Rowling. Purchasers can be reassured that two charities important to J.K. Rowling – Comic Relief and Lumos – will benefit from the sale of each set. (Source: Goodreads)
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
The true charm of all three of these books lies in the small details. The names of students who have borrowed it before you, the scribblings of the Golden Trio or Albus Dumbledore’s notes. The scope to which these short companion books expand the world, (noting countries that may not even have been mentioned in the main series, tracking the history of the wizarding world, cataloging it’s less human inhabitants and sharing the tales some of the characters might have enjoyed growing up), makes this collection truly impressive and not something to be missed by eager fans.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Oft criticized for being more childish than the main series it is an excellent children’s book, which is what it was always intended to be. The stories are much like traditional faerie tales, and so are lovely to read while not particularly remarkable. Dumbledore’s notes do offer a bit of a deeper view on the tales but it delivered exactly what I expected of it with a few cute drawings included.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Despite having perhaps the most interesting subject matter this is the least enjoyable book of the three. This can be attributed to the fact that it is a textbook and written as such. The information within is interesting but reading too much of it at once might become dull.
Quidditch Through the Ages
Although I consider myself no fan of sports, not even Quidditch as magical as it might be I still found some interest in these pages. The in character writing (all the way down to the about the author page) is very immersive and there are quite a few good laughs. While being amusing it also manages to explore the wider wizarding world’s past, other countries’s teams, other popular sports and more.