Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1)

Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies


Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way. (Summary and cover courtesy of


I really enjoyed getting a look at McGonagall’s background!  She had the most rich information in terms of new and things that hadn’t been alluded to previously.  The side notes on Kettleburn were interesting if brief as well.  The part I thought most interesting was finally understanding Animagi in a little more detail – I have been wondering since “Prizoner of Azkaban”!  This is definitely the best of the short stories in my opinion and worth a read if you haven’t been up to date on the content listed on the website.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Harry Potter fans who want a slightly deeper dive into some of the thoughts on Pottermore (and haven’t already caught up there).

Want to read the whole series?