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Review – Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms And Defense Against the Dark Arts

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts
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  • Writing - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Development - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
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Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts

 

Just to be clear; Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts was not written by J.K. Rowling. It’s inspired by the influences on her work. And it was published by Pottermore, but that is about the limit to it.

This is the first ebook to come out this summer focusing on Harry Potter and all of the real-life influences. This really is more of a dive into history than anything else. Actually, if you had an opportunity to go to the museum exhibit about Harry Potter, a lot of these facts would have already been available to you (lucky duck).

I will say that a lot of the facts included here were fascinating. None of them dove terribly deep into the individual histories. But it’d make a great stepping point, say if something, in particular, caught your attention.

Writing

 Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts was written in a factual, but upbeat tone. You can tell that they went through great lengths to keep it from being dry. Perhaps that is one of the reasons it didn’t end up being overly detailed.

One thing that surprised me about this miniseries was the decision to lump the courses together, instead of having them all get their own. Perhaps they knew the ebooks would be too short if they did that? Anyway, you can probably guess the focus of this particular ebook. That’s right, Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts.

It was fascinating to see what they opted to include here. What they grouped in with charms, for example. Some of these were things that I would have expected to see in another category. But I guess it fits best here? Same goes for Defense Against the Dark Arts.

It was also interesting to see the real-life influences for everything. I knew that J.K. Rowling had pulled lore from all over the world. But I don’t think I realized just how much lore had influenced almost every element in her series.

Development

Obviously, there aren’t any characters in Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Unless you want to count the examples it used to explain a connection. Those moments were pretty interesting, and they did help to add context to the facts being talked about.

The ebb and flow in this ebook were well done. They gave us the basics of every historical or lore example given. But they didn’t get overly detailed. I will say that they left us with ample information to continue the search on our own. Should we feel so inclined?

You’d think an ebook based on connecting fiction and facts would be…well…dry? But that wasn’t the case here. They did a really good job of keeping things moving forward. And they did the best they could to tell a story along the way. It was interesting. And it really did leave me wishing for more. Good thing there are three more ebooks planned (one of which is already out).

Conclusion

If you’re looking for another Harry Potter novel, this is not the ebook for you. However, if you’re curious about where J.K. Rowling got some of her inspirations, then check it out!

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts was a fascinating read, connection more dots than I expected. And it made me wish that I could have made it to the museum exhibit. Clearly, I missed out!

 

 

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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