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In addition to the seven Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling wrote three more books which can be considered part of the canonical Harry Potter universe. I'd initially dismissed them as un-interesting because none of them were novels, but having re-read the entire series I found myself wanting more of the world. Thanks to a library card, I got them, devoured them, and now present a set of reviews for Dramione shippers! Each review of the book occurs in two parts: things of interest to a general Harry Potter fan and things of interest to a Dramione shipper.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

This is an incredibly cute set of stories that are presented as traditional Wizarding children's stories. It also happens to be a translation of the book that Hermione inherits from Dumbledore at the start of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and which later plays a pivotal role in the Horcrux quest. From a general fan-viewpoint, it's got J.K. Rowling's quirky writing, enjoyable stories, really humorous commentary 'written by Dumbledore' on all of the stories, and is something that I'd recommend to any fan of the books. It's really a lovely addition to the world-building, and I found myself giggling and greatly amused while reading each of the five children's stories and especially Dumbledore's commentary.

Harry Potter Fan Verdict: 8/10

From a Dramione shipper viewpoint, everything that I've said above applies, but the thing's also a damn shipping goldmine. For starters, the entire book is presented as an English-language translation from Ancient Runes by Hermione Granger. So, we're talking about something that Hermione Granger would absolutely be familiar with on an intellectual and personal level, which is pretty near priceless considering that the majority of the seven books are narrated by Harry Potter.

More quotes and analysis! )

In conclusion, this is a fun book for any Harry Potter fan, but especially so for anyone who ships Dramione. I totally recommend tracking it down and reading it!

Dramione Shipper Verdict: 10/10

Harry Potter's Schoolbooks: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Expand for the reviews of both schoolbooks )

That's all! Hope that my reviews were useful, and I do seriously recommend The Tales of Beedle the Bard for the Dramione shipper who likes to speculate about what might have been.

As a general Harry Potter fan, you're looking for more enjoyable things from the Harry Potter universe, both The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages are well worth your time, but Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them should be reserved only for use as an actual real-world reference book. Happy reading!

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