Review: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists



Goodreads Synopsis:

No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: 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 power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

My favorite story in this collection was that of Slughorn. I liked him as a character, but this does so much to show how truly good-natured the man was, and examining his past with Riddle is very interesting. Second favorite was that of Azkaban, which is basically a character in its own right. It’s also nice that we get the tid-bit about how the prison was altered after the series ends.

The story on Umbridge didn’t reveal anything too interesting, beyond that she is a half-blood, which I did not expect. The encyclopedia of Ministers of Magic was impressive if for nothing more than showing how in depth Rowling created this world.


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