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'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 pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. '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 pottermore.com 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.


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'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 pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. '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 pottermore.com 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.

30 review for Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: It favors love over fear, in the Machiavellian way, and sees self-aggrandizing as an offspring of insecurity and shame.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    Finally, the extra writings by our QUEEN OF MAGIC organized, professionally edited & bound in one ebook. And this one about those Power hungry and ambitious. Stories of Power and Politics. From the ruthless roots of Umbridge. To Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts. To the inadequate yet hungry for importance and Power, Quirrell. Till power really goes to his head.. And for fun, what d' ya know about Poltergeists? Peeves back story will tell ya big deal about'. Every witch or wizard Finally, the extra writings by our QUEEN OF MAGIC organized, professionally edited & bound in one ebook. And this one about those Power hungry and ambitious. Stories of Power and Politics. From the ruthless roots of Umbridge. To Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts. To the inadequate yet hungry for importance and Power, Quirrell. Till power really goes to his head.. And for fun, what d' ya know about Poltergeists? Peeves back story will tell ya big deal about'. Every witch or wizard with a wand has held in his or her hands more power than we will ever know. With the right spell or potion, they can fabricate love, travel through time, change physical form and even extinguish life. In the wrong hands, power and magic can be dark, lethal, and consuming. And to complete the perfect editing of the book, and as remark for the really good collecting and organizing topics... After Umbridge there's this complete history of Ministry for Magic & its notorious prison Azkaban. And after Slughorn there's this insightful look into Potions making. ***************************** Although you may have read these stories before on Pottermore, I really hate reading it all there and wanted it only as a book. Though I still wish it all become one Huge "Hardcover book- The Long waited Encyclopedia" But really the editing and connecting the stories and the articles that followed every story was totally marvelous and charming and made a good feeling of it as actual book. and the design and the chapters art are fun too.. And this chapter following the most Evil Ministry employee’s, Umbridge. of The Ministry for Magic encyclopedic details from 1707 till now was something worth studying. The Azkaban history is so brrrrrrrrr, cold as hell, you know what I mean. And the crazy mind blowing ingredients of the Polyjuice Potion and how Rowling thought about it, along with more insightful look into the Potions making that followed Slughorn, the next best potion master's chapter. That was good too. And the broken connection between Slughorn and the memory Dumbledore wanted is finally reveled... and why he was fearing something the whole time. I didn't like much Quirrell’s, and it needed better editing BTW, it seemed as thought many times. But I loved the 2 faces back to back of Quirrell chapter art., chapter arts in general are really talented and simple. And for Peeves, I never knew Poltergeists aren't ghosts at all.. his piece was short yet so complete. I wished he made it to the movie but I really enjoyed playing against him in the first 3 PC games of Harry Potter. ------------------ So, finally, as they promoted it..It's a a mix of previously released Pottermore content and brand new material, all of which is penned by Rowling. But it's really collected, organized and bound in one, digital book..just so well.. can't say more.. Really gald for these 3 books, Merlin's beard! It's really Harry Potter’s world books for 2016. And sure I'll wait for more volumes of this series. BUT plz Pottermore shop.. let us re-link our purchased ebook from the site to Kindle..as before. Mohammed Arabey 7 Sep. 2016 (view spoiler)[ The First early review.. Merlin's beard! More Harry Potter world books for 2016.. Short stories written BY THE QUEEN OF MAGIC her self.. Though I wish it all become one Huge "Hardcover book- The Long waited encyclopedia" This one mostly for the 'Green House' if you know what I mean.. ..from the description; "This volume offers a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world.. It 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.” Though I'm not into the spin off short story, but come on...it's J.K Rowling.. This is one of three of new series of eBooks from J.K. Rowling and Pottermore will offer the “Stories of Hogwarts,” and they’ll include never-before-seen content. The three eBooks appear to be a mix of previously released Pottermore content and brand new material, all of which is penned by Rowling. I'm really glad it will be collected, organized and bound in one, digital book... Mohammed Arabey 17 Aug. 2016 Can't wait really for September 6, 2016...the release of these books :) (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    "Their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi´it. They be'a support trans lives instead." -Ex-Minister for Magic Dugald McPhail, on why no Muggle has ever set foot in the Ministry for Magic Mermaids UK The Trevor Project Black Visions Collective "Their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi´it. They be'a support trans lives instead." -Ex-Minister for Magic Dugald McPhail, on why no Muggle has ever set foot in the Ministry for Magic Mermaids UK The Trevor Project Black Visions Collective

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents #2), J.K. Rowling Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com 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, poli Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents #2), J.K. Rowling Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com 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. عنوانها: «داستانهایی از قدرت، سیاست و اشباح مزاحم هاگوارتز»؛ «داستانهایی کوتاه از هاگوارتز در باره قدرت، سیاست و اشباح مزاحم؛ »؛ نویسنده: چی.کی رولینگ؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیستم ماه مارس سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: داستانهایی از قدرت، سیاست و اشباح مزاحم هاگوارتز؛ نویسنده: چی.کی رولینگ؛ مترجم: امیرحسین رستمی؛ تهران، مهرگان خرد؛ 1395؛ در 66ص؛ شابک 9786008067221؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21م عنوان: داستانهایی کوتاه از هاگوارتز در باره قدرت، سیاست و اشباح مزاحم؛ نویسنده: چی.کی رولینگ؛ مترجم: ملیکا منفرد علیزاده؛ تهران، ویهان؛ 1397؛ در 108ص؛ شابک 9786226591218؛ این کتاب چند دست‌ نوشته‌ ی: «جی.کی رولینگ» در مورد قدرت، سیاست و در مورد اشباح مزاحم، است تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 17/04/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Power and politics from the world of Harry Potter! This is the second ebook (in a series of three, so far) collecting short stories written by J.K. Rowling for the Pottermore website. In this second book, you’ll get nine short stories focused in the themes of the evil pursuit for power, the corruption in magical politics and even a pesky poltergeist. Thanks to these wonderful narratives, you’ll get to know beyond of what you may got in the original Harry Potter’s book series, various fearsome c Power and politics from the world of Harry Potter! This is the second ebook (in a series of three, so far) collecting short stories written by J.K. Rowling for the Pottermore website. In this second book, you’ll get nine short stories focused in the themes of the evil pursuit for power, the corruption in magical politics and even a pesky poltergeist. Thanks to these wonderful narratives, you’ll get to know beyond of what you may got in the original Harry Potter’s book series, various fearsome characters and others that they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dolores Umbridge, Horace Slughorn, Quirinus Quirrell and Peeves the Poltergeist, all four have roles to play in the magical saga of Harry Potter, some of them indeed enjoyed their wicked opportunities, while others regretted their bad timing. Power corrupts and magical power corrupts magically. In a world where you can kill just spelling a word, definitely the corruption about power can’t be taken lightly. That’s why, at the end, what you may think of a character shouldn’t be just what evil deeds done, but if they ever look for a moment of redemption. Beware! Since you’ll feel their rotten feelings, their moments of sin, their terrible twists, but above all, their quest for power and what they did with it once obtained. Along with the priceless backstories of those controversial characters, you’ll be able to get in detail of the related topics of Azkaban, Potions, Polyjuice Potion, Cauldrons, and... …a complete list of all Ministers for Magic since the very foundation of the British Ministry for Magic!!! Politics’ history never was this entertaining! Definitely this is a must-read for any Harry Potter fan!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    5 STARS! probably my favourite of the three Pottermore Presents books :) In the wrong hands, power and magic can be dark, lethal, and consuming. In “Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists” you discover what happens when power goes to someone’s head (quite literally, in Professor Quirrell’s case). It's less in a “storytelling” tone and more an account of their pasts, with J.K. Rowling's thoughts tagged along! I found its writing and whole design appropriate for its 5 STARS! probably my favourite of the three Pottermore Presents books :) In the wrong hands, power and magic can be dark, lethal, and consuming. In “Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists” you discover what happens when power goes to someone’s head (quite literally, in Professor Quirrell’s case). It's less in a “storytelling” tone and more an account of their pasts, with J.K. Rowling's thoughts tagged along! I found its writing and whole design appropriate for its goal: A brief interesting return to the history of the Wizarding World and the backstories of some our favourite love-to-hate characters. Of course, you won't have any interest in this if you haven't read Harry Potter :) The topics we learn about in this short book: Dolores Umbridge Dolores Umbridge may have looked like an iced cupcake, but she was anything but sweet. She was savage, sadistic and remorseless.If it isn't the character we all wanna strangle! I appreciated learning about her past and family and more of her personality, analysing her terror of the unknown and the wild. Her journey to power literally made me wanna throttle her :) Ministers for Magic This was probably my favourite chapter of the whole thing! In this part, we read about different Ministers; from the first female Minister for Magic (1798–1811) who established Department of International Magical Co-operation and lobbied hard and successfully to have a Quidditch World Cup tournament held in Britain during her term, to the Minister who believed the Muggle technology telegraph interferes with wand function, or the one who introduced the “pointy hat” legislation! I utterly loved learning about the Wizarding World's policies and politics (like the first Muggle-born Minister for Magic and Squib Right marches), and was impressed by how Ms. Rowling twisted it around our facts and history, (such as and the Minister that was close buddies with Queen Victoria without her knowing her friend is a wizard) :)) Two of my absolute favourites among the many: Porteus Knatchbull 1781 – 1789 Was called in confidentially in 1782 by the Muggle Prime Minister of the day, Lord North, to see whether he could help with King George III’s emerging mental instability. Word leaked out that Lord North believed in wizards, and he was forced to resign after a motion of no confidence. Archer Evermonde 1912 – 1923 In post during the Muggle First World War, Evermonde passed emergency legislation forbidding witches and wizards to get involved, lest they risk mass infractions of the International Statute of Secrecy. Thousands defied him, aiding Muggles where they could. Azkaban Experts who had studied buildings built with and around Dark magic contended that Azkaban might wreak its own revenge upon anybody attempting to destroy it.Yup, we learn the history of Azkaban, the twisted origins of the Dementors, and how the Ministers each attempt to use it—I LOVED it! Horace Slughorn Oh I wanna hug this name-dropper of a man, and his life story was my second fave chapter of the book! Potions From Potions expert stereotypes (aka Snape incarnate) to different Potions and how Rowling came up with their ingredients (the best part, really!) and more about Polyjuice Potion and the choice of Cauldrons as the Wizards' instrument, there's much and more. Quirinus Quirrell The half-blooded Ravenclaw (bet ya didn't know that, huh?) who used to be a gifted but delicate boy. I honestly feel bad for him :( Peeves the Poltergeist Now, that's another fave troublemaker who terrorises the hallways, respects the teachers, and brings chaos upon any who dare attempt to throw him out :) Third favourite chapter of the book for me! Companions Books in series: • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1) [ MY REVIEW ] • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) [ MY REVIEW ] Related books: • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) • Harry Potter and the Prisoner ofi Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) • Harry Potter: The Prequel (Harry Potter, #0.5) • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library) • Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library) • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library) • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts The Original Screenplay, #1) [ MY REVIEW ] • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts The Original Screenplay, #2) [ MY REVIEW ]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ronak Gajjar

    It has covered: 1. I – HAVE – ALWAYS – HATED – YOU – DOLORES UMBRIDGE 2. BORING – MAGIC MINISTERS 3. ALWAYS – GOING – POOF – HORACE SLUGHORN 4. I – TOO – AM – CAPABLE – QUIRINUS QUIRRELL 5. THE – MOST – MISCHIEVOUS – PEEVES THE POLTERGEIST I started this book by hating the diabolical sadistic Dolores Umbridge, even her name holds the meaning which is really uncanny. I mean even looking at her or reading about her gives you negative vibes! She is CREEPY! The ministers bored me all along, being parado It has covered: 1. I – HAVE – ALWAYS – HATED – YOU – DOLORES UMBRIDGE 2. BORING – MAGIC MINISTERS 3. ALWAYS – GOING – POOF – HORACE SLUGHORN 4. I – TOO – AM – CAPABLE – QUIRINUS QUIRRELL 5. THE – MOST – MISCHIEVOUS – PEEVES THE POLTERGEIST I started this book by hating the diabolical sadistic Dolores Umbridge, even her name holds the meaning which is really uncanny. I mean even looking at her or reading about her gives you negative vibes! She is CREEPY! The ministers bored me all along, being paradoxically weird. The timeline order of the list of Ministers dragged a bit. The facts related to the prison of Azkaban and Dementors are eerie! This most gifted potion maker - Horace Slughorn's struggles, weaknesses, guilt-trips, and survival attempts are totally peculiar leading stories till the second battle at Hogwarts. Also, the more information about Potions, Polyjuice potion, Cauldrones is the bonus! Hunger for power leads to a fate like Prof. Quirrell, destroying every ounce of happiness in the way. His incapability to survive interference of Lord Voldemort on his mind piloted certain miserable events for the Hogwarts. The prank master Peeves stole every heart along with the Fred & George Weasley! The historical background and his fear for Bloody Baron are indeed nicely portrayed. More importantly, I loved this book because of the intriguing thought process of JKR about each and every character mentioned.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This little history book gives us background information on several of the lesser known people at the Hogwarts. We see the menacing childhood of Dolores Umbridge and why Horace Slughorn likes to be around famous people. We see what drove Quirinus Quirrell toward looking for Voldemort. I enjoyed learning about Peeves and how why he is around. There is history of Azkaban and how the place came to be. It's a sordid history. Then there is a list of all the Ministers of Magic back when they were keep This little history book gives us background information on several of the lesser known people at the Hogwarts. We see the menacing childhood of Dolores Umbridge and why Horace Slughorn likes to be around famous people. We see what drove Quirinus Quirrell toward looking for Voldemort. I enjoyed learning about Peeves and how why he is around. There is history of Azkaban and how the place came to be. It's a sordid history. Then there is a list of all the Ministers of Magic back when they were keeping records. These are just short little history ditties, but I love knowing more about the lives of these characters. I really enjoy reading more about this world. I see there are a lot more of these stories out there and I am going to read them. For a Harry Potter fan and enthusiasts of Harry Potter. I just want there to be more and more material, but I do miss having a story. Still, it's short stories that are about the characters. I love that J. K. did so much background to everyone in her story. It's no wonder this story was so powerful and well done. J. K. rocks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Archit

    A panoramic collection! I loved to get to know more about the characters who do evil things. I appreciated how J.K.Rowling provided both Heroes and Villians' back stories for her readers. Definitely recommended. A panoramic collection! I loved to get to know more about the characters who do evil things. I appreciated how J.K.Rowling provided both Heroes and Villians' back stories for her readers. Definitely recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Not really short stories as character bios, but good for all that. I liked seeing some background on the some of the baddies and the not so baddies, the grey folks like Slughorn. Definitely a good read if you like to get additional information about main characters like Dolores. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liz Weasleyhead

    Dolores Umbridge is one of the most awful person eeever :( and thanks to Rowling I hate her even more now :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This second book full of short stories and snippets from the world of Harry Potter includes the following five chapters: 1) Dolores Umbridge 2) Ministers for Magic and Azkaban 3) Horace Slughorn / Polyjuice Potion / Cauldrons 4) Quirinus Quirrell 5) A Pesky Poltergeist I've always hated Umbridge. Like HATED. Voldemort is the ultimate evil but he has no emotions. In many ways, it's easy to see him as a non-human and therefore treat him differently (put him in his own class so to speak). Umbridge howeve This second book full of short stories and snippets from the world of Harry Potter includes the following five chapters: 1) Dolores Umbridge 2) Ministers for Magic and Azkaban 3) Horace Slughorn / Polyjuice Potion / Cauldrons 4) Quirinus Quirrell 5) A Pesky Poltergeist I've always hated Umbridge. Like HATED. Voldemort is the ultimate evil but he has no emotions. In many ways, it's easy to see him as a non-human and therefore treat him differently (put him in his own class so to speak). Umbridge however is human, through and through, but simply chooses to be the worst version imaginable. This chapter does nothing to redeem her, actually. Rowling's background on her gives great insight into her malice and why she looks / dresses the way she does (most interesting were Rowling's own thoughts and motives in making Umbridge the way she was *lol*). I can see the humanity in many characters, even the ones I didn't like, but this pink menace deserved all she got from the centaurs or would have deserved even worse, actually. Now Slughorn, on the other hand, was full of human error but not a bad person. The background information in this ebook does him more justice than the big books and I'm glad for it. He's not a man I would have called my favourite teacher, I think, but one mistake should not define and haunt you like that. Besides, redemption stories are always powerful. Moreover, we get to know a bit more about potions (especially Polyjuice Potion) and cauldrons and the thought process that led Rowling to this or that description / name-giving. In between these two chapters is another one naming all the Ministers ever since the Ministry for Magic was established. Some last names are actually well known, some information is very funny and some, again, give great hints at what we will see in the Fantastic Beasts movies! The last two chapters are pretty short. It was kind of nice to read about Quirrel and Peeves but, ultimately, I wouldn't have missed it had it not been in the book. Again, much of this was already known to me through Pottermore, but Rowling made up for it by including completely unknown stuff too. It's just a delight to see the true scope of the world that the author has in her head.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vaneesha

    BRILLIANT! This is less of a short story, and more of an encyclopedia-y read, which isn't a bad thing, after the atrocity that was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. There's mention of some of my old favs and just enough backstory to satisfy me without totally ruining my own version of characterizations I've developed in my head. I can't wait to read Remus' section in the next Pottermore Presents (I'm realizing now I'm reading these out of order ... OH WELL). BRILLIANT! This is less of a short story, and more of an encyclopedia-y read, which isn't a bad thing, after the atrocity that was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. There's mention of some of my old favs and just enough backstory to satisfy me without totally ruining my own version of characterizations I've developed in my head. I can't wait to read Remus' section in the next Pottermore Presents (I'm realizing now I'm reading these out of order ... OH WELL).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine Spoors

    I don't think I will ever stop being amazed at how thorough the world building and character development in the Wizarding World is! I loved reading more about power and politics in the Wizarding World, it was especially interesting to learn more about the Ministers of Magic throughout the years! I'm not giving these books full reviews because they are pretty short! I don't think I will ever stop being amazed at how thorough the world building and character development in the Wizarding World is! I loved reading more about power and politics in the Wizarding World, it was especially interesting to learn more about the Ministers of Magic throughout the years! I'm not giving these books full reviews because they are pretty short!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mai

    I loved all the introductions to Cauldrons and Potions, and the part where J.K. Rowling described Azkaban and why it was named Azkaban, it was amazing. I love her mind so much that I want her to keep writing in this world forever.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)

    As the #1 is more about single characters, #2 manages to mingle characters and interesting facts from the wizard's world into one. Loved it! Many great quotes, funny things and magic. As the #1 is more about single characters, #2 manages to mingle characters and interesting facts from the wizard's world into one. Loved it! Many great quotes, funny things and magic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sammm

    This review has the SAME opening from reviews I wrote for THIS and THIS, the other 2 books in the Pottermore Presents, because I do in fact have the same opinion on the matter. Starting from the Pottermore urls is where the reviews differ from one another due to being different books. I'm happy that some of the additional materials from Pottermore are finally collected and presented in a book-like way! It kind of forces me into reading them as well, cuz before, when it was articles on charact This review has the SAME opening from reviews I wrote for THIS and THIS, the other 2 books in the Pottermore Presents, because I do in fact have the same opinion on the matter. Starting from the Pottermore urls is where the reviews differ from one another due to being different books. I'm happy that some of the additional materials from Pottermore are finally collected and presented in a book-like way! It kind of forces me into reading them as well, cuz before, when it was articles on characters or subjects I wasn't particularly interested in knowing more, I simply wouldn't even click on the links to read; by having them together, I did finish reading them, since they were presumably selected for a good reason. xP That being said, if there's people who, as of now, are not certain to spend extra money on this digitized publication, and have never thought about looking up Pottermore, here are the majority of the content (completely legal and official, too): (all of the url starts with "www . pottermore . com/writing-by-jk-rowling", I'm using [...] to save space) [...]/dolores-umbridge [...]/ministers-for-magic [...]/azkaban [...]/potions [...]/polyjuice-potion [...]/cauldrons [...]/professor-quirrell [...]/peeves While it may look like you basically can read the whole thing entirely for free on Pottermore, there IS in fact additional text that serves as transitions through out chapters. (That being said, I'd still say at least 80% of the content of this book CAN indeed be found free on Pottermore.com; so for people with financial issues, I would strongly recommend you to consider carefully if you really want to spend money on this book.) Character fact files while could indeed be found on Pottermore, I appreciate being able to locate them more easily in the eBook version. Also note that chapter 3, for Horace Slughorn; correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the majority of this chapter actually is in fact new material! I failed to find them on Pottermore! Which I'm honestly quite surprised since characters such as Kettleburn and Quirrell got writings by JKR on the site. Never cared too much about Slughorn, so I doubt I would have read his article had there been one on Pottermore anyway, but it was refreshing all the same to read a condense version of his life that solely focused on him. BTW, the wording/organization of content for Polyjuice Potion in this chapter is also slightly different from its counterpart on the site, with an EXTRA paragraph that's not on the Pottermore page! This book again is a lovely surprise, cuz this time most of the subjects its covering aren't what I would look up and read. Always loathed Umbridge, and I'm pleasantly disgusted (dunno how that works) that reading her backstories made me loath her even more; didn't think that was possible lol. The chapter on Ministers for Magic and Azkaban is extraordinarily enlightening, very much thanks to a well-placed extra transitional text: "[...] And keep an eye out, as there’s a familiar surname or two amongst them." Sure perked my interest, so keep an eye out I did. Imagine my surprise when I saw -*Spoiler but not really cuz the info's been out for years!*- Rowle and Lestrange amongst the list of ministers! (And I shamefully admit I kind of jumped the gun when it comes to Parkinson and Flint due to there relative's House, but still, it was honestly a shock for me that Pansy possibly has a distant deceased relative who was once the Minister lol. On the other hand, I'm also happy to see the family names of Diggory and Boot! Diggory left a great impression with what he tried to do regarding to Azkaban and Dementors. This made me die a little all over again with Cedric's untimely death... I mean, I know had he lived, he most likely would have graduated by the time Slughorn came back to Hogwarts; but I can honestly picture Slughorn desperately trying to recruit him to his Slug Club lmao. Final note: The two illustrations by JKR on Pottermore.com for articles "Potions" and "Peeves", ARE NOT INCLUDED in this edition.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Buckby

    the second in a set of 3 short stories released by jk rowling this year and i can say i enjoyed this one but not as much as i did the first one. However i did enjoy learning about all of the minster's of magic from the beginning until the very present. I liked how Jk rowling provided a snapshot of each minister and how there career with the top job went, it provided me with more information about how each minister is elected and how long they can be in office for. Dolores Umbridge was one of the the second in a set of 3 short stories released by jk rowling this year and i can say i enjoyed this one but not as much as i did the first one. However i did enjoy learning about all of the minster's of magic from the beginning until the very present. I liked how Jk rowling provided a snapshot of each minister and how there career with the top job went, it provided me with more information about how each minister is elected and how long they can be in office for. Dolores Umbridge was one of the chapters in this short story i can say i still hate this character as much as i did while reading the series and i can now finally understand why. She was evil and sadistic from a very young age and it lasted all throughout her life, She really didn't like her parents very much and i was surprised to learn she had a muggle mother and a squib brother. Her whole life and career was just a summary of what we got in the books but this provided the reason why she was like the way she was and really never did change at all. Horace Slughorn was another chapter in this short story although he wasn't a favourite character of mine in the harry potter series i did enjoy learning more about him in his chapter. He was born into a very wealthy and pure-blood family but they really didn't hold the values most pure-blood families did they didn't care if someone was pure-blood, half-blood or muggle-born they were more worried about wealth and status. However what i got from his chapter was that i don't think he was really into being wealthy at all and preferred to be on his own. Other things that were very nice additions to this short story book was Quirinus Quirrell that we really didn't get much of a story for in the books, i was shocked to learn that he was a Ravenclaw when he attended Hogwarts i thought he was always either in Gryffindor or Slytherin house. Peeves had his own dedicated chapter which i have been waiting to learn more about him ever since i finished the series many years ago.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    5 stars! Every witch or wizard with a wand has held in his or her hands more power than we will ever know. With the right spell or potion, they can fabricate love, travel through time, change physical form and even extinguish life. This is the 2nd collection of short stories made available by Pottermore, written by JK Rowling. I love these shorts...they explore even farther into the magical world and it's history, and they also go into more detail about characters whose backstories weren't exp 5 stars! Every witch or wizard with a wand has held in his or her hands more power than we will ever know. With the right spell or potion, they can fabricate love, travel through time, change physical form and even extinguish life. This is the 2nd collection of short stories made available by Pottermore, written by JK Rowling. I love these shorts...they explore even farther into the magical world and it's history, and they also go into more detail about characters whose backstories weren't explored in the series. Another must read for fans!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    These are not so much short stories about but character sketches, almost as if Rowling was showing her character sheets for Umbridge and Slughorn among others. The highlights are also a list of the Minsters of Magic, which includes some funny tidbits. If you are a Harry Potter fan, these are worth a read and nicely add to the universe.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JoAnna

    To be honest this book kinda put me in a slump. I just didn't care much to read about Umbridge or Slughorn...... Especially Umbridge. I guess I need a little break from the wizarding world. :( But don't worry I won't stay away long!;) To be honest this book kinda put me in a slump. I just didn't care much to read about Umbridge or Slughorn...... Especially Umbridge. I guess I need a little break from the wizarding world. :( But don't worry I won't stay away long!;)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    The book isn't great by any means, but still offers a mildly amusing look into different infamous characters of the HP world along with some of its politics. The book isn't great by any means, but still offers a mildly amusing look into different infamous characters of the HP world along with some of its politics.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna C

    Didn't know what took me so long to read this, I guess the reason is Umbridge as the first one? I kept stopping at her part, partly because I have read her story before it's bundled in this short stories. I hate this woman more than Voldemort, she's pure evil. Well, the most interesting short story for me in this one is Horace Slughorn's, of course. Slay as usual, Rowling! Aside from Umbridge, Ministry of Magic, Azkaban, Slughorn, Quirrel, and Peeves, we even have super short story about cauldro Didn't know what took me so long to read this, I guess the reason is Umbridge as the first one? I kept stopping at her part, partly because I have read her story before it's bundled in this short stories. I hate this woman more than Voldemort, she's pure evil. Well, the most interesting short story for me in this one is Horace Slughorn's, of course. Slay as usual, Rowling! Aside from Umbridge, Ministry of Magic, Azkaban, Slughorn, Quirrel, and Peeves, we even have super short story about cauldron, potions and polyjuice potion, including its ingredient list! I love details! So carefully sewn, all of it, like wow, not only characters but the mundane tool like cauldron, or building's name has their own story and meaning behind its names, everything, every little details were so carefully thought, well researched too, reminding me once again why I love her Harry Potter's world so much! Safe to say, nobody writes like Rowling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea slytherink

    You can read my review of Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies here, and my review of Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide here! ----------------------------------------- Well, what I'm about to say next, doesn't occur often: I don't really have an opinion on Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists. I didn't learn a lot of new information. If anything, it only raised more questions, instead of answering them! Honestly, I kind o You can read my review of Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies here, and my review of Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide here! ----------------------------------------- Well, what I'm about to say next, doesn't occur often: I don't really have an opinion on Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists. I didn't learn a lot of new information. If anything, it only raised more questions, instead of answering them! Honestly, I kind of feel indifferent about it. This one was my least favourite. C'mon, there was even a chapter on CAULDRONS!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    In the same vein as the first one, this second Pottermore ebook sheds light on a variety of topics, from the biographies of Dolores Umbridge, Horace Slughorn, Quirinus Quirrell and Peeves the Poltergeist, to short articles on the Ministers for Magic, Azkaban, Potions, Polyjuice Potion and Cauldrons.  For devouted Potter fans ;0)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I'm kinda fond of Peeves for some reason. Maybe because of his relationship with Fred and George. I'm kinda fond of Peeves for some reason. Maybe because of his relationship with Fred and George.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Perfect length for a cuppa.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists were tales about characters I didn't really care for, making this short novella simply enjoyable for me. In this particularly long titled story, we gain information on: Dolores Umbridge, the Ministers of Magic, Horace Slughorn, Quirinus Quirrell and Peeves the Poltergeist. Characters Dolores Umbridge “Even at seventeen, Dolores was judgemental, prejudiced and sadistic.” Dolores was a character who was worse than Voldemort, a Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists were tales about characters I didn't really care for, making this short novella simply enjoyable for me. In this particularly long titled story, we gain information on: Dolores Umbridge, the Ministers of Magic, Horace Slughorn, Quirinus Quirrell and Peeves the Poltergeist. Characters Dolores Umbridge “Even at seventeen, Dolores was judgemental, prejudiced and sadistic.” Dolores was a character who was worse than Voldemort, and I don't think she actually supported him. She was a character who had made me want to kill a fictional character when I first saw Order of the Phoneix as a young girl. She was also a character who made me believe only evil people liked cats (don't judge me). Now, reading about Dolores was interesting in some ways. Learning about her power hungry ways and how absolutely atrocious she has always been was interesting. Though, it ultimately filled me with rage. Ministers of Magic This particular part of this novella I don't remember enough to write about. It was completely boring, and was just information being provided to us as a reader. I was never quite interested in the Ministers of Magic, so this didn't entertain me. Horace Slughorn “Even as a boy he was an embarrassingly loud name-dropper, and would often refer to the Minister for Magic by his Christian name, happy to imply that the family were on closer terms with him than was really the case.” Horace is a character that informs people not all Slytherin's are evil. He is a character who makes you understand that a Slytherin is purely ambitious, not evil as many well known ones are. I can't say I found this tale enjoyable, overall. That is because I never really enjoyed Horace Slughorn as a character, finding him incredibly annoying. Quirinus Quirrell “HOBBIES: Travel, pressing wild flowers” Pressing wild flowers? A hobby for the person who helped the Dark Lord rise? I know, I thought the same thing. It was positively amusing for me. This particular tale in the novella, the one informing us readers more about Quirrell, the quivering man who hides Voldemort on the back of his head for an entire school year, was interesting. I mean, we never truly learn much about him in the first book before his demise (that can't be a spoiler...right?), so learning why his actions lead to what they did were truly amusing in some aspects. Peeves the Poltergeist Peeves is a character I remember everyone being furious wasn't in the films. I didn't care, or even know who he was, until I began to read the books this year. He was a character I fell in love with, with his mischievous ways and love for the Weasley twins. However, the tale in this novella is incredibly short and provides little to none of the information I truly wanted. A real let down. Overall Overall, an incredibly fast read but not nearly as excellent as the first.

  29. 5 out of 5

    chloe ♡

    my read for the first prompt of the reading rush 2019 - read a book with a purple cover. i haven't realized how much i missed rowling's subtle humor until picking up this book. loved the writing, especially the in-depth and hilarious descriptions of the ministers for magic over the years. my read for the first prompt of the reading rush 2019 - read a book with a purple cover. i haven't realized how much i missed rowling's subtle humor until picking up this book. loved the writing, especially the in-depth and hilarious descriptions of the ministers for magic over the years.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡

    I really enjoyed these short stories. It made me want to hate even more Dolores Umbridge though. J.K. Rowling really knew how to make us not feel any ounce of forgiveness towards her hahaha But I liked to read about Slughorn too. I liked his character even if I believe that I would never have made it on his elite list, but he was still a nice man if only a bit naïve. I wish J.K. Rowling had talked more about the former Ministers of Magic; some of them would be have been quite interesting to read a I really enjoyed these short stories. It made me want to hate even more Dolores Umbridge though. J.K. Rowling really knew how to make us not feel any ounce of forgiveness towards her hahaha But I liked to read about Slughorn too. I liked his character even if I believe that I would never have made it on his elite list, but he was still a nice man if only a bit naïve. I wish J.K. Rowling had talked more about the former Ministers of Magic; some of them would be have been quite interesting to read about, but it was nice to see a bit of what kind of Ministers they had through the years. And I liked to read the origins of how Azkaban came to be. I feel like there might still be a few things that J.K. Rowling is keeping from us. And also... how can I forget about Peeves? I seriously liked to read about him. Seeing how long he has been at Hogwarts and the problems he caused were quite hilarious sometimes. So another awesome reading if only too short. I need more of these or better yet, a whole new book :)

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