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Pottermore Presents #2

Historias breves de Hogwarts: Poder, política y poltergeists pesados

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Ningún primer ministro muggle ha pisado el Ministerio de Magia por razones muy bien resumidas por el ex ministro Dugald McPhail (mandato 1858-1865): "tienen la mente tan cerrada que no hubieran podido con ello". – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents es una colección de historias breves de J.K. Rowling publicadas originalmente en pottermore.com. Gracias a estos libros electrónicos con los textos recopilados por Pottermore conocerás detalles más allá de las historias de Harry Potter; en ellos, J.K. Rowling nos habla de las cosas que la inspiran, de muchos detalles de las vidas de los personajes y de algunas sorpresas de la comunidad mágica.

Con estas historias sobre poder, política y unos poltergeists muy pesados te harás una idea del lado más oscuro de la comunidad mágica: descubrirás los despiadados orígenes de la profesora Umbridge, la verdad sobre los ministros de Magia y la historia de la prisión mágica de Azkaban. También bucearás en los primeros años de Horace Slughorn como maestro de pociones y su relación con un tal Tom Sorvolo Ryddle.

68 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 6, 2016

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J.K. Rowling

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See also: Robert Galbraith
Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, "No one ever called me 'Joanne' when I was young, unless they were angry." Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French and half-Scottish. Her parents first met on a train departing from King's Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964. They married on 14 March 1965. Her mother's maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. Her mother's paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte during the First World War.

Rowling's sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old. The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four. She attended St Michael's Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More. Her headmaster at St Michael's, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: "I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee." At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said "taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind," gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford's autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling's heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.

Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, "I wasn’t particularly happy. I think it’s a dreadful time of life." She had a difficult homelife; her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father (she is no longer on speaking terms with him). She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department. Rowling said of her adolescence, "Hermione [a bookish, know-it-all Harry Potter character] is loosely based on me. She's a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I'm not particularly proud of." Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as "not exceptional" but "one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English." Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.

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709 reviews5,612 followers
November 18, 2017
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

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1,260 reviews5,355 followers
March 20, 2022
دائما احمد الله على اني من القادرين على دخول الرصيف رقم 🚈9-3/4
الخيال نعمة كبيرة ..لا يتمتع بها الكل
و الخيال المصدق ..حرفة تألقت من خلالها رولينج ببراعة أسطورية
تريد ان يصدقوك..فلتصنع تاريخا..لعشاق هوجوارتس فقط

سيتشابك عالمي السحرة و العامة بشكل لم تصادفه من قبل..ستصادف كلمة وزير تسيير أعمال.. انتخابات ..تشرشل
ستحكي لك جوان رولينج عن من تكرهه من مدرسين و موقفها من مادة الكيمياء..
لماذا اختارت هذا الاسم لابطالها
..بل لماذا اختارت هذا المكون لوصفتها الأشهر "بولي جوس" كيف اختارت رمز كل بيت من بيوت هوجوارتس و لماذا تراجعت عن جعل الِقدر "رمز هافلباف
دقتها المذهلة ..المبهرة لصنع عالم آخر كأنها تراه و تريدك ان تراه معها

انا من محبي ♥ سلاجهورن كان ظهوره ايذانا بتحول رهيب و تأكدت بعد قصته ان هناك شبه مريب بيننا 🎃و هناك شيء ابدي يجمع بينه و بين هاري و جيني

دولوريس امبريدج البغيضة و كيفية بناء شخصيتها
كويريل و عقد نقصها التي غيرت مسار تاريخ هوجوارتس
بيفز هل هو بولترجايست..روح ..شبح. .قرين؟
و مفاجآت و مفاجآت
مترجمة هنا
خير من يخبرك عنها محمد العربي في ريفيو مصور فاخر شامل ماتع هو الأول على العالم عن هذا الكتاب افضل من مراجعتي
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9,566 reviews56.5k followers
July 7, 2020
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 خوا��ش: 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

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1,125 reviews3,552 followers
September 14, 2016
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!

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220 reviews2,650 followers
March 16, 2019
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.

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!


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!


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 ]
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Author 12 books144 followers
July 7, 2017
سومین کتاب «ارائه‌ای از پاترمور» از نظر امتیازی برای من هم رده با کتاب «راهنمای ناکامل و نامعتبر هاگوارتز» بود. کتاب رنگ‌ و بوی هاگوارتز و هری رو داشت و این منو خوشحال می‌کرد، با این حال یادآوری دوباره آمبریج باعث می‌شد یادم بیاد چقدر از این آدم بدم میاد.

جالب‌ترین بخش کتاب در مورد آخرین تلاش سرایداران هاگوارتز برای بیرون کردن بدعنق از قلعه بود و واقعا تصور اینکه اون همه اسلحه مخرب رو به دست بدعنق بدی، دود از کله آدم بلند میکنه! تصورش هم خنده‌دار و جالبه. شرایطی که بدعنق برای صلح گذاشت هم واقعا برام جالب بود :))

این سه تا کتاب دست‌نوشته‌های رولینگ توی پاترمور بود (که بعضی‌هاش البته جدید بود و یه سری چیزها هم به قبلی‌ها اضافه شده بود) و احتمالا در آینده هم کتاب‌های دیگه‌ای از این مجموعه منتشر بشه. تجربه ترجمه این سه تا کتاب برام بی‌نهایت لذت‌بخش بود و حداقل از بازخوردهایی که گرفتم تقریبا اکثریت از کیفیت ترجمه راضی بودن که این قوت قلب خیلی خوبی برای من بود. اگه باز هم کتاب دیگه‌ای از این مجموعه منتشر بشه، به شرط بقای عمر حتما میرم سراغش و ترجمش می‌کنم.

پ.ن: خیلی دوست دارم یه روز رولینگ از دامبلدور بنویسه. بین همه زندگی‌نامه‌هایی که توی این سه کتاب بود، زندگی‌نامه مک‌گونگال و لوپین بیشتر از بقیه بهم چسبید. اما امیدوارم یه روز رولینگ دست به قلم ببره و از گذشته دامبلدور بیشتر بنویسه.

پ.ن 2: لینک ترجمه این کتاب رو توی کامنت همین ریویو میذارم و اگه کسی مایل بود میتونه به رایگان از دمنتور دانلودش کنه. نسخه دمنتور نسبت به نسخه چاپ‌شده کتابسرای تندیس یه برتری داره و اونم اینه که زندگی‌نامه آمبریج کاملا داخلش هست درحالی که نسخه کتابسرای تندیس این بخش رو (احتمالا سهوا) کاملا حذف کرده.
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256 reviews93 followers
January 19, 2018
It has covered:
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.
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3,870 reviews31.2k followers
June 20, 2019
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.

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824 reviews3,224 followers
August 21, 2017
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.
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596 reviews293 followers
February 11, 2017
خیلی زیاد دوستش داشتم. برام جالب بود که رولینگ روی هر‌چیزی مثل دلیل انتخاب اسم افراد یا حتی محتویات معجون مرکب پیچیده اینقدر فکر‌ کرده و حساب شده عمل کرده!
ترجمه عالی بود.
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Author 6 books3,964 followers
February 9, 2017
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. :)

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535 reviews71 followers
September 7, 2016
Dolores Umbridge is one of the most awful person eeever :( and thanks to Rowling I hate her even more now :)
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1,916 reviews3,402 followers
January 4, 2019
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.
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169 reviews22 followers
November 13, 2017
Muy divertido de leer, habla de personaje queridos como no tan queridos :)
Me gustó mucho el último capítulo que trata de Peeves, pero me dio tristeza que se nombrara a Fred y a George Weasley!
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120 reviews132 followers
September 27, 2016

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).
Profile Image for Christine Spoors.
Author 1 book444 followers
October 7, 2016
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!
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245 reviews1,838 followers
September 11, 2016
Con perdón: qué coñazo de historias, de verdad. Me han gustado muchísimo menos que las del primer volumen. Son terriblemente aburridas, es más, hay una que es una lista interminable de todos los ministros de magia que ha habido. Y ya está.

La única que quizás me ha gustado más es la de Umbridge, aunque tampoco es que aporte gran cosa que no supiéramos ya. En fin, a ver si con las que me quedan me llevo una alegría.
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199 reviews112 followers
October 19, 2016
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.
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357 reviews175 followers
February 7, 2018
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.

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785 reviews106 followers
October 27, 2016
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)


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.
Profile Image for Ryan Buckby.
652 reviews88 followers
February 9, 2017
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.
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262 reviews225 followers
December 24, 2016
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!
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6,605 reviews478 followers
March 4, 2017
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.
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156 reviews34 followers
July 24, 2017
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!;)
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895 reviews104 followers
August 14, 2020
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.
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