Thursday, 23 February 2017

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

Author: J.K Rowling
Genre: Fantasy
Type: e-book
Series: #2 in Pottermore Presents
Pages: 71
Source: Personal copy
Publisher: Pottermore Limited
First Published: September 6, 2016
First Line: "Every witch or wizard with a wand has held in his or her hands more power than we will ever know."

Book Description from GoodReadsNo 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 Rating: 3 stars

My Review: This is the second book in the Pottermore Presents trilogy that digs a little deeper into some of the characters and magical elements of Rowling's famous universe. While I'm a huge Potterhead this was my least favourite book in the trilogy.  There are some interesting tidbits but the portion dedicated to the Misters of Magic was overly lengthy and I can't say that Horace Slughorn is a character that I was interested in knowing more about.

That said, it's always nice to jump back in to Rowling's magical world and I enjoyed learning more about this history of Azkaban prison and the mischief-maker Peeves.  For Potterheads, overall, this trilogy series is a nice way to give readers some background knowledge on secondary characters, magical items and creatures.

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