Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2)

Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists


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. (Summary and cover courtesy of


Like the other in the series, I felt a lot of the information in the short stories had been alluded to in the books.  This is particularly true for Umbridge, however I also think I had read some of the information on the website.  There is a lot of additional information, however, and I thought that the summaries about the former Ministers of Magic were the most interesting (even if quite short).  Understanding what exactly Peeves is (and how he took over the castle) completely cracked me up and was awesome to find out about.  Definitely worth the read.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Harry Potter fans who want a slightly deeper dive into some of the thoughts on Pottermore (and haven’t already caught up there).

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