We already knew J.K. Rowling would be publishing a new Harry Potter story this week, but we didn't know that she would be publishing six new stories. A whole set of short stories has appeared on the author's Pottermore website, including the earlier announced one about Dolores Umbridge. If you have a subscription, you can read them on the website, but one is also available exclusively at Today.
The story about Dolores contains some interesting tidbits, especially the paragraph explaining how she sides with Voldemort at the conclusion of the books.
"When the Ministry was taken over by the puppet Minister Pius Thicknesse, and infiltrated by the Dark Lord's followers, Dolores was in her true element at last. Correctly judged, by senior Death Eaters, to have much more in common with them than she ever had with Albus Dumbledore, she not only retained her post but was given extra authority, becoming Head of the Muggle-born Registration Commission, which was in effect a kangaroo court that imprisoned all Muggle-borns on the basis that they had 'stolen' their wands and their magic."
This may not be as exciting as that update on Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but there are also stories on Professor Trelawney, Azkaban — "No Minister ever seriously considered closing Azkaban. They turned a blind eye to the inhumane conditions inside the fortress. . . . Most justified their attitude by pointing to the prison's perfect record at keeping prisoners locked up." — and the Ministers For Magic. Happy Halloween to us all!