Pottermore reveals new Moments from Deathly Hallows

Moment depicting Dobby's funeral at Shell Cottage

Moment depicting Dobby’s funeral at Shell Cottage

Today, Pottermore unveiled Moments from the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The new set of artwork depicts 15 scenes from the nearly 800-page manuscript. Fly off into the summer night with the Seven Potters, escape Gringotts on dragonback, witness the killing of Severus Snape and much more on pottermore.com.

Insights on the book by J.K. Rowling are scattered throughout the Moments. In this release, the Harry Potter author revealed her thoughts on Alchemy, and shared new information about the Sword of Gryffindor and Extension Charms. Rowling also added to the existing entry on Vernon & Petunia Dursley, as well as Hatstalls.

From Rowling’s entry on the Sword of Gryffindor:

I am interested in what happens when cultural beliefs collide. In the Harry Potter books, the most militant of the goblin race consider all goblin-made objects to be theirs by right, although a specific object might be made over to a wizard for his life-span upon a payment of gold.  Witches and wizards, like Muggles, believe that once payment has been made, the object belongs to them and their descendants or legatees in perpetuity.  This is a clash of values without a solution, because each side has a different concept of what is right.  It therefore presents Harry with a difficult moral dilemma when Griphook demands the sword as payment for his services in Deathly Hallows.

To read the whole essay and explore all the new Moments from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, visit pottermore.com.

Though Pottermore confirmed they will not be adding new Moments to Deathly Hallows, the release of the final book is not the end for J.K. Rowling’s project. Fans still expect a Patronus test sometime soon.  As Pottermore promised in March, “…it’s certainly not the end – in fact, far from it.”

Stick with Pottermore News with all the latest on J.K. Rowling’s pottermore.com.

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Pottermore’s 12 Days of Christmas Surprises

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This post will be updated every day of Pottermore’s Christmas celebration.

Last week, Pottermore announced their Christmas celebration, spanning from this Friday, December 12 until December 23. Over the course of the celebration, Pottermore plans to release a surprise to fans everyday, with gifts including new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, new writing from J.K. Rowling, additions to Potions, and more. The gifts are released on pottermore.com everyday at 1pm GMT (8am EST); all fans have to do is solve a simple riddle to unlock the gift. Otherwise, you can follow Pottermore’s releases on this post..

December 23:

Riddle Answer: Albus.

Surprise: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince concludes with Dumbledore’s funeral. Listen to the audiobook version as the headmaster is laid to rest and unlock new information by J.K. Rowling on the Order of Merlin honors.

From the entry:

The Order of Merlin, commemorating the most famous wizard of his time, has been given since the fifteenth century. Legend says that the green ribbon, on which the First Class Order hangs, is to reflect Merlin’s Hogwarts house.

December 22:

Riddle Answer: Draco Malfoy.

Surprise: In the penultimate Moment of Half-Blood Prince, Snape performs the Killing Curse on Dumbledore when Draco cannot complete the task. Click on Draco to unlock a substantial new entry from J.K. Rowling, in which she summarizes his life during his school years, including information on Lucius and Voldemort’s influence on his life. Her own thoughts on the character are in-depth as well, with comments on Draco’s personality and name, Tom Felton’s portrayal, and more.

From J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts:

I pity Draco, just as I feel sorry for Dudley. Being raised by either the Malfoys or the Dursleys would be a very damaging experience, and Draco undergoes dreadful trials as a direct result of his family’s misguided principles. However, the Malfoys do have a saving grace: they love each other. 

December 21:

Riddle Answer: Inferi

Surprise:  Dumbledore and Harry encounter Inferi inside the cave where Salazar Slytherin’s Locket is kept. Zoom in to see Dumbledore taking the Inferi head-on and to unlock a new entry from J.K. Rowling on Inferi. In addition to explaining the creatures, Rowling discusses the relation between Inferi and zombies and relays her reasoning to not “call the guardians of the locket Horcrux zombies.”

From the entry: “Lastly, zombies have been represented and reinterpreted on film so often in the last fifty years that they have a whole raft of associations that were of no use to me.  I’m part of the ‘Thriller’ generation; to me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.

December 20:

Riddle Answer: Room of Requirement.

Surprise: In the ninth Moment, Harry leaves the Half-Blood Prince’s Advanced Potion Making textbook in the Room of Hidden Things. No content to unlock, but a lot of things to play around with inside the room.

December 19:

Riddle Answer: Salazar Slytherin.

Surprise: Harry and Dumbledore watch on as Tom Riddle meets with Hepzibah Smith in the eighth Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There is no new content to unlock.

December 18:

Riddle Answer: Apparition.

Surprise: Harry and his classmates learn the basic skills of Apparation from Wilkie Twycross, the Ministry Apparition Instructor, in the Great Hall. There is no new content to unlock, but a few collectible items to find, including Galleons.

December 17:

Riddle Answer: Luna Lovegood.

Surprise: In the sixth Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and friends attend Professor Slughorn’s holiday party. J.K. Rowling shares information about Vampires in Harry Potter, revealing early plans for a vampire Hogwarts professor named Trocar, and dispelling rumors that Professor Snape was a vampire. “In short,” the author concludes, “Snape is not a re-vamped Trocar.”

December 16:

Riddle Answer: Professor Dumbledore.

Surprise: Dumbledore and Harry use the Penseive to visit Dumbeldore’s memories with a young Tom Riddle. Again, there is no entry from J.K. Rowling to read, but there Pottermore did release another two-part Potion, the Shrinking Solution. Brewing both the Shrinking Solution and Doxycide will earn users the Practical Potion-Maker badge.

December 15:

Riddle Answer: Chaser.

Surprise: Katie Bell is cursed in the snowy fourth Moment of Half-Blood Prince, from chapter twelve. There is no J.K. Rowling content to read, but many collectible item for one’s trunk. Pottermore also added the Book of Potions to Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley, which members can purchase using Galleons. By purchasing the book, users can brew a new, two-part Potion, Doxycide.

December 14:

Riddle Answer: Professor Slughorn.

Surprise: The third Moment of Half-Blood Prince, in which Harry’s Potions class is brewing Felix Felicis (chapter 9). Along with many collectible potion ingredients, there are two entries from J.K. Rowling to be discovered in the Potions classroom, subjected on Cauldrons and Potions.

From J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts on “Potions”: Chemistry was my least favourite subject at school, and I gave it up as soon as I could.  Naturally, when I was trying to decide which subject Harry’s arch-enemy, Severus Snape, should teach, it had to be the wizarding equivalent.  

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Riddle Answer: Diagon Alley.

Surprise: The second Moment of Half-Blood Prince, from chapter six, depicting Fred and George’s joke shop in Diagon Alley. J.K. Rowling gives insight into the history of the Leaky Cauldron pub, as well as the ghost-plot of Florean Fortescue, the ice-cream parlor owner.

December 12:

Riddle Answer: Professor Snape.

Surprise: First moment of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, depicting the second chapter of the book. In the Moment, discover new information from J.K. Rowling about the town of Cokeworth, where Severus Snape and Lily and Petunia Evans grew up. Pottermore also rewarded all users with 300 Galleons to their Gringotts account.

Pottermore announces Christmas campaign for Half-Blood Prince

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This year, Christmas comes early to Pottermore with brand new writing from J.K. Rowling, new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and more.

Today, Pottermore announced their Christmas campaign to coincide with the website’s release of daily surprises starting next Friday, December 12. From that date until December 23, Pottermore will be releasing a treat everyday at 1pm GMT (8am EST), with treats ranging from new potions to original content from J.K. Rowling on Draco Malfoy and the ghost plot of Florean Fortescue, to be found in new Moments from Half-Blood Prince.

To keep up with the #PottermoreChristmas celebration, be sure to subscribe to Pottermore’s Facebook event and keep up with their Twitter and the Insider. The fun begins next Friday on pottermore.com…

Pottermore releases new J.K. Rowling writing in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Copyright of Pottermore

In honor of Halloween, on Friday Pottemore released the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

While exploring the book, Pottermore fans will encounter 5,500 words of new writing from J.K. Rowling, including entries on the Ministry of Magic, the wizard prison Azkaban, the backstories on characters Sybill Trelawney and Dolores Umbridge, and more. The writing is found in the Moments for Order of the Phoenix, depicting key scenes from the book like Grimmuald Place, the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix, Harry’s visit to the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore’s Army learning how to cast a Patronus, and Harry and his schoolmates battle in the Ministry of Magic.

Explore Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and read new writing from J.K. Rowling, on Pottermore.com.

Unlike the previous three books, Order of the Phoenix was released in its entirety at once, rather than being released in batches of chapters every few months. Although, if you visit the site, you will notice that the book is a lot shorter, the story told in twelve key Moments from the original work. Pottermore is clearly focusing attention on J.K. Rowling’s exclusive content, which is the reason why most fans visit the site, but a huge portion of the novel is left out. Pottermore isn’t a picture book, but we are disappointed that a lot of our favorite scenes from the book were excluded — the Black Family Tapestry, Snape’s Worst Memory, and Dumbledore taking on Voldemort at the end, among others. Even if Pottermore were to add Moments in the future, the adaption would be more of a complement to the original text.

Nevertheless, the artwork remains stunningly beautiful and the exclusive content highly interesting. As promised, there are also four new spells Pottermore users can cast in Wizard Duel, including Expelliarmus, Rictusempra, Immobulus and Wingardium Leviosa.

Enjoy exploring Order of the Phoenix and Happy Halloween! 🙂 Be sure to check out the Great Hall, which is fully revamped for the annual Halloween feast.

What do you think of Order of the Phoenix? Did you enjoy the new writing from J.K. Rowling? Tell us in the comments below!

Dolores Umbridge backstory to be released on Pottermore on Halloween

 

umbridge1This Halloween, J.K. Rowling will publish a 1,500-word backstory about character Dolores Umbridge on Pottermore.

According to a press release sent out today, the entry will reveal J.K. Rowling’s “first-person thoughts and reflections” about Umbridge, who is first introduced to readers in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic and new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. In the press release, she is described as “the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.”

Pottermore teased the new information last week as part of their Trick or Treat celebration leading up to Halloween. Everyday leading up to Halloween, Pottermore sends out a riddles and picture that is part of a revelation coming October 31, presumably the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Judging by the Trick or Treat statements so far, we suspect J.K. Rowling will share new information on Wizarding Legislation (or at least something about the Ministry of Magic) and Divination professor, Sybil Trelawney, along with Umbridge. Threstals, centaurs, 12 Grimuald Place, and the Telephone Box port to the Ministry of Magic will no doubt appear in the book as well. And, who could forget the Patronus test J.K. Rowling teased last month? As the pictures say, all will be revealed October 31…

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Are you excited for the new backstory on Umbridge? What are you most looking forward to in Order of the Phoenix? Tell us in the comments below!

Be sure to look out for Pottermore’s Trick or Treat riddle, released everyday at 4:00 p.m. BST/ 11:00 a.m. EST up until October 31.

J.K. Rowling writes Pottermore entry on Celestina Warbeck

J.K. Rowling has written a new entry for Pottermore on one of her “favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the whole series,” Celestina Warbeck.

The 500-word biography shares never-before-known facts about the “the Singing Sorceress,” including details on “Celestina’s early years, career highlights and tumultuous personal life.” Though we never actually “meet” Celestina in the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling says that the singer has been part of Harry’s world “since its inception.” Celestina’s namesake, Rowling reveals, was one of her own colleague’s at Amnesty International. “‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch,” the author writes.

With the entry comes an audio recording of one of Celestina’s hit songs, “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart,” which is performed daily in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. If you’re interested in seeing Celestina perform live at Universal Orlando, click here.

Click here to read the new Celestina Warbeck biography and listen to her hit single, only at Pottermore.com. New users will have to register for the site first to read the new entry, which can be unlocked by clicking the wireless radio to the left of the fireplace.

Live Post of the Quidditch World Cup Final

qwcfinalThe following post will be updated live as the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final between Bulgaria and Brazil takes place. As a reminder, the game is being reported by J.K. Rowling in the voice of Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter and infamous journalist Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com. Follow the official live blog on the Pottermore Insider here.

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Japan and USA fight for third place in Quidditch World Cup

qwcthumbThe final round of the Quidditch World Cup commenced today as Japan and the United States faced each other in a playoff for third place in the tournament.

Ginny Potter reported on the match in today’s Daily Prophet: “It was brief, it was bloody and few will disagree that it was brutal,” she writes. The game ended as one team’s Seeker made a spectacular dive to capture the Snitch.

Visit pottermore.com to read Ginny’s full match report in the Daily Prophet, and prepare yourselves for the much anticipated 2014 Quidditch World Cup final between Bulgaria and Brazil, which is being played this Friday, July 11. Fans can follow the Bulgaria-Brazil game as-it-happens on the Pottermore Insider and Facebook. You can even subscribe to Pottermore’s Facebook event for the final match.

Who do you think will win: Bulgaria or Brazil? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #QuidditchWorldCup on social media.

 

 

 

J.K. Rowling updates readers on lives of Harry, Ron, Hermione and others

Dumbledore's Army is reunited at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup

Dumbledore’s Army is reunited at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup

For the first time since the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling is providing a glimpse into Harry Potter’s life post-Hogwarts.

Amongst wizard rockstars and magical dignitaries, members of Dumbledore’s Army made an appearance in the Patagonian Desert for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final this week. In a new Daily Prophet article released today on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling writes from the perspective of the infamous prying journalist Rita Skeeter, who is keeping a watchful eye over Harry Potter and his family and friends at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final.

Skeeter updates readers on the lives of the thirty-something year old members of Dumbledore’s Army, starting off with Harry himself, now 34 with some threads of silver in his famously jet-black hair. Harry is accompanied by his sons James and Albus in the Patagonian, where their mother, Ginny has been reporting on the Cup for weeks.

Skeeter speculates on Ginny’s placement in the Daily Prophet: “The jury is out on whether she really had the talent or experience to be sent to the Quidditch World Cup (jury’s back in – no!!!) but let’s face it, when your last name is Potter, doors open, international sporting bodies bow and scrape, and Daily Prophet editors hand you plum assignments.”

Rita also provides a look into the lives of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two thirds of the Golden Trio. Ron, we learn, worked in the Ministry of Magic after the war, but left to help out his brother George in running the wildly successful Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes. Hermione, on the other hand, rose quickly through the ranks of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and is “tipped to go even higher,” according to Skeeter. “Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No — look at her hair.)” Skeeter adds.

Besides Harry, Ron, and Hermione, Skeeter lets readers in on the lives of Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and other Weasley family members who have been spotted in the Patagonian Desert. Rita even got a jab in at Harry’s godson, Teddy Lupin, who “has been behaving in  a way unbefitting for wizarding royalty.” We find Teddy just where we left him, in a budding relationship with Victoire Weasley.

Where are your favorite characters now? Find out in Rita Skeeter’s column in today’s Daily Prophet, only on Pottermore.com.

J.K. Rowling will be returning to Pottermore this Wednesday and Friday with complete coverage of the Quidditch World Cup final. Stay tuned!

Quidditch World Cup: Bulgaria versus Japan in semi-final game

Bulgaria played against Japan in the second game of the Quidditch World Cup semi finals, reported on by former Quidditch player-turned sports correspondent Ginny Potter for the Daily Prophet.

It was one of the highest scoring matches of the tournament so far with a combined total of 1,070 points. As J.K. Rowling (as Ginny Potter) puts it in her game recap on Pottermore, this match is “one that will live long in the memory of Quidditch fans everywhere.”

From the Insider:

A triple-display of sportsmanship from Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum, Beater Boris Vulchanov and Japanese Seeker Noriko Sato coloured the semi-final, and the three players received a standing ovation by all the spectators midway through the match.

Read Ginny Potter’s full Daily Prophet report on Pottermore.com today to find out which team will be facing Brazil in the Cup final, and which team will fight against the USA for third place in the tournament.