Pottermore shares an inside look at the making of a Moment

Today the Pottermore Insider shared a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Pottermore Moment.

Using Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban‘s ‘The Magical Menagerie’ (Chapter 4, Moment 2), they provided a step-by-step look of the making of the Moment.

In the post, they described how the Pottermore team chooses which parts of the book to adapt for the site.

Before we get into rat tonic and transforming rabbits, let’s start at the beginning – how the Moments for each book are selected. In order to provide a faithful companion to the reading experience without replicating each and every passage from the books, we select key or interesting scenes from the stories to depict on Pottermore.com.

Each potential scene is weighed against various criteria, from its relative importance in the narrative to how it might look when visualised and whether it lends itself to the inclusion of interactive features and content. We also like to highlight scenes that were omitted from the films, or those where the film depiction differs from the books.

With its cage-lined walls and the ‘squeaking, squawking, jabbering or hissing’ of their inhabitants, the Magical Menagerie Moment was selected because it is described so vividly in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It provided an opportunity to introduce a new location and a narrative moment that was not shown in the film. It is also our first introduction to Crookshanks.

They also shared this about the upcoming chapters:

We hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at how the Magical Menagerie Moment came into being. Instalment two of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is currently in development and we are following the same process to ensure that the Moments are both fictionally accurate and fun to explore and re-visit.

You can view the inside look here.


Pottermore art for chapters twelve and thirteen

Over the past few weeks, Pottermore has been sort of lacking with it’s Pottermore art series due to a number of more important things (the launch of the site for one thing). But, they continued the series today with art for chapter thirteen, “Nicolas Flamel”. A few weeks ago they also updated with Pottermore art from chapter twelve, “The Mirror of Erised”.

In their showcase on chapter twelve illustrations, we saw beautiful depictions of The Mirror of Erised. Today, when they posted Pottermore art from chapter thirteen, we saw different kinds of user responses to the Philosopher’s Stone and the Forbidden Forest.

Check out the Pottermore Insider to see these amazing drawings!

Pottermore art: Hallowe’en

The Pottermore Insider updated their page today with user illustrations from chapter ten, Hallowe’en. Chapter ten includes Quidditch, obviously a fan-favorite in the world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons in the lead-up to Hallowe’en; he can’t help thinking about his new broomstick – or the Quidditch pitch.

Our Pottermore Beta users clearly enjoy Quidditch, too, and have posted illustrations of the Golden Snitch, broomsticks, and flying to Chapter Ten of Pottermore.

Pottermore is showcasing user art from all chapters of the story. See all the amazing art here.

Pottermore art for chapters eight and nine

Over the past week, the Pottermore Insider continued with their showcase on user illustrations, featuring art from Chapter Eight, “The Potions Master” and Chapter Nine, “The Midnight Duel”.

The art from chapter eight focused on Professor Snape, arguably Harry Potter fans’ favorite character. The pictures depict him wonderfully! Check them out here.

One of the best fan illustrations I’ve seen yet were in the next post, showcasing art from Chapter Nine. All of the art shown in the post was depicting Hogwarts. The illustrators show Hogwarts at it’s best, and definitely deserves to be checked out. When you look at them, think of “Leaving Hogwarts” playing, and it will make the experience that much better. Our personal favorite is up below.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

"Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - JK Rowling

See all the beautiful art here.

We have 8 more chapters to go, but it looks like we won’t be done until a long time (at the rate they’re going).

Pottermore art: The Sorting Hat

Today, the Pottermore Insider updated with a post revealing their favorite user illustrations from chapter seven, “The Sorting Hat”.

Our Beta users have told us that Chapter Seven, The Sorting Hat, is their favourite chapter on Pottermore. Why? Because they get to find out whether they’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin.

The art from Pottermore’s most controversial chapter so far depict the Sorting Hat and character reactions to their sorting. They also included a link to their favorite sorting reaction video. You can see our favorites by checking out our “House Problems” YouTube playlist.

To see all of the amazing illustrations click here.

Pottermore art: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

In continuation with their “Pottermore art” series, the Insider was updated today with user illustrations from chapter six, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

On Pottermore, chapter six is when we are introduced with the Hogwarts Express and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross Station. All the user art chosen this time are focused on those things, toads, and Chocolate Frog Cards. Some of the art is really cool, so check it out!