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 Updates: More potion ingredients, next House Cup date, updated Terms and Conditions

PottermoreThis past week, Pottermore made a few updates regarding the site…

First, the team rewarded fans on Tuesday with more Galleons and Potion ingredients, scattered in Moments across the site. See below to find out where to find these ingredients and Galleons — if you’re an avid fan, you’re going to want to look.

Then, in their Facebook announcement for this addition, Pottermore also mentioned that the Pottermore House Cup would be rewarded at the end of May. It will be the eighth time Pottermore awards the Cup to members of the Hogwarts Houses, and the reward is likely to be either new Moments from Deathly Hallows (predictably looking at a July launch) or the Patronus quiz in Order of the Phoenix, which has been hinted by J.K. Rowling.

In other news, Pottermore also updated their Terms & Conditions, and policies for Privacy & Cookies and Child Privacy & Safety. It will be the first update to the terms since the site re-launched in July 2013; the update was made to reflect the recent changes to the site, including the prohibition of commenting and uploading artwork, as well as the deletion of the Pottermore Insider. The changes are in effect from May 13, 2015 at 12 noon GMT.

For Pottermore Users — Where to Find the New Ingredients:

Arriving at Diagon Alley

The Journey to Hogwarts

Hagrid’s Wooden House

The Hooded Figure

Into the Forbidden Forest

Two Enormous Green Eyes

The Weasleys

Dumbledore Returns

The Magical Menagerie

The Three Broomsticks

The Firebolt is Confiscated

The Shrieking Shack

Buckbeak’s Rescue

Sirius and Buckbeak Escape

The Campsite

The Carriage

Hibernating Skrewts

Professor Grubby-Plank

Merpeople

King’s Cross

Pottermore closes down Insider blog, ends ability to comment, upload artwork

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Today, three years from the launch of Pottermore.com, Pottermore entered a new stage of development by making significant changes to the site.

First and foremost, starting today, Pottermore users cannot comment in any spaces on the site, upload personal artwork, or post a status on their Profile. All comments posted previously have been deleted. According to the Pottermore team, “A number of factors led to these decisions. As part of our ongoing review, we concluded that some features were no longer properly serving the interests of our users.” Additionally, the Pottermore team cited the increasing challenge of monitoring the posts as factoring in their decision. With users’ privacy and security at heart, the Pottermore team decided to deactivate these functions.

Secondly, Pottermore has shut down the Pottermore Insider blog, which served as a source of official news and updates regarding the site since its initial launch in 2011. The Pottermore team felt that these updates  “would be better channelled in other ways in the future.”

Finally, the team released a progress update on Deathly Hallows, as well as a statement on J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the changes.

When are Moments from Deathly Hallows coming and what happens afterwards – is it the end of Pottermore?
We’re not far away from releasing new Moments from Deathly Hallows for you to explore, along with more new writing by J.K. Rowling. As for what’s after that, it’s certainly not the end – in fact, far from it. Make sure you check back here often to get regular news on our plans.

What does J.K. Rowling think about these recent changes?
On a day-to-day basis J.K. Rowling entrusts the running of Pottermore to a dedicated management team. However, she was consulted about these changes and of course supports the decision to keep pottermore.com a safe and secure environment for everyone.

Pottermore announced these changes in a post on their site in a new area devoted for site updates. The complete post offers a list of question and answers regarding these new updates. This new page will be the source of all further technical information about the site, much like the Pottermore Insider’s Platform updates page. It can be accessed in the toolbar on the Pottermore homepage.

Throwback: Pottermore announces new ability to share comments beneath Moments, book pages, and J.K. Rowling entries

Today’s news is quite contrary to previous updates to the site. The last time Pottermore decided to change their site, in July 2013, the comment function was increased as to help user/community interactivity. However, clearly moderating comments has become an increasing issue over the recent months, with roleplaying, inappropriate content, and abuse prevalent in the comment sections (visit PottermoreWatch on Facebook to see). So though these changes hinder community interaction, it might serve the greater good after all.

Pottermore News will report on any additional news as it comes, so come back soon for the latest. In the meantime, follow our Twitter for realtime updates about Pottermore.

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Dark Arts Attraction Opens at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

On Tuesday of last week, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London celebrated Halloween a couple weeks early by opening its newest Dark Arts addition to The Making of Harry Potter. Included in the new attraction is The Malfoy Manor, Borgin & Burkes, and Dolores Umbridge’s office.

The Malfoy Manor dining room

The dining hall of Malfoy Manor, which was built to replicate the beginning meeting scene of Deathly Hallows: Part 1, has horrifyingly lifelike elements. A grand fireplace serves as the backdrop for mannequins of each Death Eater in full costume, who are seated in their exact meeting locations. Terrifying as they may be, the truly hair-raising site is the lifeless body of Hogwarts Muggle Studies professor Charity Burbage dangling in midair as a huge and hungry Nagini slithers across the table to have her for dinner. Nagini, originally made from latex, has gotten a revamp in design, now handmade from urethane skin and foam (material found in couch cushions), which is much heartier and easier to form, not to mention gives the snake a much scarier appearance.

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Nagini

Next on the tour is the same place at which Harry accidentally arrived while trying to reach Diagon Alley in Chamber of Secrets–Borgin & Burkes, the dark magic shop located in Knockturn Alley. Cases of skulls and other skeletal creatures stare out from behind their cases, and the Hand of Glory rests patiently on a shelf, waiting for some unlucky person to reach out and grasp it. A replica of the Iron Maiden that Harry hid in during a deleted scene from Chamber of Secrets is also present among these ghoulish trinkets. Safe to say, this is a not a place where many people would like to browse and window shop.

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Borgin & Burkes

Finally on the journey is a slightly different kind of wretched place–Dolores Umbridge’s ghastly, pink office from her time teaching at (and terrorizing) Hogwarts. The office set was relocated to the Dark Arts section to be in a more, ahem, fitting place. Portraits and china plates of dolled-up kittens decorate the pink walls, and, if anyone dares venture closer to the desk, they may find a blood quill or two resting menacingly on the surface.

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Dolores Umbridge’s office

Also creatively displayed in the Dark Arts exhibit are artifacts from throughout the books and movies such as the horcruxes used to store pieces of Voldemort’s soul, and the basilisk fang used to destroy one such horcrux–Tom Riddle’s diary.

It’s tough to say which element of the Dark Arts section seems the most creepy, so you’ll have to go see for yourself. Tickets to The Making of Harry Potter are available now, so get yours today and be one of the first to see this eerie addition. Then, report back to us of what you think!

Images courtesy of Pottermore.com

Bloomsbury Releases the Final Four New ‘Harry Potter’ Book Covers

Over the past few months, Bloomsbury Press has teased Harry Potter fans with the release of the new cover art for the first three novels one at a time. Today, however, Bloomsbury decided to end the wait and unveiled the new cover for Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows.

About a year ago, Bloomsbury Children’s Books began the task of reinventing the hardback and paperback editions of the Harry Potter series to a fresh, new reading experience for the next generation of young readers. To undertake this once in a lifetime opportunity, Bloomsbury brought award-winning artist Jonny Duddle on board to lead the new cover art design efforts. As well as sparkling new covers, all of the novels will also feature an updated biography of J.K. Rowling.

Click to see the covers of the books that have been revealed: Philosopher’s Stone Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban

The Goblet of Fire cover again features the elusive golden egg that was crucial in order to move on to the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, but it now depicts Harry’s efforts on his broomstick to obtain the egg from the terrifying Hungarian Horntail dragon.

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Order of the Phoenix sees Harry flying high again on its cover, but this time he is on the back of a thestral—a creature that can only be seen by those who have seen death—on his way to the Ministry of Magic in London.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry and Dumbledore are seen together as they were on the original Half-Blood Prince cover, but this time they are in a much more precarious position than viewing memories in a pensieve. We see bright flames surrounding them as they are being attacked by inferi—corpses re-animated by magic—while looking for Voldemort’s locket horcrux in the cave.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Finally, while the original Deathly Hallows cover shows a very pivotal moment towards the end of the story, the new version depicts another critical moment from ‘The Forest Again’ as Harry approaches Voldemort and seemingly awaits his impending death.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

All seven of the covers show a great vibrancy and life through color and design, and bring the books to life in an entirely new way.

Come September 1, 2014, the wait will be over to have these seven novels and eBook editions for your very own! Stay tuned to Pottermore News for more updates.

Tell us below: What do you think of the new cover art? Which is your favorite—the original or the new cover art?

Images courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.

Bloomsbury adult edition cover for ‘Deathly Hallows’ unveiled

Today Bloomsbury unveiled the cover for the new adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last in the Harry Potter series.

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The new cover features a hand-drawn sketch of Lord Voldemort’s loyal snake, Nagini, slithering its way through Hogwarts during the final battle. The cover is colored green with the title in orange and white, and was done by artist Andrew Davidson, who is doing all of the new adult edition covers for Bloomsbury.

Bloomsbury has been re-releasing the adult editions of the Harry Potter novels with all new covers, aiming at a new generation of adult readers. The re-release of the seven books with these new covers has been scattered; the first three books were available on July 18, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix were released on August 15, and the final two books will be hitting bookstores September 26.

Click to see the previous covers: Philosopher’s Stone Chamber of Secrets Prisoner of Azkaban Goblet of Fire Order of the Phoenix |Half-Blood Prince 

UK fans: Will you be purchasing these new editions? What do you think of the covers? Share with us in the comments below!

 

Back covers of new Scholastic Harry Potter editions revealed

Over the past week, Scholastic has been unveiling the back covers of the new paperback editions of the Harry Potter books on their blog, one book each day.

Every cover has a picture on it, done by artist Kazu Kibuishi, and a quote from the book. Check out the covers below.

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From February to the end of July we shared with you each of the seven books’ new cover. Click to view them:  Socerer’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallows

The box set was also revealed, draped with beautiful artwork depicting the trio at Hogsmeade. You can click here to see it.

The new editions and box set will be released on August 27 to mark the 15th anniversary of the United States publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Scholastic reveals cover for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Today Scholastic unveiled the new U.S. cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at Harry Potter’s birthday party at the Scholastic Headquarters in New York.

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The cover depicts the pivotal scene in which Harry, Ron and Hermione cling to the back of the gigantic blind dragon, “as they are carried ever closer to the pivotal battle which will determine the fate of the entire wizarding world,” the Scholastic press release reads.

The cover was designed by award winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who designed all of the covers for Scholastic’s 15th anniversary paperback editions of the Harry Potter books. Click to the see the covers of the other six novels: Socerer’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince

As it was announced in February, Scholastic will be releasing new paperback copies of the Harry Potter series to aim at a new generation of readers. They are timed with the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s original publication in the United States.

Scholastic also announced that they will be unveiling the back covers for each of the book every day for the next seven days, from August 1st through 7th.  “Each day at 9 a.m. (EDT or eastern time), fans can see the amazing new Harry Potter art at www.oomscholasticblog.com,” the press release reads.

A boxed set of these editions will also be available, and will be draped with a beautiful new illustration by Kibuishi:

The artwork on the box set portrays a sweeping panorama of Hogsmeade, the picturesque village near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, as well as Dumbledore and Hagrid, walk through town, past Honeydukes Sweetshop, and Zonko’s Joke Shop. One special feature of the box set is the dramatic spine artwork which, as the volumes are placed in the order from one to seven, becomes a breathtaking view of Hogwarts at sunset. The entire box becomes an invitation to enter the enchanting world of the Harry Potter stories.

Update: Image of the boxed set (click for larger hi-res):

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Click here to view it from the back

Finally, Scholastic released an image of what the back spines will depict – a breathtaking new take on Hogwarts.

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The complete series of new books and the new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013.

All images courtesy of Scholastic.

New ‘Half-Blood Prince’ cover unveiled at Comic Con

The new US paperback edition cover for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was revealed at the San Diego Comic Con tonight.

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The cover depicts Harry and Dumbledore on the rock outside the Cave, in which they found Salazar Slytherin’s Locket. The cover was designed by award winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who designed all of the covers for Scholastic’s 15th anniversary paperback editions of the Harry Potter books. The new paperback editions of the books will be released on August 27th.

In February, it was announced that Scholastic would be releasing new covers of the Harry Potter series in honor of the 15th anniversary of the first book’s US release. The covers have been rolling out over time, and you can click below to see each individual cover.

Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

With the reveal of the sixth book’s cover, we have one more cover to go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Scholastic has previously announced via Twitter that it will debut on non other than Harry Potter’s birthday, at his birthday party at the Scholastic headquarters in New York, NY.

Pull out your Marauder’s Map and Apparate (or fly your Firebolt) to Scholastic Headquarters on July 31st at 12 p.m. and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Harry Potter series in a magical way! Join us as we unveil the all-new cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final of the seven new trade paperback editions illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi. Fans, old and new, can meet Kazu Kibuishi and Arthur Levine, editor of all U.S. Harry Potter books, see Hagrid, enjoy wizardry crafts and magical fun, and take a photo in giant cut-out of the new Harry Potter cover…PLUS participate in the Harry Potter costume contest! The first 50 muggles in costume will receive a lithograph of the new book cover signed by Kazu! (No need to stop at Gringotts for money – the event is free!).

Will you be attending the party?  What do you think about the new covers? Share with us in the comments below!

The New Yorker publishes profile of J.K. Rowling, revealing more about The Casual Vacancy

Cartoon of J.K. Rowling in The New Yorker, a magazine famous for their cartoons.

The New Yorker magazine published their extensive profile and interview with J.K. Rowling today, the first of two United States print interviews Rowling will be giving as part of publicity for The Casual Vacancy.

The piece is a lengthy, in-depth profile of the Harry Potter and Casual Vacancy author. It describes the many roles Rowling has played in her life – from a troubled teenager to a poverty-sticken single-mother to the most famous and richest author in the world. With each of the new roles, Rowling explains, came benefits and disadvantages.

We won’t be excerpting the article completely because of its length, but we highly encourage you to take the time to read it. It is written by a brilliantly witty journalist who has taken the time to describe things only fans of Rowling would appreciate. He compares Rowling’s Edinburgh offices to a “well-funded embassy” and describes an argument between Neil Blair, then Rowling’s lawyer, and the London Sunday Times for “quoting rights” in a piece they did in 2003. Most importantly the article is about Jo. Part of it is Jo. Much of it is people speaking highly of Jo, which Potter fans also seem to enjoy. Check out it out here if you want to read it.

Here are some important highlights from the article:

  • The idea for The Casual Vacancy came to her on a private plane during the book tour for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, five years ago.
  • The initial idea for the book was a local election, much like the idea for Harry Potter was a boy wizard who goes to a wizard boarding school.
  • For a long time, the working title of The Casual Vacancy was “Responsible” (at least in Rowling’s mind), until she came across a handbook for local administrators with the phrase “a casual vacancy” in it – she knew at once that it would be the title.
  • One of the first things Rowling did before the writing the novel was draw out a map of Pagford, where the story takes place
  • Rowling explains that she is ready to write for a different audience, in a different genre – “I had a lot of real-world material in me, believe you me,” Rowling said. “The thing about fantasy—there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky.”
  • Rowling is currently working on three projects – two for children “slightly younger” than the audience of Harry Potter, and another adult novel that “is pretty well plotted”, but only a “couple of chapters” have been written
  • In a brief revelation, Rowling gives away that Dudley Dursley has two children
  • Rowling thought about publishing the novel “anonymously”
  • Rowling talks for the first of her split with Christopher Little, her agent of 15 years – “Neil and Christopher reached a point where it wasn’t working, the two of them together, and I had to make a decision. It was very, very difficult.”
  • She initially turned down numerous times to appear at the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, only agreeing to do it after she met Danny Boyle, the show’s director

As we stated above, this is the first of two United States print interviews Rowling will be giving as part of publicity for The Casual Vacancy. The second will be for USA Today, which is released this Tuesday, September 25.