Hufflepuff House wins final Pottermore House Cup

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Congratulations Badgers!

The Great Hall is draped in yellow and black today in honor of Hufflepuff House’s triumph in the final Pottermore House Cup. Helga’s house reigns over the other three, with Slytherin taking second place, Ravenclaw at third, and the Gryffindor lions roaring in at last place. This was the second time Hufflepuff House won the Cup, and with Hogwart’s most humble house at the top, it was a wonderful end to the tradition.

In celebration, Pottermore released a graphic on their Twitter, honoring six famous Hufflepuffs, including Bridget Wenlock, Newt Scamander, Pomona Sprout, Cedric Diggory, Nymphadora Tonks, and of course, the House’s founder, Helga Hufflepuff.

In fact, J.K. Rowling responded to Pottermore’s tweet with the message below…

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So congratulations to the ‘Puffs! And here’s to new Pottermore traditions! *cheers with Butterbeer*

Look back on all the House Cup championships, way back to when the tradition started in 2012, as Pottermore prepares to enter its next phase…

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Pottermore adds “History of Magic” timeline to the homepage

On Tuesday, Pottermore unveiled a new “Timeline of the Wizarding World”, a feature on pottermore.com that traces the History of Magic through noteworthy people and their accomplishments from antiquity to the 20th century.

As a mark of the new timeline, an icon of a book, with the title “History of Magic” was added on the Map homepage on Pottermore.

The Timeline is filled with familiar names, like Ignatia Wildsmith and Celestina Warbeck, as well as the not so well-known, like Leopoldina Smethwyck, the first British witch to referee a Quidditch match. The names are connected with lightning bolts of lineage tracing wizarding history all the way up to the boy with the lightning bolt scar.

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Users are encouraged to use the timeline to discover unfamiliar characters from the wizarding world, from the inventor of the Sneakoscope (Edgar Strougler) to the first landlady of the Leaky Cauldron (Daisy Dotteridge), as well as build up their knowledge on the history of magic. In their announcement, Pottermore implied that the timeline will be updated over time.

As one would expect, the list features Newt Scamander, the famed magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, his listing reveals that the wizard is still alive today. Previously, his status was unknown and he was assumed deceased by fans.

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This revelation is significant in relation to the upcoming film trilogy based off of Fantastic Beasts. Will elderly Newt Scamander make an appearance? We’ll have to wait and see to find out!

Visit Pottermore.com to explore the Timeline of the Wizarding World, to read new information from J.K. Rowling, and so much more…

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood to open Spring 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open in the spring of 2016.

Initially announced in December 2011, the park will feature the signature attractions from the Orlando and Japan locations, including Hogwarts Castle, the Flight of the Hipogriff ride, and the shops at Hogsmeade Village, with Honeydukes, Ollivanders Wand Shop, the Three Broomsticks, Dervish and Banges, and much more.

Promotional image released today via Universal Studios Hollywood on Twitter

Promotional image released today via Universal Studios Hollywood on Twitter

Hogwarts Castle will house the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, which will immerse guests into the storyline. Guests will meet Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they soar above Hogwarts, partake in a Quidditch match, and narrowly escape the Whomping Willow. This version of the Wizarding World’s signature ride is new and improved from the Orlando version and will utilize Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles.

Ahead of the park’s opening, visitors to Universal Studios Hollywood can purchase Harry Potter merchandise, including wands, robes, and other collectibles, in their on-site stores.

More details will be revealed later today with an online video announcement at 1:00 p.m. EST/ 10 a.m. PST. Universal encourages fans to join in the conversation on social media using #WizardingWorldHollywood.

Pottermore announces winner of House Cup competition

Green and white banners hung from the Great Hall on pottermore.com as Slytherin House was named champion of the seventh Pottermore House Cup competition on Friday.

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The snakes’ first place standing is a leap from the previous competition, where they placed fourth. Slytherin succeeds Ravenclaw House, which won the previous two House Cups.

The final standings:

1st Place: Slytherin  52,652,850 points

2nd Place: Hufflepuff – 50,109,456 points

3rd Place: Ravenclaw – 49,775,819 points

4th Place: Gryffindor – 49,335,378 points

In honor of Slytherin winning the Cup, Pottermore promoted a poster they created called, “Famous Slytherins Through the Ages,” for all Houses to enjoy; you can view it here. Also in the coming weeks, Pottermore is expected to release Moments from the final Harry Potter book, Deathly Hallows. Stay tuned!

Now, back to brewing and dueling! Good luck to all houses in the eighth House Cup competition…

Pottermore announces winner of Proudest House Contest

proud1Last month Pottermore News reported on Pottermore’s Proudest House Contest, in which Pottermore fans posted their displays of Hogwarts House Pride on social media over the weekend; the winner was determined by whichever House delivered the highest amount of mentions.

This week, Pottermore announced the winner of the contest and the substantial prize of 1 million house points — Slytherin! Between the four houses, each representing a Hogwarts house on Pottermore, Slytherin sent in 37% of the messages on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Gryffindor and Ravenclaw each accounted for 23% of the messages, while Hufflepuff contributed 17%.

In a fair action, Pottermore rewarded both Gryffindor and Ravenclaw with 230,000 points and Hufflepuff with 170,000. However, only members of Salazar’s house received this special message:

Pottermore fans participated in the Proudest House Contest over a Celebration of Harry Potter weekend at Universal Resort in Orlando, Florida, the location of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. The celebration brought together fans and official Potter people alike, including cast and crew from the films and representatives from Pottermore and the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Echoing our favorite author, we say, “Congratulations, serpents!” The seventh Pottermore House Cup competition is well underway; it will be a few more months until Pottermore announces the winner. So, get brewing and dueling!

Link: Read the official announcement on the Pottermore Insider.

Harry Potter ebooks now available on Oyster with Pottermore partnership

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore has partnered with ebook service Oyster to make all Harry Potter– related books by J.K. Rowling available to subscribers.

For the first time, electronic editions of the seven Harry Potter books and the three selections in the Hogwarts Library collection are accessible through a service other than the Pottermore Shop. With an Oyster subscription of $9.95 a month, customers can read the Harry Potter titles along with thousands of others in the Oyster library. Oyster is only purchasable in the United States.

Subscribers can access the books with the latest version of the Oyster app, version 1.9 and ¾ — available in the App Store and Google Play. To go along with the Harry Potter theme, Oyster released new reader themes for the four Hogwarts houses. Users can choose their house theme, either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, or tap the Sorting Hat icon to have one selected at random.

"House Themes", inspired by the Hogwarts houses, as seen on Oyster.

“House Themes”, inspired by the Hogwarts houses, as seen on Oyster.

In addition to all this, Oyster is dedicating this week’s edition of their review publication to Harry Potter. In a preview article released today, young adult novelist Lauren Oliver writes about her experience with the Potter books.

While the whole collection is offered at a reasonable monthly price under $10, ebook editions and digital audiobooks of the series are still available to purchase at the Pottermore Shop. Once purchased, the file can be transferred onto a maximum of eight devices. The series is priced at $57.54 from the Shop.

Do you have Oyster? Will you be subscribing to read the books? Tell us in the comments below.

Pottermore announces Proudest House contest

Via Pottermore Insider

Via Pottermore Insider

Last week, Pottermore announced their Proudest House Contest, in which the four Hogwarts Houses represented on pottermore.com have the chance to win 1 million House points.

During ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, Pottermore wants everyone to show their house pride in any way you can on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Make sure to hashtag the posts with your house, whether it be #HufflepuffPride, #Gryffindor Pride, #RavenclawPride, or #SlytherinPride. If you don’t, the submission won’t count.

From the Insider:

The house with the most displays of pride across these social channels during the #HPCelebration weekend will win one million house points – it could be a real game-changer for the next House Cup Championship! There may even be extra house points awarded for particularly imaginative and creative contributions.

As we can’t wave our wands to count up the weekend’s results, we’ll evaluate your TAGGED house pride submissions and announce the victorious house on Thursday, February 5.

The official terms are available here. The Pottermore Proudest House Contest will take place between 12am EST (5am GMT) January 30 to 11.59pm EST February 1 (4am GMT February 2). Again, the winning house will be announced February 5.

Pottermore is also advertising the chance to “step inside” your Hogwarts Common Room at the Pottermore booth at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’. Fans will be able to create their own moving photograph, like those featured in the world of Harry Potter, and then upload it to social media to count in the competition.

So, get ready to show your House Pride! The contest commences on January 30…

Warner Bros. Studio Tour to expand this Spring

Concept Art for the Expansion

Concept Art for the Expansion

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London’s The Making of Harry Potter exhibit announced plans to unveil a 20,000 ft² expansion this March, including an area dedicated to the Hogwarts Express.

The original Hogwarts Express steam engine used in the Harry Potter films will make its way back to Leavesden Studios when the recreation of Platform 9 ¾ opens. According to the Studio Tour’s website, “The new, permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created as well as give you the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.”

The Platform 9 ¾ set, including “every inch of the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks”, will be reassembled by the same team that worked on the films, led by Construction Manager Paul Hayes and dressed by Set Decorator Rosie Goodwin.

The Studio Tour’s website advertises the expansion with a list of things visitors will be able to do:

  • Pose with a luggage trolley on Platform 9 ¾ as it disappears through the station’s yellow brick wall and walk along the Hogwarts Express’ adjoining carriage
  • Explore the interior carriage set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create iconic train scenes from the films such as the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog and the Dementor attack)
  • See a selection of prop luggage and find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more)
  • Browse a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express in a train-themed souvenir shop which will be open on the platform

The Platform 9 ¾ – Hogwarts Express expansion will open March 19. For now, read more into the history of the Platform and Hogwarts Express on pottermore.com.

The winner of the sixth Pottermore House Cup is…

 

Ravenclaw wins the sixth Pottermore House Cup!

Ravenclaw wins the sixth Pottermore House Cup!

On Friday, Pottermore announced the winner of the sixth Pottermore House Cup and once again Ravenclaw House proved victorious. Congratulations Eagles!

The final standings:

1st Place: Ravenclaw  32,371,299 points

2nd Place: Gryffindor – 32,279,991 points

3rd Place: Hufflepuff – 32,259,036 points

4th Place: Slytherin – 31,926,625 points

This is Ravenclaw’s second consecutive win. The lions and badgers placed second and third, respectively, and Slytherin House fourth place for the first time.

As with last time, Pottermore has changed the previously purple Great Hall banners into royal blue, in honor of Ravenclaw winning the cup, . You can see how the Great Hall looks in the picture above.

Regarding the prize, Pottermore has not said anything about it yet. Predictably, it will be the first installment of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but there hasn’t been any word on the development on book five either. If any news is released about the prize for the Cup, we’ll be sure to bring it to you, so check back with Pottermore News for any updates.

Now, back to brewing and dueling! Good luck to all houses in the seventh (!!) House Cup competition…

Reminder: House Pride Week starts tomorrow

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Just a quick reminder that House Pride Week kicks off tomorrow, ahead of the Pottermore House Cup being rewarded on September 26.

During House Pride Week, a day is dedicated to each Hogwarts House for members to show their pride. Here are the dates for this week:

#GryffindorPride – Tuesday, September 16
#RavenclawPride – Wednesday, September 17
#HufflepuffPride – Thursday, September 18
#SlytherinPride – Friday, September 19

The Pottermore Insider provided community members with a few suggestions of how you can show your house pride:

  • Share what makes you proud to belong to your Hogwarts house using #GryffindorPride#RavenclawPride#HufflepuffPride or #SlytherinPride on Twitter and Facebook
  • Share your favourite quotes from the stories about your Hogwarts house and its characters
  • Change your profile and cover pictures on Facebook and Twitter to one of the downloadable images below, proudly displaying your house colors to all your friends

For all images pertaining to House Pride, please see this Insider post.

Again, we wish the best of luck to all the houses. May the odds be ever in your favor…