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

Copyright of Pottermore

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!

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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 hints at Pottermore Patronus test on Twitter

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J.K. Rowling (2014)

Gone are the days when pen and paper were J.K. Rowling’s only priority…

The Harry Potter and Casual Vacancy author has been very active on Twitter these past few days, continuing to weigh in on the Scottish Referendum debate as well as replying to fans.

In the midst of all her tweets (there were a lot), she responded to one fan’s comment about wanting a test that would let someone choose their Patronus, tweeting, “Keep watching Pottermore…”

Since the start, Pottermore fans have been asking for a test like the Sorting Hat and wand questionnaire to choose their Patronus (or, at the very least, the option to choose their Patronus), and this is the first hint that it might become a reality. The test would likely be included in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when members of Dumbledore’s Army learn how to cast Patronuses. Relatedly, we also would not be surprised if the prize for the upcoming House Cup would be the first chapters of Order of the Phoenix, like Pottermore did last year around this time for Goblet of Fire. However, Dumbledore’s Army isn’t established until later in the book, so it’s unlikely that it would be in the first installment.

Moreover, be sure to keep an eye out on J.K. Rowling’s Twitter. As we said, she’s been replying to lots of fans and Scotland debaters, so there is a chance that she might reply to you. (!) The author even tweeted Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch, in an amazing conversation that you can see here. To see more of her tweets and replies, click here.

What do you think your Patronus would be? How do you feel about this option being included on Pottermore? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Pottermore

gofthumbLast year, after the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Pottermore.com, we published a review of the book. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with a review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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Pottermore released the book in three installments. The first installment was released on the first of October 2013, and the second installment came a few months later, in January of this year. Finally, six months later, the concluding chapters were released, on July 31. The six-month wait between the second and third installment was long, but in the mean time, Pottermore added new J.K. Rowling entries on Gilderoy Lockhart and Scottish Rugby, and the 2014 Quidditch World Cup occurred. So, it was a busy six months.

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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.

New Bloomsbury adult edition cover of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ discovered

The cover for Bloomsbury’s new adult edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been found.

NOTE: The cover has now been officially revealed (on August 27).

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The hand-drawn sketch on the cover depicts the frightening Dark Mark clouding over Hogwarts Castle in a beautiful, eye-popping scarlet red. The cover was done by artist Andrew Davidson, who is doing all of the new adult edition covers for Bloomsbury.

The cover for Half-Blood Prince was uncovered on the Bloomsbury Shop’s website by HarryLatino, a Spanish-speaking fansite.

Bloomsbury is 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 covers has been scattered; the first three books were available on July 18, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix will be released on August 15, with the final two books 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

All credit goes to our friends at HarryLatino, a Spanish-speaking Harry Potter fansite. Of course we will be sharing with you once the final cover is unveiled, so stick with us at Pottermore News.

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 cover for UK adult edition of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ revealed

Today, Bloomsbury Publishing unveiled the new cover for the adult edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on their Facebook page.

The new cover shows Harry’s Patronus Charm, the stag, in bright purple. The sketch was drawn by artist Andrew Davidson. (Click for hi-res)

Last week we shared with you the cover of Goblet of Fire, and we’ve previously reported the unveiling of the first three books’ covers. These new adult edition covers are aiming at a new generation of readers, and the releases have been scattered. The first three books were released on July 18, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix will be released on August 15, with the final two books to be in stores starting September 26, 2013. You can stick with Pottermore News for the latest news on this story, including the upcoming covers.

What do you think about the new cover? Share with us in the comments below!

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!