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.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood approved, construction to begin this summer


James and Oliver Phelps, Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films, at the initial announcement of the Hollywood theme park, December 2011.

NBC Universal has announced that plans for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood have been approved and construction will start this summer.

The Harry Potter theme park is a $500 million part of NBC Universal’s “Evolution Plan”, a $1.6 Billion investment in production and tourism in the Los Angeles area. In a press release, Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios, said that “Evolution” “sets the stage for our next 100 years in Los Angeles.”

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is set to open 2015 or 2016, according to initial reports back in December 2011. The park will be similar, but not entirely identical to the one in Florida. The Hogwarts castle will still serve as the centerpiece of the theme park.

Don’t forget that along with the new Wizarding World in Hollywood, the original Orlando park will also be expanded. The expansion will reportedly include a replica of the Hogwarts Express and London/Diagon Alley, including Gringotts and Leaky Cauldron pub. Construction photos are constantly being shared by our friends at Hypable.com. Check out the latest here and here.

Pottermore Feature of the Week: Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

In this week’s Pottermore Feature of the Week we are discussing a rather short entry from J.K. Rowling: “Platform Nine and Three-Quarters”.

J.K. Rowling writes that she decided to have the gateway between the Wizarding and mortal world be between Muggle platforms. She also reveals that she thinks there are many “fractional platforms” at King’s Cross that would take you to the Wizarding world. In conclusion, Rowling writes that as soon as she thought of nine and three quarters, she “took it at once.”

From “Platform Nine and Three-Quarters“:

In choosing the number of the concealed platform that would take young witches and wizards to boarding school, I decided that it would have to be a number between those of the Muggle platforms – therefore, it was clearly a fraction. This raised the interesting question of how many other fractional platforms lay between the whole-numbered platforms at King’s Cross, and I concluded that were probably quite a few. Although these are never mentioned in the book, I like to think that it is possible to take a version of the Orient Express off to wizard-only villages in continental Europe (try platform seven and a half), and that other platforms may be opened on an as-required-basis, for instance for large, one-off events such as Celestina Warbeck concerts (see your ticket for details).

The number nine and three-quarters presented itself without much conscious thought, and I liked it so much that I took it at once. It is the ‘three-quarters’ that makes it, of course.

J.K. Rowling writes that she thinks there are many “fractional platforms” at King’s Cross that would take you to the Wizarding world. Where would you like to go by using these platforms? Comment below with your answers and we will pick our favorites to be revealed on our social networking sites.