Today, Pottermore announced that the fifth Pottermore House Cup competition is coming soon.
On Sunday, March 30, Pottermore will be naming the winner of the fifth Pottermore House Cup, awarded to the house with the most house points.
As with tradition, celebrations for the House Cup will include House Pride Week, during which a day is dedicated to each house for members’ to show their house pride on social networking sites.
This time around, however, they are encouraging Pottermore community members to create videos on Vine, Instagram, and YouTube, showing their House Pride. According to the Insider, “the video should include and continue the following phrase: “Hi Pottermore community, I am proud to be a Hufflepuff/Slytherin/Gryffindor/Ravenclaw because…”, and use one of the following tags: #SlytherinPride, #GryffindorPride, #HufflepuffPride, or #RavenclawPride.” More information will be released about this interaction on March 14.
Will you be sending in a video? Who do you want to win the Cup? As the Insider notes, this could be Ravenclaw’s time to shine, but Hufflepuff and Gryffindor could join the likes of Slytherin and win their second Cup. Or, the snakes could prevail once again for a third win! We shall see who is crowned winner in the coming weeks…
Don’t forget — For those of you who have not been sorted can create a Pottermore.com account and head to the Great Hall to find out which house is best fit for you!
As we previously reported, J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is being adapted for a BBC One television miniseries. On Monday, a screenwriter was announced for the project, and Sarah Phelps, who wrote scripts for BBC’s Great Expectations and Eastenders, will write The Casual Vacancy.
The BBC noted briefly of Phelps’ position in an announcement for another project she is working on, the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Partners in Crime.
SnitchSeeker reached out to BBC and Rowling’s reps and both teams confirmed it. According to SnitchSeeker, production for the miniseries will begin later this year, and the number of episodes as well as casting information will be released sometime in the near future.
Be sure to check back for updated information about this project!
In an extensive new entry on Pottermore.com, J.K. Rowling revealed the wizarding world’s affection for the Scottish rugby team.
Ahead of the RBS Six Nations (rugby league) match between Scotland and Italy this weekend, J.K. Rowling revealed the story behind the wizarding community’s interest in Scottish rugby in an entry on Pottermore.
The wizarding world’s affection for the Scottish rugby team is all the more bizarre because a substantial part of wizarding society knows nothing about Muggle sports, which they regard as inherently dull and even silly. Yet the Scottish rugby team has become a wizarding meme – part in-joke, part genuine interest – which has its roots in the nineteenth century and is a tale both sad and uplifting.
The author continues to tell the story of (new) character Angus Buchanan, “a Squib who went on to become famous across both the Muggle and wizarding world – an historical achievement – and whose career is still celebrated today by the Wizarding Supporters of Scottish Rugby Union,” the Pottermore Insider reads.
The author also tweeted out her support for the Scottish rugby team, encouraging her followers to use the hashtag #wizardsforscotlandrugbyteam, in light of the new information.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 21, 2014
You can visit chapter eight of Goblet of Fire on Pottermore to read Angus’s full story, in addition to fifty other pieces of writing from the author on the site.
The sequel to last year’s acclaimed bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, has been announced.
The Silkworm will be released in hardcover on June 19, 2014 by Little, Brown. The book is 384 pages, making it smaller than The Cuckoo’s Calling which had 464. The publisher currently has the book priced at $28.00.
On Monday, February 17, Galbraith (Rowling) officially announced the book. Here is the synopsis that was released:
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…
Are you excited for the new Cormoran Strike novel? Did you read/like The Cuckoo’s Calling? Tell us in the comments below!
Note: An earlier edition of this article stated that the book would be released on June 24, 2014, as listed on the publisher’s website. The release date that was sent out with the official announcement this morning was June 19, 2014.
The previous version also included the synopsis of the book that was on the publisher’s website — we have since changed this to match the one released today in the official announcement.
The discussion, titled “Mortality and Morality,” had the author discussing the dynamics of those themes in her books.
According to a blog post by an attendee, “Rowling described how the idea of mortality fascinates her.” In all her books, someone dies because “the knowledge that we are all going to die is difficult,” and determines how we live our lives. She said that the characters of Dumbledore, Snape, and Voldemort all “illustrate the idea of good against evil.” Rowling acknowledged that “although Dumbledore is ‘good’, he does have his flaws, notably [in his] weakness for power.”
The Oxford Student reports that the author stated that “death and morality” will continue to play a major role in “all future works.”
The London Evening Standard as well reported on the event, specifically J.K. Rowling’s remarks on being outed as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling last summer:
“There’s a line in As Good as it Gets,” she said about the 1997 Jack Nicholson film, “where a woman asks him how he writes such wonderful female characters and he says, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘I think of a man, and I take out the logic’, or the sense. That made me laugh, as misogynistic as it is, because when I write a man I take certain things out and give free rein to aspects of me that would not be acceptable. To be honest, I think I’m quite blokey — at least I’m told I am, and I like writing both.”
“You were never supposed to know that it was my eviscerating pen,” she told guests. In fact, she said, failure was part of the pleasure. “It was fun, from the first rejection letter. You have no idea.”
Interestingly, according to the Oxford Student, Rowling revealed for the first time that Harry Potter’s name was initially Harry Batt. We’re slightly taken aback by this revelation, and it has a wondering how much it would’ve changed things in the books and movies, etc. Battmore News, anyone?
On Pottermore, J.K. Rowling revealed the original 40 characters in the Harry Potter books, as well as their original names (Harry Batt is not included.) You can read the list, and her notes on the subject by visiting Pottermore.com.
Also, on the heels of her admission that she partly regrets her pairing of Ron and Hermione, Rowling made it clear at the event that “Harry did love Ginny,” a remark described by the London Evening Standard as being said “by way of excuse.” Somethings tell us that this will be the last we will be hearing on this issue…
What do you think about the name Harry Batt? What do you think Jo’s true feelings are about Romione? Tell us in the comments below!
J.K. Rowling talks with Emma Watson about Harry Potter pairings, Fantastic Beasts, and Harry Potter play
The full conversation between J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson has been published in Wonderland Magazine.
This month’s issue of the magazine was edited by Hermione Granger actress Emma Watson, for which she conducted an interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. In their conversation, they discussed the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the newly announced Harry Potter play, and, of course, the pairing of Ron and Hermione. Comments made by Rowling during this part of the interview caused an uproar throughout the fandom, but for the first time we can decipher her statements in their entirety (it was originally excerpted by the Sunday Times).
The Hermione topic was brought on by Emma, who asked Jo if she had a new perspective on Hermione, post-writing. It was then that Jo made the “infamous” comments that sparked outrage, and new shipping wars:
Watson: I thought we should discuss Hermione… I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but now that you have written the books, do you have a new perspective on how you relate to Hermione and the relationship you have with her or had with her?
Rowling: I know that Hermione is incredibly recognisable to a lot of readers and yet you don’t see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside.
What I will say is that I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione with Ron.
I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.
I don’t know. I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.
And vice versa.
It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it… I’m not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can’t believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy!
Later on in the interview, Rowling admitted that Ron and Hermione would have needed marriage counseling. She also delves into the dynamics of Hermione and Harry’s relationship, specifically in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Jo and Emma also discussed the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, and Jo revealed she wrote the first draft of the film in an astonishing twelve days.
Rowling: Warner Bros. came to me ages ago and said they wanted to do something with Fantastic Beasts. I could see the potential in it. I knew something about Newt [Scamander, the fictional author of Fantastic Beasts] having written a little something for Comic Relief. I had imagined a little bit of back story for him…
So when Warner Bros. came to me and said they wanted to make a film out of the book I had this simultaneous feeling of “it has a lot of potential,” and another feeling of slight panic that “I know some things about Newt and I don’t want you to ruin that for me!” because I knew who he was. So then I went away and sort of dwelt on what I knew about Newt, not intending to write a script but just trying to collect my thoughts so that I could at least give them the backstory I’d imagined, so that their vision was true to what I knew.
Then I really did have one of those moments that always make you phenomenally excited as a writer; but also that you know is going to end up being a ton of work. I thought, “Oh my God, a whole plot’s just descended on me!” But I wanted to do it as I was really excited about it. I wasn’t really thinking about writing the script myself, I thought, you know, I’ll give them this plot and then – fatally – I sat down and thought “I just wonder what it would look like…” and wrote a rough draft in twelve days!
Along with this, the two talked about the upcoming Harry Potter stage play, and her peculiar wishes for Fantastic Beasts.
You also announced that you’re going to collaborate on a theatre production.
Yes that was a really interesting idea that Sonia Friedman came up with. I’ve been so resistant for a long time about theatre productions. Quite a few people wanted to do a Harry Potter musical. I didn’t really see Harry as a musical so we said no to all of that, but Sonia came along with a very thoughtful, very interesting idea. I’m quite excited about that.
Will Hermione be in it?!
Well Emma if you are offering to play Hermione… [both laugh] I tell you what I really want. I want you and Dan and Rupert in really heavy make-up in the background of a scene in Fantastic Beasts, and I’ll join you and we’ll sit in a bar room having a laugh for an afternoon. Do you not think that would be fantastic?
That sounds like the most fun I can imagine having!
And we can mess around as extras in the background.
And then we can see if anyone can spot us. I personally would like to be in drag, just to make sure no one can spot me at all.
As well as this, Rowling talks about her greatest achievements and getting ideas in the interview. You can read the full interview here on the author’s website.
What do you think about Jo’s comments having heard the full story? Would you like to see her in Fantastic Beasts? Tell us in the comments below!
Well, here’s a shocker for all you Romione fans and shippers: While being interviewed for Wonderland by Hermione Granger portrayer Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling admitted that she regrets pairing Ron and Hermione together at the end of the Harry Potter series.
Rowling actually stated that, logically, Hermione should have ended up with Harry, and that she only decided on the Ron/Hermione relationship “as a form of wish fulfillment.” From the very beginning, the plan was already set in place to have Ron and Hermione end up together, and Rowling could not tear herself away from clinging to that original plotline.
“I know, I’m sorry,” she said, “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
Watson, who is a guest editor for Wonderland for the month of February, was not entirely surprised by this shocking admission, and confessed that she agrees with Rowling. “I think there are fans out there who know that too,” she said, “and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.” In an indirect response to Watson’s statement, Rowling did state that Ron and Hermione would have definitely needed some serious counseling in their relationship.
If we consider that Hermione and Harry had been the pair who eventually wed, Rose and Hugo Weasley and James, Albus, and Lily Potter would be nonexistent–and Ron and Ginny would have married different spouses. Rowling also revealed that she “seriously considered” killing off Ron at one point, so if that had actually happened, we are again left to wonder where Hermione’s and Harry’s paths would have led them.
Tell us below: What are your thoughts on this latest admission from Rowling? Do you think Ron and Hermione, and Harry and Ginny belong together, or that Hermione and Harry should have been together at the end?
Images courtesy of FanPop! and Harry Potter Wiki
As we previously announced, Pottermore released three new audio clips and one from the archives, of J.K. Rowling speaking about Gilderoy Lockhart.
According to the Pottermore Insider, listeners can “learn more about Lockhart’s family background, his failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts.”
Pottermore Reveals Time-Lapse Goblet of Fire ‘Moment’ Video, Audio Clips about Gilderoy Lockhart at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’
Over the past three days, Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl. has been hosting A Celebration of Harry Potter—an all-ages event of pure fun that celebrates everything that is the wizarding world. In attendance were Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, and Mark Williams, who portrayed Luna Lovegood, Fred and George Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Arthur Weasley, respectively.
As previously reported, Pottermore was involved with the Celebration, hosting its own booth and event. At their presentation, Pottermore’s Creative Director revealed a time-lapse video of the creation of a Pottermore Moment. From the drawing board to the final splashes of color, it shows the making of a Moment from the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Pottermore.com, titled ‘Snape’s Dark Mark’ (from Chapter 36 of the book). You can watch the video below.
In addition to the video, the creative director also previewed three exclusive audio clips of J.K. Rowling giving a detailed account of the beaming, fraudulent Gilderoy Lockhart. In them, she discusses Lockhart’s family life and background, failed business endeavors, and the Sorting Hat’s first choice of house before it decided to put him in Ravenclaw. Rowling also examines today’s celebrity-championing culture, and shows a mischievous sense of humor as she candidly talks about the lavishness and overkill of celebrity.
For those of you who were unable to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter, don’t fret! The audio clips are available for exclusive early listening on EW.com and theguardian.com. The clips will also be making their way over to their permanent home at Pottermore.com in a few days. Keep your eyes open for notifications from Pottermore Owl, and check Pottermore.com frequently to see if they have been uploaded!
In the meantime, let’s give our warm birthday wishes to Gilderoy Lockhart, as he celebrated his 50th birthday just yesterday! From all of us at the Pottermore News team: we hope you are faring well at St. Mungo’s, Gilderoy, and, of course, remaining happy signing autographs and receiving fan mail and weekly letters from Ms. Gladys Gudgeon (though you are still not quite sure why)!
Please share your birthday wishes to Gilderoy Lockhart below!
Images courtesy of Harry Potter Wiki and the Pottermore Insider.
Opening this summer , the new expansion will feature the areas of London, Diagon Alley, and Knockturn Alley. These new areas will host a variety of shops, two eateries, and even a new thrill ride based off of the Gringotts break-in, seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. In addition, guests will be able to travel between the two areas (London and the Wizarding World) on a replica of the Hogwarts Express.
Along with this, Universal released beautiful concept art of the expansion. Everything looks absolutely stunning, and we can’t wait to see it all come to life!
(Note: Interestingly, they did not release concept art for the Leaky Cauldron)
View concept of the expansion here:
Diagon Alley | Hogsmeade Station | Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride | Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor | King’s Cross Station | London Embankment | Ollivanders |Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes | Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment
Here’s a recap of the webcast via the press release:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will give visitors the exciting opportunity to:
- Board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London’s King’s Cross Station (located in Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure). The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.
- Experience a groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,which will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults
- Witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops
- Discover the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin and Burkes – a shop specializing in the Dark Arts that will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items
- Explore some of Diagon Alley’s famous shops, including:Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone
- Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, where guests will find a variety of wizardwear from Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers, to authentic wizard’s robes and character costumes
- Magical Menagerie, which features a collection of plush animals, such as owls and Hippogriffs
- Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, where guests can grab wizarding essentials such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses
- Quality Quidditch Supplies, offering a wide assortment of apparel and equipment including Quidditch sweaters, brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles and more
- Scribbulus, featuring authentic writing implements and products such as feather quills, ink and inkwells, bookmarks, journals, parchment paper, seals, stationery sets and postcards
- Enjoy traditional British fare that includes favorite dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and more at the Leaky Cauldron
- Visit Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour for frozen treats in a variety of tantalizing and unique flavors such as strawberry-and-peanut-butter ice-cream and many others
Are you excited for the expansion? Will you be visiting Universal Orlando? Tell us in the comments below!