In this installment, the Pottermore Insider announces, users can:
Squeeze Goyle’s boils in the dungeons and collect a Potter Stinks badge, meet characters such as Mad-Eye Moody and Rita Skeeter for the very first time and discover new information from J.K. Rowling about the international wizarding schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang.
As mentioned above, there are two new J.K. Rowling Exclusive Content entries, about Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, as well as an insightful overview of the Dailey Prophet.
Next week, from January 24-26, Pottermore will be at the Celebration of Harry Potter convention at Universal Orlando to present new artwork from the final installment of Goblet of Fire, preview an audio clip on J.K. Rowling, and give insight in the behind-the-scenes work at Pottermore. We’ll have full coverage of their event, so stick with us at Pottermore News.
What do you think of the new chapters? …the new J.K. Rowling entries? Tell us in the comments below!
In a press release issued today, Pottermore revealed more information about their presentation at A Celebration of Harry Potter convention.
On Saturday, January 25, Pottermore creative director Tom Hodgson will appear on a panel to reveal behind-the-scenes information about Pottermore.com. As part of the panel, he will present an audio clip from J.K. Rowling, in which she “gives a mischievous and somewhat unexpected back-story to one of her most colourful Harry Potter characters.” Hogsdon will also be revealing new artwork from the next installment of Harry Potter in the Goblet of Fire.
According to the press release, along with the presentation, “Pottermore will have a booth within the Harry Potter Expo area at A Celebration of Harry Potter, where fans can experience Pottermore.com for themselves, watch an artist illustrate upcoming creatures, and sample the Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books.” The Pottermore booth will be open throughout the weekend.
Taking place January 24-26, A Celebration of Harry Potter is a convention-type event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. “that will celebrate all of Harry’s adventures and bring the films, books and digital world of Harry Potter together.”
Prior to the event, on January 23 there the will be a webcast, in which more details will be announced about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. The webcast will be streamed over the Internet for the world, so be sure to come back to Potermore News for full coverage.
Interestingly enough, in addition to this announcement, the press release also noted that Pottermore has teamed up with Virgin Atlantic in a “trial partnership.” As part of the partnership, Stephen Fry’s audio reading of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is “exclusively available as in-flight audio entertainment on Virgin Atlantic flights.” We will keep you updated with more news on this as it is released.
If you are going to be attending the Pottermore event and are interested to report on it for us, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Thanks!
As of today, the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available for all Pottermore users to explore.
Return to Pottermore.com to explore the first ten moments of the fourth Harry Potter book. Encounter the eerie Riddle House in Little Hangleton, and even travel by Portkey to the unforgettable Quidditch World Cup.
In addition, in three new exclusive content entries, author J.K. Rowling shares the origins of the Floo Network, new information on Portkeys, and an interesting explanation to the symbolism of colors in the Wizarding World.
Here’s an excerpt from Rowling’s entry on ‘Colors’:
The four Hogwarts houses have a loose association with the four elements, and their colours were chosen accordingly. Gryffindor (red and gold) is connected to fire; Slytherin (green and silver) to water; Hufflepuff (yellow and black, representing wheat and soil) to earth; and Ravenclaw (blue and bronze; sky and eagle feathers) to air.
Colours like peach and salmon pink are distinctly un-magical, and therefore much favoured by the likes of Aunt Petunia. On the other hand, shocking pink, as sported by the likes of Nymphadora Tonks, conveys a certain punky ‘yes, I’ve got a Muggle-born father and I’m not ashamed of it’ attitude.
Did anyone else enjoy that last sentence?
Also, for the first time, you will be able to hear J.K. Rowling reveal a notorious mishap with the Floo Network, in a new audio entry feature on Pottermore.com. You can listen to the audio entry and read all the rest, only on Pottermore.com.
Today, Pottermore launched the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for Hufflepuff House as a reward for winning the fourth House Cup a few weeks ago.
Everyone else will be able to access the new Moments tomorrow, and we will update you once they launch.
The first installment consists of ten moments, going up to chapter 11, and at a quick glance, they look beautiful and better than ever!
Hufflepuffs, we hope you enjoy the new chapters!
We’ll be back tomorrow to give you a more in-depth report (didn’t want to spoil anyone!), so be sure to check back!
And the winner is… Hufflepuff! Congratulations badgers!
Here are the final standings:
1st Place: Hufflepuff - 24,915,860 points
2nd Place: Slytherin - 24,865,387 points
3rd Place: Gryffindor – 24,610,105 points
4th Place: Ravenclaw - 24,567,337 points
The race was as close as ever, but ultimately Hufflepuff House came through at the last minute and sustained their win. Slytherin was not too far behind, Gryffindor was third, and unfortunately Ravenclaw came in last – better luck next time! This is the first time Hufflepuff House has won the Cup, and we’re sure the Badgers are very happy to bring the Cup home!
In honor of Hufflepuff winning the cup, Pottermore has transformed the previously purple Great Hall banners into a beautiful gold. You can see how the Great Hall looks in the picture above.
For winning the House Cup, Hufflepuff will be receiving early access to the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire once it is available. (Can you believe that we’re already on book four?!) The details of the release will most likely be released very soon, so stick with Pottermore News for the latest updates.
The announcement of the fourth House Cup winner thus marks the start of a new competition. Good luck to all the houses in the fifth House Cup!
Today the Pottermore Insider has announced the fourth Pottermore House Cup, to be awarded September 12th.
As it has been four months since the last House Cup was awarded, Pottermore will name the winner on Thursday, September 12th. House Pride Week, a Pottermore tradition whenever the House Cup is about to be awarded, will take place next week. Make sure you don’t miss out on your house’s day!
Monday September 2nd – Slytherin
Tuesday September 3rd – Ravenclaw
Wednesday September 4th – Gryffindor
Thursday September 5th – Hufflepuff
Pottermore revealed that the winning house of the fourth Pottermore House Cup will receive 24 hour early access to the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire once it is released.
Happy Dueling and Brewing! Best of luck to all the houses
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s that time of year again!
Pottermore has released a short, quick statement, in true Pottermore style, regarding the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
In a response to one of the queries on the Pottermore Platform updates page on the Insider, Pottermore said that they are currently working on the first installment of the fourth book, and it’s looking “great”.
When will the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire be available?
We’re currently working on the first installment of book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and it’s looking great. We’ll give you more information over the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Insider and @Pottermore for the latest details.
Of course, the obvious question is, When will they release the chapters? It’s very hard to tell, because Goblet of Fire is very long, although we would not be surprised if the Pottermore team is already pretty far into the book. We suspect that they will launch it in the next couple of months, and hopefully by November we’ll have the new chapters! (Please note that any predictions we make CANNOT be taken as official statements, and as fan theories only!)
In any case, we’ll keep you posted on all the Insider updates over the coming weeks. Here’s to hoping the first chapters will arrive soon!
In the meantime, you can purchase the e-book or digital audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from the Pottermore Shop.
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.
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):
Finally, Scholastic released an image of what the back spines will depict – a breathtaking new take on Hogwarts.
The complete series of new books and the new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013.
All images courtesy of Scholastic.