Last 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Pottermore Insider announced today that the last installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released this Thursday, July 31, from 12.00pm BST.
While the new installment will be available to everyone from July 31, members of Ravenclaw will receive 24 hours of early access to the new chapters, beginning Wednesday at 12.00pm BST, their prize for winning the fifth Pottermore House Cup.
Today’s announcement was hinted at last week after Pottermore turned its social media pictures upside down, alluding to the third task of the Triwizard tournament in Goblet of Fire.
July 31 also marks the birthday of Harry Potter himself, along with his creator, J. K. Rowling. Pottermore also released the last chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban on this date, last year.
Bulgaria played against Japan in the second game of the Quidditch World Cup semi finals, reported on by former Quidditch player-turned sports correspondent Ginny Potter for the Daily Prophet.
It was one of the highest scoring matches of the tournament so far with a combined total of 1,070 points. As J.K. Rowling (as Ginny Potter) puts it in her game recap on Pottermore, this match is “one that will live long in the memory of Quidditch fans everywhere.”
From the Insider:
A triple-display of sportsmanship from Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum, Beater Boris Vulchanov and Japanese Seeker Noriko Sato coloured the semi-final, and the three players received a standing ovation by all the spectators midway through the match.
Read Ginny Potter’s full Daily Prophet report on Pottermore.com today to find out which team will be facing Brazil in the Cup final, and which team will fight against the USA for third place in the tournament.
Writing in the voice of the infamous gambler Ludo Bagman, J.K. Rowling calculates the odds of each semi-finalist team succeeding to the final round of the Quidditch World Cup. The semi-finals kick off Friday July with USA facing Brazil, followed by the Japan versus Bulgaria game, which will take place on Sunday 6 July. You can visit Pottermore.com on those dates to read Ginny Potter’s reports on the games.
Along with the new entry, Pottermore summarized Ludo’s thoughts in a really cool infographic, which you can see below (click for larger size).
You can read the complete article with Ludo Bagman’s commentary in today’s Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com. As the Pottermore Insider added, “it should help you decide which team you would bet your Galleons on (or not)!”
Ravenclaw House will receive early access to the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in reward for winning the fifth Pottermore House Cup, the Insider announced Friday.
As always, the House to receive early access to new chapters can explore them 24 hours before everyone else. Please note that they did not announced a release date yet for this next installment.
The Pottermore team has also created background images for Ravenclaw to celebrate their first win. You can download the background images for your laptop/desktop, smartphone or tablet at the Pottermore Insider.
Congratulations to Ravenclaw again for winning the House Cup!
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.
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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.