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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.

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New spells and alterations to Wizard Duel on Pottermore

On Friday, Pottermore announced plans to unveil four new spells on October 31 as part of their “Trick or Treat” Halloween celebration.

Wands at the ready! Pottermore users will soon be able to duel with Rictusempra, Immobulus, Expelliarmus, and Wingdarium Leviosa in the first major addition to Wizard Duel since Pottermore’s beta launch in 2011.

From the Insider:

During her time at Hogwarts as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge notoriously prevented students from practising and performing spells during her lessons. Luckily, Pottermore students are actively encouraged to cast spells in Duelling Club, and we’re thrilled to announce that there’ll be four new spells to try out very soon.

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Earlier this week, Pottermore announced alterations to the Wizard Duel feature “to make duelling more enjoyable” and “to make it more difficult for unfair game play to take place.”

As most Pottermore users know, to perform a spell, you have to type out or click on certain letters that spell out the incantation. Before, the letters would stay the same every time, but now the letters are randomized with each new game.

The Insider wrote about another alteration as well:

The second alteration is to vary the speed at which the power of the spell, shown by the pulsing circle around each letter, grows – so now the speed of your reactions matters more than ever!

Pottermore reasoned the alterations as to keep all activity on Pottermore fair for users to enjoy. The team also encouraged any users to contact them if they encounter any suspicious behavior on the site.

Are you excited to try out the new spells? How do you feel about the alterations to Wizard Duel? Tell us in the comments below!

‘Trick or Treat’ with Pottermore this Halloween

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This Halloween, Pottermore is encouraging fans to take part in their ‘Trick or Treat.’

Every day at 4pm GMT (11am EST), starting October 16, the Pottermore team will be alternately releasing a #PottermoreTrick or a #PottermoreTreat for fans to figure out and enjoy. Be sure to keep an eye out on the Insider and Pottermore’s social media pages for the

To kick it off, Pottermore is asking fans to vote on whether they should release a Trick or a Treat first. You can vote at the Insider or on their Facebook event page.

What do you think the tricks and treats will be? Tell us in the comments below…

The winner of the sixth Pottermore House Cup is…

 

Ravenclaw wins the sixth Pottermore House Cup!

Ravenclaw wins the sixth Pottermore House Cup!

On Friday, Pottermore announced the winner of the sixth Pottermore House Cup and once again Ravenclaw House proved victorious. Congratulations Eagles!

The final standings:

1st Place: Ravenclaw - 32,371,299 points

2nd Place: Gryffindor - 32,279,991 points

3rd Place: Hufflepuff – 32,259,036 points

4th Place: Slytherin - 31,926,625 points

This is Ravenclaw’s second consecutive win. The lions and badgers placed second and third, respectively, and Slytherin House fourth place for the first time.

As with last time, Pottermore has changed the previously purple Great Hall banners into royal blue, in honor of Ravenclaw winning the cup, . You can see how the Great Hall looks in the picture above.

Regarding the prize, Pottermore has not said anything about it yet. Predictably, it will be the first installment of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but there hasn’t been any word on the development on book five either. If any news is released about the prize for the Cup, we’ll be sure to bring it to you, so check back with Pottermore News for any updates.

Now, back to brewing and dueling! Good luck to all houses in the seventh (!!) House Cup competition…

Reminder: House Pride Week starts tomorrow

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Just a quick reminder that House Pride Week kicks off tomorrow, ahead of the Pottermore House Cup being rewarded on September 26.

During House Pride Week, a day is dedicated to each Hogwarts House for members to show their pride. Here are the dates for this week:

#GryffindorPride – Tuesday, September 16
#RavenclawPride – Wednesday, September 17
#HufflepuffPride – Thursday, September 18
#SlytherinPride – Friday, September 19

The Pottermore Insider provided community members with a few suggestions of how you can show your house pride:

  • Share what makes you proud to belong to your Hogwarts house using #GryffindorPride#RavenclawPride#HufflepuffPride or #SlytherinPride on Twitter and Facebook
  • Share your favourite quotes from the stories about your Hogwarts house and its characters
  • Change your profile and cover pictures on Facebook and Twitter to one of the downloadable images below, proudly displaying your house colors to all your friends

For all images pertaining to House Pride, please see this Insider post.

Again, we wish the best of luck to all the houses. May the odds be ever in your favor…

J.K. Rowling hints at Pottermore Patronus test on Twitter

J.K. Rowling (2014)

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!

Pottermore House Cup to be awarded September 26

 

Image courtesy of Pottermore.

Image courtesy of Pottermore.

On Friday, Pottermore announced that the sixth Pottermore House Cup will be awarded on September 26.

Pottermore users have three weeks to earn as many House Points as they can until the Hogwarts house with the most points is announced on Friday, September 26.

As with tradition, House Cup celebrations 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. House Pride Week will kick off Tuesday, September 16 with #GryffindorPride, followed by #RavenclawPride, #HufflepuffPride, and #SlytherinPride. The Insider is set to give more details on how the community can get involved on Tuesday.

The Insider also included some helpful tips for earning House Points:

  • Revisit the interactive Moments and make sure your discovery bar is complete – every collectible you find (excluding Galleons) adds to your points

  • Make sure you practise duelling against your own house to master casting spells before you challenge the other houses, as every duel lost means more points to the opposing house!

  • Pay careful attention to the instructions for brewing potions before you begin – if you can’t remember the instructions, don’t forget to check the potion book

  • Get your fellow housemates involved! The more of you there are earning points for your house the better, so rally the troops in the Great Hall and in your common room

Now that all the Houses have won the House Cup at least once, which do you think will take home the Cup this time? Will Slytherin be victors for a third time? Can Ravenclaw triumph again for a second consecutive win? Or will Gryffindor or Hufflepuff bring the Cup back to their Houses? Despite whichever, we wish all houses the best of luck! Happy Dueling and Brewing! :)

For those of you who have not been sorted, create a Pottermore.com account and head to the Great Hall to find out which house is best fit for you!

J.K. Rowling writes Pottermore entry on Celestina Warbeck

J.K. Rowling has written a new entry for Pottermore on one of her “favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the whole series,” Celestina Warbeck.

The 500-word biography shares never-before-known facts about the “the Singing Sorceress,” including details on “Celestina’s early years, career highlights and tumultuous personal life.” Though we never actually “meet” Celestina in the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling says that the singer has been part of Harry’s world “since its inception.” Celestina’s namesake, Rowling reveals, was one of her own colleague’s at Amnesty International. “‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch,” the author writes.

With the entry comes an audio recording of one of Celestina’s hit songs, “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart,” which is performed daily in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. If you’re interested in seeing Celestina perform live at Universal Orlando, click here.

Click here to read the new Celestina Warbeck biography and listen to her hit single, only at Pottermore.com. New users will have to register for the site first to read the new entry, which can be unlocked by clicking the wireless radio to the left of the fireplace.

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.

OVERVIEW

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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Last installment of ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ released

Image via Pottermore.com

Image via Pottermore.com

Today Pottermore released the concluding installment of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The much-awaited new chapters come six months after the previous release. Members of Ravenclaw House received 24 hours early access to the new chapters yesterday, and the chapters are available to all houses from today.

In this new installment, users encounter Hagrid’s Blast Ended Skrewts, attend the Yule Ball, explore Hogwart’s Great Lake and much, much more. Even Voldemort makes his comeback this time around.

As always, J.K. Rowling joined in as well, contributing four new exclusive content entries, including ones on the Great Lake of Hogwarts and Illness and Disability in the wizarding world.

Visit Pottermore.com to explore the final chapters.

While exploring the new chapters, look out for:

  • The Blast Ended Skrewts. You’re going to need damage control after exploring that Moment.
  • The Yule Ball! (for reasons that are obvious)
  • The faucets/taps in the Prefect’s bathroom. They are fun to play around with, even though you can’t enjoy them yourself. *sad Dobby eyes*
  • The sound in the Merepeople Moment (chapter 26). Freakishly eery.
  • J.K. Rowling’s entry on the Great Lake — she reveals early drafts of the books where the Great Lake planned to make an appearance.
  • J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on Owls. Very cool!
  • The history of the Pensieve — J.K. Rowling shares interesting backstory on the device in chapter 30.
  • The Maze in chapter 31. Make sure you clicked through everything; it’s pretty cool.
  • The Golden Thread Moment, chapter 34. Voldemort’s first full-fledged appearance on Pottermore is a memorable one.
  • “Illness and Disability,” an entry from J.K. Rowling that’s worth a read.
  • The audio in “The Leaving Feast.” Stephen Fry’s oration of one of Dumbledore’s most powerful speeches is chilling.
  • Neville’s grandmother in the King’s Cross Moment. Good one, Pottermore team.

Happy exploring to everyone! :)

Also, as it is July 31, we want to wish a Happy Birthday to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

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