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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.

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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!

Last installment of ‘Goblet of Fire’ to be released July 31

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.

Highlights of the Quidditch World Cup Final

BsShUj6CcAEreseIn case you missed it, Bulgaria won the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final. You can read our full summary here, and J.K. Rowling’s official report here via Pottermore.

For those of you who don’t want to read the whole report, here are some of the important highlights of the game:

  • J.K. Rowling reported on the event in the voice of Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter and columnist Rita Skeeter
  • Pre-match show: The Bulgarians brought Veelas, and Brazil, Curupiras. As usual, the men were enamored with the Veelas, but the Curupiras were more of an all-around crowd-pleaser. “The opening ceremony concluded with an interesting Veela/Curupira pyramid formation,” Ginny wrote.
  • Almost everyone in the VIP box was supporting Bulgaria, except Harry’s son, Albus, who was decked out in green in support of Brazil. Hermione, on the other hand, did not lend her support for either team. (“Does she secretly hope to see Krum take the trophy at last? Or is this the kind of diplomatic neutrality one might expect of a ruthless careerist whose long-term ambition is undoubtedly to be Minister for Magic?“)
  • Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley put on a very public display of affection at the Cup, much to the disapproval of Bill Weasley.
  • Neville Longbottom was at the game, and his actions only encouraged the already established rumors that he is a drunk. We also learn that Neville is Albus’s godfather.
  • Luna Lovegood was passing out snacks in the VIP box. We later learn that Luna’s wedding dress, with rainbows, spangles and a tiara of silver unicorn horns, was voted “Most Hideous Outfit of the Year” by Rita Skeeter’s readers.
  • Luna’s husband, Rolf Scamander accompanied his wife to the event. (“While Lovegood and Scamander appear to be holding hands in the VIP box, this might well be because Rolf is trying to prevent his wife from putting on one of her famous Special Event Hats.“) Rolf was in conversation with Charlie Weasley (a.k.a. “The Unmarried Weasley)
  • Ron and Hermione’s children look like their parents – Rose with her father’s “unfortunate” hair, and Hugo with his mother’s “bushy locks.”
  • Percy Weasley is “greying and balding,” and is now Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, and is known as a “nit-picking bureaucrat” by his political opponents.
  • Geroge Weasley has only one ear and was at the event with his wife, Angelina, and their kids, Fred and Roxanne. Against rumors that the Weasleys are having marital troubles, Ginny reaffirms Rita that Angelina left their house to help care for her ailing father.
  • Viktor Krum caught the Snitch 2 hours and 45 minutes into the game in a race with Brazilian Seeker Silva. Final score: 60-170.
  • And finally: Rita Skeeter fell unaccountably ill after the game as a result of a jinx to the solar plexus.

Another Update on the Story Navigator

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Image courtesy of Pottermore

As promised, Pottermore is keeping the community updated with their progress on solving problems that users have been experiencing on the site.

On Wednesday, Pottermore provided another update on the Story Navigator.

From the Pottermore Insider:

Further to the post we made on July 3 about the issues associated with the story navigator, this week we have made a technical update to Pottermore.com which should now resolve the issue for the majority of our users, where the story navigator disappeared at certain points of progression throughout Moments.

We also hope you will be pleased to learn this week’s update included some stability upgrades to Duelling Club.

More to follow soon.

For users who are still experiencing issues, they direct them to their customer service page. (Click “What’s Next? and then “Need More Help?”)

In their previous update, Pottermore said they were working on implicating other suggestions made by Pottermore members, “including improvements to games, the ability to delete Owl Notifications once they’ve been read, and reviewing our customer service process.”

In related news, now that the Quidditch World Cup is over, the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released “shortly” on Pottermore.com. Judging by the past, we would not be surprised if they released it this month. Either way, it is something to look forward to.

Live Post of the Quidditch World Cup Final

qwcfinalThe following post will be updated live as the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final between Bulgaria and Brazil takes place. As a reminder, the game is being reported by J.K. Rowling in the voice of Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter and infamous journalist Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com. Follow the official live blog on the Pottermore Insider here.

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Rita Skeeter and Ginny Potter to report on Quidditch World Cup

qwcfinalGossip columnist Rita Skeeter is set to add her commentary to the Quidditch World Cup final tomorrow in the Patagonia Desert along with the expected, Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter.

Sketer and Potter will provide live commentary on the Bulgaria vs. Brazil final from 2:00pm Patagonian time (6:00pm BST, 1:00pm EST, 10:00am PST). Fans will be able to follow the event on the Pottermore Insider as well as the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore as the game happens. Keep an out for the #QuidditchWorldCup hashtag on Pottemore’s Twitter to find out when a new update has arrived.

Ahead of the game, Pottermore’s published an infographic with 10 facts every Quidditch fan should know about the Quidditch World Cup. Be sure to check it out at the Pottermore Insider. You can catch up on all the action from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup so far by visiting the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on pottermore.com.

J.K. Rowling has been writing the Quidditch reports in the voice of Ginny Potter on Pottermore since March. On Wednesday, Rowling made international headlines when she released a new column from Rita Skeeter, highlighting the life of post-Hogwarts Harry Potter and his friends, who are in Patagonia for the final. In addition, Rowling wrote the final match reports, which will be released in real time.

Japan and USA fight for third place in Quidditch World Cup

qwcthumbThe final round of the Quidditch World Cup commenced today as Japan and the United States faced each other in a playoff for third place in the tournament.

Ginny Potter reported on the match in today’s Daily Prophet: “It was brief, it was bloody and few will disagree that it was brutal,” she writes. The game ended as one team’s Seeker made a spectacular dive to capture the Snitch.

Visit pottermore.com to read Ginny’s full match report in the Daily Prophet, and prepare yourselves for the much anticipated 2014 Quidditch World Cup final between Bulgaria and Brazil, which is being played this Friday, July 11. Fans can follow the Bulgaria-Brazil game as-it-happens on the Pottermore Insider and Facebook. You can even subscribe to Pottermore’s Facebook event for the final match.

Who do you think will win: Bulgaria or Brazil? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #QuidditchWorldCup on social media.

 

 

 

J.K. Rowling updates readers on lives of Harry, Ron, Hermione and others

Dumbledore's Army is reunited at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup

Dumbledore’s Army is reunited at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup

For the first time since the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling is providing a glimpse into Harry Potter’s life post-Hogwarts.

Amongst wizard rockstars and magical dignitaries, members of Dumbledore’s Army made an appearance in the Patagonian Desert for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final this week. In a new Daily Prophet article released today on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling writes from the perspective of the infamous prying journalist Rita Skeeter, who is keeping a watchful eye over Harry Potter and his family and friends at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final.

Skeeter updates readers on the lives of the thirty-something year old members of Dumbledore’s Army, starting off with Harry himself, now 34 with some threads of silver in his famously jet-black hair. Harry is accompanied by his sons James and Albus in the Patagonian, where their mother, Ginny has been reporting on the Cup for weeks.

Skeeter speculates on Ginny’s placement in the Daily Prophet: “The jury is out on whether she really had the talent or experience to be sent to the Quidditch World Cup (jury’s back in – no!!!) but let’s face it, when your last name is Potter, doors open, international sporting bodies bow and scrape, and Daily Prophet editors hand you plum assignments.”

Rita also provides a look into the lives of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two thirds of the Golden Trio. Ron, we learn, worked in the Ministry of Magic after the war, but left to help out his brother George in running the wildly successful Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes. Hermione, on the other hand, rose quickly through the ranks of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and is “tipped to go even higher,” according to Skeeter. “Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No — look at her hair.)” Skeeter adds.

Besides Harry, Ron, and Hermione, Skeeter lets readers in on the lives of Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and other Weasley family members who have been spotted in the Patagonian Desert. Rita even got a jab in at Harry’s godson, Teddy Lupin, who “has been behaving in  a way unbefitting for wizarding royalty.” We find Teddy just where we left him, in a budding relationship with Victoire Weasley.

Where are your favorite characters now? Find out in Rita Skeeter’s column in today’s Daily Prophet, only on Pottermore.com.

J.K. Rowling will be returning to Pottermore this Wednesday and Friday with complete coverage of the Quidditch World Cup final. Stay tuned!

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