This week, Pottermore added a new potion and achievement badge to the site for users to enjoy.
On Thursday, Pottermore published its Guide to Potions Class to the Insider, which gives helpful hints to aspiring Potion Masters. Along with this guide, once again Pottermore shortened the length of time it takes to brew a potion, and they changed the number of house points a potion is worth.
Most significantly, they added Zygmunt Budge’s Beautification Potion, straight out of the Book of Potions. It is a two-part potion that takes at least an hour and a half to brew, depending on your cauldron. Ingredients for the potion cost a total of 24 galleons and include the “Perfect Rose” and “Morning Dew”. It is worth 40 house points, so its well worth the time and effort!
In honor of Ron Weasley’s birthday, Pottermore made a new “Bertie Bott’s Collectors Badge” available to users to earn.
From the disgusting (fish, phlegm, troll bogies and tripe) to the delicious (chocolate, cherry, marshmallow and marmalade), every mouthful is a risk when it comes to Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. In celebration of Ron’s birthday today, we’ve a present he would certainly relish: you can now earn our new Bertie Bott’s Collectors Badge by finding 35 Every-Flavour Beans on pottermore.com. If you’ve a sweet-tooth you may already have discovered 30, but we’ve just hidden five new flavours in Moments across the site – can you sniff them all out?
For help, Pottermore offered a hint to finding one of the new beans: “it’s delicious (although not quite Drooble’s) and its flavour is Moste Potente…” and encourages users to keep an eye on their Moment progress bar to look out for Moments that are not complete now because of the beans.
Visit Pottermore.com to enjoy these new updates, along with never-before released from J.K. Rowling about the world of Harry Potter.
Back in September, J.K. Rowling hinted on Twitter at the possibility for a function on Pottermore that would allow users to find out their Patronus. Today, the Harry Potter author confirmed that a Patronus test is in the works and will make its way on the site soon.
A fan tweeted at J.K. Rowling, asking, “Is a Patronus quiz for Pottermore ever going to be created?” The author’s response:
.@SlythSnitch I’ve written one and it won’t be too long until you can take it. We’re working on it!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 12, 2015
So, the long-awaited test will soon be a reality! Since Pottermore’s launch in 2011, lots of fans have asked for the option to choose their Patronus. This is the first substantial news reporting that the option is coming, besides the tweet in September.
When Pottermore released Moments from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in October, fans were disappointed that the site did not include the opportunity to choose a Patronus, as the fifth book is when Dumbledore’s Army is taught how to perform the Patronus Charm. However, in the moment from chapter 27, in the margin of the illustration, there is a text box and artwork titled, “Expecto Patronum,” saying, “It’s forming…”, hinting at something to come.
Along with this Patronus tweet, this past week J.K. Rowling answered a few fans’ Harry Potter-related questions on Twitter. The author shared the fate of Hagrid’s dog, Fluffy, and this 140-character history of 12 Grimmauld Place. She answered a question about Horcruxes and the Resurrection Stone, too. But, she didn’t stop there, commenting on the television special, Magic Beyond Words, a 2010 biographical film on her own life (1, 2). And she also replied with this amazing response to a question about writer’s block. Lesson learned, keep an eye out on her Twitter — you never know what’s she’s going to say.
What are you looking forward to with the Patronus test? How do you think the test will be set-up? Tell us in the comments below!
Last month Pottermore News reported on Pottermore’s Proudest House Contest, in which Pottermore fans posted their displays of Hogwarts House Pride on social media over the weekend; the winner was determined by whichever House delivered the highest amount of mentions.
This week, Pottermore announced the winner of the contest and the substantial prize of 1 million house points — Slytherin! Between the four houses, each representing a Hogwarts house on Pottermore, Slytherin sent in 37% of the messages on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Gryffindor and Ravenclaw each accounted for 23% of the messages, while Hufflepuff contributed 17%.
In a fair action, Pottermore rewarded both Gryffindor and Ravenclaw with 230,000 points and Hufflepuff with 170,000. However, only members of Salazar’s house received this special message:
Congratulations, serpents! pottermore http://t.co/MmVcrUgIje
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 5, 2015
Pottermore fans participated in the Proudest House Contest over a Celebration of Harry Potter weekend at Universal Resort in Orlando, Florida, the location of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. The celebration brought together fans and official Potter people alike, including cast and crew from the films and representatives from Pottermore and the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Echoing our favorite author, we say, “Congratulations, serpents!” The seventh Pottermore House Cup competition is well underway; it will be a few more months until Pottermore announces the winner. So, get brewing and dueling!
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore has partnered with ebook service Oyster to make all Harry Potter- related books by J.K. Rowling available to subscribers.
For the first time, electronic editions of the seven Harry Potter books and the three selections in the Hogwarts Library collection are accessible through a service other than the Pottermore Shop. With an Oyster subscription of $9.95 a month, customers can read the Harry Potter titles along with thousands of others in the Oyster library. Oyster is only purchasable in the United States.
Subscribers can access the books with the latest version of the Oyster app, version 1.9 and ¾ – available in the App Store and Google Play. To go along with the Harry Potter theme, Oyster released new reader themes for the four Hogwarts houses. Users can choose their house theme, either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, or tap the Sorting Hat icon to have one selected at random.
In addition to all this, Oyster is dedicating this week’s edition of their review publication to Harry Potter. In a preview article released today, young adult novelist Lauren Oliver writes about her experience with the Potter books.
While the whole collection is offered at a reasonable monthly price under $10, ebook editions and digital audiobooks of the series are still available to purchase at the Pottermore Shop. Once purchased, the file can be transferred onto a maximum of eight devices. The series is priced at $57.54 from the Shop.
Do you have Oyster? Will you be subscribing to read the books? Tell us in the comments below.
Last week, Pottermore announced their Proudest House Contest, in which the four Hogwarts Houses represented on pottermore.com have the chance to win 1 million House points.
During ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, Pottermore wants everyone to show their house pride in any way you can on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Make sure to hashtag the posts with your house, whether it be #HufflepuffPride, #Gryffindor Pride, #RavenclawPride, or #SlytherinPride. If you don’t, the submission won’t count.
The house with the most displays of pride across these social channels during the #HPCelebration weekend will win one million house points – it could be a real game-changer for the next House Cup Championship! There may even be extra house points awarded for particularly imaginative and creative contributions.
As we can’t wave our wands to count up the weekend’s results, we’ll evaluate your TAGGED house pride submissions and announce the victorious house on Thursday, February 5.
The official terms are available here. The Pottermore Proudest House Contest will take place between 12am EST (5am GMT) January 30 to 11.59pm EST February 1 (4am GMT February 2). Again, the winning house will be announced February 5.
Pottermore is also advertising the chance to “step inside” your Hogwarts Common Room at the Pottermore booth at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’. Fans will be able to create their own moving photograph, like those featured in the world of Harry Potter, and then upload it to social media to count in the competition.
So, get ready to show your House Pride! The contest commences on January 30…
Do you think his father heard about this?
Today, Tom Felton, who played Slytherin bad-boy and Harry Potter archenemy Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, tweeted out a message announcing that he was sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore.
Today was the day. I finally did it. I joined Pottermore and was sorted into……..Gryffindor. Heart broken x #slytherinforlife
— Tom Felton (@TomFelton) January 21, 2015
Not only did the tweet receive massive attention on the Internet from fans, but the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling, responded to Felton’s tweet.
Though some say the Sorting Hat is rigged, J.K. Rowling’s claim is not unlikely, as she was the one who created the questionnaire for her Pottermore website.
Felton is not the only Potter film alum to be disappointed with their Pottermore results. Way back in 2011, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch was shocked when she was sorted into Gryffindor after she took the test. So, the identity crises live on. *cue Pottermore by Alex Carpenter*
In honor of Professor Snape’s birthday today, Pottermore added a new spell to the Dueling Club.
The Smokescreen Spell, or Fumos, is a defensive spell; the Insider predicts it was useful to Snape when necessary.
Previously, for Halloween, the site added four incantations for users to play in Dueling Club, including the Tickling Charm, the Levitation Charm, the Freezing Charm and the Disarming Charm. All spells are available on pottermore.com by clicking “Dueling Club” on the Map.
Regarding Severus Snape, in the most recent update on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling cleared up rumors that the Potions Master was a vampire — read it here.
Happy Birthday Professor Snape! You will always be in our heart.
The sixth Harry Potter book is now available on Pottermore.com after the site ran a Christmas campaign releasing one Moment from the new book a day over 12 days.
Trace the plot from the Unbreakable Vow made between Severus Snape and Narcissa Malfoy all the way through Dumbledore’s death and funeral in stunning new illustrations. In the Moments, discover never-before-released information from J.K. Rowling on Florean Fortescue’s Ghost Plot, Inferi, Draco Malfoy’s backstory, and much more.
In addition to the book, two new Potions are available to brew, Doxycide and the Shrinking Solution. The new Moments are filled with Potion ingredients, so keep an eye on your discovery bar until it’s filled. If you haven’t checked your Gringotts balance lately, Pottermore added a few hundred Galleons to everyone’s account to buy ingredients in the Apothecary. So, get brewing this holiday break!
What do you think of the new Moments? What is your favorite new J.K. Rowling entry? Tell us in the comments below!
This post will be updated every day of Pottermore’s Christmas celebration.
Last week, Pottermore announced their Christmas celebration, spanning from this Friday, December 12 until December 23. Over the course of the celebration, Pottermore plans to release a surprise to fans everyday, with gifts including new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, new writing from J.K. Rowling, additions to Potions, and more. The gifts are released on pottermore.com everyday at 1pm GMT (8am EST); all fans have to do is solve a simple riddle to unlock the gift. Otherwise, you can follow Pottermore’s releases on this post..
Surprise: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince concludes with Dumbledore’s funeral. Listen to the audiobook version as the headmaster is laid to rest and unlock new information by J.K. Rowling on the Order of Merlin honors.
From the entry:
The Order of Merlin, commemorating the most famous wizard of his time, has been given since the fifteenth century. Legend says that the green ribbon, on which the First Class Order hangs, is to reflect Merlin’s Hogwarts house.
Surprise: In the penultimate Moment of Half-Blood Prince, Snape performs the Killing Curse on Dumbledore when Draco cannot complete the task. Click on Draco to unlock a substantial new entry from J.K. Rowling, in which she summarizes his life during his school years, including information on Lucius and Voldemort’s influence on his life. Her own thoughts on the character are in-depth as well, with comments on Draco’s personality and name, Tom Felton’s portrayal, and more.
From J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts:
I pity Draco, just as I feel sorry for Dudley. Being raised by either the Malfoys or the Dursleys would be a very damaging experience, and Draco undergoes dreadful trials as a direct result of his family’s misguided principles. However, the Malfoys do have a saving grace: they love each other.
Surprise: Dumbledore and Harry encounter Inferi inside the cave where Salazar Slytherin’s Locket is kept. Zoom in to see Dumbledore taking the Inferi head-on and to unlock a new entry from J.K. Rowling on Inferi. In addition to explaining the creatures, Rowling discusses the relation between Inferi and zombies and relays her reasoning to not “call the guardians of the locket Horcrux zombies.”
From the entry: “Lastly, zombies have been represented and reinterpreted on film so often in the last fifty years that they have a whole raft of associations that were of no use to me. I’m part of the ‘Thriller’ generation; to me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.”
Surprise: In the ninth Moment, Harry leaves the Half-Blood Prince’s Advanced Potion Making textbook in the Room of Hidden Things. No content to unlock, but a lot of things to play around with inside the room.
Surprise: Harry and Dumbledore watch on as Tom Riddle meets with Hepzibah Smith in the eighth Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There is no new content to unlock.
Surprise: Harry and his classmates learn the basic skills of Apparation from Wilkie Twycross, the Ministry Apparition Instructor, in the Great Hall. There is no new content to unlock, but a few collectible items to find, including Galleons.
Surprise: In the sixth Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and friends attend Professor Slughorn’s holiday party. J.K. Rowling shares information about Vampires in Harry Potter, revealing early plans for a vampire Hogwarts professor named Trocar, and dispelling rumors that Professor Snape was a vampire. “In short,” the author concludes, “Snape is not a re-vamped Trocar.”
Riddle Answer: Professor Dumbledore.
Surprise: Dumbledore and Harry use the Penseive to visit Dumbeldore’s memories with a young Tom Riddle. Again, there is no entry from J.K. Rowling to read, but there Pottermore did release another two-part Potion, the Shrinking Solution. Brewing both the Shrinking Solution and Doxycide will earn users the Practical Potion-Maker badge.
Surprise: Katie Bell is cursed in the snowy fourth Moment of Half-Blood Prince, from chapter twelve. There is no J.K. Rowling content to read, but many collectible item for one’s trunk. Pottermore also added the Book of Potions to Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley, which members can purchase using Galleons. By purchasing the book, users can brew a new, two-part Potion, Doxycide.
Surprise: The third Moment of Half-Blood Prince, in which Harry’s Potions class is brewing Felix Felicis (chapter 9). Along with many collectible potion ingredients, there are two entries from J.K. Rowling to be discovered in the Potions classroom, subjected on Cauldrons and Potions.
From J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts on “Potions”: Chemistry was my least favourite subject at school, and I gave it up as soon as I could. Naturally, when I was trying to decide which subject Harry’s arch-enemy, Severus Snape, should teach, it had to be the wizarding equivalent.
Surprise: The second Moment of Half-Blood Prince, from chapter six, depicting Fred and George’s joke shop in Diagon Alley. J.K. Rowling gives insight into the history of the Leaky Cauldron pub, as well as the ghost-plot of Florean Fortescue, the ice-cream parlor owner.
Surprise: First moment of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, depicting the second chapter of the book. In the Moment, discover new information from J.K. Rowling about the town of Cokeworth, where Severus Snape and Lily and Petunia Evans grew up. Pottermore also rewarded all users with 300 Galleons to their Gringotts account.
This year, Christmas comes early to Pottermore with brand new writing from J.K. Rowling, new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and more.
Today, Pottermore announced their Christmas campaign to coincide with the website’s release of daily surprises starting next Friday, December 12. From that date until December 23, Pottermore will be releasing a treat everyday at 1pm GMT (8am EST), with treats ranging from new potions to original content from J.K. Rowling on Draco Malfoy and the ghost plot of Florean Fortescue, to be found in new Moments from Half-Blood Prince.