Today, Pottermore announced that the fifth Pottermore House Cup competition is coming soon.
On Sunday, March 30, Pottermore will be naming the winner of the fifth Pottermore House Cup, awarded to the house with the most house points.
As with tradition, celebrations for the House Cup 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.
This time around, however, they are encouraging Pottermore community members to create videos on Vine, Instagram, and YouTube, showing their House Pride. According to the Insider, “the video should include and continue the following phrase: “Hi Pottermore community, I am proud to be a Hufflepuff/Slytherin/Gryffindor/Ravenclaw because…”, and use one of the following tags: #SlytherinPride, #GryffindorPride, #HufflepuffPride, or #RavenclawPride.” More information will be released about this interaction on March 14.
Will you be sending in a video? Who do you want to win the Cup? As the Insider notes, this could be Ravenclaw’s time to shine, but Hufflepuff and Gryffindor could join the likes of Slytherin and win their second Cup. Or, the snakes could prevail once again for a third win! We shall see who is crowned winner in the coming weeks…
Don’t forget — For those of you who have not been sorted can create a Pottermore.com account and head to the Great Hall to find out which house is best fit for you!
In an extensive new entry on Pottermore.com, J.K. Rowling revealed the wizarding world’s affection for the Scottish rugby team.
Ahead of the RBS Six Nations (rugby league) match between Scotland and Italy this weekend, J.K. Rowling revealed the story behind the wizarding community’s interest in Scottish rugby in an entry on Pottermore.
The wizarding world’s affection for the Scottish rugby team is all the more bizarre because a substantial part of wizarding society knows nothing about Muggle sports, which they regard as inherently dull and even silly. Yet the Scottish rugby team has become a wizarding meme – part in-joke, part genuine interest – which has its roots in the nineteenth century and is a tale both sad and uplifting.
The author continues to tell the story of (new) character Angus Buchanan, “a Squib who went on to become famous across both the Muggle and wizarding world – an historical achievement – and whose career is still celebrated today by the Wizarding Supporters of Scottish Rugby Union,” the Pottermore Insider reads.
The author also tweeted out her support for the Scottish rugby team, encouraging her followers to use the hashtag #wizardsforscotlandrugbyteam, in light of the new information.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 21, 2014
You can visit chapter eight of Goblet of Fire on Pottermore to read Angus’s full story, in addition to fifty other pieces of writing from the author on the site.
As we previously announced, Pottermore released three new audio clips and one from the archives, of J.K. Rowling speaking about Gilderoy Lockhart.
According to the Pottermore Insider, listeners can “learn more about Lockhart’s family background, his failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts.”
Pottermore Reveals Time-Lapse Goblet of Fire ‘Moment’ Video, Audio Clips about Gilderoy Lockhart at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’
Over the past three days, Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl. has been hosting A Celebration of Harry Potter—an all-ages event of pure fun that celebrates everything that is the wizarding world. In attendance were Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, and Mark Williams, who portrayed Luna Lovegood, Fred and George Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Arthur Weasley, respectively.
As previously reported, Pottermore was involved with the Celebration, hosting its own booth and event. At their presentation, Pottermore’s Creative Director revealed a time-lapse video of the creation of a Pottermore Moment. From the drawing board to the final splashes of color, it shows the making of a Moment from the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Pottermore.com, titled ‘Snape’s Dark Mark’ (from Chapter 36 of the book). You can watch the video below.
In addition to the video, the creative director also previewed three exclusive audio clips of J.K. Rowling giving a detailed account of the beaming, fraudulent Gilderoy Lockhart. In them, she discusses Lockhart’s family life and background, failed business endeavors, and the Sorting Hat’s first choice of house before it decided to put him in Ravenclaw. Rowling also examines today’s celebrity-championing culture, and shows a mischievous sense of humor as she candidly talks about the lavishness and overkill of celebrity.
For those of you who were unable to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter, don’t fret! The audio clips are available for exclusive early listening on EW.com and theguardian.com. The clips will also be making their way over to their permanent home at Pottermore.com in a few days. Keep your eyes open for notifications from Pottermore Owl, and check Pottermore.com frequently to see if they have been uploaded!
In the meantime, let’s give our warm birthday wishes to Gilderoy Lockhart, as he celebrated his 50th birthday just yesterday! From all of us at the Pottermore News team: we hope you are faring well at St. Mungo’s, Gilderoy, and, of course, remaining happy signing autographs and receiving fan mail and weekly letters from Ms. Gladys Gudgeon (though you are still not quite sure why)!
Please share your birthday wishes to Gilderoy Lockhart below!
Images courtesy of Harry Potter Wiki and the Pottermore Insider.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Just in time for the holidays, winter has come to Pottermore.
Tis’ the season, Pottermore is decked out for the holidays. The Map is covered in snow, there’s a Christmas tree in Hogsmeade, and a snowman in London.
Snow also reached Diagon Alley, and the narrow street set in the heart of London is covered from top to bottom in white flurries.
The Great Hall is also decked out for the holidays, with trees and icicles galore.
On that note, from all of us at Pottermore News, Season’s Greetings!
Are you ready for the holidays? How will you be spending your break (if you have one…)?
Universal has announced they will be unveiling new details of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley expansion over a webcast this January.
In a video released by Universal today, Harry Potter actor James Phelps announced that Universal will be releasing information about the theme park expansion on January 23.
Watch the announcement:
As Hypable pointed out, the webcast is to take place a day before Universal Orlando’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” fan convention. At the convention, ticket holders will be able to attend wand lessons, Q&A with select cast members of the films, receive a behind-the-scenes look at Pottermore, and more.
Pottermore News will have full coverage of the webcast and convention come January.
To celebrate the release of Wonderbook: Book of Potions, Sony are hosting a sweepstakes in which you can enter to win a PlayStation 3 bundle, with both Pottermore Wonderbook titles, Book of Spells and Book of Potions.
There are 31 bundles to win, and each bundle consists of: one PlayStation 3 250 GB, PlayStation Eye, PlayStation Move Motion Controller, a Wonderbook, and one copy of both Book of Spells and Book of Potions.
With Wonderbook, the world of Harry Potter comes to life in a way never seen before. Using the PlayStation Move Motion Controller and PlayStation Eye, players can immerse themselves in an augmented-reality experience.
About the games from the website:
Book of Spells:
Learn to cast spells just like a student at Hogwarts™, with Miranda Goshawk’s 200-year-old textbook. With new and exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, you’ll master spells like Wingardium Leviosa and Engorgio, and read about the histories behind them.
Book of Potions:
Master powerful potions from the Harry Potter™ stories as you’re guided by Zygmunt Budge – a brand new character from the imagination of J.K. Rowling – to find out if you have what it takes to become a champion potioneer for Hogwarts™.
Remember, with PlayStation 3, you have access to the “online 3D environment” Pottermore at PlayStation Home where you can explore key locations from the Harry Potter stories, using your own customizable avatar. Shop at Diagon Alley, “board the Hogwarts Express, take part in a Wizard’s Duel, practice Charms at Hogwarts, fly through the Forbidden Forest in a broomstick race, and visit the enchanted Chessboard Chamber.”
To win all these in one bundle, you can enter sweepstakes right here. Offer ends December 2!
For the first time ever, you will be able to explore Pottermore.com on your tablet, as the entire website is now compatible with leading tablet devices.
The ability to use the experience on tablets has been a popular request of Pottermore users since the beginning, and they are now able to with this new development. This is also significant to those who rely solely on tablets, as they may now use the site to its full capacity. Previously, the website was only accessible in a web browser on the computer.
Earlier today we tried out the site on an iPad, and it was pretty much the same experience. One nice thing to note is that everything is included – nothing is held back. You can explore each layer of every Moment, collect the same objects, and smoothly journey through the story as you are able to on the computer. If you have a tablet, we encourage you to try it out.
With the launch of this mobile site, many readers and fans are looking out for a Pottermore app for their phones and other mobile devices. There is a huge demand for an app, and we know from the previous CEO and Sony’s comments that there is a collection of apps being developed. We expect a launch very soon, and we’ll keep you updated with the latest.
Have you tried out Pottermore on your tablet? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.