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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…

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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

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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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