Today, three years from the launch of Pottermore.com, Pottermore entered a new stage of development by making significant changes to the site.
First and foremost, starting today, Pottermore users cannot comment in any spaces on the site, upload personal artwork, or post a status on their Profile. All comments posted previously have been deleted. According to the Pottermore team, “A number of factors led to these decisions. As part of our ongoing review, we concluded that some features were no longer properly serving the interests of our users.” Additionally, the Pottermore team cited the increasing challenge of monitoring the posts as factoring in their decision. With users’ privacy and security at heart, the Pottermore team decided to deactivate these functions.
Secondly, Pottermore has shut down the Pottermore Insider blog, which served as a source of official news and updates regarding the site since its initial launch in 2011. The Pottermore team felt that these updates “would be better channelled in other ways in the future.”
Finally, the team released a progress update on Deathly Hallows, as well as a statement on J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the changes.
When are Moments from Deathly Hallows coming and what happens afterwards – is it the end of Pottermore?
We’re not far away from releasing new Moments from Deathly Hallows for you to explore, along with more new writing by J.K. Rowling. As for what’s after that, it’s certainly not the end – in fact, far from it. Make sure you check back here often to get regular news on our plans.
What does J.K. Rowling think about these recent changes?
On a day-to-day basis J.K. Rowling entrusts the running of Pottermore to a dedicated management team. However, she was consulted about these changes and of course supports the decision to keep pottermore.com a safe and secure environment for everyone.
Pottermore announced these changes in a post on their site in a new area devoted for site updates. The complete post offers a list of question and answers regarding these new updates. This new page will be the source of all further technical information about the site, much like the Pottermore Insider’s Platform updates page. It can be accessed in the toolbar on the Pottermore homepage.
Throwback: Pottermore announces new ability to share comments beneath Moments, book pages, and J.K. Rowling entries
Today’s news is quite contrary to previous updates to the site. The last time Pottermore decided to change their site, in July 2013, the comment function was increased as to help user/community interactivity. However, clearly moderating comments has become an increasing issue over the recent months, with roleplaying, inappropriate content, and abuse prevalent in the comment sections (visit PottermoreWatch on Facebook to see). So though these changes hinder community interaction, it might serve the greater good after all.
Pottermore News will report on any additional news as it comes, so come back soon for the latest. In the meantime, follow our Twitter for realtime updates about Pottermore.
A handy app for Pottermore players who demand 100% completion rate
In November 2013, Pottermore was made available for tablets and smartphones. The mobile version added a whole new level of excitement for fans who can’t get enough of the game and want to play while on the bus or taking a little break from work.
With the release of Pottermore for mobile came the development of a simple game guide for players. It’s not an official release by J.K. Rowling or Sony but it’s a pretty good app for those who want to fill their progress bar in the game quickly. For those who do not have a lot of time to search for every spider or dust cloud in the game, here’s the Pottermore Guide app for you.
The Pottermore Guide App
Finding items in the game can sometimes be exhausting, as players of Pottermore need to explore every nook and cranny in order to find things that will fill up their progress bar. Thankfully, the Pottermore Guide App is there for players who are stuck in the game. All players need to do is select a book and a chapter in order to find the information they’re looking for. Screenshots of in-game items and the locations where players can find them are also included in the app for easier hunting. Apart from being a handy item checklist, The Pottermore Guide also gives players hints on how to progress further in the game, whether it’s finding hidden Hinkypunks or solving gnome problems in the garden.
Don’t worry about running the app on the background all the time, as it doesn’t take a lot of juice out of the battery. The Pottermore Guide is only available for Android phones and that means programs that don’t close automatically. Gaming site Pocket Fruity warns first-time Android users to keep their apps in check since many of them drain the battery very quickly even when they’re only running on the background. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with this app.
The Pottermore Guide App has a complete checklist for the first 5 books, and is currently up to date with some Moments for book 6. This is a contributed post. Though our fan website, Pottermore News, endorses the Pottermore Guide App, the app has not received official endorsement from J.K. Rowling, Pottermore, or all related companies and peoples.
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!