Friday, 19 December 2014

Take a trip down memory lane today with the Hogwarts Pensieve

There’s another surprise awaiting you on today. Give the correct answer to our riddle to see an unwitting Hepzibah Smith show a young Lord Voldemort treasures from the Hogwarts founders, not knowing the events her actions will set in motion….

Which of Dumbledore’s collected memories of Tom Riddle most intrigued you in Half-Blood Prince?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rich rewards in the Great Hall

We’d love to join in Wilkie Twycross’s lesson in Half-Blood Prince, if only we weren’t Muggles, but at least we don’t have to worry about Splinching ourselves like Susan Bones…

Transport yourself into a brand new Moment for today’s surprise - watch out for any Galleons lying around when you arrive.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Join the Slug Club at Slughorn’s Christmas party!

Professor Slughorn decorates his office in a riot of colour for his Christmas party. Dust off your dress robes, answer our rhyming riddle and join in the festive Hogwarts spirit in today’s surprise.

Is Professor Snape a vampire? Explore Slughorn’s office and read J.K. Rowling’s final word on that popular rumour.

Proud to be picked as one of J.K. Rowling’s #5toFollow

We’re happier than Dobby with new socks to have been chosen by J.K. Rowling as one of her favourite accounts to follow in Twitter’s #5toFollow campaign.

We thought we’d reciprocate and share the Pottermore team’s top five entries written by J.K. Rowling for – what were yours?

1. 2014 Quidditch World Cup: Gossip Column

…when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen.  As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down.  Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.

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2. Dolores Jane Umbridge

An accomplished witch, Dolores joined the Ministry of Magic directly after she left Hogwarts, taking a job as a lowly intern in the Improper Use of Magic Office.  Even at seventeen, Dolores was judgemental, prejudiced and sadistic, although her conscientious attitude, her saccharine manner towards her superiors, and the ruthlessness and stealth with which she took credit for other people's work soon gained her advancement.

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3. The Original Forty

Two of my most prized possessions are a pair of small notebooks, which contain my very first scribblings about Harry Potter. Much of what is written in them was never used in the series, although it is startling to come across the odd line of dialogue that subsequently made it, verbatim, to publication.

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4. Professor Minerva McGonagall

Though a most efficient and gifted employee, and fond of her much older boss, Elphinstone Urquart, Minerva was unhappy in London, and found that she missed Scotland.  Finally, after two years at the Ministry, she was offered a prestigious promotion, yet found herself turning it down.  She sent an owl to Hogwarts, asking whether she might be considered for a teaching post.  The owl returned within hours, offering her a job in the Transfiguration department, under Head of Department, Albus Dumbledore.  

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5. Ministers for Magic

Priscilla Dupont 1855 - 1858

Conceived an irrational loathing of the Muggle Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, to an extent that caused such trouble (coins turning to frogspawn in his coat pockets, etc.) that she was forced to step down. Ironically, Palmerston was forced to resign by the Muggles two days later.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Are you a practical potion-maker?

Grab your cauldron, swing by the Apothecary for ingredients and start brewing! Once you’ve successfully brewed Doxycide (Parts 1 and 2) and Shrinking Solution (Parts 1 and 2), you’ll be awarded our Practical Potion-Maker Badge – a worthy reward for any talented potioneer. If you are unable to see the new potion, try logging out and then in again.
Don’t forget to answer our rhyming riddle for yet another treat – revisiting one of Dumbledore’s memories in the Hogwarts Pensieve

Monday, 15 December 2014

Will you be the first to top the new Potions Class leaderboard?

As a potioneer on you can now see how well you’re doing on our new Potions Class leaderboard in the Great Hall.

Something wicked this way comes…

Wrap up warm for this one, as it’s not just the weather that brings a chill. Solve today’s riddle and watch the snowy scene unfold as Katie Bell encounters the cursed opal necklace in a brand new Moment from Half-Blood Prince.

Buy your copy of Book of Potions from Flourish and Blotts, grab your ingredients in the Apothecary and rid your house of those pesky magical pests Doxys by brewing Doxycide in Potions Class.