Friday, 24 October 2014

Trick: What did Barnabas the Barmy once foolishly do?


As many will remember, the mysterious Room of Requirement is located opposite an enormous tapestry depicting Barnabas the Barmy – but what did this foolish wizard attempt to do that resulted in his being attacked by angry magical creatures?


If you’re finding it tricky to remember, why not take a peek at the chapter  ‘Dumbledore’s Army’ in your copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…

Many characters from the Harry Potter series come across the Room of Requirement during their time at Hogwarts – even Professor Dumbledore found himself making use of its magical properties after taking a wrong turn in the castle. What would be in your Room of Requirement today? Tell us on FacebookTwitter or Tumblr using #PottermoreTrick.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Treat: what grim place is this?

It’s time for another Pottermore Treat – a sneak peek at original concept artwork for pottermore.com – but do you recognise this grim house in London? Picture the scene – muffled stereo noises, extinguished street lamps, a pungent smell of rotting rubbish and a mysterious piece of parchment…


Vote in our poll or tell us your answers on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr using #PottermoreTreat.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Trick: riddle me this!

You will surely remember Harry’s encounter with the Sphinx in the Triwizard Maze in Goblet of Fire, and the challenging riddle she gave him. For today’s Pottermore Trick, we’ve written you a riddle of our very own.

In brand-new exclusive writing, soon to be released on pottermore.com, J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration for naming this mystery Hogwarts teacher – can you guess their identity?



Tell us your theories on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr using #PottermoreTrick.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Treat: a closer look at the Thestral

‘It’s all right,’ said a dreamy voice from beside Harry as Ron vanished into the coach’s dark interior. ‘You’re not going mad or anything. I can see them, too.’
‘Can you?’ said Harry desperately, turning to Luna. He could see the bat-winged horses reflected in her wide silvery eyes.
‘Oh, yes,’ said Luna, ‘I’ve been able to see them ever since my first day here. They’ve always pulled the carriages.’

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Ten, Luna Lovegood

Today’s #PottermoreTreat is a beautiful concept drawing of an eerie magical creature – the Thestral.



Thestrals used to be considered a bad omen, and are only visible to those who have witnessed death, and you’ll soon be able to read writing from J.K. Rowling on why Harry was only able to see these unnerving creatures in the beginning of his fifth year.

Many of you have hotly debated this question - if you haven’t guessed already, what are your #ThestralTheories?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Trick: can you crack the code?

Harry had expected a rather more impressive location for the Ministry of Magic.
‘Here we are,’ said Mr Weasley brightly, pointing at an old red telephone box, which was missing several panes of glass and stood before a heavily graffitied wall. ‘After you, Harry.’
He opened the telephone-box door.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Seven, The Ministry of Magic


For today’s Pottermore Trick, we’re asking you to remember the code Arthur Weasley needed to dial in the red telephone box, to access the Ministry of Magic.

To make it even trickier, what wizarding words are spelt out by each of these five codes?

When you think you’ve cracked one, let us know on FacebookTwitter or Tumblr using #PottermoreTrick, and hashtag the number you’ve solved.

If you’re stuck, keep an eye on our Twitter page for helpful hints across the day!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Treat: create your very own wizarding legislation

We’re all for looking your smartest on special occasions, like the Hogwarts Hallowe’en feast, but we think Hortensia Milliphutt legislating on hat pointiness might be taking it a bit too far…



Ministers for Magic aren’t the only ones who enjoy enforcing unpopular rules - Dolores Umbridge imposed numerous Educational Decrees during her time as High Inquisitor at Hogwarts; disbanding teams and societies, banning students from reading The Quibbler and promoting herself to Headmistress to name but a few! We’re sure she would have revelled in the power of being Minister for Magic...

If you were Minister for Magic for a day what #WizardingLegislation would you introduce? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and remember to use  #WizardingLegislation as we’ll be picking our favourites to show on the Insider.

Autumn falls on pottermore.com

Harry felt happier for the rest of the weekend than he had done all term. He and Ron spent much of Sunday catching up with all their homework again, and although this could hardly be called fun, the last burst of autumn sunshine persisted, so rather than sitting hunched over tables in the common room they took their work outside and lounged in the shade of a large beech tree on the edge of the lake. 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The autumnal breeze will have many of you unpacking your coats and gloves and, with the leaves turned from green to gold, autumn has fallen on the pottermore.com map as well.

We’re sad to see the deckchairs by the coast packed away - a clear sign that we’ve left summer behind – but autumn does bring with it a host of other things to enjoy. While the Hebridean Black dragon and the citizens of London may not be appreciating the rainfall (and nor are those of us at the Pottermore offices!), we know others will be loving jumping through piles of autumn leaves, and watching the pumpkins grow in preparation for Hallowe’en.

Autumn always reminds us of some great events in the Harry Potter stories – from the return to Hogwarts in September, to the start of the Quidditch season in November and, of course, the fantastically spooky Hallowe’en feast.

How about you? Visit your homepage on pottermore.com to soak in the autumnal colours and atmosphere, and share with other students in the Great Hall what moments in the Harry Potter series autumn reminds you of.