Friday, 31 October 2014

A Hallowe’en treat: brand new writing by J.K. Rowling has been revealed

We’ve been playing ‘Trick or Treat’ in the countdown to Hallowe’en, and now it’s time for the biggest treat of all – wickedly brilliant new writing by J.K. Rowling is now available to read in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on pottermore.com.

Discover brand new writing by J.K. Rowling

Delve into the backstory of malicious witch Dolores Umbridge, unveil the mystery of the eerie Thestrals and unlock the secrets of every Minister for Magic since the position was created in 1707.

Explore beautiful scenes from Order of the Phoenix

Enter the spectacular Atrium at the Ministry of Magic, visit Gilderoy Lockhart in the Closed Ward at St Mungo’s, marvel at the magnitude of the Hall of Prophecy, discover the headquarters of the secret Order in Grimmauld Place and more in the beautiful Moments from Order of the Phoenix.

Hallowe’en has arrived on pottermore.com

Visit the Great Hall to witness the spectacular annual Hallowe’en feast, and don’t forget to take a peek at the Hallowe’en map on your pottermore.com homepage.

We also wanted to say a massive thanks to the thousands of you who took part in our ‘Trick or Treat’ teasers – we’ve loved seeing your reactions and creativity over the past few weeks. Be sure to come back to the Pottermore Insider next week when we’ll be sharing our highlights from the last 15 days.

Enjoy a spooktacular Hallowe’en!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Trick: what pranks would you play as master of chaos at Hogwarts?

‘STOP THEM!’ shrieked Umbridge, but it was too late. As the Inquisitorial Squad closed in, Fred and George kicked off from the floor, shooting fifteen feet into the air, the iron peg swinging dangerously below. Fred looked across the hall at the poltergeist bobbing on his level above the crowd.
‘Give her hell from us, Peeves.’
And Peeves, who Harry had never seen take an order from a student before, swept his belled hat from his head and sprang to a salute as Fred and George wheeled about to tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open front doors into the glorious sunset.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Twenty-Nine, Careers Advice



Many of you around the world will be enjoying Mischief Night, as it’s the night before Hallowe’en, and no one loves playing mischievous tricks better than the eternal prankster Peeves.

Fondly referred to as the master of chaos at Hogwarts, Peeves took Fred Weasley’s words to heart when the twins left the school, causing pandemonium wherever he went, and especially targeting the villainous Professor Umbridge. We particularly enjoyed him dropping a bag of tarantulas into the Great Hall, and the image of him floating after Umbridge and blowing raspberries every time she spoke.

If you were a master of chaos at Hogwarts for the day, what would you do? Tell us your most creative and mischievous idea on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr using #MasterOfChaos.

Happy Birthday Molly Weasley!


Image submitted by CloakHallow98

The Weasley matriarch is always rushing around looking after others, so we hope Molly is putting her feet up today for once!

Molly gives the greatest presents to her family, Harry and Hermione; from the colourful Weasley jumpers, to Easter eggs the size of dragon eggs and home-made fudge – what birthday present would you give her today? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr using #HappyBirthdayMollyWeasley

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Treat: who is the most villainous witch?



Today’s #PottermoreTreat is all about wicked witches. We're sure you can guess which malicious character J.K. Rowling is writing about in this snippet – Dolores Umbridge delighted in humiliating and eliminating her opponents during her time as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.

But do you agree with J.K. Rowling that, despite their contrasting allegiances to the Ministry of Magic and to Lord Voldemort, Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix Lestrange are as evil as one another?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Trick: Can you complete Pottermore’s curious crossword?

Today’s Pottermore Trick is a difficult one, but we’re sure you’ll rise to the occasion. We’ve created this curious crossword for you to complete, and have hidden a wizarding word in the answers as an extra challenge.

Unscramble the hidden word from the highlighted letters to reveal the subject of new writing by J.K. Rowling, arriving soon on pottermore.com.

Click on the crossword below to print, and good luck!


Monday, 27 October 2014

Treat: Wands at the ready for this Charming treat



The duelling champions and bookworms amongst you have correctly guessed that the four new spells coming to Duelling Club are the Tickling Charm, the Levitation Charm, the Freezing Charm and the Disarming Charm.

Soon we’ll be putting your duelling skills to the test and giving you the chance to earn a brand new badge - what do you think it will it take to earn the title ‘Charming Dueller’?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Trick: the eagle-eyed will be able to fill in the gap…

Ministers for Magic are often the source of wise words, but what now infamous statement did Millicent Bagnold make to the International Confederation of Wizards in 1981?





If you can’t make up your mind, why not ask your Ravenclaw friends for a helpful hint…


Look out for more nuggets on historical Ministers for Magic from J.K. Rowling on pottermore.com soon.