Thursday, 31 July 2014

Happy 34th Birthday Harry Potter!

…on Harry’s birthday (which the Dursleys had completely ignored) he had received four superb birthday cakes, one each from Ron, Hermione, Hagrid and Sirius. 

Chapter Three, The Invitation, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


It’s Harry Potter’s birthday today (as well as a certain author’s), and we hope he is celebrating it in style, or at least has a superb birthday cake, as he did on his fourteenth birthday!

Harry’s first ever birthday cake was given to him by Hagrid on his eleventh birthday – it may not have been as edible as his birthday cakes in later years (remember Hagrid’s notorious rock cakes?), but was no less happily received. Recall the moment the two friends first met in the hut on the rock in this audio snippet from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:



To celebrate our favourite hero, who turns 34 today, we have given every member of pottermore.com 150 Galleons. You may have noticed it arrive in your Gringotts account today – don’t spend it all at once, even if you are tempted by the new offerings at Flourish and Blotts!

Why not share your birthday messages to Harry Potter? Comment on our Facebook post, or on Twitter using #HappyBirthdayHarryPotter, or upload a picture here!

Don’t forget that the third and final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available to explore  - head over to pottermore.com now if you have yet to explore the new Moments, as there’s a lot to discover.

The concluding chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ are ready on pottermore.com!


Following today’s release of the final instalment (chapters 21-37), you can now explore Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in its entirety on pottermore.com!

Learn more about owls, the wizarding world’s faithful feathered friends, in another exclusive new entry by J.K. Rowling; see Harry, Ron and Hermione attempt to restrain Hagrid’s six-foot-long Blast-Ended Skrewts; experience Harry’s journey through the vast maze in the third and final task of the Triwizard Tournament and much more…

I pondered the issue of illness and disability very early in the creation of Harry’s world. Did wizards catch colds? Could they cure illnesses that baffled Muggles? Were there disabled wizards? What were the limits of wizarding medicine, or could it fi anything?

Excerpt from ‘Illness and Disability’ by J.K. Rowling

Have you ever wondered about how witches and wizards deal with illnesses in the wizarding world?  J.K. Rowling answers all of your questions in her exclusive new writing ‘Illness and Disability’, available to discover in the Moment ‘Snape’s Dark Mark’ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire now!


We enjoy reading your thoughts on each of the Moments, so don't forget to leave a comment directly beneath them on pottermore.com. You can also share your favourite #GobletOfFire discoveries from the new chapters on Facebook and Twitter.

Go to pottermore.com now to continue exploring Harry Potter’s story.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Happy Birthday Neville!

‘You all right, Neville?’ Harry asked him.
‘Oh yes,’ said Neville, ‘I’m fine, thanks. Just reading this book Professor Moody lent me ...’
He held up the book: Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties.
‘Apparently, Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I’m really good at Herbology,’ Neville said. There was a faint note of pride in his voice that Harry had rarely heard there before. ‘He thought I’d like this.’

Chapter Fourteen, The Unforgivable Curses, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s Neville Longbottom’s 34th birthday today, and we hope he’s enjoying his special day! In J.K. Rowling’s exclusive writing for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, Rita Skeeter reveals that the brave former Gryffindor student is now the Herbology teacher at Hogwarts, and that his wife Hannah Abbott is to be Matron at Hogwarts, achieving roles that many people would dream of! If working at Hogwarts is your dream, what subject would you most like to teach?


Neville’s love of Herbology shone through during his time at Hogwarts – to celebrate his birthday, why don’t you upload a drawing of him with one of his most interesting magical plant discoveries? Here are a couple of our favourite pictures from members of pottermore.com to give you some inspiration!


Images submitted by StoneAsphodel27021 and SwordStone27036

Ravenclaw’s early access to the final instalment of ’Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ has begun

Members of Ravenclaw house have now been given access to explore the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on pottermore.com.

Ravenclaws are being granted 24 hours of early access as a reward for winning the fifth Pottermore House Cup championship in March.

Members of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin will be sent an Owl Notification to confirm when the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Monday, 28 July 2014

24 hours early access for Ravenclaws begins this Wednesday

We’re delighted to let you know that the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released this Thursday, 31 July!

As worthy winners of the fifth Pottermore House Cup championship, Ravenclaw members will be able to enjoy 24 hours early access to explore these chapters, beginning at 12.00pm BST this Wednesday, 30 July.

Members of Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor will be able to enjoy the new chapters on pottermore.com from 12.00pm BST this Thursday.

Friday, 25 July 2014

An early reminder for all Ravenclaws on pottermore.com

Ravenclaws may want to keep an eye on their Owl Notifications over the next few days. As winners of the fifth Pottermore House Cup championship, Ravenclaws will be the first to know when the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released and will enjoy 24 hours of early access to explore the new chapters on pottermore.com.

Friday, 18 July 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is now open at Universal Orlando Resort, Florida!


Whether reading the books, watching the films, visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, or exploring Pottermore.com, fans of the Harry Potter stories have been able to experience Diagon Alley™ in many different ways, and now there’s going to be a whole new way to enjoy this famous cobbled street at Universal Studios Florida®! Today, we are excited to bring you more details of what to expect from The Wizarding World of
Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley
, which is now open!

What to expect

In breathtaking detail, Universal Orlando® Resort has recreated quintessential London landmarks; guests are now able to stroll along the London waterfront, and eagle-eyed visitors may spot some sights that would usually be hidden from Muggle view, such as the Knight Bus and number twelve, Grimmauld Place.

Once through the iconic brick archway, you’ll see all the famous shops of Diagon Alley, leading right up the street to the towering Gringotts™ bank at the far end, where you can take a journey deep underground through the perils of the Gringotts vaults in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, the thrilling new signature ride of this area. Universal hasn’t omitted the dark and dangerous Knockturn Alley, which you can also venture down (if you dare)!

And, perhaps most exciting of all, for the first time ever Muggles can journey between Platform 9 ¾™ at King’s Cross Station in London and Hogsmeade™ Station on the Hogwarts™ Express, taking in scenic British countryside from the carriage windows and encountering characters and creatures from the Harry Potter™ stories along the way.

A few members of the Pottermore team were lucky enough to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade for A Celebration of Harry Potter in January this year, and were delighted to see the magical world brought to life on such an astounding scale and with so much faithful detail! Riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, Dragon Challenge™ roller coasters and Flight of the Hippogriff™; stepping into Ollivanders™ wand shop; and visiting the Three Broomsticks™ for a Butterbeer™ were real highlights from the weekend and we’re sure Diagon Alley will only add to the magic of the experience for fans. If only Orlando weren’t so far from London, we'd be visiting it every day!

Find out more and buy your tickets!

To find out more about Universal Orlando Resort ticket and vacation package options, click here. Remember that to travel on the Hogwarts Express from either Hogsmeade Station or King’s Cross Station in London, you will need Park-to-Park Admission.


       Harry Potter and the Escape                           Hogsmeade                                        Gringotts bank
                  from Gringotts