Monday, 1 September 2014

Bloomsbury’s new 'Harry Potter' children’s editions are now available



There's a lot going on today in the world of Harry Potter - as young witches and wizards make their way back to Hogwarts for the start of the school year, the new Bloomsbury* children's editions of the Harry Potter hardback and paperback books are now available to buy.

The beautiful new print editions were illustrated by the award-winning Jonny Duddle both inside and out, and also include a brand new map of Hogwarts castle and grounds, a biography of J.K. Rowling and some fun facts about the author.

In addition to this, you will also be able to see new illustrated pages about Pottermore at the end of each of the books, including lesser-known facts from J.K. Rowling’s exclusive writing for pottermore.com, encouraging new fans of the stories to discover even more about the world of Harry Potter beyond the series.

We can’t decide which cover we like the most – which is your favourite? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter using #HarryPotterBooks.

To buy the new editions of the series in hardback or paperback, visit the Bloomsbury Harry Potter website today. If you’re looking forward to getting your hands on the digital versions of the new editions, you won’t have to wait long! These new Harry Potter editions will soon be available as eBooks to buy on the Pottermore Shop – keep an eye on the Insider for more information!

* For those of you who don’t know, Bloomsbury is the publisher of the Harry Potter stories for the UK and the Commonwealth, including Canada.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Happy Birthday Percy Weasley!

‘Hi, Percy,’ said Harry. 
‘Oh, hello, Harry,’ said Percy. ‘I was wondering who was making all the noise. I’m trying to work in here, you know – I’ve got a report to finish for the office – and it’s rather difficult to concentrate when people keep thundering up and down the stairs.’ 
‘We’re not thundering,’ said Ron irritably. ‘We’re walking. Sorry if we’ve disturbed the top-secret workings of the Ministry of Magic.’ 
‘What are you working on?’ said Harry. 
‘A report for the Department of International Magical Co-operation,’ said Percy smugly. ‘We’re trying to standardise cauldron thickness. Some of these foreign imports are just a shade too thin – leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three per cent a year –’ 
‘That’ll change the world, that report will,’ said Ron. ‘Front page of the Daily Prophet, I expect, cauldron leaks.’ 
Percy went slightly pink. 
‘You might sneer, Ron,’ he said heatedly, ‘but unless some sort of international law is imposed we might well find the market flooded with flimsy, shallow-bottomed products which seriously endanger –’ 
‘Yeah, yeah, all right,’ said Ron, and he started off upstairs again. Percy slammed his bedroom door shut. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter Five, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes




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Happy Birthday Percy Weasley! The author of Prefects Who Gained Power* will surely have added Percy to their latest edition - his career has gone from strength to strength since his time at Hogwarts; rising, as we are informed by Rita Skeeter, to Head of the Department of Magical Transportation in recent years.

We love Percy’s fastidiousness and pompousness throughout the Harry Potter series, even if it does mean he now gets called a ‘nit-picking bureaucrat’ by some of his political opponents, but we bet he’s a difficult person to buy a present for!

What do you think Percy’s perfect birthday present would be? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter using #HappyBirthdayPercyWeasley, and share your birthday wishes!

*A deeply boring study of Hogwarts Prefects and their later careers.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Discover brand new writing by J.K. Rowling on singing sensation Celestina Warbeck and listen to her single on pottermore.com!


"They were all supposed to be listening to a Christmas broadcast by Mrs Weasley’s favourite singer, Celestina Warbeck, whose voice was warbling out of the large wooden wireless. Fleur, who seemed to find Celestina very dull, was talking so loudly in the corner that a scowling Mrs Weasley kept pointing her wand at the volume control, so that Celestina grew louder and louder. [...]

HeartHawthorn5902's depiction of Mrs. Weasley
listening to a Celestina Warbeck song
‘Oh, come and stir my cauldron,
And if you do it right
I’ll boil you up some hot, strong love
To keep you warm tonight.’

‘We danced to this when we were eighteen!’ said Mrs Weasley, wiping her eyes on her knitting. ‘Do you remember, Arthur?’ 
‘Mphf?’ said Mr Weasley, whose head had been nodding over the satsuma he was peeling. ‘Oh yes … marvelous tune …’ "

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter Sixteen, ‘A Very Frosty Christmas’.



Today on pottermore.com we revealed for the first time that it is Celestina Warbeck’s birthday. To celebrate, you can now find out even more about the talented singer in exclusive new writing by J.K. Rowling!

Get the scoop on one of J.K. Rowling’s ‘favourite “off-stage” characters in the whole series’, from her early years to her career highlights, the ups and downs of her personal life and her selfless work as a philanthropist.

Here’s a sneak peek at the singing sorceress’s biography stats – is anyone else intrigued by her ability to drown out a chorus of banshees?!

Birthday: 18th August 
Wand: Larch and phoenix feather, 10 1/2 inches long, flexible  
Hogwarts house: Gryffindor
Special abilities: Ability to drown out a chorus of banshees, tap-dancing, fancy baking
Parentage: Wizard father, Muggle mother.  
Family: Has married three times; one son
Hobbies: Travelling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes


We don't want to give it all away, so be sure to head to the Moment ‘Floo Powder’ in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on pottermore.com to read this exciting new writing.

Did you know that guests visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida can see Celestina Warbeck perform live every day with her backing singers, the Banshees? As an extra gift for Celestina’s birthday, you can now listen to a recording of one of her hit songs on pottermore.com, to give you a taster of what you can enjoy in the live performance, should you get to visit the newly opened Diagon Alley.

We hope you enjoy the title track from her global bestselling album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart as much as we did – we've been tapping our toes along to it all day!

Share your favourite facts from the new J.K. Rowling writing on Celestina with us, or wish her a Happy Birthday, on Facebook and Twitter using #CelestinaWarbeck.

If you would like more information on visiting Universal Orlando Resort to see Celestina Warbeck perform live, click here.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ returns to Universal Orlando Resort in 2015!

In January this year, a few lucky members of the Pottermore team were able to attend ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ – a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon of Harry Potter. We are pleased to let you know that ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ will be taking place again at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida from 30 January – 1 February 2015. Guests will be able to attend film talent Q&A sessions, discussions and demonstrations, a Harry Potter™ Expo and more.

There’ll be special event vacation packages with exclusive benefits on sale from next Thursday 21 August at 12 noon EST, or you can purchase your general admission tickets for the event weekend now.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Happy Birthday Ginny!


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It’s Ginny’s birthday today! We’re sure she is celebrating the day with her family, and enjoying a break after her trip to Patagonia as Quidditch Correspondent for the Daily Prophet for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

We all remember the singing Valentine Ginny sent Harry in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and who else remembers the ‘get well’ card she made him in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, after his accident in the disastrous Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff?

We want you to celebrate Ginny’s birthday by writing the creative former Gryffindor a poem of her own, or by uploading a picture or birthday card here on pottermore.com!

To give you some inspiration, here’s a reminder of the brilliant singing Valentine that Ginny sent Harry, and one Pottermore team member's own interpretation of Ginny, made up into a card to help celebrate her birthday.:

‘His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,

His hair is as dark as a blackboard.

I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,

The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.’

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter Thirteen, The Very Secret Diary


Image submitted by a talented Pottermore team member


Don't forget to share your birthday wishes on Facebook or Twitter using #HappyBirthdayGinny.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Would you have made it through the Triwizard maze?




















The four champions competing in the Triwizard Tournament had a lot of obstacles to overcome before they could reach the infamous Triwizard Cup – from Boggarts to giant Blast-Ended Skrewts, the maze tested their spell-casting skills to the max.

What do you think you would have struggled with in the Triwizard maze? Would you have been hopelessly disorientated by the golden mist, or have failed to answer the sphinx’s riddle?

Let us know on Facebook and Twitter using #GobletOfFire.

If you’re having trouble remembering what obstacles were placed in the maze for the third task of the tournament, remind yourself with your copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or visit pottermore.com now to explore ‘The Maze’!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

What was your favourite collectible from the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?

We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the new Moments from the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on pottermore.com as much as we have!

We loved finding new potion ingredients, Hogwarts paraphernalia (and, of course, the odd hidden Galleon) in the Moments. These are only a small selection of the collectibles available to find in the brand new Moments, but they’re some of our favourites! What collectible did you most enjoy discovering?