Saturday, 22 November 2014

Happy Birthday, Silvanus Kettleburn!

Picture submitted by StoneGalleon24073

Just like his successor Hagrid, whose exploits during Order of the Phoenix included infiltrating a camp of giants and introducing the fifth-year students to Thestrals, the former Care of Magical Creatures teacher was fond of daring adventures and dangerous magical creatures, causing havoc at Hogwarts on many occasions.

From Occamys to Fire Crabs and Ashwinders, Professor Kettleburn brought magical creatures of all kinds to the school - if you were the Care of Magical Creatures teacher, what fantastic beasts would you bring to Hogwarts?

If you’re feeling creative, why not submit a picture of one of the fantastic beasts to Professor Kettleburn’s page on pottermore.com?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

What details did you enjoy from Umbridge’s office?



We know everyone enjoyed reading the biography of the malicious Dolores Umbridge, but what did you think when you explored the floral pink monstrosity of her office at Hogwarts on pottermore.com?

From the frilled tablecloths to the mewling, meowing cat plates, to the bows on the candelabras, the office is festooned with twee and saccharine accessories - what details did you most enjoy in the ‘Dolores Jane Umbridge’ Moment?

We were shocked by the revelation from J.K. Rowling that Umbridge had a Muggle mother and a Squib brother, as well as a father who worked in the Department of Magical Maintenance at the Ministry of Magic. We asked you to let us know your favourite #UmbridgeFacts – if you haven’t already, tell us what you most enjoyed discovering on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Which Minister for Magic did you enjoy discovering more about?

In her brand new writing on pottermore.com, J.K. Rowling revealed the history of every Minister for Magic since the position was created all those years ago in 1707.

We relished finding out all the secrets and conspiracy theories surrounding the various Ministers – we wonder whether the rumours that Muggle Minister Nobby Leach interfered in the 1966 World Cup to ensure England’s victory are true?

Which Minister for Magic did you most enjoy discovering more about – and what were your favourite facts? Let us know on pottermore.com, or on Facebook or Twitter if you have an account.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

What a purr-fect wall of Frolicsome Feline plates!

We saw many meow-vellous submissions to help us build a wall of Frolicsome Feline plates, and we loved all your cute and somewhat garish creations.

Inspired by Dolores Umbridge’s love for kitty decor, here’s a selection of our favourite 30 Frolicsome Feline plates, created by you.


Friday, 7 November 2014

Pottermore Guide to Duelling Club

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The Best of ‘Trick or Treat’

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun of our ‘Trick or Treat’ event. Here are just a few of our favourite contributions over the 15 spooktacular days, and the answers to each riddle and puzzle.

October 16 – Trick

Well done for guessing that our muddled concept artwork was of a centaur, and especially to those who took the time to unscramble the image themselves….


October 17 – Treat

We hope you’re all enjoying the four new spells in Duelling Club: the Tickling Charm, the Freezing Charm, the Disarming Charm and the Levitation Charm!

October 18 – Trick 

This Pottermore Trick was a real tease, with answers ranging from Professor McGonagall to Hermione Granger to Mafalda Hopkirk, but we were glad so many deduced that Dolores Umbridge was the star of this extract of J.K. Rowling writing:


You can read the full entry here.

October 19 – Treat 

We were inspired by all the creative and imaginative ideas for a #WizardingLegislation the community had – here are just a few of our favourites:





October 20 – Trick

Well done to everyone who knew that 6-2-4-4-2 is the number to dial to enter the Ministry of Magic. Many of you worked hard to successfully crack the codes we gave you for this Pottermore Trick, but if you didn't guess them, here are the answers to our numerical enigmas:


October 21 – Treat

It was interesting to see that so many of your #ThestralTheories were correct – had you worked out that Harry was only able to see Thestrals after he fully comprehended the significance and finality of Cedric’s death?

If you’ve not read the full entry yet, you can find it here.

October 22 – Trick

We wondered how many of you would find the link between R.S. Hawker’s The Song of the Western Men and the mystical Divination teacher, Professor Sybill Trelawney…


Find out all about Sybill Trelawney in the full entry on pottermore.com.

October 23 – Treat

Time for some poll results! Well done to the 58% of you who remembered that number twelve, Grimmauld Place – where the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix are located – is protected by the Fidelius Charm.


October 24 – Trick

You all know your Order of the Phoenix facts so well, it was hardly surprising that you knew exactly why Barnabas the Barmy was attacked by magical creatures…


October 25 – Treat

There were so many im-purr-essive and creative designs for the #FrolicsomeFelinePlate wall. If you haven’t seen it already, you can expand our beautiful Frolicsome Feline plate wall below to see our favourite 30 of your creations! Can you find your meow-vellous contribution?


October 26 – Trick

Our sixth Pottermore Trick was a difficult one, and well done to the 21% that knew Minister for Magic Millicent Bagnold asserted all wizarding folk’s ‘inalienable right to party’ after the events at Godric’s Hollow in 1981… We’re sure Percy Weasley would have been as keen as the 27% who guessed ‘thick cauldron bottoms’ – it would have made his job at the Ministry a lot easier all those years later!



Find out more about the Ministers for Magic from J.K. Rowling here.

October 27 – Treat

Have you earned your Charming Dueller Badge yet? To be awarded this impressive badge, you’ll need to win duels using each of our new Charms – the Tickling Charm, the Levitation Charm, the Disarming Charm and the Freezing Charm.

October 28 – Trick

If you completed our curious crossword you’ll have discovered that the hidden wizarding word was ‘Azkaban’. We hope you all enjoyed reading J.K. Rowling’s new writing on the history of this Dark and haunting fortress.



October 29 – Treat

We asked you to tell us who you thought was the most wicked witch – Bellatrix Lestrange or Dolores Umbridge. It was a close competition, but Dolores Umbridge was your ultimate choice…



October 30 – Tricks and Treats

The final day of ‘Trick or Treat’ ended in mayhem! We loved your mischievous ideas on being a master of chaos at Hogwarts, and we know Peeves would be proud.

These were just a few of our favourite pranks and tricks…







Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Were your Thestral theories correct?

We loved seeing the spooky Thestrals depicted in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on pottermore.com, but most of all we were thrilled to read more from J.K. Rowling about the eerie creatures, and why Harry Potter was only able to see them in his fifth year.

We asked you to tell us your #ThestralTheories before the new writing was released on pottermore.com – did you find the answers you were looking for, or discover more questions about these mysterious creatures?