Tuesday, 16 September 2014

House Pride Week kicks off today with #GryffindorPride

     “By Gryffindor, the bravest were
      Prized far beyond the rest;”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter Twelve, The Triwizard Tournament

Pottermore’s House Pride Week kicks off today with #GryffindorPride – lions, let’s hear you roar!

We know Gryffindor students are brave and daring, and the Pottermore Gryffindors have been living up to this reputation by being the most fearsome duellers on pottermore.com, winning more duels in Duelling Club than students from the other houses!

There are so many ways you can show your #HousePride today, and we’d love you to get involved. Tell us what makes you proud to be a Gryffindor using #GryffindorPride, upload a photo or picture showing your #HousePride on Facebook or Twitter; or why not share your favourite quotes and facts about your house and its founder?

To give you some inspiration, check out how Gryffindors in the Pottermore team have celebrated their #GryffindorPride below - we can't wait to see what you do!

Don't forget to update your Facebook and Twitter profile and cover images to show your #GryffindorPride:

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(Click on your house's image)

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New features in Potions Class and Duelling Club on pottermore.com!

As the awarding of the next Pottermore House Cup approaches, we’re sure you’ve all been brewing and duelling as much as possible to earn house points, to help lead your house to victory. If you haven’t noticed already, we’ve added a few features to Duelling Club and Potions Class:

New areas to comment
You can now comment in Duelling Club and Potions Class to share your experiences with your friends, give hints and tips or gain help from others.

More choice on who to challenge
You can now challenge other students to a duel directly from the new comments area in Duelling Club, even if you’re not yet friends.

A new way to gift ingredients 
Keen potion brewers who are in need of potions ingredients can now request them in the new comments section of Potions Class, and fellow students can oblige and give ingredients directly, simply by clicking the ‘send gift’ link.

See others’ duelling ability
You can now check an opponent’s average spell-casting potency before you challenge them to a duel, so that you can select students with a similar skill level to your own; and you can even find out what their favourite spell is to cast.

See others’ potion-brewing ability 
You can now view the total amount of potions a fellow student has brewed, and which is their favourite potion to brew!

With the awarding of the House Cup just around the corner, and all these new features to enjoy, there’s never been a better time to revisit pottermore.com and earn points for your house by duelling and brewing potions.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Get ready for house pride week – beginning Tuesday, September 16

It’s time to show your love for your Hogwarts house! Save the date and rally your fellow housemates to make the celebrations as exciting as possible:

#GryffindorPride – September 16
#RavenclawPride – September 17
#HufflepuffPride – September 18
#SlytherinPride – September 19

Here are a few suggestions of how you can show your house pride:
  • Share what makes you proud to belong to your Hogwarts house using #GryffindorPride#RavenclawPride#HufflepuffPride or #SlytherinPride on Twitter and Facebook
  • Share your favourite quotes from the stories about your Hogwarts house and its characters
  • Change your profile and cover pictures on Facebook and Twitter to one of the downloadable images below, proudly displaying your house colours to all your friends

Download and use our #HousePride social cover and profile images to show your pride!

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(Click on your house's image)

For more inspiration, why not check out some of the activity from the last House Pride Week in March, here on the Insider? We can’t wait to see how you celebrate this time around!

Friday, 5 September 2014

It’s almost time for the Pottermore House Cup to be awarded once again!

Those who have been busily earning house points over the summer holidays will be thrilled to hear that the Pottermore House Cup will be awarded on Friday, September 26.

Remember, you can earn points by successfully brewing potions, winning duels against members of other houses, and by finding collectibles when exploring the Moments on pottermore.com. To give you a little help, here are our top tips for earning as many points as you can:

  • Revisit the interactive Moments and make sure your discovery bar is complete – every collectible you find (excluding Galleons) adds to your points
  • Make sure you practise duelling against your own house to master casting spells before you challenge the other houses, as every duel lost means more points to the opposing house!
  • Pay careful attention to the instructions for brewing potions before you begin – if you can’t remember the instructions, don’t forget to check the potion book
  • Get your fellow housemates involved! The more of you there are earning points for your house the better, so rally the troops in the Great Hall and in your common room

Don’t forget to join in House Pride Week, beginning Tuesday, September 16. There’ll be a whole day dedicated to celebrating each house, starting with #GryffindorPride and followed by #RavenclawPride, #HufflepuffPride and #SlytherinPride. Check the Insider on Tuesday for more details on how to get involved.

Pick up your wand, polish off your cauldrons and start earning points on pottermore.com to help your Hogwarts house triumph.

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.