Tuesday, 15 April 2014

New by J.K. Rowling: live coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Hot off the press! Reporting from the Patagonian desert for the Daily Prophet, Ginny Potter brings you the latest news of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Visit the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley, recently opened on Pottermore.com, to read all about the opening ceremony of the tournament, and why it is bound to reignite the debate about restricting mascots ‘to herbivores, creatures smaller than a cow and nothing that breathes fire’.

Find out why the Argentinian Council of Magic has come under fire from Chief Consulting Magizoologist, Rolf Scamander, and read his exclusive interview with the Daily Prophet.

You can also read the report from the official Daily Prophet Quidditch correspondent, Ginny Potter, about the eventful first match of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup between Norway and Ivory Coast, which was played on Sunday. The last time these two teams met, the match lasted for five days. Find out which team was victorious this time around, and read more post-game analysis.

Visit the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on Pottermore.com to read this exclusive writing by J.K. Rowling. Remember to keep an eye out for more reports from the Patagonian desert!

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Revisit the event that Gryffindors obsessed over during their Easter holidays

"The Easter holidays were not exactly relaxing. The third-years had never had so much homework. Neville Longbottom seemed close to a nervous collapse, and he wasn’t the only one.
 ‘Call this a holiday!’ Seamus Finnigan roared at the common room one afternoon. ‘The exams are ages away, what’re they playing at?’"

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

If you’re more fortunate than Harry and his classmates and have a revision-free Easter holiday, why not revisit the event that Gryffindors obsessed over during the Easter holidays in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

"Harry and the rest of the Gryffindor team entered the Great Hall next day to enormous applause. Harry couldn’t help grinning broadly as he saw that both the Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff tables were clapping them, too. The Slytherin table hissed loudly as they passed. Harry noticed that Malfoy looked even paler than usual.
Wood spent the whole of breakfast urging his team to eat, while touching nothing himself. Then he hurried them off to the pitch before anyone else had finished, so they could get an idea of the conditions. As they left the Great Hall, everyone applauded again.
‘Good luck, Harry!’ called Cho Chang. Harry felt himself blushing. 
‘OK ... no wind to speak of ... sun’s a bit bright, that could impair your vision, watch out for it ... ground’s fairly hard, good, that’ll give us a fast kick-off ...’
Wood paced the pitch, staring around with the team behind him. Finally they saw the front doors of the castle open in the distance, and the rest of the school spill onto the lawn. 
‘Changing rooms,’ said Wood tersely.
None of them spoke as they changed into their scarlet robes. Harry wondered if they were feeling like he was: as though he’d eaten something extremely wriggly for breakfast. In what seemed like no time at all, Wood was saying, ‘OK, it’s time, let’s go ...’
They walked out onto the pitch to a tidal wave of noise. Three- quarters of the crowd were wearing scarlet rosettes, waving scarlet flags with the Gryffindor lion upon them or brandishing banners with slogans such as ‘GO GRYFFINDOR!’ and ‘LIONS FOR THE CUP!’ Behind the Slytherin goalposts, however, two hundred people were wearing green; the silver serpent of Slytherin glittered on their flags, and Professor Snape sat in the very front row, wearing green like everyone else, and a very grim smile.
‘And here are the Gryffindors!’ yelled Lee Jordan, who was acting as commentator as usual. ‘Potter, Bell, Johnson, Spinnet, Weasley, Weasley and Wood. Widely acknowledged as the best side Hogwarts has seen in a good few years –’
Lee’s comments were drowned by a tide of ‘boos’ from the Slytherin end. ‘And here come the Slytherin team, led by captain Flint. He’s made some changes in the line-up and seems to be going for size rather than skill –’

More boos from the Slytherin crowd. Harry, however, thought Lee had a point. Malfoy was easily the smallest person on the Slytherin team; the rest of them were enormous. 
‘Captains, shake hands!’ said Madam Hooch.
Flint and Wood approached each other and grasped each other’s hands very tightly; it looked as though each was trying to break the other’s fingers. ‘Mount your brooms!’ said Madam Hooch. ‘Three ... two ... one ...’
The sound of her whistle was lost in the roar from the crowd as fourteen brooms rose into the air. Harry felt his hair fly back off his forehead; his nerves left him in the thrill of the flight; he glanced around, saw Malfoy on his tail, and sped off in search of the Snitch…"

The Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books are available from the Pottermore Shop; so whether you’re making a long journey or would simply like to enjoy a good book, make this Easter magical with the Harry Potter stories.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Somewhere new to visit in Diagon Alley…

If you’re strolling down Diagon Alley later this week, keep an eye out for a location that is about to be unlocked. You may find it worth visiting if you want to stay in the know about this year’s most exciting Quidditch event!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Which team will you be supporting in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup?

As revealed in J.K. Rowling’s exclusive writing on the Quidditch World Cup 1990-2014 on Pottermore.com, 16 countries have made it through to the finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which begin this month.

Which team will you be supporting in this year’s tournament? Nigeria or Norway, the two highest ranked teams? Or will you be cheering for Liechtenstein, who beat the runners-up from 2010, China, in the qualifiers? Don’t forget that Bulgaria has a secret weapon in Viktor Krum, who has come out of retirement to try to lead the team to victory!

[Poll closed: The results as of April 17 can be found below]

Friday, 4 April 2014

Ravenclaw's prize as winners of the fifth Pottermore House Cup

As winners of the fifth Pottermore House Cup Championship, Ravenclaw will enjoy 24 hours of early access to the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when it becomes available on Pottermore.com. (Updated: As per the previous House Cup prizes of 24 hours early access, only Pottermore.com members who were sorted into Ravenclaw before the House Cup was awarded will be granted early access)

In the meantime, we’ve created some wonderful background images for the winning house that we hope will remind proud Ravenclaws of the glory they achieved for their house.

Ravenclaws from the Pottermore team are already proudly displaying the image on their computers around the office!

Download your Ravenclaw background image:

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Spring has sprung on Pottermore.com!

'… the days became cloudless and sultry, and all anybody felt like doing was strolling into the grounds and flopping down on the grass with several pints of iced pumpkin juice, perhaps playing a casual game of Gobstones or watching the giant squid propel itself dreamily across the surface of the lake.'

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

Whether you live in London or in Patagonia – where the 2014 Quidditch World Cup will be taking place – you may feel a light breeze and a desire to roll up your sleeves next time you visit the Pottermore.com homepage because spring has arrived on the map!

The snow has melted, paving the way for a renewed burst of life, bringing you some colourful new details we hope you enjoy, including birds, butterflies, flowers and even a unicorn.

Head to your homepage now to enjoy the spring atmosphere.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Happy birthday Fred and George!

We have a feeling that Fred and George really enjoyed having their birthdays on April Fool’s Day, since the pair were so partial to pranks.

The twins pulled off many practical jokes over the years – testing out Ton-Tongue Toffee on the unsuspecting Dudley, sending dragon dung to Percy’s in-tray, and turning Ron’s teddy bear into a spider to name a few – so to celebrate the birthday of the mischievous pair, we’re asking you to tell us about the funniest April Fool’s trick that you’ve played on someone.

Tell us by writing a comment beneath the Pottermore.com entry on Fred and George, on this Facebook post if you have an account or on Twitter with the hashtag #FredAndGeorge.