Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Sony announce Wonderbook™ launch for PlayStation®3 with Wonderbook: Book of Spells

In the world of Harry Potter, Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells is 200 years old, and traditionally is kept in the Restricted Section of Hogwarts library. Soon you will be able to experience this enchanted book too, as Sony have announced that Wonderbook on the PlayStation®3 will be launching with the Book of Spells.

Featuring exclusive new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, Book of Spells brings spells to life allowing you to explore the book, read about the history of spells, and cast charms with the PlayStation®Move Motion Controller, which becomes your own magic wand.

When you first play Book of Spells, you will have the option to link to your Pottermore account, if you already have one.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells promises to be an exciting experience and we will let you know more about its development here on the Pottermore Insider.



Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Pottermore House Cup is coming and house noticeboards are here!

Pottermore students have been working hard on their potion-making and duelling skills to earn house points for their respective houses.

Those points have been gathering and, with the numbers building up to impressive heights, we can now announce that the Pottermore House Cup will be awarded soon!

The house with the greatest number of points will win the Pottermore House Cup, so keep up the duelling and brewing.

We’ll be posting updates regarding the Pottermore House Cup both on the Insider and on the Pottermore Gateway, but also somewhere else...

We’re pleased to announce that each Pottermore house now has its own noticeboard. Your house noticeboard can be found in your house’s common room on Pottermore – make sure you visit to stay up to date with the latest house news as we begin the countdown to the announcement of the Pottermore House Cup winner.

It’s an exciting time; good luck to all houses!


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Wizard Sweets - Poll Results

'What she did have were Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Liquorice Wands and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life.'

- Chapter Six, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

We asked you, if you could board the Hogwarts Express, what would you choose to buy from the food trolley? More than 33,000 of Pottermore fans voted and we've got the tasty results!

Winning by a significant margin, Chocolate Frogs was your wizard sweet of choice by 44.5%. Check out the results to see what other goodies came as your favourites.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Places – King’s Cross Station and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters



‘A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, 11 o’clock. Harry looked behind him and saw a wrought-iron archway where the ticket box had been, with the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it. He had done it.’

- Chapter Six, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

King’s Cross station is where the journey to Hogwarts first begins for Harry; on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (which is hidden to Muggles), awaits the Hogwarts Express.

Since the publication of Harry Potter, King’s Cross station has become an attraction with visitors regularly seeking out the sign for that elusive platform.

We asked you on @Pottermore whether you’ve ever visited King’s Cross station or whether you’ve ever searched for platform nine and three-quarters and we’ve got some tales to share:

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 
               (Tweets via @Ferferandrews, @AUSTRIAn_Gleek, @Katiekat_PharmD and @JoeMiddletoe.)



Nowadays, visitors to King’s Cross station and platform nine and three-quarters can not only find the sign to platform nine and three-quarters, but also a luggage trolley, seemingly half disappearing into the wall...

Friday, 8 June 2012

Characters - Draco Malfoy



‘In the back of the shop, a boy with a pale, pointed face was standing on a footstool while a second witch pinned up his long black robes. Madam Malkin stood Harry on a stool next to him, slipped a robe over his head and began to pin it to the right length.’

- Chapter Five, Diagon Alley, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Draco Malfoy provokes very strong reactions from Pottermore users; you tend to either love him ('DRACO IS AWESOME!' HeartSnidget15161, Slytherin) or loathe him ('My LEAST favourite character.' GalleonRose27629, Hufflepuff).

Harry starts forming his impressions of Draco during their initial encounter in Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions in Diagon Alley - after listening to him speak, he finds that he's 'strongly reminded of Dudley' - and by Chapter Nine, his views on Draco are somewhat stronger:

'Harry had never believed he would meet a boy he hated more than Dudley, but that was before he met Draco Malfoy.'

We've asked you what your thoughts have been on Draco as well, and there were some great responses. Some of the choice quotes on @Pottermore have been:

                                 

                                 

                                 
                                         (Tweets via @SCarlMcGrath, @kateryme24 and @niftyk13.)



We've also seen some really imaginative interpretations of Draco on Pottermore, which perfectly capture his white-blond hair, cold grey eyes and pale, pointed face.

- Draco Malfoy -

by DragonWolf10



Thursday, 7 June 2012

Wizard Sweets

'Around half past twelve there was a great clattering outside in the corridor and a smiling, dimpled woman slid back their door and said, 'Anything off the trolley, dears?'...'

- Chapter Six, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

We know from your comments on Pottermore.com that many of you are curious about what different wizard sweets might taste like. So, if you could board the Hogwarts Express, what would you choose to buy from the food trolley? Would you be brave enough to try an Every-Flavour Bean?

You have 5 days to vote and we'll reveal the sweet you'd most like to try on the Pottermore Gateway soon after.

Friday, 1 June 2012

From barn owls to potions

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been revealing some interesting facts about Pottermore on our Twitter account, including the most popular wizard pet (the barn owl), the most purchased item (pewter cauldron, size 2), and the item that’s gifted more often than any other (unicorn horn).

The Full Body-Bind has been cast successfully over 47,000,000 times – although there have only been 402,426 successful attempts at the Pimple Jinx.

Curious about who has posted the largest number of comments on Pottermore? To date, WillowSword90 (Ravenclaw) has posted an impressive 43,158 comments in the Moments, the Great Hall and their common room.

Lots of you have been attempting to brew potions; the most popular being the Wideye or Awakening Potion and the least popular being Herbicide. (ErisedHazel197 (Slytherin) is currently the most accomplished potion brewer on Pottermore – so far they’ve managed to brew 2,073 potions successfully!)