Friday, 28 September 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Moment: Herbology

Many things are happening in the Herbology greenhouse, but don't forget to collect your colourful earmuffs during your explorations – they're essential items for handling those Mandrakes!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Places - The Burrow

‘It looked as though it had once been a large stone pigsty, but extra rooms had been added here and there until it was several storeys high and so crooked it looked as though it was held up by magic (which, Harry reminded himself, it probably was). Four or five chimneys were perched on top of the red roof. A lop-sided sign stuck in the ground near the entrance read ‘The Burrow’. Round the front door lay a jumble of wellington boots and a very rusty cauldron. Several fat brown chickens were pecking their way around the yard.

‘It’s not much,’ said Ron.

‘It’s brilliant,’ said Harry happily, thinking of Privet Drive.’

- Chapter Three, The Burrow, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Burrow could not be more different to number four, Privet Drive, Harry’s home with the Dursleys. On his first visit to the Weasleys’, Harry is in awe of the magical objects and items crammed within and around The Burrow.

From the ghoul in the attic to the enchanted clocks and the gnome-infested garden, Harry finds that, unlike Privet Drive, magic is a part of daily life for the Weasleys and their busy home.

Many of our Pottermore fans have submitted brilliant, artistic interpretations of what they think The Burrow looks like and we’re sharing a few of our favourites with you:

- The Burrow -

by SkyFirebolt7146

Friday, 21 September 2012

Favourite Hermione line – Poll Results

Our Hermione week is coming to a close and we’re ending it by revealing the results of our Hermione poll.

Yesterday, we asked which saying from Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was your favourite.

Over 12,000 Pottermore fans voted to let us know their top choice. The numbers have now been counted and your favourite quotation from the clever, bright, young witch, winning by well over 50% is:

'We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled.'

Check out which of Hermione's other quotes was runner up and how they added up on the Insider and on Facebook:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Moment: Flying to Hogwarts

We're exploring a Moment from the latest chapters of Harry Potter and the chamber of Secrets - Flying To Hogwarts.

Did you follow the Hogwarts Express north? What did you discover and see on the way?

Thursday, 20 September 2012

What’s your favourite Hermione line from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

As part of her birthday week, we’re looking at some of the best lines spoken by Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Which of these quotes from Hermione is your favourite?

You’ve only got 24 hours to let us know before we share the results, so get voting for your top Hermione saying!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Happy Birthday Hermione Granger!

‘Are you sure that’s a real spell?’ said the girl. ‘Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard – I’ve learnt all our set books off by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough – I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?’

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

We’re making this week about Hermione and today, we’d like to wish her a happy birthday.

There are some fantastic artwork of Hermione in the Pottermore Galleries which has been submitted by you. We think they’re brilliant, and we hope you enjoy them too because we’re sharing double the number of our favourites to celebrate this special day:

- Hermione Granger -

by NimbusPixie208

by ShadowJinx155

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The next instalment of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is here…

We’re happy to say that Chapters Five to Eleven of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are now available for you to explore on Pottermore.

Fly back to Hogwarts, encounter the Whomping Willow and test your herding skills by recapturing the Cornish pixies. Venture into Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom, learn about the legend of the Chamber of Secrets, and much more.

As well as the next chapters and Moments to explore, you will also find additional new features on Pottermore.

Pottermore Students will now be able to update their status on their profiles and there are new Pottermore Badges to discover and add to your collection.

Thank you to all the excited and supportive Pottermore fans who have been looking forward to exploring these new chapters. We hope you enjoy discovering all the interesting things in the new Moments as well as the latest features that are now available on Pottermore.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Characters – Hagrid

‘If the motorbike was huge, it was nothing to the man sitting astride it. He was almost twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide. He looked simply too big to be allowed, and so wild – long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of dustbin lids and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins. In his vast, muscular arms he was holding a bundle of blankets.’

- Chapter One, The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hagrid is the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts but is also entrusted with the tasks of delivering Harry to the Dursleys and later, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, informing him that he is a wizard.

As Harry settles into his life at Hogwarts, he, Ron and Hermione become very good friends with Hagrid. They often visit the gamekeeper in his wooden house on the edge of the Forbidden Forest where they sample inedible rock cakes and drink tea.

Hagrid’s love of dangerous creatures is well-known at Hogwarts, and his pets have included Norbert, an illegal Norwegian Ridgeback dragon, and Fluffy, a frightening three-headed dog.

Being the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts also means that Hagrid is responsible for looking after the grounds from the foreboding Forbidden Forest to the great black lake, as well as contributing towards Hogwarts’ festive decorations, with giant pumpkins and Christmas trees.

There has been some brilliant art of Hagrid submitted by our Pottermore users and here are a few of our favourites:

- Hagrid -

by BronzeKey3451

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Your chance to ask J.K. Rowling – The Results

On October the 11th at 5pm BST (12pm ET/9am PT) J.K. Rowling will be answering questions about Harry Potter, including Pottermore, in a live webcast from Scholastic, the publisher of the print Harry Potter books in the USA.

Last week, we asked you to help us vote for one question about Pottermore that will be posed to J.K. Rowling in this upcoming webcast.

There were four questions to choose from and over 38,000 people voted for their favourite on the Pottermore Insider as well as our Facebook fan page. Today, we can reveal which is the winning one.

The question we will be asking J.K. Rowling at the webcast, as chosen by Pottermore fans, is:

'Which Pottermore house are you in?'

With 15,779 votes, this question narrowly beat out 'Which Harry Potter book are you most looking forward to seeing in Pottermore?', which received 15,043 votes.

Visit for more information on the live webcast, and we'll also remind you nearer the time here on the Insider to make sure you don’t miss the selected question and answer J.K. Rowling gives.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Discover more from J.K. Rowling – Peeves the poltergeist

This week, we’re sharing an excerpt of exclusive new content from J.K. Rowling that can be found in the next instalment of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which will be released shortly.

In Chapter Eight, at the Deathday Party, you will be able to unlock brand new material on Peeves the disruptive poltergeist.

Have you ever wondered how Peeves gets away with causing so much havoc? Maybe you've been wondering about the other past caretakers who have had to endure Peeves' troublemaking and the attempts made to control him? You’ll be able to learn all of this and more as J.K. Rowling shares information on poltergeists and the many antics of Peeves.

Here’s a snippet from this new exclusive entry:


Keep reading the Insider for more news on the next chapters but in the meantime, why not let us know what exclusive content you’ve most enjoyed reading on Pottermore. You can do this by checking out our Twitter and Facebook pages and taking part in our conversations there.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Your chance to ask J.K. Rowling a Pottermore question…

On Thursday, 11th October, Scholastic, a global children’s publishing company, will be hosting a live webcast with J.K. Rowling to discuss the world of Harry Potter, including Pottermore, and will be answering questions from children around the world, live.

We’re giving all our loyal readers of the Pottermore Insider and Pottermore, the chance to help choose one of the questions that J.K. Rowling will be asked in her live interview.

Below are four questions about Pottermore and we’d like your help in choosing the one you’d most like answered by our favourite author.

You’ve got seven days to get your votes in and we’ll announce the chosen question next Tuesday, the 11th of September.