Friday, 30 November 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Moment: The Heir of Slytherin

The Moment Harry faces the dangers of the Chamber of Secrets is fraught.

What were your thoughts of the mysterious Tom Riddle and did you get a chill from the hiss of the Basilisk?

Don't miss out on exclusive J.K. Rowling content whilst facing the secret of the Chamber...


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Creatures: The Basilisk

‘Its methods of killing are most wondrous, for aside from its deadly and venomous fangs, the Basilisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death.’

- Chapter Sixteen, The Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It is Hermione who first learns the truth of the ‘horror within’ the Chamber of Secrets, helping to solve the puzzle of the strange voice Harry hears in his second year at Hogwarts and the horrific attacks on students that have been occurring.

We encounter the fearsome Basilisk at the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where Harry comes face to face with this monstrous beast within the underground Chamber.

Controlled by means of Parseltongue – snake language – the poisonous Basilisk proves a frightening and deadly enemy for Harry.

Our Pottermore Galleries have seen a number of extremely creative and wonderful depictions of the Basilisk and we’re sharing with you some of our favourites:


- The Basilisk -

by VerfolgerFunken19672



Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Further information on fair play on Pottermore.com

We use various methods to limit the opportunities to unfairly earn house points on Pottermore.com, the most visible of which is reCAPTCHA. However, we do limit these visible measures as some can disrupt the experience for users on older browsers and slower connections.

Recently we introduced a number of new behind the scenes measures to further limit the effectiveness of scripting and other unfair ways of earning house points. These additional measures instead look at the patterns of house point scoring, and can highlight unusual activity that may indicate automated rather than human point scoring. Every case of unusual behavior that is detected is reviewed by a member of the Pottermore Team and a decision taken on whether or not to deduct points.

Those who have points deducted receive an email from the Pottermore Team informing them that unusual activity was detected on their account. If you have received this email but feel that the point deduction was unwarranted, we encourage you to respond to the email. A member of the Pottermore Team will then review the case and if the information you provide, along with the usage information we collected, suggests the points may have been scored fairly, points will be reinstated.

We would like to thank those affected users who have already responded to the email. Your thoughts and feedback will help improve our monitoring as we continue our efforts to maintain the integrity of the Pottermore.com House Cup so that it remains a fun and fair competition for all.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Hogwarts Library Books are newly available as eBooks in Français, Italiano, Deutsch and Español...



The Hogwarts Library BooksQuidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard – are available for the first time as eBooks in French, Italian, German and Spanish, and there’s only one place you can find them – the Pottermore Shop.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Fair Play on Pottermore

The Pottermore House Cup is a hugely popular part of Pottermore.com and maintaining the integrity of the competition is important so that it continues to be enjoyed by all.

Many of our Pottermore members have raised concerns about user accounts that seem to be using unfair methods to quickly score large numbers of Pottermore house points.

With the start of the next Pottermore House Cup this week we are stepping up our efforts to ensure the fairness of the Pottermore House Cup for all. We have measures in place to prevent or detect unusual house point scoring, and will deduct house points where strong evidence of unfair play is found.

For example, we've addressed cases with questionable activity, such as a user account that seemingly completed 1,560 duels in less than 6 hours, a spell cast every 14 seconds without pause, winning every one! Another user account had won two duels a minute for 24 hours without rest, house points were also deducted from that account.

We have invited anyone who has had house points deducted, but can show that the points were actually earned fairly, to contact the Pottermore team and their points may be re-instated. For those that do contact us, we will ensure that we review your cases with great care and restore fairly earned points, and will use that information to further improve our measures to detect true foul play.

In the meantime, we hope that everyone continues to enjoy the spirited competition on Pottermore.com, making it a fun and enjoyable experience for all.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Congratulations Gryffindor on winning the Pottermore House Cup!

It’s been a spirited competition, with much brewing and duelling but we would like to congratulate Gryffindor as the victor of the Pottermore House Cup for November, 2012.

Commiserations to Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, but your chance to make the Pottermore House Cup yours will come again - the house points have already been reset for the next contest in the Great Hall.

As a reward for winning the Pottermore House Cup, Gryffindor will be able to download beautiful artwork of their common room as wallpapers and screensavers for their electronic devices.

Members of Gryffindor house, keep an eye out on your owl notifications for further details when these become available, they should be arriving soon.

Until the next Pottermore House Cup, we wish everyone good luck and keep up the great work on your potions and spells.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Our favourite Gryffindor pride fan art…

The final afternoon before the awarding of the Pottermore House Cup tomorrow, the 21st of November, belongs to Gryffindor.

The art and pictures of Godric Gryffindor and Gryffindor house submitted to the Pottermore Galleries from our fans have been brilliant. Here are some of our favourites...

- Gryffindor pride -

by AjenjoGato8747



Our favourite Slytherin pride fan art…

There’s just one more day until we announce the winner of the Pottermore House Cup for November 2012. This morning, we’re celebrating Slytherin.

We've had some fantastic art and images of Salazar Slytherin and Slytherin house submitted to the Pottermore Galleries and we want to share them with you to cheer on the Slytherin pride!

- Slytherin pride -

by BladeNight1032



A new eBook, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, is now available from the Pottermore Shop



In the world of Harry Potter, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a well-known and well-loved collection of short stories that are read to young witches and wizards.

Now, you can make it part of your Harry Potter eBook collection, as The Tales of Beedle the Bard is available to download from the Pottermore Shop.

Discover such tales as ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, and famously, ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’. There are also additional notes and summaries from Professor Albus Dumbledore – musing on the teachings within the tales – for you to enjoy.

The Pottermore Shop is the only place in the world where you can buy all seven Harry Potter eBooks, digital audio books and the companion eBooks, Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and, now, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

UK readers can purchase the new eBook for just £3.99, or $5.99 for US readers. All Pottermore proceeds from the sale of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be given to Lumos, the international children’s charity founded by J.K. Rowling.

Lumos works to end the practice of separating children from their families and raising them in terrible conditions in large residential institutions.

In the video below, J.K. Rowling talks about The Tales of Beedle the Bard and how you can help support the important work of Lumos.


Monday, 19 November 2012

Have you discovered Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells in the Hogwarts library yet?

If you haven’t visited the library Moment in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Pottermore recently, then we recommend that you venture over there now to discover something new.

Pay a visit to the Restricted Section, where you’ll be able to discover Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells and unlock the new Pottermore Badge for this 200-year-old textbook.

You’ll also be able to view a video about Wonderbook: Book of Spells, for the PlayStation®3, the latest product from the Pottermore and Sony partnership. Listen to Miranda Goshawk herself talking about how the Book of Spells came to be and discover what you can look forward to in the game...


Our favourite Ravenclaw pride fan art…

Ravenclaw are reigning this afternoon, in our count down to the awarding of the Pottermore House Cup, this Wednesday 21st November.

Check out these great artistic takes on Rowena Ravenclaw and Ravenclaw house in art from our Pottermore fans.

- Ravenclaw pride -

by PatronusHex12591



Our favourite Hufflepuff pride fan art…

This morning belongs to Hufflepuff as we count down to the reveal of the Pottermore House Cup, this Wednesday 21st November.

We love the wonderful depictions of Helga Hufflepuff and Hufflepuff house in these images, submitted by fans to our Pottermore Galleries.

- Hufflepuff pride -

by StrikeSword18260



Friday, 16 November 2012

PlayStation’s Wonderbook: Book of Spells for PlayStation®3 is now available worldwide...

We're delighted to share news of the exciting new product that has resulted from the Pottermore and Sony relationship.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells for the PlayStation®3 is now available for those who wish to experience Miranda Goshawk’s 200-year-old text.

In the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells is traditionally kept in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. Now, you can experience and explore this enchanted book with PlayStation’s Wonderbook™.

Featuring new exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, Wonderbook: Book of Spells will bring spells to life in your living room, giving you the chance to learn about the stories behind some of the spells from the Harry Potter series, and cast them for yourself using the PlayStation®Move Motion Controller, which will become your own magic wand.

When you first play Wonderbook: Book of Spells, you will have the option to link to your Pottermore account if you already have one; you’ll belong to the house that you were Sorted into and you’ll be able to use the wand that chose you.

Visit the Wonderbook: Book of Spells page if you would like to know more.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Prepare for Wonderbook: Book of Spells with these interactive adventures…

If you’re excited about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells, launching for the PlayStation®3 this week, then why not take part in some fun activities first!

Enjoy fun magic-related challenges in preparation for Wonderbook: Book of Spells by clicking on the image below. This will open up a window where over the next few weeks, a number of different interactive adventures will be available for you to enjoy.

Today, prepare to be tested in a quiz about wizard values – will you pass?


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On Wednesday the 21st November, you’ll be able to learn the Water-Making Spell. There will be the Fire-Making Spell to acquaint yourselves with on Wednesday the 28th November, and return on Wednesday the 5th of December for the Revealing Charm.

Don’t miss out on these Wonderbook: Book of Spells activities – remember to come back and explore them.

What makes you proud to be in Gryffindor…

Last but by no means last, today is our Gryffindor day and we want to know what makes our Gryffindor house members proud to be in this Hogwarts house.

Whether you're a member of the house or a fan, get voting in our Pottermore poll for your favourite things about Gryffindor house. What do you think is the best thing about Gryffindor house?

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, tweet and comment to us your #HousePride and #GryffindorPride messages! We’re retweeting your messages throughout the week.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

What makes you proud to be in Slytherin…

Today is all about Slytherin and what you love most about Slytherin house.

Our Pottermore poll is asking you, Slytherin fans and house members alike, to vote for the best thing about this Hogwarts house.

Cast your votes for your top choice on what makes Slytherin house a great house for you:

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, tweet and comment to us your #HousePride and #SlytherinPride messages! We’re retweeting your messages throughout the week.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

What makes you proud to be in Ravenclaw…

It’s all about Ravenclaw today and the things that make you proud to be in this house!

We’re asking Ravenclaw house members and Ravenclaw fans to tell us what your top thing about this Hogwarts house is in our Ravenclaw poll.

Vote for your what makes you Ravenclaw-proud and keep up the Ravenclaw spirit in the count down to the Pottermore House Cup:

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, tweet and comment to us your #HousePride and #RavenclawPride messages! We’re retweeting your messages throughout the week.

Monday, 12 November 2012

What makes you proud to be in Hufflepuff…

Our house pride week starts today and on the count down to the award of the upcoming Pottermore House Cup, we’re celebrating all the great and wonderful things about the houses of Hogwarts!

Today is our Hufflepuff day and we’re going to call out to all those who are Hufflepuff and proud, or who simply just admire Hufflepuff house.

We want to know what it is about Hufflepuff that makes it the best house for you – what things do you love about it?

Let us know by taking part in our poll. Vote for the thing that makes you proudest of Hufflepuff house:

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, tweet and comment to us your #HousePride and #HufflepuffPride messages! We’re retweeting your messages throughout the week.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Moment: Another Attack

Upon visiting the hospital wing again, did you manage to collect everything? Pay Nearly Headless Nick a visit - you might learn something new...

Share with us what else you discovered in this Moment...


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Places – The Library

‘And then, of course, there was the sheer size of the library; tens of thousands of books; thousands of shelves; hundreds of narrow rows.’

- Chapter Twelve, The Mirror of Erised, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

One of Hermione’s favourite places at Hogwarts, the library is a place of refuge and of answers for her, and often Harry and Ron too.

It helped solve the case of the elusive Nicholas Flamel in Harry’s first year at Hogwarts; it held the explanation for the voice Harry was hearing in his second year. It also houses the Restricted Section, an area full of books on the Dark Arts, from which Harry, Ron and Hermione learn how to brew Polyjuice Potion.

Our Pottermore fans have submitted fantastic art of the library, with different interpretations of this store of knowledge. Here are some of our favourites:

- The Library -

by NoxCrimson7552



Wednesday, 7 November 2012

We announce the award date for the Pottermore House Cup and house pride week…

We’re pleased to reveal that the next Pottermore House Cup will be awarded on Wednesday, November 21st.

Help your house to victory by brewing potions found in Arsenius Jigger’s Magical Drafts and Potions and by challenging members of other houses to a duel.

To kick things off we’re starting our house pride week on Monday November 12th with a day dedicated to each of the four houses.

You’ll be able to take part in daily house polls, rouse your house with spirited messages and possibly get retweeted by us on Twitter.

Our house pride week will start off with Hufflepuff on Monday, followed by Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Gryffindor, so get ready to cheer for your houses!

Comment and post if you have a Facebook or Twitter account and use our hashtags #HousePride, #HufflepuffPride, #RavenclawPride, #SlytherinPride or #GryffindorPride.

Good luck to all houses!


Friday, 2 November 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Moment: The Slytherin common room

Were you able to gain access to the Slytherin common room?

Enjoy the crackling fire in this subterranean space and look out for the giant squid through the windows...

If you can't get into the room, why not ask a friend to help? Let us know what else you noticed in this Moment...