‘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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
‘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: