Saturday, 25 January 2014

You’ll soon be able to listen to brand-new audio clips by J.K. Rowling about Gilderoy Lockhart on

If you’ve been following Pottermore’s coverage of A Celebration of Harry Potter, you might have read that three exclusive audio clips by J.K. Rowling about Gilderoy Lockhart were unveiled at the event.

In these audio clips, J.K. Rowling discusses this flamboyant character’s family background, his failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts. The audio reveals her mischievous sense of humour as she pokes fun at the excesses of celebrity, with echoes of today’s celebrity endorsement culture. users who couldn’t attend the event might be pleased to hear that these audio clips will make their way to in just a few days’ time, so keep an eye on your Pottermore Owl Notifications and check the Pottermore Insider regularly to find out when they’re available. If you can't wait for the audio clips to appear on, you can head over to and where you'll find early access to these clips!

In the meantime, we’re giving you the opportunity to revisit the moment from the digital audio book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where we meet Professor Lockhart for the first time, and learn that he’ll be taking up the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.

Note: Anyone in the world is able to listen to these audio snippets, however publishing restrictions may determine whether you are able to purchase the US or the UK version of the English language books.