Category: Harry Potter
Pottermore EW review: While it won’t let you apparate or play Quidditch (there are leagues for that already), J.K. Rowling’s new interactive website Pottermore will at least let you experience some of the fun of living in the world of Harry Potter. It’s still in beta and doesn’t open to the general public until October, but Pottermore is rolling out early access to the one million fans who qualified for it, and we were lucky enough to get an account..
For those who were worried that this would be just the skeletal frame of a game used to sell audiobooks or ebooks or plush sorting hats or whatever: it’s not. Even though the site is currently limited to material relating to the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there’s still more than enough to make your entire afternoon disappear like a temporus suckus spell. You begin your journey by going through various interactive tableaux representing scenes from the book: the arrival of the Hogwarts letters, platform 9 3/4, Diagon Alley..
The real fun comes with the community elements. Once you’re sorted into a house, we got Ravenclaw because we’re smart and boring, you’ll be able to interact with your fellow housemates via a number of activities. Individuals can earn house points in the site-wide House Cup, and you can even engage in a wizard’s duel using your customized wand and the spells you have learned. If potions are more your thing, you can buy all the bezoars and flobberworm mucus you need at Diagon Alley and whip up a batch or two in your cauldron, but don’t overspend or else you’ll find your Gringotts vault empty. Full review HERE!
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted the hidden link in our ‘You ask, we answer’ blog post from 19 July, which took you to an interview J.K. Rowling gave in 2000. In that interview was some interesting information about a Magical Quill, located in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Magical Quill detects the birth of a magical child & writes their name down in a large book. Every year, Professor McGonagall checks the book and sends owls to the children who are turning eleven, to inform them they have a place at Hogwarts. Each day for seven days, from 31 July to 6 August,
We will be placing a clue on the Pottermore homepage to help you locate The Magical Quill. If you find it, you’ll have chance to gain early access to Pottermore. There will be a new clue every day, and each clue will relate to a different book in the Harry Potter series.
On Day 1 the clue will relate to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on Day 2 the clue will relate to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and so forth. The clues will also vary in difficulty. On Days 1-3 the clues will be harder, and on Days 4-7 the clues will be easier. To find The Magical Quill, you need to solve..
..the clue and add the answer to the end of the web address. This will lead you to a website where The Magical Quill will be located while early access places are available. The Magical Quill’s location will change every day.