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J.K. Rowling digs into Dolores Umbridge in new Pottermore story

Your first Halloween treat today: Reading Pottermore‘s latest feature, a 1700-word exploration of the despicable Dolores Umbridge—written, naturally, by J.K. Rowling herself.

The Harry Potter author calls Umbridge—onetime Hogwarts professor, current Azkaban resident, and one of the primary antagonists of the series’ fifth installment—”one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike.” She reveals that Umbridge was inspired by a real person, a former teacher or instructor of Rowling’s whom she “disliked intensely on sight.” (This admission should be a pretty big deal for hardcore Potterheads, since Rowling has claimed previously that smarmy Gilderoy Lockhart is the only Potter character based directly on a real person.) READ FULL STORY

J.K Rowling to publish piece about Dolores Umbridge on Pottermore

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J.K. Rowling is returning to the wizarding world to focus on one of Harry Potter’s most twisted foes.

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Pottermore liveblogs the Quidditch World Cup: Rita Skeeter's snarkiest lines

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There are two types of people on the internet right now: Those who count this as Friday’s biggest sports news, and those who care much more about Pottermore’s fictional Quidditch World Cup.

The main thing this made-up event has over LeBron’s return to Cleveland? Commentator Rita Skeeter, who’s on hand less to report on the made-up facts (that’s Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter-née-Weasley’s job) than to deliver some juicy, made-up gossip about the main characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. (The best part: All the snark comes directly from Rowling’s own quill.)

Please feast your eyes on the notorious gossip hound’s most hilariously nasty one-liners, reprinted below. (The best one: Is Neville Longbottom day-drunk?!) As the “game” is ongoing, we’ll update this post whenever Rita spews something especially heinous. (Update: It’s all over! Click through for the best of the best.) And for the full effect, please press “play” before reading.

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Game Two of the Quidditch World Cup, and more from J.K. Rowling on Pottermore

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The Quidditch World Cup continued on Pottermore today, and game two pitted Nigeria against Fiji. As predicted, tournament-favorite Nigeria steamrolled the island nation of Fiji in a 400-160 win. Read the full article from The Daily Prophet‘s Quidditch correspondent Ginny Weasley to figure out why Fijian coach Hector Bolobolo’s only comment after the game was, “I’m going to kill him.”

Nigeria will go on to face the winner of the Poland v. Japan match — and meanwhile, Pottermore tells us that it will be updating The Daily Prophet every day this week with new coverage from Ginny (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling).We’re Quaffling with excitement.

J.K. Rowling muses on 'Harry Potter' character Gilderoy Lockhart for Pottermore -- EXCLUSIVE

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We are able to reveal new information from J.K. Rowling about one of the most colorful characters from the Harry Potter books: Gilderoy Lockhart.

Played by Kenneth Branagh in the films, the vain one-time Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher’s birthday falls on January 26th, and J.K. Rowling has recorded three short audio clips for Pottermore.com – the digital platform for the Harry Potter stories and the world described within them. These clips are being revealed today at A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and will be released on Pottermore.com soon.

In the three clips, J.K. Rowling discusses her flamboyant creation’s family background, a failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts. The audio reveals her mischievous sense of humour, and a penchant for poking fun at the excesses of celebrity, with echoes of today’s celebrity endorsement culture. READ FULL STORY

Poll: Will you buy 'Harry Potter' e-books?

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In 2007, the publishing industry was rocked by two colossal events: the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the debut of Amazon’s first Kindle e-reader. Nearly five years later, these phenomena will finally collide — as of today, all seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are available in e-book form.

But here’s the potential fly in the Amortentia: HP fans already own copies of the septet. Heck, because I have two siblings and we all hate sharing, there are no fewer than three copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince floating around my childhood home. Audio versions of each book in the series — recorded by Jim Dale in the U.S. and Stephen Fry in the U.K. — have also been available for years at this point. Do Potterheads feel the need to own the series in up to three formats?

Shelf Lifers, I want to know if you’re planning on stocking your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or generic knockoff e-device with Sorcerer’s Stones, Prisoners of Azkaban, and Goblets of Fire — or if you’ve already got enough Harry in your life. Take to the poll below to share your thoughts. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' e-books are finally available on Pottermore

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For many eager fans, there’s something magical about tapping a button on an e-reader and getting transported to Harry Potter’s wizarding world.

After months of delay, J.K. Rowling’s seven mega-best-selling Harry Potter books are now available in e-book form for the first time ever on her Pottermore website. The prices reflect the length of the novels; books one through three are priced at $7.99, while the four remaining tomes are $9.99. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' site Pottermore to launch in early April, six months after scheduled opening

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Pottermore, the much-anticipated Harry Potter website that’s part social media, part interactive reading experience, will finally be open for all users in early April.

The site was announced last year, with beta testing beginning in the fall and a scheduled launch in October. However, as more users were invited into the open test, it became apparent that the site was far from ready to open as planned.

A statement on the site’s official blog said that after gathering feedback from users, “it became clear that our original platform wouldn’t be suitable when millions more users came on to the site. So we made a big decision: to move Pottermore to an entirely different platform set up.” READ FULL STORY

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