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Pottermore Christmas, day 7: The life and loves of Professor McGonagall


Today’s Pottermore riddle features the back story of one of Hogwarts’ most dedicated professors: Minerva McGonagall.


Pottermore Christmas, day 6: Is Snape a vampire?


Judging from the past few days, it seemed like the new material in this “12 days of Pottermore Christmas” was probably just the riddles. However, today’s backstories were a bit juicier, as they addressed the fan theory that says Snape is a vampire.


Pottermore Christmas, day 5: Dumbledore remembers Tom Riddle


Today’s Pottermore riddle is brought to you in part by Kid Voldemort, a.k.a. Tom Riddle.


Pottermore Christmas, day 4: Cursed necklaces and Quidditch chasers


A new day brings a new riddle to solve on Pottermore.


Pottermore Christmas, Day 3: All about potions and cauldrons


On the third day of Christmas, dear Rowling gave to we/Some stuff about potions and cauldrons.

Okay, so maybe that doesn’t rhyme. But today’s Pottermore riddle does:

His potions lessons are full of interesting things
With students keen to see what each day will bring
With his large moustache and rotund shape
Who teaches this class after Professor Snape?

Today's Pottermore treat: A peek into Diagon Alley (and J.K. Rowling's process)


Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes is a marvellous place
Full of jokes and potions by the box and the case.
The premises are stuffed with people, ready to pop
But on what magical street can you find this fun shop?

The answer to today’s Pottermore Christmas riddle, the second in a series of 12? Diagon Alley, of course. Answering the rhyming message above leads Pottermore users into Fred and Geoge Weasley’s colorful joke shop, which is scored by the sounds of popping balloons and laughter. Double click a few times, click on a floating hot-air balloon, and you’ll be led to the first bit of today’s new material from J.K. Rowling herself—a bit of backstory on Florean Fortescue, an ice cream shop owner whom Rowling intended to play a much larger role in the story. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's new Pottermore material hints at Snape's past


Today marks the first day of Pottermore’s 12-day fete of new material to the site, including new entries that explore the back story of Severus Snape’s hometown.


J.K. Rowling plans new Pottermore entries for Christmas

UPDATE Dec. 8, 8p.m. ET:

While J.K. Rowling will be publishing new entries on the Pottermore website, there will not be 12 new short stories, as previously reported. In a statement to EW, a rep for Pottermore wrote: “Just to put everyone straight on the misleading media reports of ‘Twelve New Stories for Christmas.’ As true Potter fans worked out straight away, our 12 days of festive surprises and accompanying rhyming riddles refer to new potions and Moments in addition to several new entries by J.K. Rowling that will be posted on between 12th and 23rd December. Sorry to disappoint fans, but there will not be a set of 12 new short stories, one for each day of Christmas. Even Pottermore wouldn’t be that generous.”


This year has been one of surprises from J.K. Rowling, and the Harry Potter author is closing 2014 out in a similar way. On Friday, the author announced, via an email to Pottermore users, a series of 12 short stories from her wizarding world to commemorate the 12 days of Christmas. Starting December 12, new installments will be posted at 8 a.m. ET. and will involve “wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two.”

Rowling says at least one of the stories will focus on Potter’s rival, Draco Malfoy. Back on Halloween, Rowling wrote 5,000 words for Pottermore about another auxiliary Potter character, Dolores Umbridge.

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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


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


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