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  • 12/06/13--09:49: Happy Birthday Hagrid!
  • “‘Ah, well, people can be a bit stupid abou’ their pets,’ said Hagrid wisely. Behind him, Buckbeak spat a few ferret bones onto Hagrid’s pillow.'”

    ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

    Hagrid’s love for strange (and especially dangerous!) creatures is not a secret, but the fact that his first name is a nod to an alchemical colour might be less well known!

    In one of the latest exclusive entries by J.K. Rowling released on a few weeks ago, we learnt that colour played its part in the naming of Hagrid. Find out more in the ‘Colours’ entry, which you can unlock in the Moment ‘The Campsite’.

    Happy birthday Hagrid!

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    To get you in the festive mood, we’re sharing a snippet of the digital audio book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, where you can listen to Harry’s excitement at receiving proper gifts during his first Christmas at Hogwarts, as well as Ron’s incredulous reaction on seeing the rare and valuable gift Harry receives...

    Can you remember what Christmas gifts Harry received during his first year at Hogwarts? Listen to this snippet to find out.

    If you're looking for Christmas gifts full of imagination, you can visit the Pottermore Shop to treat someone special to the digital audio book series. Send them as gifts today or time them to arrive on a date of your choice using our personalised gifting service.

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    ‘How’s yer brother Charlie?’ Hagrid asked Ron. I liked him a lot – great with animals.’

    ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’

    Hagrid and Charlie both shared a passion for dragons, Charlie so much so that once he finished school he went to Romania to study them! Today is Charlie Weasley’s birthday so why not celebrate by submitting your very own drawing of Charlie working with dragons in Romania?

    Happy birthday Charlie Weasley!

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    They made their way slowly down the lawn, making a shallow trench in the glittering, powdery snow, their socks and the hems of their cloaks soaked and freezing. The Forbidden Forest looked as though it had been enchanted, each tree smattered with silver, and Hagrid’s cabin looked like an iced cake.

    ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

    Winter has arrived on the Homepage and the snowfall has brought some visual changes to the Map, such as a Christmas tree in Hogsmeade and a snowman in London. Which new addition is your favourite? Tell us on our Facebook page or on Twitter, if you have an account, using the hashtag #Pottermore.

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    Harry had to stay at Hogwarts for most Christmases. However, we imagine that a hundred fat turkeys, mountains of roast potatoes and the flaming Christmas puddings definitely make Hogwarts a great place to be at Christmas! But if it were down to you, would you rather stay at Hogwarts or go home for Christmas? Vote in the poll below!

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    The Pottermore team would like to wish you all a very merry festive holiday and a happy new year.

    Those of you who aren’t spending Christmas at Hogwarts this festive season might be relieved to know that you should be able to eat your puddings without fear of breaking your teeth on a silver Sickle. Likewise, crackers ought not to explode with several live mice, although regrettably this is not something the Pottermore team can guarantee!

    Drawing submitted by sorcièretriton114

    Why not visit the Great Hall and your common room on to wish a happy holiday season to your fellow members? Today might also be a great time to visit the Moment ‘Christmas at Hogwarts’ and share it with your friends!

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    We hope you had a great festive holiday and that, like Harry, you were lucky enough to indulge yourself with fat, roast turkeys, crumpets, trifle, and Christmas puddings over the holidays.

    The Pottermore team would like to wish our Pottermore community a superb 2014. Whether that means mastering potions, winning more duels, or any other aspirations you may have, we hope you fulfil all of your new year resolutions over the coming year.

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    ‘I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death – if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.’

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Today is Severus Snape’s birthday! He’d probably be a difficult person to buy for, but we’d bet 10 Galleons that he would not enjoy an incorrectly brewed potion! Can you remember the first Hogwarts student to incorrectly brew a potion in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Give your answer in the poll below.

    Celebrate Severus Snape’s birthday with us today!

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    For those of you who may have heard already, we can confirm that a few people from the Pottermore team are absolutely thrilled to be venturing from the London-based office over to Florida, to take part in A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

    Our very own Creative Director will be on hand to give a behind-the-scenes look at how Moments are made, from the first pencil stroke through to the final splash of colour. If you’ve ever wondered how you might make the sound effect for a spider crawling down its web, he’ll be talking about that too! And, he’ll be revealing beautiful new artwork from the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  

    Perhaps most exciting of all, we will be sharing an upcoming exclusive audio clip from J.K. Rowling, in which she gives a mischievous backstory to one of her most colourful Harry Potter characters.  Who do you think it could be?

    Throughout the weekend of the Celebration, the Pottermore booth at the Harry Potter Expo will be open for fans to visit.  They will be greeted by the largest print ever made of an iconic Pottermore Moment, measuring 14 meters high and 20 meters wide!   At the booth Harry Potter fans will be able to experience for themselves and also watch an artist illustrate upcoming creatures from the fifth book - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  The Harry Potter eBook and digital audio book collections will also be available to read or listen to courtesy of the Pottermore Shop.

    Don’t worry if you can’t attend the event in person, we’ll be providing regular updates on the Pottermore Insider shortly afterwards and anything we reveal at the event will be revealed to our readers too.

    Join us on Twitter!
    We’ll be tweeting from the official Pottermore Twitter account throughout the weekend – join us @Pottermore.

    Follow the conversation and all of the events throughout the weekend using the official hashtag: #HPCelebration.

    You can read more details about what else is taking place during the event here. Or, if you’re interested in attending this event, information on how to purchase tickets can be found here.

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    We are delighted to announce that the second instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available to explore on!

    Squeeze Goyle’s boils in the dungeons and collect a Potter Stinks badge, meet characters such as Mad-Eye Moody and Rita Skeeter for the very first time and discover new information from J.K. Rowling about the international wizarding schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang.

    Don’t forget you can share your thoughts on the new Moments by commenting directly beneath them. 

    Visit to continue exploring Harry Potter’s story now.

    Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer que la deuxième partie de Harry Potter et la Coupe de feu est désormais disponible sur Rendez-vous sur pour explorer les chapitres 12-20.

    Siamo felici di annunciare che è finalmente possibile esplorare la seconda parte di Harry Potter e il Calice di Fuoco su Visita per esplorare i capitoli 12-20.

    Wir freuen uns sehr, ankündigen zu können, dass der zweite Teil von Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch nun auf verfügbar ist. Besuche, um die Kapitel 12-20 zu erkunden.

    Nos alegra poder anunciar que ya está disponible la segunda entrega de Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego en Visita para explorar los capítulos 12 a 20.

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    In exactly one week A Celebration of Harry Potterwill begin at Universal Orlando Resort. Here’s how you can be part of the event even if you can’t actually be in Orlando:

    On Twitter 
    We’ll be tweeting and retweeting throughout the weekend to keep you up to date with all the activity at the event, so make sure you use the official hashtag of the event #HPCelebration and follow our Twitter account here.

    On the Pottermore Insider 
    If you don’t have a Twitter account you'll be able to follow Pottermore’s stream of tweets and retweets directly from the Pottermore Insider.

    Remember, everything we reveal in Orlando, we’ll also tell you about here on the Insider too.

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    In the Moment ‘A Letter From Sirius’, we see Harry and Ron inventing predictions for their Divination homework. Which one is your favourite?

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    Members of the Pottermore team have safely landed in Orlando for A Celebration of Harry Potter.

    They’re putting the finishing touches to Pottermore’s exhibition booth and there’ll be one last rehearsal for the panel presentation on Saturday.

    Live twitter coverage from Pottermore will start on Friday once the event commences, though we’ll probably share some tweets and retweets in the run up to the start of the event too.  In case you don’t have a twitter account, you can find all our twitter coverage here on the Pottermore Insider.

    We hope you enjoy the event, wherever in the world you may be.

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    It’s time! Tens of thousands of Harry Potter enthusiasts are entering Universal Orlando Resort for A Celebration of Harry Potter, which will last until Sunday.

    We’re celebrating the start of the event by giving all of our Pottermore users a house-themed desktop background image for their computer, smartphone or tablet. These are the same images that will greet users of the devices in our booth in the Harry Potter Expo, as you can see in the image below:

    Stay tuned to the Pottermore Insider to hear more about our activity at the event.

    Download your house-themed desktop background for your preferred device by clicking on the links below:

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    Tom Hodgson, Pottermore’s Creative Director, shared a time-lapse video during his presentation to an audience of Harry Potter fans at A Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort.

    The time-lapse video, specifically created for this event, shows how a Moment gets from the drawing board to the final splashes of colour. The Moment in question is ‘Snape’s Dark Mark’ (from Chapter 36 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) which will be released in the final instalment of the book on

    Now that the artwork stage of this Moment is complete, the Moment moves across to our animation, sound, design and development teams to apply the finishing touches.

    We hope you enjoy this video.

    (When playing the video switch on your volume to hear the audio clip from the story that relates to this Moment – courtesy of the Pottermore Shop.)

    Is this how you imagined a Moment being made? Tell us on Facebook if you have an account, or on Twitter with the Hashtag #HPCelebration. If you enjoyed this video, you might also enjoy reading about the ins and outs of how this particular Moment was created. Tom explained to the audience:

           “...As you can see, this is the Moment where Snape reveals his Dark Mark to the still disbelieving Fudge.  The audio you heard was Jim Dale’s reading of the Goblet of Fire, which is available as a digital audio book at the Pottermore Shop.  You can also listen to the digital audio books at the Pottermore booth throughout this weekend, so do pop by.

    I’m going to use this Moment to demonstrate our thought process when blocking out the scene and the positioning of the characters: As we have shown the Hospital Wing several times before - Harry always seems to end up there! - we concentrated on choosing an interesting angle that we have not seen before.  We knew how we wanted the room to look – its dimensions, the windows, the bed, the flagstone floor, so the challenge was how to present and position the many characters in the scene.  We spent a lot of time blocking it out – establishing where the different characters might be that made sense in terms of the scene, but also to conceal faces.  Whilst we’re on the subject of concealing faces, I want to explain why we do this in all Moments on  We try to provide the most faithful companion to the reading experience possible, and one of the most important aspects of reading is your own imagination. It is not for us to tell you what Sirius Black looks like in detail, or contradict the vision you have of him in your head. Instead, we encourage our users to celebrate their own versions of the characters and we enjoy looking at some of the fantastic pieces of artwork our users upload every week to show just what they see.  Please keep them coming.

    Back to blocking the Moment: we painted two options for Bill - one on the bed and one on the edge of the scene.  After some debate, we decided that the bed wasn’t the way to go as the bedside was getting very crowded with Bill, Sirius and Harry all jostling for space.  We moved Madam Pomfrey because she was obscuring Bill’s ponytail and once Harry’s positioning was correct we could place Padfoot in a protective pose.”

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    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 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.

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    Seeing tens of thousands of Harry Potter fans gathered in Orlando today, one can imagine Gilderoy Lockhart might be upset to learn that they are not attending a surprise party thrown in his honour, but A Celebration of Harry Potter.

    However, we thought he’d be pleased to discover that we didn’t forget his birthday completely: the exclusive audio clips by J.K. Rowling that were revealed by Pottermore at the event yesterday are all about Lockhart, which is a birthday gift suitable even for Lockhart’s vanity. These audio clips will make their way to in the next few days, so keep an eye on your Pottermore Owl Notifications.

    Harry Potter fans who attended the event didn’t forget Lockhart’s birthday either, and we even had a few of them send their birthday wishes wearing smiles that could rival Lockhart himself.

    We’d love you to celebrate Lockhart’s birthday too by submitting a drawing on of a Lockhart smile worthy of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award. And don’t forget to add your very own birthday wish to the drawing!

    Happy birthday Professor Lockhart!

    (Click on the images below to expand them)

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    On Sunday January 26, we celebrated Gilderoy Lockhart’s birthday by revealing three new exclusive audio entries from J.K. Rowling about Gilderoy Lockhart at A Celebration of Harry Potter. Now we’re pleased to announce that these audio clips are available to discover on Listen to them to learn more about Lockhart’s family background, his failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts.

    Note: You can discover and unlock the J.K. Rowling audio across these two Moments: ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘Lockhart’s Office’, both found in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on

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    Last week we asked for your favourite prediction invented by Harry and Ron for their Divination homework. Luckily, many of you voted – so unlike Harry and Ron we didn’t have to invent our answers.

    Were you able to use your ‘Inner Eye’ to predict these results? Let us know on our Facebook page if you have an account or on Twitter using the hashtag #Pottermore

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    In the second instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire we see the students from Beauxbatons flying to Hogwarts in a gigantic carriage, drawn by a dozen huge winged horses. We also see Durmstrang’s ship bobbing in the lake, moments after rising out of the water.

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