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- 07/30/14--13:17: Happy Birthday Neville!
- 07/31/14--09:57: Happy 34th Birthday Harry Potter!
- 08/08/14--09:58: Would you have made it through the Triwizard maze?
- 08/11/14--09:30: Happy Birthday Ginny!
- 08/22/14--08:42: Happy Birthday Percy Weasley!
- Revisit the interactive Moments and make sure your discovery bar is complete – every collectible you find (excluding Galleons) adds to your points
- Make sure you practise duelling against your own house to master casting spells before you challenge the other houses, as every duel lost means more points to the opposing house!
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- 09/16/14--03:16: New features in Potions Class and Duelling Club on pottermore.com!
You can enjoy reading an extract from the pre-match commentary here on the Insider, or go to the Daily Prophet offices on pottermore.com to enjoy the full transcript of the thrilling match (registration required).
Visit pottermore.com to discover even more exciting pieces of exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, explore Harry Potter’s story online and begin a journey of your own – learn to brew the perfect potion, master the art of duelling and get sorted into your Hogwarts house!
The stadium is full and the noise is deafening. We await the arrival of both team’s mascots, who will put on a pre-match show. The Bulgarians, of course, bring their celebrated dancing troupe of Veelas, which constitutes a major reason for the team’s popularity, at least with men. Brazil’s Curupiras have already caused a great deal of mischief so far this tournament but are similarly popular, mostly with children. Security wizards stand by all around the perimeter in case of trouble.
While we wait for the opening performance, let’s remind ourselves what these teams look like and compare some key statistics.
After a slow start in the tournament, Brazilian Almeida was a star of the lengthy semi-final against the USA and is a major reason for his team’s presence in the final. However, many felt his opposite number on the Haitian side out-performed him in Brazil’s first match and he sustained a nasty head injury in the contentious quarter-final against Wales.
Zdravko let in 17 goals against New Zealand in the first round and no fewer than 46 against Japan in the semi-final. Bulgarian fans are rightly nervous about Zdravko’s abilities facing a Brazilian Chaser trio of proven ability.
The Brazilian trio have been one of the joys of the tournament, exciting to watch and responsible for 68 goals so far. Gonçalo Flores has emerged as one of his team’s stars, celebrated for making the hoops from way out of the scoring box.
Though less flashy in style, the statistics do not lie: the Bulgarian Chasers have scored 74 goals so far this tournament and have – to the surprise of many fans and commentators – out-performed their Brazilian counterparts.
Although they turned in lacklustre performances during the first two matches of the tournament, the Brazilian Beaters redeemed themselves in spectacular style during the semi-final when by their efforts they prevented the American Seeker Smackhammer catching the Snitch.
A competent though not outstanding duo, Draganov and Vulchanov have nevertheless displayed great physical courage throughout the tournament. Vulchanov was knocked out cold protecting his Seeker during one of the most memorable moments of the Bulgaria versus Japan semi-final.
Silva has only made two captures during the tournament due to Haiti’s disqualification in the first round. Once he spots the Snitch, he is fast and accurate, but questions must be asked about his ability to locate the elusive golden ball, as his average capture time this tournament has been 10 hours 44 minutes.
Viktor Krum needs no introduction. The oldest player in this tournament, he has been a world-class Quidditch player since his late teens. Though before this World Cup many critics had written him off, he is largely responsible for Bulgaria’s place in the final. Average capture time this tournament: 5 hours 56 minutes.
The VIP boxes are now full. Chairman of the ICWQC, Mentor Metaxas, chats to the President of the Argentinian Council of Magic, Valentina Vázquez, but all eyes are on Box Two, where Dumbledore’s Army sit under close guard, to prevent mobbing by an overexcited crowd. The Potter family – minus Mother, Ginny Potter, who of course is here in the journalists’ enclosure with me – have been given prime places in the front row. All are wearing the red of Bulgaria except middle child Albus, who is sporting Brazilian green. This will undoubtedly send the gossips into overdrive – what message is young Albus sending us all by choosing to support a team other than his father’s? A team, lest we forget, that is competing against his father’s ex-rival, now friend, Viktor Krum. Are we witnessing a very public, very ugly display of father-son rivalry? My colleague, Ginny Potter, who is sitting close enough to read everything my Quick-Quotes Quill is scribbling, informs me that Albus is a great fan of Brazilian Chaser Gonçalo Flores. That, of course, would be one possible explanation for this oddly public parade of familial dissent.
The crowd roar as the gates open and the mascot troupes assemble! First, the Bulgarian Veela, dressed in diaphanous gowns and dancing to the haunting strains of harp music. Several men’s jaws have dropped here in the journalists’ enclosure and, judging by the number of dropped notebooks, many also appear to have lost sensation in their fingers.
Up in VIP Box Two, Ronald Weasley appears to have become catatonic. Did I just see wife Hermione Granger administer a sharp elbow to the ribs?
And here come the Curupiras with their bright red hair and back-to-front feet. Tumbling, performing acrobatics, stealing hats from fans and generally creating mayhem, the stadium is greatly enjoying their antics.
It is always enchanting to observe young people enjoying the culture of other wizarding nations. Unfortunately, Master Teddy Lupin and Ms Victoire Weasley appear to be far more interested in what they are saying to each other than – I take that back. In what some may see as a somewhat belated show of parental authority, Mr Bill Weasley has swapped places with his now very sulky-looking daughter and is directing her attention to the pitch. It is indeed a terrible waste not to drink in the magnificent spectacle now unfolding before us, with the colours and dancing and whatnot.
Harry Potter is scratching his ear.
The opening ceremony concludes with an interesting Veela/Curupira pyramid formation. If several back to front feet found themselves in the Veela’s eyes, the latter have resisted the temptation to transform into the terrifying Harpy-like form that gave many children – myself included – nightmares after their 1994 display.
And here come the two teams – Brazil in green, Bulgaria in red!
Almost all of the Weasley family are supporting Brazil. Certainly nobody can have expected Ronald to cheer on his wife’s ex-boyfriend. Both his children – Rose, who appears to have inherited her father’s unfortunate hair, and Hugo, who has his mother’s bushy locks – are decked out in green, but Hermione Granger is not wearing anything to indicate which team she is supporting. Does she secretly hope to see Krum take the trophy at last? Or is this the kind of diplomatic neutrality one might expect of a ruthless careerist whose long-term ambition is undoubtedly to be Minister for Magic?
And they’re off! Fourteen players rise into the air for the 427th Quidditch World Cup final!
Neville Longbottom is already on his feet cheering, even though nothing has really happened yet. Is he drunk?
'Summer was creeping over the grounds around the castle; sky and lake alike turned periwinkle blue and flowers large as cabbages burst into bloom in the greenhouses.'
'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter Fifteen, Aragog'
It’s the hottest day of the year so far in London today, but you might have already gotten that feeling if you have visited your pottermore.com homepage, as summer has arrived on the map! Flowers are in full bloom, and the deckchairs are waiting by the sea!
See if you can spot the Hebridean Black dragon basking in the sunshine, and the winged horses gallivanting in the mountains - head to your homepage on pottermore.com now to enjoy the summer atmosphere.
Whether reading the books, watching the films, visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, or exploring Pottermore.com, fans of the Harry Potter stories have been able to experience Diagon Alley™ in many different ways, and now there’s going to be a whole new way to enjoy this famous cobbled street at Universal Studios Florida®! Today, we are excited to bring you more details of what to expect from The Wizarding World of
Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley, which is now open!
What to expect
In breathtaking detail, Universal Orlando® Resort has recreated quintessential London landmarks; guests are now able to stroll along the London waterfront, and eagle-eyed visitors may spot some sights that would usually be hidden from Muggle view, such as the Knight Bus and number twelve, Grimmauld Place.
Once through the iconic brick archway, you’ll see all the famous shops of Diagon Alley, leading right up the street to the towering Gringotts™ bank at the far end, where you can take a journey deep underground through the perils of the Gringotts vaults in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, the thrilling new signature ride of this area. Universal hasn’t omitted the dark and dangerous Knockturn Alley, which you can also venture down (if you dare)!
And, perhaps most exciting of all, for the first time ever Muggles can journey between Platform 9 ¾™ at King’s Cross Station in London and Hogsmeade™ Station on the Hogwarts™ Express, taking in scenic British countryside from the carriage windows and encountering characters and creatures from the Harry Potter™ stories along the way.
A few members of the Pottermore team were lucky enough to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade for A Celebration of Harry Potter in January this year, and were delighted to see the magical world brought to life on such an astounding scale and with so much faithful detail! Riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, Dragon Challenge™ roller coasters and Flight of the Hippogriff™; stepping into Ollivanders™ wand shop; and visiting the Three Broomsticks™ for a Butterbeer™ were real highlights from the weekend and we’re sure Diagon Alley will only add to the magic of the experience for fans. If only Orlando weren’t so far from London, we'd be visiting it every day!
Find out more and buy your tickets!
To find out more about Universal Orlando Resort ticket and vacation package options, click here. Remember that to travel on the Hogwarts Express from either Hogsmeade Station or King’s Cross Station in London, you will need Park-to-Park Admission.
Ravenclaws may want to keep an eye on their Owl Notifications over the next few days. As winners of the fifth Pottermore House Cup championship, Ravenclaws will be the first to know when the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released and will enjoy 24 hours of early access to explore the new chapters on pottermore.com.
We’re delighted to let you know that the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released this Thursday, 31 July!
As worthy winners of the fifth Pottermore House Cup championship, Ravenclaw members will be able to enjoy 24 hours early access to explore these chapters, beginning at 12.00pm BST this Wednesday, 30 July.
Members of Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor will be able to enjoy the new chapters on pottermore.com from 12.00pm BST this Thursday.
Members of Ravenclaw house have now been given access to explore the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on pottermore.com.
Ravenclaws are being granted 24 hours of early access as a reward for winning the fifth Pottermore House Cup championship in March.
Members of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin will be sent an Owl Notification to confirm when the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.
‘You all right, Neville?’ Harry asked him.
‘Oh yes,’ said Neville, ‘I’m fine, thanks. Just reading this book Professor Moody lent me ...’
He held up the book: Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties.
‘Apparently, Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I’m really good at Herbology,’ Neville said. There was a faint note of pride in his voice that Harry had rarely heard there before. ‘He thought I’d like this.’
Chapter Fourteen, The Unforgivable Curses, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
It’s Neville Longbottom’s 34th birthday today, and we hope he’s enjoying his special day! In J.K. Rowling’s exclusive writing for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, Rita Skeeter reveals that the brave former Gryffindor student is now the Herbology teacher at Hogwarts, and that his wife Hannah Abbott is to be Matron at Hogwarts, achieving roles that many people would dream of! If working at Hogwarts is your dream, what subject would you most like to teach?
Neville’s love of Herbology shone through during his time at Hogwarts – to celebrate his birthday, why don’t you upload a drawing of him with one of his most interesting magical plant discoveries? Here are a couple of our favourite pictures from members of pottermore.com to give you some inspiration!
Following today’s release of the final instalment (chapters 21-37), you can now explore Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in its entirety on pottermore.com!
Learn more about owls, the wizarding world’s faithful feathered friends, in another exclusive new entry by J.K. Rowling; see Harry, Ron and Hermione attempt to restrain Hagrid’s six-foot-long Blast-Ended Skrewts; experience Harry’s journey through the vast maze in the third and final task of the Triwizard Tournament and much more…
Have you ever wondered about how witches and wizards deal with illnesses in the wizarding world? J.K. Rowling answers all of your questions in her exclusive new writing ‘Illness and Disability’, available to discover in the Moment ‘Snape’s Dark Mark’ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire now!
We enjoy reading your thoughts on each of the Moments, so don't forget to leave a comment directly beneath them on pottermore.com. You can also share your favourite #GobletOfFire discoveries from the new chapters on Facebook and Twitter.
Go to pottermore.com now to continue exploring Harry Potter’s story.
…on Harry’s birthday (which the Dursleys had completely ignored) he had received four superb birthday cakes, one each from Ron, Hermione, Hagrid and Sirius.
Chapter Three, The Invitation, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
It’s Harry Potter’s birthday today (as well as a certain author’s), and we hope he is celebrating it in style, or at least has a superb birthday cake, as he did on his fourteenth birthday!
Harry’s first ever birthday cake was given to him by Hagrid on his eleventh birthday– it may not have been as edible as his birthday cakes in later years (remember Hagrid’s notorious rock cakes?), but was no less happily received. Recall the moment the two friends first met in the hut on the rock in this audio snippet from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:
To celebrate our favourite hero, who turns 34 today, we have given every member of pottermore.com 150 Galleons. You may have noticed it arrive in your Gringotts account today – don’t spend it all at once, even if you are tempted by the new offerings at Flourish and Blotts!
Why not share your birthday messages to Harry Potter? Comment on our Facebook post, or on Twitter using #HappyBirthdayHarryPotter, or upload a picture here!
Don’t forget that the third and final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available to explore - head over to pottermore.com now if you have yet to explore the new Moments, as there’s a lot to discover.
Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,
The middle of middle and end of the end?
And finally give me the sound often heard
During the search for a hard-to-find word.
Now string them together, and answer me this,
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?’
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter Thirty-One, The Third Task
It took Harry a little while to give the correct answer to the sphinx’s riddle in the Triwizard maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but did you remember the answer when you visited ‘The Maze’ in the newly released Moments on pottermore.com?
If you haven’t yet had a chance to explore the final Moments from Goblet of Fire on pottermore.com, head there now to see Hagrid’s dangerous Blast-Ended Skrewts, marvel at the multitude of jewel-encrusted golden taps in the Prefects’ bathroom, follow Harry through the final two tasks of the Triwizard Tournament and read more exclusive new writing by J.K. Rowling.
We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the new Moments from the final instalment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on pottermore.com as much as we have!
We loved finding new potion ingredients, Hogwarts paraphernalia (and, of course, the odd hidden Galleon) in the Moments. These are only a small selection of the collectibles available to find in the brand new Moments, but they’re some of our favourites! What collectible did you most enjoy discovering?
The four champions competing in the Triwizard Tournament had a lot of obstacles to overcome before they could reach the infamous Triwizard Cup – from Boggarts to giant Blast-Ended Skrewts, the maze tested their spell-casting skills to the max.
If you’re having trouble remembering what obstacles were placed in the maze for the third task of the tournament, remind yourself with your copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or visit pottermore.com now to explore ‘The Maze’!
Don't forget to share your birthday wishes on Facebook or Twitter using #HappyBirthdayGinny.
There’ll be special event vacation packages with exclusive benefits on sale from next Thursday 21 August at 12 noon EST, or you can purchase your general admission tickets for the event weekend now.
"They were all supposed to be listening to a Christmas broadcast by Mrs Weasley’s favourite singer, Celestina Warbeck, whose voice was warbling out of the large wooden wireless. Fleur, who seemed to find Celestina very dull, was talking so loudly in the corner that a scowling Mrs Weasley kept pointing her wand at the volume control, so that Celestina grew louder and louder. [...]
HeartHawthorn5902's depiction of Mrs. Weasley
listening to a Celestina Warbeck song
And if you do it right
I’ll boil you up some hot, strong love
To keep you warm tonight.’
‘We danced to this when we were eighteen!’ said Mrs Weasley, wiping her eyes on her knitting. ‘Do you remember, Arthur?’
‘Mphf?’ said Mr Weasley, whose head had been nodding over the satsuma he was peeling. ‘Oh yes … marvelous tune …’ "
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter Sixteen, ‘A Very Frosty Christmas’.
Today on pottermore.com we revealed for the first time that it is Celestina Warbeck’s birthday. To celebrate, you can now find out even more about the talented singer in exclusive new writing by J.K. Rowling!
Get the scoop on one of J.K. Rowling’s ‘favourite “off-stage” characters in the whole series’, from her early years to her career highlights, the ups and downs of her personal life and her selfless work as a philanthropist.
Here’s a sneak peek at the singing sorceress’s biography stats – is anyone else intrigued by her ability to drown out a chorus of banshees?!
Birthday: 18th August
Wand: Larch and phoenix feather, 10 1/2 inches long, flexible
Special abilities: Ability to drown out a chorus of banshees, tap-dancing, fancy baking
Parentage: Wizard father, Muggle mother.
Family: Has married three times; one son
Hobbies: Travelling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes
We don't want to give it all away, so be sure to head to the Moment ‘Floo Powder’ in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on pottermore.com to read this exciting new writing.
We hope you enjoy the title track from her global bestselling album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart as much as we did – we've been tapping our toes along to it all day!
Share your favourite facts from the new J.K. Rowling writing on Celestina with us, or wish her a Happy Birthday, on Facebook and Twitter using #CelestinaWarbeck.
If you would like more information on visiting Universal Orlando Resort to see Celestina Warbeck perform live, click here.
‘Oh, hello, Harry,’ said Percy. ‘I was wondering who was making all the noise. I’m trying to work in here, you know – I’ve got a report to finish for the office – and it’s rather difficult to concentrate when people keep thundering up and down the stairs.’
‘We’re not thundering,’ said Ron irritably. ‘We’re walking. Sorry if we’ve disturbed the top-secret workings of the Ministry of Magic.’
‘What are you working on?’ said Harry.
‘A report for the Department of International Magical Co-operation,’ said Percy smugly. ‘We’re trying to standardise cauldron thickness. Some of these foreign imports are just a shade too thin – leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three per cent a year –’
‘That’ll change the world, that report will,’ said Ron. ‘Front page of the Daily Prophet, I expect, cauldron leaks.’
Percy went slightly pink.
‘You might sneer, Ron,’ he said heatedly, ‘but unless some sort of international law is imposed we might well find the market flooded with flimsy, shallow-bottomed products which seriously endanger –’
‘Yeah, yeah, all right,’ said Ron, and he started off upstairs again. Percy slammed his bedroom door shut.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter Five, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
Happy Birthday Percy Weasley! The author of Prefects Who Gained Power* will surely have added Percy to their latest edition - his career has gone from strength to strength since his time at Hogwarts; rising, as we are informed by Rita Skeeter, to Head of the Department of Magical Transportation in recent years.
We love Percy’s fastidiousness and pompousness throughout the Harry Potter series, even if it does mean he now gets called a ‘nit-picking bureaucrat’ by some of his political opponents, but we bet he’s a difficult person to buy a present for!
What do you think Percy’s perfect birthday present would be? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter using #HappyBirthdayPercyWeasley, and share your birthday wishes!
*A deeply boring study of Hogwarts Prefects and their later careers.
Remember, you can earn points by successfully brewing potions, winning duels against members of other houses, and by finding collectibles when exploring the Moments on pottermore.com. To give you a little help, here are our top tips for earning as many points as you can:
Don’t forget to join in House Pride Week, beginning Tuesday, September 16. There’ll be a whole day dedicated to celebrating each house, starting with #GryffindorPride and followed by #RavenclawPride, #HufflepuffPride and #SlytherinPride. Check the Insider on Tuesday for more details on how to get involved.
Pick up your wand, polish off your cauldrons and start earning points on pottermore.com to help your Hogwarts house triumph.
Here are a few suggestions of how you can show your house pride:
Download and use our #HousePride social cover and profile images to show your pride!
For more inspiration, why not check out some of the activity from the last House Pride Week in March, here on the Insider? We can’t wait to see how you celebrate this time around!
As the awarding of the next Pottermore House Cup approaches, we’re sure you’ve all been brewing and duelling as much as possible to earn house points, to help lead your house to victory. If you haven’t noticed already, we’ve added a few features to Duelling Club and Potions Class:
New areas to comment
You can now comment in Duelling Club and Potions Class to share your experiences with your friends, give hints and tips or gain help from others.
You can now challenge other students to a duel directly from the new comments area in Duelling Club, even if you’re not yet friends.
A new way to gift ingredients
Keen potion brewers who are in need of potions ingredients can now request them in the new comments section of Potions Class, and fellow students can oblige and give ingredients directly, simply by clicking the ‘send gift’ link.
See others’ duelling ability
You can now check an opponent’s average spell-casting potency before you challenge them to a duel, so that you can select students with a similar skill level to your own; and you can even find out what their favourite spell is to cast.
See others’ potion-brewing ability
You can now view the total amount of potions a fellow student has brewed, and which is their favourite potion to brew!
With the awarding of the House Cup just around the corner, and all these new features to enjoy, there’s never been a better time to revisit pottermore.com and earn points for your house by duelling and brewing potions.
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