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    We saw many meow-vellous submissions to help us build a wall of Frolicsome Feline plates, and we loved all your cute and somewhat garish creations.

    Inspired by Dolores Umbridge’s love for kitty decor, here’s a selection of our favourite 30 Frolicsome Feline plates, created by you.




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    In her brand new writing on pottermore.com, J.K. Rowling revealed the history of every Minister for Magic since the position was created all those years ago in 1707.

    We relished finding out all the secrets and conspiracy theories surrounding the various Ministers – we wonder whether the rumours that Muggle Minister Nobby Leach interfered in the 1966 World Cup to ensure England’s victory are true?

    Which Minister for Magic did you most enjoy discovering more about – and what were your favourite facts? Let us know on pottermore.com, or on Facebook or Twitter if you have an account.

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    We know everyone enjoyed reading the biography of the malicious Dolores Umbridge, but what did you think when you explored the floral pink monstrosity of her office at Hogwarts on pottermore.com?

    From the frilled tablecloths to the mewling, meowing cat plates, to the bows on the candelabras, the office is festooned with twee and saccharine accessories - what details did you most enjoy in the ‘Dolores Jane Umbridge’ Moment?

    We were shocked by the revelation from J.K. Rowling that Umbridge had a Muggle mother and a Squib brother, as well as a father who worked in the Department of Magical Maintenance at the Ministry of Magic. We asked you to let us know your favourite #UmbridgeFacts – if you haven’t already, tell us what you most enjoyed discovering on Facebook and Twitter.


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    Just like his successor Hagrid, whose exploits during Order of the Phoenix included infiltrating a camp of giants and introducing the fifth-year students to Thestrals, the former Care of Magical Creatures teacher was fond of daring adventures and dangerous magical creatures, causing havoc at Hogwarts on many occasions.

    From Occamys to Fire Crabs and Ashwinders, Professor Kettleburn brought magical creatures of all kinds to the school - if you were the Care of Magical Creatures teacher, what fantastic beasts would you bring to Hogwarts?

    If you’re feeling creative, why not submit a picture of one of the fantastic beasts to Professor Kettleburn’s page on pottermore.com?


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  • 11/29/14--14:30: Happy Birthday Bill Weasley!
  • Images submitted by HexSkull94 and CentaurSky39

    Happy Birthday Bill Weasley! We imagine the Gringotts employee will be celebrating with Fleur and the family today, perhaps watching a Quidditch game, or – knowing the exciting travels Bill has been on – maybe he’s taking a trip around his old haunts in Egypt (though they’re probably not a paying a visit to his former pen-friend in Brazil!).

    If you could go anywhere in the wizarding world, where would you visit and what would you do?

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    We’re feeling extra generous this year, so we’re bringing you early gifts this Christmas. Starting Friday, December 12, we’ll be releasing a festive surprise for you every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST).

    Invite your friends to our Facebook Event and take part in our 12 days of festive fun:





    With wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two, make sure you don’t miss out – just visit pottermore.com and answer our rhyming riddles to unwrap a #PottermoreChristmas surprise every day.

    We've just launched @pottermore on Instagram so you can now follow us there too.

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    Images submitted by AurorWing28173, MistShadow9345 and ScaleGhost30329

    What treats will the Hogwarts gamekeeper have in store for him today? Over the years he’s encountered Acromantula, a Norwegian Ridgeback, Blast-Ended Skrewts and the three-headed dog Fluffy - hopefully he won’t have found another dangerous magical creature to try to train, but you never know!

    Which dangerous magical creature do you think Hagrid would enjoy trying to train next?

    *Take a peek at your copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them if you need to remind yourself of their terrifying traits.

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    Perfect for all you Potterheads, this limited framed print illustrates the moment Harry breaks through the barrier onto platform nine and three-quarters and sees the Hogwarts Express for the very first time.

    It features an extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a copy of J.K. Rowling’s signature, your own ticket for the Hogwarts Express and a sealed certificate of authenticity.

    You can order this special piece of Pottermore history online from the Platform 9 ¾ shop for £79 >>


    Crafted in the UK, the framed prints are charmingly wrapped and can be shipped anywhere in Europe (in this weather, it’s probably faster than owl post!).  Your last chance for UK delivery before Christmas is December 20, 2014.


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  • 12/08/14--12:48: Setting the record straight
  • 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 pottermore.com 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.

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    "Lumos is a spell I created in Harry Potter to bring light to a desperately dark and frightening place.  At Lumos that is just what we do: we reveal the hidden children locked away behind closed doors and forgotten by the world, so that everyone first understands the problem and then works together to fix it." 

    J.K. Rowling


    The Tales of Beedle the Bard are well-known to wizarding families across the world, and since 2008 we Muggles have been able to enjoy the stories too with J.K. Rowling’s companion book to the Harry Potter series – written in support of her charity Lumos.

    Lumos, a charity that helps millions of children worldwide regain their right to a family, recently launched a brilliant social campaign, #LetsTalkLumos, to raise awareness of the eight million children living in orphanages and institutions all over the world, despite over 80% having living parents.

    If you’d like to find out more, or get involved with raising funds, head over to the Lumos website today. 

    Proceeds from eBook editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard all go to Lumos – you can pick up your copy from the Pottermore Shop.

    Follow Lumos on Twitter or join them on Facebook

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    Our favourite ‘dragon wrangler’ is still unmarried according to reports from Daily Prophet Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter, so he’s probably spending his birthday surrounded by the creatures he loves the most – dragons.

    As Class A Non-Tradeable Goods, dragon eggs won’t be on Charlie’s gift list (unless Hagrid’s been up to his old tricks).  What other presents do you think Charlie would enjoy?

    Tell us on Facebook or Twitter using #HappyBirthdayCharlieWeasley, or on his page on pottermore.com.

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    The first of our surprises has arrived; answer our rhyming riddle and transport yourself to a house in Spinner’s End. Look carefully enough and you’ll discover new J.K. Rowling writing, shedding light on the dilapidated town of Cokeworth, once home to Lily Potter and a certain Potions professor.


    It doesn’t end there… If your Gringotts vault has been looking rather bare, fear not - as a special Christmas treat, we’ve given everyone 300 Galleons – but don’t spend them all at once, as you may need them in the newly-stocked Apothecary before long…


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    The colourful, glittering windows of Diagon Alley may be plastered with sombre Ministry posters in Half-Blood Prince but today’s festive surprise takes you to the one place that’s sure to put a smile on your face.



    Solve today’s rhyming riddle on pottermore.com to step into the riotous magic of Fred and George’s shop and reveal brand new writing by J.K. Rowling: discover the ghost-plot of ice-cream parlour owner Florean Fortescue and unearth the history of the popular Leaky Cauldron pub.


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    Exciting things are always brewing in Potions lessons and today is no exception.

    Peek into one of Harry’s sixth-year Potions classes to find out how cauldrons almost had a hallowed function in the Harry Potter stories, and why J.K. Rowling chose Potions as Professor Snape’s Hogwarts subject.



    Hint: remember to give the moustachioed teacher his full title when answering today’s riddle.

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    Wrap up warm for this one, as it’s not just the weather that brings a chill. Solve today’s riddle and watch the snowy scene unfold as Katie Bell encounters the cursed opal necklace in a brand new Moment from Half-Blood Prince.




    Buy your copy of Book of Potions from Flourish and Blotts, grab your ingredients in the Apothecary and rid your house of those pesky magical pests Doxys by brewing Doxycide in Potions Class.



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    As a potioneer on pottermore.com you can now see how well you’re doing on our new Potions Class leaderboard in the Great Hall.



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    Grab your cauldron, swing by the Apothecary for ingredients and start brewing! Once you’ve successfully brewed Doxycide (Parts 1 and 2) and Shrinking Solution (Parts 1 and 2), you’ll be awarded our Practical Potion-Maker Badge – a worthy reward for any talented potioneer. If you are unable to see the new potion, try logging out and then in again.

    Don’t forget to answer our rhyming riddle for yet another treat – revisiting one of Dumbledore’s memories in the Hogwarts Pensieve



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    We’re happier than Dobby with new socks to have been chosen by J.K. Rowling as one of her favourite accounts to follow in Twitter’s #5toFollow campaign.

    We thought we’d reciprocate and share the Pottermore team’s top five entries written by J.K. Rowling for pottermore.com– what were yours?


    1.2014 Quidditch World Cup: Gossip Column

    …when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen.  As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down.  Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.

    Read the full entry on pottermore.com


    2.Dolores Jane Umbridge

    An accomplished witch, Dolores joined the Ministry of Magic directly after she left Hogwarts, taking a job as a lowly intern in the Improper Use of Magic Office.  Even at seventeen, Dolores was judgemental, prejudiced and sadistic, although her conscientious attitude, her saccharine manner towards her superiors, and the ruthlessness and stealth with which she took credit for other people's work soon gained her advancement.

    Read the full entry on pottermore.com


    3.The Original Forty

    Two of my most prized possessions are a pair of small notebooks, which contain my very first scribblings about Harry Potter. Much of what is written in them was never used in the series, although it is startling to come across the odd line of dialogue that subsequently made it, verbatim, to publication.

    Read the full entry on pottermore.com


    4.Professor Minerva McGonagall

    Though a most efficient and gifted employee, and fond of her much older boss, Elphinstone Urquart, Minerva was unhappy in London, and found that she missed Scotland.  Finally, after two years at the Ministry, she was offered a prestigious promotion, yet found herself turning it down.  She sent an owl to Hogwarts, asking whether she might be considered for a teaching post.  The owl returned within hours, offering her a job in the Transfiguration department, under Head of Department, Albus Dumbledore.  

    Read the full entry on pottermore.com


    5.Ministers for Magic

    Priscilla Dupont1855 - 1858

    Conceived an irrational loathing of the Muggle Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, to an extent that caused such trouble (coins turning to frogspawn in his coat pockets, etc.) that she was forced to step down. Ironically, Palmerston was forced to resign by the Muggles two days later.

    Read the full entry on pottermore.com



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    Professor Slughorn decorates his office in a riot of colour for his Christmas party. Dust off your dress robes, answer our rhyming riddle and join in the festive Hogwarts spirit in today’s surprise.



    Is Professor Snape a vampire? Explore Slughorn’s office and read J.K. Rowling’s final word on that popular rumour.


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    We’d love to join in Wilkie Twycross’s lesson in Half-Blood Prince, if only we weren’t Muggles, but at least we don’t have to worry about Splinching ourselves like Susan Bones…

    Transport yourself into a brand new Moment for today’s surprise - watch out for any Galleons lying around when you arrive.




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