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    Last but by no means last, today is our Gryffindor day and we want to know what makes our Gryffindor house members proud to be in this Hogwarts house.

    Whether you're a member of the house or a fan, get voting in our Pottermore poll for your favourite things about Gryffindor house. What do you think is the best thing about Gryffindor house?

    If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, tweet and comment to us your #HousePride and #GryffindorPride messages! We’re retweeting your messages throughout the week.

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    If you’re excited about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells, launching for the PlayStation®3 this week, then why not take part in some fun activities first!

    Enjoy fun magic-related challenges in preparation for Wonderbook: Book of Spells by clicking on the image below. This will open up a window where over the next few weeks, a number of different interactive adventures will be available for you to enjoy.

    Today, prepare to be tested in a quiz about wizard values – will you pass?


    On Wednesday the 21st November, you’ll be able to learn the Water-Making Spell. There will be the Fire-Making Spell to acquaint yourselves with on Wednesday the 28th November, and return on Wednesday the 5th of December for the Revealing Charm.

    Don’t miss out on these Wonderbook: Book of Spells activities – remember to come back and explore them.

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    We're delighted to share news of the exciting new product that has resulted from the Pottermore and Sony relationship.

    Wonderbook: Book of Spells for the PlayStation®3 is now available for those who wish to experience Miranda Goshawk’s 200-year-old text.

    In the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells is traditionally kept in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. Now, you can experience and explore this enchanted book with PlayStation’s Wonderbook™.

    Featuring new exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, Wonderbook: Book of Spells will bring spells to life in your living room, giving you the chance to learn about the stories behind some of the spells from the Harry Potter series, and cast them for yourself using the PlayStation®Move Motion Controller, which will become your own magic wand.

    When you first play Wonderbook: Book of Spells, you will have the option to link to your Pottermore account if you already have one; you’ll belong to the house that you were Sorted into and you’ll be able to use the wand that chose you

    Visit the Wonderbook: Book of Spells page if you would like to know more.

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    This morning belongs to Hufflepuff as we count down to the reveal of the Pottermore House Cup, this Wednesday 21st November.

    We love the wonderful depictions of Helga Hufflepuff and Hufflepuff house in these images, submitted by fans to our Pottermore Galleries.

    - Hufflepuff pride -

    by StrikeSword18260

    by JinxWave26889

    by ThornHazel13357

    by TorreRain17140

    by SpiritoPozione20288

    Share them with your friends and cheer on the #HufflepuffPride!

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    Ravenclaw are reigning this afternoon, in our count down to the awarding of the Pottermore House Cup, this Wednesday 21st November.

    Check out these great artistic takes on Rowena Ravenclaw and Ravenclaw house in art from our Pottermore fans.

    - Ravenclaw pride -

    by PatronusHex12591

    by RoseViolet29089

    by FelicisDawn23904.jpg

    by BloodPatronus45

    by ShadowRiver12556

    Share them with your friends and keep that #RavenclawPride glowing!

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    If you haven’t visited the library Moment in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Pottermore recently, then we recommend that you venture over there now to discover something new.

    Pay a visit to the Restricted Section, where you’ll be able to discover Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells and unlock the new Pottermore Badge for this 200-year-old textbook.

    You’ll also be able to view a video about Wonderbook: Book of Spells, for the PlayStation®3, the latest product from the Pottermore and Sony partnership. Listen to Miranda Goshawk herself talking about how the Book of Spells came to be and discover what you can look forward to in the game...

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    In the world of Harry Potter,
    The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a well-known and well-loved collection of short stories that are read to young witches and wizards.

    Now, you can make it part of your Harry Potter eBook collection, as The Tales of Beedle the Bard is available to download from the Pottermore Shop.

    Discover such tales as ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, and famously, ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’. There are also additional notes and summaries from Professor Albus Dumbledore – musing on the teachings within the tales – for you to enjoy.

    The Pottermore Shop is the only place in the world where you can buy all seven Harry Potter eBooks, digital audio books and the companion eBooks, Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and, now, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

    UK readers can purchase the new eBook for just £3.99, or $5.99 for US readers. All Pottermore proceeds from the sale of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be given to Lumos, the international children’s charity founded by J.K. Rowling.

    Lumos works to end the practice of separating children from their families and raising them in terrible conditions in large residential institutions.

    In the video below, J.K. Rowling talks about The Tales of Beedle the Bard and how you can help support the important work of Lumos.

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    There’s just one more day until we announce the winner of the Pottermore House Cup for November 2012. This morning, we’re celebrating Slytherin.

    We've had some fantastic art and images of Salazar Slytherin and Slytherin house submitted to the Pottermore Galleries and we want to share them with you to cheer on the Slytherin pride!

    - Slytherin pride -

    by BladeNight1032

    by ShadowAsh82

    by AvisFirebolt24980

    by GalleonDawn139

    by CentaureDraconis12204

    Why not share them with your fellow Slytherins and friends and keep the #SlytherinPride going?

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    The final afternoon before the awarding of the Pottermore House Cup tomorrow, the 21st of November, belongs to Gryffindor.

    The art and pictures of Godric Gryffindor and Gryffindor house submitted to the Pottermore Galleries from our fans have been brilliant. Here are some of our favourites...

    - Gryffindor pride -

    by AjenjoGato8747

    by DraconisLeviosa27225

    by KnightAsh19991

    by VineHex8666

    by ShadowAsh82

    Share them with your friends and let's hear those roars of #GryffindorPride!

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    It’s been a spirited competition, with much brewing and duelling but we would like to congratulate Gryffindor as the victor of the Pottermore House Cup for November, 2012.

    Commiserations to Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, but your chance to make the Pottermore House Cup yours will come again - the house points have already been reset for the next contest in the Great Hall.

    As a reward for winning the Pottermore House Cup, Gryffindor will be able to download beautiful artwork of their common room as wallpapers and screensavers for their electronic devices.

    Members of Gryffindor house, keep an eye out on your owl notifications for further details when these become available, they should be arriving soon.

    Until the next Pottermore House Cup, we wish everyone good luck and keep up the great work on your potions and spells.

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  • 11/23/12--15:00: Fair Play on Pottermore
  • The Pottermore House Cup is a hugely popular part of and maintaining the integrity of the competition is important so that it continues to be enjoyed by all.

    Many of our Pottermore members have raised concerns about user accounts that seem to be using unfair methods to quickly score large numbers of Pottermore house points.

    With the start of the next Pottermore House Cup this week we are stepping up our efforts to ensure the fairness of the Pottermore House Cup for all. We have measures in place to prevent or detect unusual house point scoring, and will deduct house points where strong evidence of unfair play is found.

    For example, we've addressed cases with questionable activity, such as a user account that seemingly completed 1,560 duels in less than 6 hours, a spell cast every 14 seconds without pause, winning every one! Another user account had won two duels a minute for 24 hours without rest, house points were also deducted from that account.

    We have invited anyone who has had house points deducted, but can show that the points were actually earned fairly, to contact the Pottermore team and their points may be re-instated. For those that do contact us, we will ensure that we review your cases with great care and restore fairly earned points, and will use that information to further improve our measures to detect true foul play.

    In the meantime, we hope that everyone continues to enjoy the spirited competition on, making it a fun and enjoyable experience for all.

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    The Hogwarts Library BooksQuidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard– are available for the first time as eBooks in French, Italian, German and Spanish, and there’s only one place you can find them – the Pottermore Shop.

    Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, is the ideal text to reach for when brushing up on your Quidditch knowledge and know-how.

    Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander - a duplicate of Harry Potter’s own copy - is dotted with his and his friends’ useful comments about the unusual creatures found in the wizarding world.

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of renowned wizarding stories, notably including ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’. The book also includes reflective notes penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

    The Hogwarts Library Books are also available as eBooks in English (US and UK). If you’re a UK reader, you can also get all three books in a collectable hardback boxed set from Bloomsbury.

    All Pottermore proceeds from the sales of Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them will be donated to Comic Relief UK; and all Pottermore proceeds from The Tales of Beedle the Bard will go to Lumos, an international children’s charity founded by J.K. Rowling.

    Make these eBooks part of your collection or give them as a gift by visiting the Pottermore Shop today.

    Pour la toute première fois, les livres de la bibliothèque de Poudlard (Le Quidditch à Travers Les Âges, Les Animaux Fantastiques et Les Contes de Beedle le Barde) sont désormais disponibles en format eBook dans un seul et unique lieu : le Pottermore Shop.
    Ajoutez ces eBooks à votre collection ou offrez-les à vos amis ou à vos proches en vous rendant dès aujourd'hui dans le Pottermore Shop.

    I libri della biblioteca di Hogwarts - Il Quidditch attraverso i secoli, Gli animali fantastici: dove trovarli e Le fiabe di Beda il Bardo - sono ora disponibili per la prima volta come e-book e c'è un unico luogo al mondo dove li puoi trovare: Pottermore Shop.
    Fai sì che questi e-book entrino a far parte della tua collezione o inviali come regalo: visita Pottermore Shop oggi stesso.

    Die Hogwarts Bibliotheksbücher - Quidditch im Wandel der Zeiten, Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind und Die Märchen von Beedle dem Barden - sind nun zum ersten Mal als eBücher erhältlich und Du wirst sie auf der ganzen Welt nur an einem Ort finden: Dem Pottermore Shop.
    Besuche den Pottermore Shop noch heute und füge diese eBücher zu Deiner Sammlung hinzu oder verschenke sie.

    Los libros de la biblioteca de Hogwarts — Quidditch a través de los tiempos, Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos y Los cuentos de Beedle el Bardo— han salido a la venta por primera vez en formato electrónico y solo hay un lugar en el mundo donde podrás encontrarlos - Pottermore Shop.
    Añade estos libros electrónicos a tu colección o regálalos visitando Pottermore Shop hoy.

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    We use various methods to limit the opportunities to unfairly earn house points on, the most visible of which is reCAPTCHA. However, we do limit these visible measures as some can disrupt the experience for users on older browsers and slower connections.

    Recently we introduced a number of new behind the scenes measures to further limit the effectiveness of scripting and other unfair ways of earning house points. These additional measures instead look at the patterns of house point scoring, and can highlight unusual activity that may indicate automated rather than human point scoring. Every case of unusual behavior that is detected is reviewed by a member of the Pottermore Team and a decision taken on whether or not to deduct points.

    Those who have points deducted receive an email from the Pottermore Team informing them that unusual activity was detected on their account. If you have received this email but feel that the point deduction was unwarranted, we encourage you to respond to the email. A member of the Pottermore Team will then review the case and if the information you provide, along with the usage information we collected, suggests the points may have been scored fairly, points will be reinstated.

    We would like to thank those affected users who have already responded to the email. Your thoughts and feedback will help improve our monitoring as we continue our efforts to maintain the integrity of the House Cup so that it remains a fun and fair competition for all.

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  • 11/29/12--03:53: Creatures: The Basilisk
  • ‘Its methods of killing are most wondrous, for aside from its deadly and venomous fangs, the Basilisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death.’

    - Chapter Sixteen, The Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    It is Hermione who first learns the truth of the ‘horror within’ the Chamber of Secrets, helping to solve the puzzle of the strange voice Harry hears in his second year at Hogwarts and the horrific attacks on students that have been occurring.

    We encounter the fearsome Basilisk at the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where Harry comes face to face with this monstrous beast within the underground Chamber.

    Controlled by means of Parseltongue – snake language – the poisonous Basilisk proves a frightening and deadly enemy for Harry.

    Our Pottermore Galleries have seen a number of extremely creative and wonderful depictions of the Basilisk and we’re sharing with you some of our favourites:

    - The Basilisk -

    by VerfolgerFunken19672

    by DawnElm12621

    by LunaCopa5515

    by SparksBlade16177

    by MistIce4679

    We also asked you, our Pottermore fans, what your thoughts on the Basilisk are, and whether you find it frightening or impressive. Here are some of your thoughts:




                 (Tweets via @FArifeen, @Ducksaregroovy, and comments from our Facebook followers.)

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    The Moment Harry faces the dangers of the Chamber of Secrets is fraught.

    What were your thoughts of the mysterious Tom Riddle and did you get a chill from the hiss of the Basilisk?

    Don't miss out on exclusive J.K. Rowling content whilst facing the secret of the Chamber...

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    What do you see taking shape in the tea leaves?

    We want to hear your predictions and what you think they mean for your future. Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll retweet our favourite predictions throughout the week and share a selection here on the Insider too.

    Those at the Pottermore team have so far seen and predicted the following:

    'I think it looks like a camel. I think that means I'm going to go on holiday somewhere sandy. And ride a camel.'
    'A dog's head – Puppy for Christmas!'
    'It looks like an egg yolk in the bottom of a cup. No comment.'
    'It's a four-legged chicken. Maybe I'm seeing my Sunday roast dinner...'

    Tell us what you see in the tea leaves....

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  • 12/10/12--04:55: Galleons at Gringotts…
  • If you’ve visited Gringotts on recently, you might have noticed that has deposited one hundred Galleons into your vault to help you stock up on supplies.

    Whether you’re restocking your potions ingredients or splashing out on a new cauldron, these extra Galleons will help you stock up ahead of the next Pottermore House Cup.

    For users who were logged in when the deposit was made, please note that you may need to re-log in to for the deposit to take effect.

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    Winter is upon us and has had a festive makeover to mark the season.

    In addition to the Insider’s new look, if you’re stocking up on potions ingredients and other items from Diagon Alley on, we hope you’ll enjoy the wintry atmosphere.

    If you follow us on
    Facebook and Twitter, you will notice that our pages also have a festive feel – tell us what you think of them by tweeting and commenting!

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    You’ve been sharing with us your tea leaf predictions and here are some of our favourites, overhead in the Great Hall, the common room and shared on our Facebook and Twitter accounts:

    - Tea leaves predictions -

    Thank you for sharing your interpretations with us and keep coming up with new ones!

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    Recently you’ve been sharing your tea leaf predictions with us and now that the leaves have settled we can confirm; changes are coming soon to

    The teacups show the shapes of three different creatures – a Hippogriff, a large dog and a rat. Each creature represents a different Moment from the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coming very soon to

    We’re offering you the opportunity to choose which of these three Moments will be featured in a sneak peek preview on the Insider.

    Vote for the Moment you would most like to see by taking part in our exclusive poll:

    Our poll will close at 23:59PM GMT, Sunday 16th December. On Monday 17th of December, we will unveil the winning Moment as chosen by you, here on the Insider.

    Cast your votes and tell your Pottermore friends to join in too!

    Nous vous donnons la possibilité de choisir quel scène vous souhaitez voir dans les chapitres à venir dans le prochain livre Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban. Votez pour le moment que vous aimeriez le plus voir en participant à notre sondage exclusif.
    Notre sondage se termine à 23h59 le dimanche 16 Décembre. Lundi 17 Décembre nous dévoilerons le moment gagnant, l’information sera visible sur Insider.

    Sull’ Insider, ti diamo la possibilità di scegliere a quale Momento dell’anteprima del primo capitolo di Harry Potter e il Prigioniero di Azkaban vuoi dare una sbirciata. Vota per il Momento che vorresti vedere più di tutti partecipando al nostro esclusivo sondaggio.
    Il sondaggio chiude alle 23:59AM GMT, Domenica 16 Dicembre. Riveleremo il Momento vincente da voi scelto Lunedí 17 Dicembre qui sull’Insider.

    Wir geben Ihnen die Chance einen Moment des bevorstehenden ersten Kapitels von Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Azkaban zu wählen, den sie gern in der Sneak-Peek Vorschau auf dem Insider sehen würden. Nehmen Sie an unserer exklusiven Umfrage teil und wählen Sie den Ausschnitt, den Sie am liebsten sehen würden.
    Unsere Umfrage endet am Sonntag, 16. Dezember um 23.59 Uhr GMT. Am Montag, 17. Dezember hier auf dem Insider werden wir den von Ihnen gewählten Gewinner-Ausschnitt veröffentlichen.

    Te estamos dando la oportunidad de elegir que Momento de los próximos cápitulos de Harry Potter y El Prisionero de Azkaban, te gustaría ver en un adelanto en el Insider. Vota por el Momento que más te gustaría ver participando en nuestra encuesta exclusiva.
    Nuestra encuesta cierra a las 23:59 PM GMT, el Domingo 16 de Diciembre.  El Lunes 17 de Diciembre, revelaremos el Momento ganador que tu has elegido, aquí en el Insider

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