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    Dobby definitely had the right idea when he decorated the Room of Requirement for Christmas, and we may even have a few baubles adorned with Harry’s face dotted around the Pottermore offices this year!

    Whether you’re enjoying a snow-covered Christmas, or are somewhere warm for the holidays, we hope you all have a very happy holiday full of festive cheer and perhaps a few sprigs of mistletoe (watch out for the Nargles!).


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    We’ve all wondered at some point whether the pale, black-haired Professor Snape might possibly be a vampire, and we were glad to know J.K. Rowling’s final word on the rumour in her new entry ‘Vampires’.

    What do you think of her original plan to have a vampire teaching at Hogwarts?

    Tell us your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, and check out ‘The Original Forty’ for more missing characters from the books!


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    There was no trace of the Gaunts in Tom Riddle’s face. Merope had got her dying wish: he was his handsome father in miniature, tall for eleven years old, dark-haired and pale. His eyes narrowed slightly as he took in Dumbledore’s eccentric appearance. There was a moment’s silence.
    ‘How do you do, Tom?’ said Dumbledore, walking forwards and holding out his hand.
     

    Chapter Thirteen, The Secret Riddle, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


    Over eighty years ago on New Year’s Eve, a young wizard named Tom Riddle was born. We’re taking a step back in time today and remembering the first time Tom met Professor Dumbledore at ‘The Orphanage’ in London. Who could have guessed what terrible events would follow this meeting…




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    A very happy New Year to you all! We’re soaring higher than a Firebolt after the year we’ve had at Pottermore, and 2015 promises to be just as exciting.

    From the exhilarating 2014 Quidditch World Cup, mystery and mayhem in Goblet of Fire, to the soaring soprano of Celestina Warbeck, and Ravenclaw winning their first and then second Pottermore House Cup, it’s been an eventful year.

    What’s been your favourite moment from Pottermore this year? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram using #Pottermore2014.

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    Brewing potions is one of our favourite pastimes (even if we have melted more than a few cauldrons while practising Doxycide...).

    We loved learning that Harry’s arch-enemy Professor Snape taught Potions because J.K. Rowling’s least favourite school subject was Chemistry. Even if it was Professor Snape leading the class, we’d jump at the chance to attend any lesson at Hogwarts – if you could attend one, which one would it be?


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    We were intrigued to read about Draco’s final years at Hogwarts and dastardly deeds as a Death Eater through his eyes. We weren’t too surprised to read that Harry and Draco were never destined to be best buddies.

    What was your favourite fact from J.K. Rowling’s new writing on Draco Malfoy?


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    Images submitted by OlmoMedianoche34, WingMoonstone18772 and AshUnicorn7

    It took years of trying, but the unpopular Potions teacher finally became Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Half-Blood Prince.

    In honour of Severus Snape’s birthday and this outstanding feat, we’re giving you all a special treat – a brand new defensive spell in Duelling Club.

    A perfect defence against troublesome Duelling opponents, we imagine the Smokescreen Spell may have come in handy for Severus Snape on occasion. You can find this slippery spell in your copy of The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Professor Quentin Trimble.

    What are you waiting for? Hurry along to Duelling Club and get practising!


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    We’re filling our trunks with necessities (teapot included!) as we get ready for‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ in Orlando, but we wish we had Hermione’s beaded bag so we could fit everything in!

    If you’ve got your tickets, make sure you check out our Pottermore booth when you’re there – it’ll be a magical weekend. And if you can’t join us there, take part on Facebookand Twitter so you don’t miss any of the fun.

    Keep a (mad) eye out for more news on the Insider as ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ approaches.



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    As if there wasn’t enough to get excited about just now, a sneak peek of exclusive artwork from the eagerly anticipated illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has just been revealed. This new book will be available to you all from Bloomsbury UK and Scholastic US on October 6, 2015!

    Put down your wands and quills and take a peek at these lovely illustrations from the terrifically talented Jim Kay:




        

    We can hardly wait to get our hands on a copy, but for now these previews of four of our favourite characters will have to suffice… Share your excitement on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and tell us what you think of the new artwork.

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    You all brew, duel and pick up collectibles to earn points for your house – but what would you do to earn a whopping one million house points?

    Tell us your ideas on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram using #HousePride!

    You’ll be finding more out soon as our magical trip to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ approaches…

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    There’s only one week to go before we board our plane and head to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ in Orlando, and here’s how you can join in the celebrations, both near and far.

    Win One Million House Points In Our Proudest House Contest

    You don’t need to Apparate to participate! If you weren’t able to get your tickets for the weekend, you can still join in by taking part in our Proudest House Contest, to help your house win an astounding one million points on pottermore.com.

    During ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ we’d like everyone, everywhere to show and share their house pride by any marvellous means you can think of on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. We want to see imaginative demonstrations of house pride - whether expressed through words, pictures, music, or movement, make it count by tagging your contribution with your house hashtag: #GryffindorPride#SlytherinPride#RavenclawPride#HufflepuffPride.

    The house with the most displays of pride across these social channels during the #HPCelebration weekend will win one million house points – it could be a real game-changer for the next House Cup Championship! There may even be extra house points awarded for particularly imaginative and creative contributions.

    DON’T FORGET: Whatever you do, remember the magic ingredient - HASHTAGS! You need to add your house hashtag to your submission for it to count. Remember you are representing your house, so make sure you don't do or share anything that a Head of House would not approve of!

    As we can’t wave our wands to count up the weekend’s results, we’ll evaluate your TAGGED house pride submissions and announce the victorious house on Thursday, February 5.

    Official Terms: The Pottermore Proudest House Contest will take place between 12am EST (5am GMT) January 30 to 11.59pm EST February 1 (4am GMT February 2). The winning house will be announced February 5.

    Step Inside Your Hogwarts Common Room at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’.

    Rumour has it that Muggles have finally invented a way to create magical moving photographs, and it’s coming to the Pottermore booth. Whether Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, those of you lucky enough to have tickets to 'A Celebration of Harry Potter' will be able to step inside your Hogwarts common room and create your very own moving photo (Colin Creevey would be so proud). Once you’ve got yours, make sure you tag it with your house hashtag, and then share it on FacebookTwitterTumblr and Instagram.

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    Images submitted by GoldSeeker23809 and HeartDawn14207

    The flamboyant wizard would be sure to love planning his outfits for any event (especially to visit ardent fans), although he’d probably seize the opportunity to autograph any and all moving photographs, whether wanted or not!

    To celebrate his birthday, we want to know your favourite of Lockhart’s weird and wonderful actions and inventions.


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    The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rule-breaking will lose house points… I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours.’

    Chapter Seven, The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    We announced our Proudest House Contestlast week, a fun competition for all Pottermore users to show and share their house pride as part of the ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ weekend in Orlando.

    Celebrate what your Hogwarts house means to you, and show us your creativity and imagination. The prize will be one million house points to the house that celebrates its pride the most vociferously.

    Before the contest gets underway this Friday, here‘s a brief summary of how it all works (to see more formal details about the contest read here):

    • You create a post, movie, image or other creative celebration of your house pride.
    • Add your house pride hashtag to your contribution: #GryffindorPride #SlytherinPride
          #RavenclawPride #HufflepuffPride
      .
    • Upload your brilliant idea on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.
    • We will share some of the best house pride celebrations on the Pottermore Insider, Twitter,
          Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.
    • Remember, you don’t need to make your Facebook profile public for us to see it. Just make your
          house pride contribution public.
    • As Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram don’t allow under 13s to participate, artwork from our
          younger Pottermore members can be uploaded onto pottermore.com. Visit your house founder’s
          page and upload your picture to the image gallery at the bottom: Godric Gryffindor,
          Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw
      . You won’t need to include a hashtag for
          these pictures.
    • We will count all the contributions up from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will discount any
          contributions that are inappropriate or that are not in the spirit of the contest.
    • The winning house will be the one with the highest number of creative house pride contributions.
          This house will earn one million points.
    • All of you who love brewing potions and duelling keep going, as this doesn’t affect your personal
          standings on the Leaderboards.
    • And don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of time after this contest to continue earning points through
          brewing potions and duelling, before the next House Cup is awarded.

    Happy house pride celebrations!

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    We’ve packed our trunks and today’s the day we’re jetting off to Universal Orlando Resort for ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’. Those who are lucky enough to join us can visit the Pottermore booth to create their very own moving photo in their Hogwarts common room, but worry not if you can’t be there. We’re running our Proudest House Contest for Harry Potter fans near and far, so pour yourself a glass of pumpkin juice, curl up on your sofa and take part from the comfort of your own home. 

    Press your best robes and don your house colours as we get ready for the contest, which starts tomorrow. 

    Remember that the house to show and share* the most house pride over the weekend will earn a magical one MILLION house points. You might not make it onto the Daily Prophet’s front page like Gilderoy Lockhart, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't dress to impress this weekend, so get your thinking caps on!

    *Make it count by adding your house hashtag to your photos, videos and pictures: #GryffindorPride, #HufflepuffPride, #SlytherinPride, #RavenclawPride. Remember you are representing your house, so make sure you don’t do or share anything that your Head of House would not approve of!

    The Pottermore Proudest House Contest will take place between 12am EST (5am GMT) January 30 to 11.59pm EST February 1 (4am GMT February 2). The winning house will be announced February 5.You can read the official terms here

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    It might not be as glamorous as the Yule Ball, but we still want you to dress to impress for ‘
    Celebration of Harry Potter’ at Universal Orlando Resort! Don your best robes, put on your house colours and come visit us at the Pottermore booth today.

    Your common room is waiting for you to show and share your house pride, and we’re sure you’re as excited as Harry on his first day at Hogwarts at the chance to help your house win one MILLION points.

    Remember: anyone, anywhere can join in with the Proudest House Contest from the comfort of their own home – find out more here.

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    Keep sharing your fantastic videos, photos and pictures displaying your house pride to help earn one million points for your house – there are only two days left to take part.

    Don’t forget to tag using #GryffindorPride, #RavenclawPride, #SlytherinPride or #HufflepuffPride.

    Need some inspiration? Take a look at some of yesterday’s spellbinding submissions:

    Finished! #gryffindorpride

    A photo posted by bevinkathryn (@bevinkathryn) on

    Oh No! Hilda has fainted! Expecto Patronum!! #ravenclawpride #hufflepuffpride #hpcelebration #harrypotterexpo

    A photo posted by Elizabeth (@harpoonstandoff) on

    Just uploading this for @pottermore 's Proudest House Contest :-) #SlytherinPride

    A photo posted by Jenna Z (@jennaz6) on




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    We’re gloomier than Hans the Augurey to see the final day of ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ arrive. We’ve seen a rainbow of house colours over the past two days, and some dazzling poses in the moving photographs created at our booth.



    You can still help your house earn one million points by sharing your own images and videos using #GryffindorPride, #RavenclawPride, #SlytherinPride or #HufflepuffPride. If you’re at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’, make sure you take a stroll over to our booth and have your photo taken in your Hogwarts common room.

    We’ll be counting up your creative contributions and announcing the winning house this Thursday, February 5.


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    Below you can find some of our favourite moving photos from ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’. You can see all the dazzling moving photos here.

    You can still help your house earn one million points by sharing your own images and videos using #GryffindorPride, #RavenclawPride, #SlytherinPride or #HufflepuffPride.













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    Sadly all good things must come to an end, and as we pack up our booth and head home from 'A Celebration of Harry Potter' in Orlando, we're wishing we had Hermione's Time-Turner to experience it all over again!

    We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who took part in our Proudest House Contest this weekend; we loved seeing your fantastic displays of house pride from both near and far. Once we've counted up submissions from all four houses, we will announce the winning house this Thursday, February 5.

    In the meantime, take a look at some more of our favourite moving photographs from the event in Orlando and in our previous post, and keep an eye out for the announcement of the winning house.




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    We’re guessing you’re all on the edge of your seats to find out which house won, just like we were as we diligently counted up all the contributions from last weekend’s Proudest House Contest (we almost wished we had a Gringotts goblin to help us tally the total…).

    Join us in officially congratulating Slytherin as the winners of our Proudest House Contest and the recipients of a magical one million house points on pottermore.com!



    Well done and thank you to all houses for such passionate and creative displays of house pride; they were an absolute pleasure to behold!

    In recognition of the superbly creative and imaginative efforts from all houses across the weekend, we’d like to award some additional house points…



    Daring and adventurous displays of #GryffindorPride means that Gryffindor will be awarded 230,000 house points, thanks to submitting 23% of the creative contributions.



    Excellent, quite excellent! Ravenclaw’s remarkable #RavenclawPride earned them 230,000 house points, as they were neck and neck with Gryffindor with 23% of the creative contributions.



    And we mustn’t forget, 170,000 house points to Hufflepuff for their imaginative and creative demonstrations of #HufflepuffPride.



    Slytherin, the winning house, was revealed after sharing 37% of the creative contributions. We’re very proud of your incredible #SlytherinPride, snakes!



    What a great time we had seeing your wonderful displays of house pride! We hope that you enjoyed creating them as much as we enjoyed viewing them. Last but not least, we’d like to thank you for your comments about the competition on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, your feedback is always appreciated.


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    Images submitted by WaveCauldron4452 and SandOwl26272
     
    Today we’re celebrating our favourite Muggle-mad wizard, Arthur Weasley! Arthur is fascinated by all things Muggle, even if he can’t always quite remember their correct names (remember the Dursleys’ ‘ecklectic’ fire?).

    To celebrate, we’ve picked out our top five quotes from the Weasley patriarch – let us know your favourite by voting in our poll below, or tell us on Facebook or Twitter


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  • 02/14/15--08:16: Happy Valentine's Day


  • Harp-toting, card-carrying dwarves might not be how you choose to surprise your Valentine today, but there’s plenty of romantic inspiration to be found in the Harry Potter books.

    This Valentine’s Day, we want to hear your favourite romantic quotes and moments from the Harry Potter series. Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram using #PottermoreValentine.

    Don’t let us keep you – but to add a little romance to your day, how about serenading your love with some Celestina Warbeck:

    ‘Oh, come and stir my cauldron,
    And if you do it right
    I’ll boil you up some hot, strong love
    To keep you warm tonight.’

    That’s sure to do the trick, but if crooning isn’t your style, why not belt out her power ballads instead?



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    We’ve made some changes to brewing in Potions Class, and our new Guide to Potions Class is here to lend an extra helping hand in perfecting your potions.

    Whether you need help to Master The Basics, want to Improve Your Approach to brewing or Perfect Your Potions technique, there’s something for everyone – from the beginner brewer to the practised potioneer.

    Our Potions Fact Sheet will also tell you everything you need to know about the changes we’ve made, from the number of house points each potion is worth to the time it takes to brew them. It could help you put a bit more strategy in your potion brewing and boost your place on the Potions Class Leaderboard.

    As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also giving you a new potion to practice with – Zygmunt Budge’s Beautification Potion.

    Hurry over to pottermore.com and examine your Book of Potions to discover the ingredients for a dazzling day.


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    ‘Ron picked up a green bean, looked at it carefully and bit into a corner. 
    ‘Bleaaargh – see? Sprouts.’
    They had a good time eating the Every-Flavour Beans. Harry got toast, coconut, baked bean, strawberry, curry, grass, coffee, sardine and was even brave enough to nibble the end off a funny grey one Ron wouldn’t touch, which turned out to be pepper.’ 
    Chapter Six, The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone



    From the disgusting (fish, phlegm, troll bogies and tripe) to the delicious (chocolate, cherry, marshmallow and marmalade), every mouthful is a risk when it comes to Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. In celebration of Ron’s birthday today, we’ve a present he would certainly relish: you can now earn our new Bertie Bott’s Collectors Badge by finding 35 Every-Flavour Beans on pottermore.com. If you’ve a sweet-tooth you may already have discovered 30, but we’ve just hidden five new flavours in Moments across the site – can you sniff them all out?

    To get you started, here’s a little hint to help you find and figure out the flavour of one of the new beans: it’s delicious (although not quite Drooble’s) and its flavour is Moste Potente…

    Don’t forget, if you’re super savvy and have completed every Moment on the site so far, take a peek at your Moment progress bar, as it may help you hunt down those missing Beans.

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    In our final Moment from Half-Blood Princejoin students, teachers and magical creatures and say farewell to the beloved Professor Dumbledore in the Moment ‘The Funeral’.



    Professor A.P.W.B. Dumbledore
    Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards

    In honour of the much-loved Headmaster, today’s surprise celebrates one of the many achievements of this great man – the Order of Merlin. Discover more about this award’s most prestigious (and some less salubrious) recipients in one more piece of new writing by J.K. Rowling.