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Singing Sorceress in Harry’s World Celebrates Birthday

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 18 - 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Celestina Warbeck and her BansheesAccording to the Pottermore Insider, the singing sensation of the wizarding world Celestina Warbeck is celebrating her birthday today.  One of J.K. Rowling’s favorite “off-stage” characters that she created for her Harry Potter series of books was noted in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 16 ‘A Very Frosty Christmas’:

“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. [...]

‘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.’

‘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 …’ “

But it was today on Pottermore.com which revealed more information about one of Molly Weasley’s favorite singers.  Players of the virtual game site can ‘unlock” Rowling’s notes on Celestina Warbeck in the “Floo Powder” Moment of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  The notes reveal the singer’s background, career highlights, and her personal life.  An audio track of Ms. Warbeck’s single “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” is included with the notes.

As a registered player of Pottermore.com, it took me a few minutes to unlock the information.  I must say it was quite juicy enough for me to take an Insider Oath not to give out any spoilers to ones who cannot or have not unlocked the information for themselves or else a certain larch and phoenix feather wand may lay a temporary curse on my typing fingers.  It is true that you may be able to get the “forbidden” details from another source.  But I’d hate to see what kind of boils may grow on their fingers in the next few days. *shudder”.  But I can tell you that the single will definitely be a hit for Ms. Warbeck.  I certainly enjoyed it!

Also, Celestina Warbeck and her Banshees are currently performing at Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando.  Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on Pottermore.com.

Source:  Harry Potter Official Facebook Page

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Celestina Warbeck and her Banshees

 

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Pottermore: Final “Goblet of Fire” Chapters Released

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 3 - 2014

Pottermore - Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireAccording to the Pottermore Insider, the final chapters (Chapters 21-37) are ready to be played on Pottermore.com.  For Harry Potter fans who are not familiar with Pottermore, it is a virtual site of the boy wizard’s world where fans can re-create the moments from the books by J.K. Rowling who officiated the site.  One of the unique factors of this virtual world is the author shares her background notes of the books when fans reach certain Moments of Harry’s story.  For example, she shared how Harry’s Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia met.

The game is basically seek and find, though there are small puzzles, too.  So far, the site has covered Moments from the first four books.  The last three are intended to be included, too.  Believe it or not, many fans have completed the first three books and half of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  And now that the final chapters are released, here is what will be awaiting them and the rest of us:

  • Learn all about owls, the wizarding world’s faithful feathered friends, in another exclusive entry by J.K. Rowling.
  • Collect your very own foaming pint of Butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks.
  • Experience the first dance at the Yule Ball and see the Weird Sisters on stage.
  • Visit the gloomy depths of the Great Lake as Harry encounters the merpeople for the first time.
  • 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…

Also, there are more notes made by J.K. Rowling to discover in the Moment “Snape’s Dark Mark”.  They answer the question as to how wizards and witches deal with illnesses and disabilities.

I pondered the issue of illness and disability very early in the creation of Harry’s world. Did wizards catch colds? Could they cure illnesses that baffled Muggles? Were there disabled wizards? What were the limits of wizarding medicine, or could it fi anything?

Excerpt from ‘Illness and Disability’ by J.K. Rowling

Click here to play!  There is no cost to register if you had not done so already!

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Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch WC

Posted by Dijares On July - 8 - 2014

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2Pottermore have posted a new article within their Daily Prophet where it’s reporting Dumbledore’s Army has reunited for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Apparently when word spread that a ‘certain gang’ of celebrity wizards had arrived for the final game, crowds stampeded the area, causing flattened tents and mowed down children. Poor dears.

The crowd rushed to where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been, their desperation to see the wizard that is still called the Chosen One very apparent.

The Potter family, along with the rest of DA, were provided with VIP accommodations within the campsite.  The area is protected by heavy charms and Security Warlocks guard against intruders.

The fans finally got a peek at Harry Potter and his two sons, Albus and James, when they visited the players’ compound and met with Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.  Harry, who’s 34th birthday is quickly approaching, may be showing some sign of stress from his job as an Auror, as his hair is streaked with some threads of silver. And, for some unknown reason, he has a cut over his right cheekbone. No comment was given as to how the wound occurred.

Ron and Hermione (Granger) Weasley occupy the tent next to the Potter’s. Ron ginger hair is not quite as thick as it used to be. He now co-manages the wizarding joke emporium with his brother, George. Hermione has kept very busy with her current position of Head of Departent of Magical Law Enforcement and mothering her two children, Hugo and Rose. She is expected to move even higher within the Ministry.

Neville Longbottom was seen at the WC as well, along with his wife, Hannah. He’s become a very successful Herbology teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hannah, who is a healer, may soon have the job of Matron at Hogwarts.

Luna (Lovegood) Scamander, and husband Rolf (grandson to famous Magizoologist Newt), were also in attendance. Luna, wearing robes made of all sixteen qualifying countries, has been seen going in an out of the VIP tents.  Her twin sons were left at home with their grandfather.

Get the rest of the gossip from Ms. Skeeter’s column in the Daily Prophet over at Pottermore here.

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Pottermore: Live Coverage of 2014 Quidditch World Cup

Posted by Lilysowl On April - 15 - 2014

According to the Pottermore Insider,  “Hot off the Presses!”, at the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley (which was recently opened at Pottermore.com), is Ginny Potter’s live report of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup at the Patagonian desert, transcribed by J.K. Rowling herself.

Read about the opening ceremony of the tournament, and why it is bound to reignite the debate about restricting mascots ‘to herbivores, creatures smaller than a cow and nothing that breathes fire.
There is a report about why the Argentinian Council of Magic has come under fire from Chief Consulting Magizoologist, Rolf Scamander.  Read his interview with the Daily Prophet.
As the official Daily Prophet Quidditch correspondent, Ginny Potter relayed a firsthand report to J.K. Rowling about the eventful first match of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup between Norway and Ivory Coast, which was played on Sunday. The last time these two teams met, the match lasted for five days. Learn which team was victorious this time around, and read more post-game analysis.
This indeed is exciting news for Pottermore members.  Be sure to read your copy of the Daily Prophet.  If you are not a member, please click here to register for free.

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Pottermore: Ravenclaw Won Fifth Pottermore House Cup!

Posted by Lilysowl On April - 11 - 2014

Pottermore - RavenclawEven though the announcement was made quite a few days ago, being a Ravenclaw myself in the world of Pottermore, I still had to post the Pottermore Insider’s announcement that Ravenclaw House won the fifth Pottermore House Cup.  The prize is 24 hours of early access to the final installment of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire section of Pottermore – when it is available –  for site members who are enrolled in Ravenclaw House.  Also, a desktop wallpaper/banner has been created for the winners.

Ravenclaw members of Pottermore.com’s office team have been displaying it on their computers and devices.  Click here to download it.

Pottermore.com is a virtual site officially approved by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling where fans can experience all seven books.  It gives them the opportunity to learn about Harry’s world by discovering exclusive new writings by the author herself as they go through similar challenges that Harry had.  There is no fee to sign up to be a member.  Click here for more information about the site.

Way to go, fellow Ravenclaws!

 

Source:  Pottermore Official Facebook Page

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Pottermore: November Sale for First HP E-book & Audio

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 10 - 2013

Pottermore ShopDuring the weekend, I went to the Pottermore Shop to make my first e-book purchase for my Kobo e-reader.  That was how I discovered the sale the site was having on the e-book and digital audiobook editions of the first Harry Potter book.  Naturally, I couldn’t resist purchasing the e-book for the sale price of $3.99 instead of the regular price of $7.99.  For those who prefer the digital audiobook edition, the sale price is $14.99 instead of the regular price of $29.99.  This sale event will be held until the end of November.

Since the e-book was my first purchase at the Pottermore Shop, I was quite pleased over the simplicity of the downloading options.  The purchaser could download the e-book file directly to a computer or choose to transfer it to a preferred reading device.  I would certainly recommend making a purchase on the site.

In fact, our webmistress suggested that it would be good to take advantage of the sale to purchase holiday gifts, for the downloads do have the “Gift” option.

 

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Video Trailer: Pottermore at Playstation Home in April

Posted by Lilysowl On March - 18 - 2013

Pottermore Originally, Sony partnered with J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, to develop the interactive site Pottermore where fans can relive the boy wizard’s world and become a student themselves at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Now, Playstation has announced on their blog that they are integrating the site for Playstation Home.  It will be available for Harry Potter fans in April.

Here is the trailer with more details:

 

Source: IGN

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Prisoner of Azkaban now on Pottermore!

Posted by Dijares On December - 20 - 2012

Prisoner of Azkaban in PottermoreThe first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are now on Pottermore! They include more background information from J.K. Rowling, Crookshanks, Sir Cadagon, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and more!

Check it now now!

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Prisoner of Azkaban on Pottermore Thursday

Posted by Dijares On December - 17 - 2012

Prisoner of Azkaban in PottermoreWe previously told you that the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban would be on Pottermore soon.  It has now been announced that the third book in the Harry Potter series will be on Pottermore this Thursday, December 20th.

They had also published a poll asking fans what part of the book do they want to see the most.  The winner of the poll was Hagrid’s First Lesson.  They published a screenshot from that scene, which you can see below.

Hagrid's First Lesson

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Prisoner of Azkaban Ch 1 at Pottermore Soon!

Posted by Dijares On December - 14 - 2012

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanAn update from the Pottermore Insider was posted today to announce that chapter one of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will soon be available on Pottermore.

They also included a poll asking which moment you would like to see most:

  • The large dog
  • The rat
  • The Hippogriff

Go vote here!

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