Pottermore is a unique and free-to-use online experience from J.K. Rowling, serving as a companion to the Harry Potter books. One of the main features is the exclusive new content from Rowling on the backgrounds of various characters and aspects of the wizarding world. Pottermore is also the official source for wizarding world news and the place to go for purchasing Harry Potter e-books, audiobooks, and more.

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Pottermore Reimagined

Pottermore Reimagined

On September 22, 2015, Pottermore took down the existing site and launched a completely reimagined experience. According to Pottermore’s FAQ, these changes were made in an attempt to encompass the new facets of J.K. Rowling’s ever-expanding wizarding world. In the redesign, all chapter Moments were removed as well as interactive elements like potion making and dueling. Accounts were also removed, so Sorting and wand selection are no longer available, although these are rumored to return in a different way. Not to worry, though. Pottermore still has all of J.K. Rowling’s new content, accessible through the “Explore” (Search) feature, the “Writing by J.K. Rowling” section, and the “Explore the Story” section. New writing by J.K. Rowling will continue to be released through Pottermore. New to the redesigned Pottermore is the “Features” section, which has a social media feel and contains listicles, infographics, and more. Also new to the redesign is an entire section dedicated to news in the Potter-verse. Here we’ll get updates on the Fantastic Beasts movies, the Cursed Child stage play, and everything Potter. Some of these news articles will be written by the mysteriously named Pottermore Correspondent, or PMC for short. The PMC writes in an intimate, personable way, attempting to connect directly with fans. As always, the Pottermore Shop is the place to go for the Harry Potter e-books, audiobooks, and more.

Pottermore Shop

Pottermore Shop

The Pottermore Shop, featuring the Harry Potter e-books and digital audiobooks, opened on March 27, 2012 before the grand opening of the site in US and UK English. The Pottermore Shop started offering the e-books in French, Italian, German, and Spanish on April 24, 2012; in Japanese on July 31, 2012; and in Danish, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazil), and Swedish on August 7, 2013. This is the only place where the Harry Potter e-books and digital audiobooks are available to purchase. The books are published in EPUB format, and are compatible for the vast majority of computers and devices. They are also available in Amazon Kindle formats. They can be bought from any country in the world.

Original Features

Original Features

  • Gateway
  • Chapter Moments
  • Brewing Potions
  • Spells and Dueling
  • House Points and Cup
  • Timeline
  • Pottermore Insider
  • PlayStation Home


The Pottermore Gateway was the home page that showed where you and your friends were in the story, as well as which books were open to the public. It featured your House crest, personal House points, total points your House had earned, and your unique Potterized username. You had access to Diagon Alley to purchase items, Gringotts to keep tabs on your money, the Great Hall to keep track of the House Cup, and the common room to interact with other users in your House. You could also practice spells and brew potions, look at the collectibles you had in your trunk, look at the profiles of your friends, and access your favorites. Your owl was also perched on top of the gateway, and the background was colored according to your House (or the Pottermore purple if you hadn’t been sorted yet). The gateway was removed on July 31, 2013, making way for a new home page for members of Pottermore.

The gateway was replaced by a map of Hogwarts and the surrounding magical community. As seen above, the map included not just the school but also other magical places associated with the books, which could be visited. This included the Great Hall, your House common room, Dueling Club, Potions class, History of Magic, Gringotts, Potage’s Cauldron Shop, Apothecary, Flourish & Blotts, and Daily Prophet.


Pottermore released many illustrated, interactive Moments throughout the seven Harry Potter books. Each Moment captured a scene from a particular chapter and allowed the reader to zoom in to specific details, collect items, and read about the story. Some Moments featured quizzes or games such as the Sorting quiz and de-gnoming the Weasley garden. Certain key Moments also revealed exclusive, previously unseen content from J.K. Rowling.

Here is a comprehensive list of every Moment, chapter by chapter, including where new information was released along the way:

Sorcerer’s Stone

Chapter 1 – “The Boy Who Lived”

  • Number Four, Privet Drive (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Number Four, Privet Drive”)
  • Something Peculiar Is Happening (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Measurements”)
  • Harry Is Delivered

Chapter 2 – “The Vanishing Glass”

  • The Cupboard Under the Stairs (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Vernon & Petunia Dursley”)
  • The Trip to the Zoo

Chapter 3 – “The Letters from No One”

  • Harry Receives a Mysterious Letter
  • The Hut on the Rock

Chapter 4 – “The Keeper of the Keys”

  • Hagrid Arrives (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Ghost Plots”)
  • Harry Receives His Letter at Last

Chapter 5 – “Diagon Alley”

  • Arriving at Diagon Alley (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Clothing”)
  • Harry and Hagrid Visit Gringotts
  • Ollivanders (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Mr. Ollivander”; “Wand Cores”; “Wand Lengths & Flexibility”; “Wand Woods”)

Chapter 6 – “The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters”

  • The Hogwarts Express (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Platform Nine and Three-Quarters”; “The Hogwarts Express”; “Toads”)
  • The Journey to Hogwarts

Chapter 7 – “The Sorting Hat”

  • The Entrance Hall (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Professor McGonagall”)
  • The Sorting Ceremony (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Hatstall”; “The Sorting Hat”)

Chapter 8 – “The Potions Master”

  • Harry’s Early Days at Hogwarts
  • Harry’s First Potions Lesson
  • Hagrid’s Wooden House

Chapter 9 – “The Midnight Duel”

  • Flying Lesson
  • The Trophy Room (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Familiars”)
  • The Forbidden Corridor

Chapter 10 – “Hallowe’en”

  • Harry’s Special Delivery
  • Charms Class (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Hogwarts School Subjects”)
  • The Mountain Troll

Chapter 11 – “Quidditch”

  • Charms Homework (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Original Forty”)
  • The Golden Snitch

Chapter 12 – “The Mirror of Erised”

  • The Library (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Curses and Counter Curses by Professor Vindictus Viridian”)
  • Christmas at Hogwarts
  • The Disused Classroom (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Mirror of Erised”)

Chapter 13 – “Nicolas Flamel”

  • Nicolas Flamel Is Finally Revealed (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Nicolas Flamel”)
  • The Hooded Figure

Chapter 14 – “Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback”

  • Hagrid’s Secret (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1“)
  • The Egg in the Fire
  • A Plan for Norbert the Baby Dragon

Chapter 15 – “The Forbidden Forest”

  • Harry Becomes an Outcast (New content from J.K. Rowling: “One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore”; “The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble”; “A Beginners Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch”)
  • Into the Forbidden Forest

Chapter 16 – “Through the Trapdoor”

  • The Winged Keys
  • The Chessboard Chamber
  • The Potion Puzzle

Chapter 17 – “The Man with Two Faces”

  • The Philospher’s Stone (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Philospher’s Stone”; “Professor Quirrell”)
  • The Hospital Wing
  • The End of Year Feast

Chamber of Secrets

Chapter 1 – “The Worst Birthday”

  • The Magic Word
  • Two Enormous Green Eyes

Chapter 2 – “Dobby’s Warning”

  • Dobby the House-Elf
  • Aunt Petunia’s Pudding

Chapter 3 – “The Burrow”

  • Harry’s Escape (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Technology”)
  • The Weasleys’
  • De-Gnoming the Garden

Chapter 4 – “At Flourish and Blotts”

  • Floo Powder (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Floo Powder”; “Celestina Warbeck”)
  • Borgin and Burkes
  • Lucius Malfoy (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Malfoy Family”)

Chapter 5 – “The Whomping Willow”

  • Flying to Hogwarts (New content from J.K. Rowling: “King’s Cross Station”)
  • Crash Landing
  • Snape’s Office

Chapter 6 – “Gilderoy Lockhart”

  • Ron Receives a Howler
  • Herbology
  • Cornish Pixies

Chapter 7 – “Mudbloods and Murmurs”

  • Quidditch Practice (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Purebloods”)
  • Lockhart’s Office

Chapter 8 – “The Deathday Party”

  • Nearly Headless Nick’s Party (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Peeves”)
  • Enemies of the Heir, Beware

Chapter 9 – “The Writing on the Wall”

  • The Legend of the Chamber of Secrets (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Hogwarts Ghosts”)
  • Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom

Chapter 10 – “The Rogue Bludger”

  • Moste Potente Potions
  • Harry’s Broken Arm (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Draco Malfoy”)
  • Colin Is Petrified

Chapter 11 – “The Dueling Club”

  • The Diversion
  • Harry and Draco’s Duel

Chapter 12 – “The Polyjuice Potion”

  • Dumbledore’s Office
  • The Potion Is Ready (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Polyjuice Potion”)
  • The Slytherin Common Room

Chapter 13 – “The Very Secret Diary”

  • Tom Riddle’s Diary
  • Valentine’s Day (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Gilderoy Lockhart”)
  • Into the Diary

Chapter 14 – “Cornelius Fudge”

  • Another Attack (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Ghosts”)
  • Dumbledore Is Suspended

Chapter 15 – “Aragog”

  • Follow the Spiders
  • Rescued from the Forest

Chapter 16 – “The Chamber of Secrets”

  • Hermione’s Clue
  • The Entrance to the Chamber
  • Two Entwined Serpents (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Chamber of Secrets”)

Chapter 17 – “The Heir of Slytherin”

  • Tom Riddle
  • The Basilisk
  • Harry Destroys the Diary

Chapter 18 – “Dobby’s Reward”

  • Dumbledore Returns (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Sword of Gryffindor”)
  • A Free Elf

Prisoner of Azkaban

Chapter 1 – “Owl Post”

  • Harry’s Birthday

Chapter 2 – “Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake”

  • Aunt Marge (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Marge Dursley”)

Chapter 3 – “The Knight Bus”

  • Magnolia Crescent
  • Inside the Knight Bus (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Knight Bus”)

Chapter 4 – “The Leaky Cauldron”

  • Monster Book of Monsters
  • The Magical Menagerie

Chapter 5 – “The Dementor”

  • Professor R.J. Lupin

Chapter 6 – “Talons and Tea Leaves”

  • Sir Cadogan (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Sir Cadogan”)
  • Divination
  • Hagrid’s First Lesson (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Professor Kettleburn”)

Chapter 7 – “The Boggart in the Wardrobe”

  • Riddikulus (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Boggart”)

Chapter 8 – “Flight of the Fat Lady”

  • The Hallowe’en Feast
  • The Slashed Painting (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Hogwarts Portraits”)

Chapter 9 – “Grim Defeat”

  • Gryffindor Versus Hufflepuff

Chapter 10 – “The Marauder’s Map”

  • Dissendium (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Marauder’s Map”)
  • Honeydukes
  • The Three Broomsticks

Chapter 11 – “The Firebolt”

  • The Firebolt Is Confiscated (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Gobstones”)

Chapter 12 – “The Patronus”

  • Expecto Patronum (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Dementors and Chocolate”)

Chapter 13 – “Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw”

  • Ron Tries Out the Firebolt (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Firebolt”)
  • A Rude Awakening

Chapter 14 – “Snape’s Grudge”

  • Buckbeak’s Appeal
  • The Shrieking Shack
  • A Spare Bit of Parchment

Chapter 15 – “The Quidditch Final”

  • Gryffindor Wins the Cup

Chapter 16 – “Professor Trelawney’s Prediction”

  • Exam Time
  • The Committee

Chapter 17 – “Cat, Rat, and Dog”

  • The Shadow of the Whomping Willow
  • The Man in the Shadows (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Secret-Keeper”)

Chapter 18 – “Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs”

  • Lupin’s Tale

Chapter 19 – “The Servant of Lord Voldemort”

  • Peter’s Transformation

Chapter 20 – “The Dementor’s Kiss”

  • Full Moon (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Werewolves”)
  • The Lake Shore

Chapter 21 – “Hermione’s Secret”

  • Time-Turner (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Time-Turner”)
  • Buckbeak’s Rescue
  • Prongs (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Patronus Charm”)
  • Sirius and Buckbeak Escape

Chapter 22 – “Owl Post Again”

  • Professor Lupin’s Office (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Remus Lupin”)
  • Back to London

Goblet of Fire

Chapter 1 – “The Riddle House”

  • The House on the Hill

Chapter 3 – “The Invitation”

  • The Tiny Owl

Chapter 4 – “Back to the Burrow”

  • The Weasleys Arrive (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Floo Network”)

Chapter 5 – “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes”

  • Bill and Charlie Weasley

Chapter 6 – “The Portkey”

  • The Misty Moor (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Portkeys”)

Chapter 7 – “Bagman and Crouch”

  • The Campsite (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Colours”; “History of the Quidditch World Cup”)

Chapter 8 – “The Quidditch World Cup”

  • The Golden Stadium (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Quidditch World Cup (1990-2014)”; “Scottish Rugby”)

Chapter 9 – “The Dark Mark”

  • Morsmordre

Chapter 10 – “Mayhem at the Ministry”

  • Dress Robes

Chapter 11 – “Aboard the Hogwarts Express”

  • A Hundred Horseless Carriages

Chapter 12 – “The Triwizard Tournament”

  • A Late Arrival

Chapter 13 – “Mad-Eye Moody”

  • A Pure White Ferret

Chapter 14 – “The Unforgivable Curses”

  • Professor Moody
  • A Letter From Sirius

Chapter 15 – “Beauxbatons and Durmstrang”

  • The Carriage (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Beauxbatons Academy of Magic”)
  • The Ship (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Durmstrang Institute”)

Chapter 16 – “The Goblet of Fire”

  • The Unexpected Champion

Chapter 17 – “The Four Champions”

  • Four Triwizard Champions

Chapter 18 – “The Weighing of the Wands”

  • Potter Stinks
  • Rita Skeeter (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Daily Prophet”)

Chapter 19 – “The Hungarian Horntail”

  • Four Dragons

Chapter 20 – “The First Task”

  • Facing the Dragon

Chapter 21 – “The House-Elf Liberation Front”

  • Hibernating Skrewts
  • Hogwarts Kitchens

Chapter 23 – “The Yule Ball”

  • Dancing at the Yule Ball

Chapter 24 – “Rita Skeeter’s Scoop”

  • Professor Grubbly-Plank
  • Bagman and the Goblins

Chapter 25 – “The Egg and the Eye”

  • The Prefects’ Bathroom

Chapter 26 – “The Second Task”

  • Merpeople (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Great Lake”)

Chapter 27 – “Padfoot Returns”

  • Padfoot in the Cave

Chapter 28 – “The Madness of Mr. Crouch”

  • Hate Mail (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Owls”)

Chapter 30 – “The Pensieve”

  • The Council of Magical Law (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Pensieve”)

Chapter 31 – “The Third Task”

  • The Maze

Chapter 32 – “Flesh, Blood, and Bone”

  • Voldemort Rises Again

Chapter 34 – “Priori Incantatem

  • The Golden Thread

Chapter 35 – “Veritaserum”

  • Two Professor Moodys

Chapter 36 – “The Parting of the Ways”

  • Snape’s Dark Mark (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Illness and Disability”)

Chapter 37 – “The Beginning”

  • The Leaving Feast
  • King’s Cross

Order of the Phoenix 

Chapter 1 – “Dudley Demented”

  • Mrs. Figg

Chapter 4 – “Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place”

  • Grimmauld Place

Chapter 6 – “The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black”

  • Doxycide

Chapter 7 – “The Ministry of Magic”

  • The Atrium (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Ministers for Magic”)

Chapter 10 – “Luna Lovegood”

  • The Carriages (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Thestrals”)

Chapter 13 – “Detention with Dolores”

  • Dolores Jane Umbridge (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Dolores Umbridge”)

Chapter 23 – “Christmas on the Closed Ward”

  • The Closed Ward

Chapter 26 – “Seen and Unforeseen”

  • Trelawney Is Sacked (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Sybill Trelawney”)

Chapter 27 – “The Centaur and the Sneak”

  • Patronuses in the Room of Requirement
  • Dumbledore’s Escape

Chapter 34 – “The Department of Mysteries”

  • Row Ninety-Seven (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Naming Seers”)

Chapter 35 – “Beyond the Veil”

  • The Tattered Veil (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Azkaban”)

Half-Blood Prince

Chapter 2 – “Spinner’s End”

  • Cokeworth (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Cokeworth”)

Chapter 6 – “Draco’s Detour”

  • Ninety-three, Diagon Alley (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Florean Fortescue”; “The Leaky Cauldron”)

Chapter 9 – “The Half-Blood Prince”

  • Felix Felicis (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Cauldrons”; “Potions”)

Chapter 12 – “Silver and Opals”

  • Katie Bell Is Cursed

Chapter 13 – “The Secret Riddle”

  • The Orphanage

Chapter 15 – “The Unbreakable Vow”

  • Slughorn’s Party (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Vampires”)

Chapter 18 – “Birthday Surprises”

  • Splinched

Chapter 20 – “Lord Voldemort’s Request”

  • Hepzibah Smith

Chapter 24 – “Sectumsempra

  • The Room of Hidden Things

Chapter 26 – “The Cave”

  • Inside the Cave (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Inferi”)

Chapter 27 – “The Lightning-Struck Tower”

  • Avada Kedavra (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Draco Malfoy”)

Chapter 30 – “The White Tomb”

  • The Funeral (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Order of Merlin”)

Deathly Hallows

Chapter 4 – “The Seven Potters”

  • The Decoy Harrys (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Vernon & Petunia Dursley”)

Chapter 8 – “The Wedding”

  • The Ministry Has Fallen

Chapter 13 – “The Muggle-Born Registration Commission”

  • Retrieving the Locket

Chapter 14 – “The Thief”

  • Splinched (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Extension Charms”)

Chapter 16 – “Godric’s Hollow”

  • The Graveyard

Chapter 19 – “The Silver Doe”

  • The Frozen Pool (New content from J.K. Rowling: “The Sword of Gryffindor”)

Chapter 21 – “The Tale of the Three Brothers”

  • Beedle the Bard

Chapter 23 – “Malfoy Manor”

  • Dobby to the Rescue

Chapter 24 – “The Wandmaker”

  • Here Lies Dobby

Chapter 26 – “Gringotts”

  • Dragon Flight (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Alchemy”)

Chapter 32 – “The Elder Wand”

  • Nagini Attacks

Chapter 34 – “The Forest Again”

  • The Resurrection Stone

Chapter 36 – “The Flaw in the Plan”

  • Kill the Snake (New content from J.K. Rowling: “Hatstall”)
  • The Final Battle

Brewing potions

You could brew potions in three different cauldrons made of pewter (15 Galleons), brass (21 Galleons), and copper (25 Galleons). Each cauldron made potions at different speeds, pewter being the slowest and copper the fastest. With ingredients bought at Diagon Alley and collected in Chapter Moments, users could make different potions, each of which rewarded House points if completed correctly. The potion could fail by adding the wrong amount of an ingredient, leaving it to brew for too long, not setting the right temperatures, crushing things incorrectly, or causing the cauldron to explode. The following potions were available to brew (some were unlocked later in the story):

  • Antidote for Common Poisons
  • Beautification Potion (made in two parts)
  • Cure for Boils
  • Doxycide (made in two parts)
  • Forgetfulness Potion
  • Herbicide
  • Polyjuice Potion (made in two parts)
  • Shrinking Solution (made in two parts)
  • Sleeping Draught
  • Swelling Solution
  • Wideye or Awakening Potion


You could practice spells and later use them in Wizard Dueling against other users. Each user could choose a spell to use against their opponent, and the winner was determined based on the rating of the spells casted. Users could practice against members of the same House or challenge a member of another House in a proper Wizarding Duel. The winner of a Wizard Duel was awarded 5 House points. The spells available for use in Wizarding Duels were:

  • Curse of Bogies (Mucus Ad Nauseam)
  • Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra)
  • Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus)
  • Fire-Making Spell (Incendio)
  • Freezing Charm (Immobulus)
  • Full Body-Bind Curse  (Petrificus Totalus)
  • Jelly-Legs Curse  (Locomotor Wibbly)
  • Knockback Jinx (Flipendo)
  • Leg-Locker Curse (Locomotor Mortis)
  • Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa)
  • Pimple Jinx (Furnunculus)
  • Smokescreen Spell (Fumos)
  • Stickfast Hex (Colloshoo)
  • Tickling Charm (Rictumsempra)
  • Tickling Hex (Titillando)
  • Tongue-Tying Spell (Mimble Wimble)


Just like at Hogwarts, your House could earn points for achievements. There was no evidence that you could lose points for your House for breaking rules, though it said that it was possible. You could earn points by winning a Wizard Duel against another House, successfully brewing potions, and finding items in Moments (Galleons did not count). Thee House Cup was awarded periodically to the House with the most House points.

The inaugural Pottermore House Cup was awarded on July 5, 2012, to Slytherin with 74,290,864 points. In second place, Gryffindor with 74,069,919 points. In third place, Ravenclaw with 71,815,917 points. In last place, Hufflepuff with 62,596,368 points. Slytherin was rewarded the ability to explore the first four chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Only students already in Slytherin at the time of the House Cup was awarded the bonus, so that users couldn’t register an account that they would try to make Slytherin in order to gain access. The other houses were able to start exploring only one day later.

The second Pottermore House Cup was awarded on November 21, 2012, to Gryffindor with 48,538,348 points. In second place, Slytherin with 48,495,275 points. In third place, Hufflepuff with 48,438,276 points. In last place, Ravenclaw with 45,455,773 points. For winning, Gryffindor was able to download artwork for their common room as wallpapers and screensavers for their electronic devices.

The third Pottermore House Cup was awarded on April 25, 2013, to Slytherin with 26,990,924 points. In second place, Ravenclaw with 26,916,194 points. In third place, Gryffindor with 26,740,444 points. In last place, Hufflepuff with 26,715,401 points. For winning, Slytherin was granted early access to the Montrose Magpies Quidditch badge.


The fourth Pottermore House Cup was awarded on September 12, 2013, to Hufflepuff with 24,915,860 points. In second place, Slytherin with 24,865,387 points. In third place, Gryffindor with 24,610,105 points. In last place, Ravenclaw with 24,567,337 points. For winning, Hufflepuff was granted access to the first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 24 hours early. Those members of Hufflepuff who were granted early access received a special Owl notification to advise when early access would begin.

The fifth Pottermore House Cup was awarded on March 30, 2014, to Ravenclaw with 28,048,578 points. In second place, Slytherin with 27,795,479 points. In third place, Hufflepuff with 27,350,412 points. In last place, Gryffindor with 27,299,570 points. For winning, Ravenclaw had 24 hours early access to the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as a downloadable background image created for them.

The sixth Pottermore House Cup was awarded on September 26, 2014, to Ravenclaw with 32,371,299 points. In second place, Gryffindor with 32,279,991 points. In third place, Hufflepuff with 32,259,036 points. In last place, Slytherin with 31,926,625 points. For winning, a downloadable background image was created from the usernames of the top 5,000 Ravenclaws who contributed to their house points total.

The seventh Pottermore House Cup was awarded on May 22, 2015, to Slytherin with 52,652,850 points. In second place, Hufflepuff with 50,109,456 points. In third place, Ravenclaw with 49,775,819 points. In last place, Gryffindor with 49,335,378 points. In celebration of Slytherin’s win, a list of “Famous Slytherins Through the Ages” was released.


The eighth and final Pottermore House Cup was awarded on September 9, 2015, to Hufflepuff with 26,796,774 points. In second place, Slytherin with 26,564,159 points. In third place, Ravenclaw with 23,712,525 points. In last place, Gryffindor with 23,269,414 points. In celebration of Hufflepuff’s win, a list of “Famous Hufflepuffs Through the Ages” was released.



Pottermore added a timeline of famous witches and wizards to the site in June 2015. It includes some of the witches and wizards who have been featured on Chocolate Frog cards as well as some more recent ones, including Gwenog Jones and Myron Wagtail.

The witches and wizards on the timeline are:

  • Mopsus
  • Circe
  • Herpo the Foul
  • Andros the Invisible
  • Queen Maeve
  • Salazar Slytherin
  • Godric Gryffindor
  • Helga Hufflepuff
  • Rowena Ravenclaw
  • Hengist of Woodcroft
  • Merlin
  • Morgan le Fay
  • Cliodna
  • Merwyn the Malicious
  • Uric the Oddball
  • Wendelin the Weird
  • Ethelred the Ever-Ready
  • Gregory the Smarmy
  • Fulbert the Fearful
  • Wilfred Elphick
  • Bridget Wenlock
  • Ignatia Wildsmith
  • Cyprian Youdle
  • Chauncey Oldridge
  • Gifford Ollerton
  • Alberta Toothill
  • Burdock Muldoon
  • Quong Po
  • Yardley Platt
  • Felix Summerbee
  • Daisy Dodderidge
  • Cornelius Agrippa
  • Bowman Wright
  • Paracelsus
  • Montague Knightley
  • Musidora Barkwith
  • Gunhilda of Gorsemoore
  • Mungo Bonham
  • Mnemone Radford
  • Balfour Blane
  • Archibald Alderton
  • Almerick Sawbridge
  • Elfrida Clagg
  • Dymphna Furmage
  • Thaddeus Thurkell
  • Havelock Sweeting
  • Elladora Ketteridge
  • Honoria Nutcombe
  • Lord Stoddard Withers
  • Glanmore Peakes
  • Edgar Stroulger
  • Flavius Belby
  • Gondoline Oliphant
  • Glover Hipworth
  • Beaumont Majoribanks
  • Xavier Rastrick
  • Gulliver Pokeby
  • Artemisia Lufkin
  • Grogan Stump
  • Beatrix Bloxam
  • Crispin Cronk
  • Alberic Grunnion
  • Dorcas Wellbeloved
  • Laverne de Montmorency
  • Leopoldina Smethwyck
  • Mirabella Plunkett
  • Oswald Beamish
  • Justus Pilliwickle
  • Idris Oakby
  • Sacharissa Tugwood
  • Harvey Ridgebit
  • Hesper Starkey
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Norvel Twonk
  • Fifi LaFolle
  • Roderick Plumpton
  • Cassandra Vablatsky
  • Magenta Comstock
  • Newt Scamander
  • Adalbert Waffling
  • Perpetua Fancourt
  • Tilly Toke
  • Roland Kegg
  • Joscelind Wadock
  • Derwent Shimpling
  • Jocunda Sykes
  • Celestina Warbeck
  • Blenheim Stalk
  • Carlotta Pinkstone
  • Erica Stainwright
  • Bertie Bott
  • Hambledon Quince
  • Fabius Watkins
  • Devlin Whitehorn
  • Laurentia Fletwock
  • Tarquin McTavish
  • Tilden Toots
  • Gaspard Shingleton
  • Greta Catchlove
  • Daisy Hookum
  • Lorcan d’Eath
  • Glenda Chittlock
  • Dunbar Oglethorpe
  • Gwenog Jones
  • Myron Wagtail
  • Kirley Duke
  • Donaghan Tremlett
  • Herman Wintringham
  • Heathcote Barbary
  • Gideon Crumb
  • Orsino Thruston
  • Merton Graves
  • Harry Potter


Pottermore Insider was a blog available to all Internet users. It provided the latest updates on news related to the site, including technical issues. It also featured behind-the-scenes looks at the design process, such as for the Pottermore House crests. It featured selected fan art, beginning with the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and continuing in sequence.


Pottermore was also available in platform gaming for the PlayStation Home until the closing of PlayStation Home in April of 2015. PlayStation Home was free to use for anyone with a Sony PlayStation console through the console’s Internet connection.

In the first installment, users had the ability to roam around two environments from the Harry Potter series: Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. Clothing and items to adorn your avatar were available for purchase. You could also play interactive games with other online participants, including Book Herding, Card Trading, Pottermore Quiz, and Wizard Dueling.

In the second installment, the House Common Rooms were introduced (all four Houses were made, but everyone was restricted to their own House Common Room), the Great Hall, Charms Class (this area is more of a game rather than an environment, although it’s listed as a separate area), and the Hogsmeade houses, the last of which have to be purchased separately outside of the main Pottermore hub.

The third installment introduced the Chess Chamber, the Forbidden Forest, and the Library. The Forbidden Forest had an extremely limited scope compared to all of the other available areas.

The fourth installment was the Dark Wizard’s Mansion, which players could purchase for their use. Those wishing to work their magic on the Dark Side could purchase Death Eater robes and masks as well.

MuggleNet’s Preview Review

Beta Testers and Grand Opening

Beta Testers and Grand Opening

The website was launched to one million beta testers between July 31 and August 6, 2011. There was a “Magical Quill” challenge, which was a competition in which fans had to solve a clue revealed on the main site, add the answer to the end of a special web address, and then locate the Quill on the site they are taken to. Once they grabbed the Quill, they were taken to the registration page for Pottermore. However, this clue could appear at any time in the day. About 143,000 people were given access each day. After each day’s quota was filled, the clue was removed and replaced with a message indicating that registration had closed for the day. People who found the Quill received an email with a validation link that they needed to click within 48 hours, and not all testers received this email, which would grant them access, at the same time. Some people seeking to register had to wait weeks due to the high volume of people wanting the same thing.

Pottermore is now open to the public and anyone can register. The site was originally supposed to open to everyone in October 2011. However, they extended the beta testing period, saying that it was because they wanted to “make Pottermore the best experience it can be before it opens to everyone.” No new date for its grand opening was announced for several months. On April 14, 2011, it was finally opened to everyone. They are still developing the site, however, and fixing bugs.

The Magical Quill Challenge Clues: Each day corresponded to one of the books, in order of publication.

  • July 31, 2011
  • August 1, 2011
  • August 2, 2011
  • August 3, 2011
  • August 4, 2011
  • August 5, 2011
  • August 6, 2011

Time released: 9:00 AM BST

Clue: How many owls are on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign? Multiply by 49.

Answer: 245

Page used: Sony’s US homepage

Time released: 10:00 AM BST

Clue: What is the number of the chapter in which Professor McGonagall cancels the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff? Multiply this number by 42.

Answer: 588

Page used: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 site, hidden in the photos of the film.

Time released: 11:00 AM BST

Clue: In the Gryffindor versus Slytherin Quidditch match in Harry’s third year, how many points ahead is Gryffindor before Harry catches the Golden Snitch? Multiply this number by 35.

Answer: 2100

Page used: Online article on The Guardian‘s website.

Time released: 3:30 PM BST

Clue: How many students take part in the Triwizard Tournament during Harry’s fourth year? Multiply this number by 28.

Answer: 112

Page used: Sony’s Harry Potter page, later skipped due to issues.

Time released: 6:00 PM BST

Clue: What is the house number of the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix in Grimmauld Place? Multiply this number by 21.

Answer: 252

Page used: Scholastic’s Harry Potter page, in an ad space at the top of the page.

Time released: 2:00 PM BST

Clue: How many chapters are there in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Multiply this number by 14.

Answer: 420

Page used: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s website.

Time released: 1:00 AM BST

Clue: How many Deathly Hallows are there? Multiply this number by 7.

Answer: 21

Page used: Warner Bros.’s Parseltongue Translator

Development and Announcement

Development and Announcement

Pottermore was in the developmental stage for two years since its incorporation in April 2009. Melissa Anelli of the Leaky Cauldron was involved in the project since October 2009. On June 15, 2011, various Harry Potter fansites including MuggleNet began releasing coordinates that led to letters on a website created by Rowling, which used Google Maps to reveal hidden letters that would spell out the title of her secret announcement (E-T-O-T-O-P-E-R-R-M, which people speculated meant MORE POTTER as in another book). was launched with a “coming soon” message and Rowling’s signature. An official Twitter account was also created. Owls gathered on multiple Harry Potter websites. A new YouTube account titled “JKRowlingAnnounces” was revealed to show a countdown with congregating owls. Rowling revealed some details about the site in a YouTube video on June 23, 2011. She also said that it would be open for everyone in October 2011, which turned out not to be true. It was delayed until April 2012.

Pottermore will be the place where fans of any age can share, participate in, and rediscover the stories. It will also be the exclusive place to purchase digital audiobooks and, for the first time, e-books of the Harry Potter series.

Shortly after the announcement of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling held a private press conference. You can read the entire transcript of the event here.

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  • Laura

    I love potter more but it doesn’t work on my computer :(

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  • Michelle Naylor

    is there a reason that Pottermore will not load on my computer?

  • Annichi

    Pottermore has changed completely and is now more loke Buzz Feed than like Hogwarts. What a shame.

  • GoldNight28556

    Life as you know, is rather boring. We would all have liked to go to Hogwarts and lived in the magical world. We of course, can’t. Then along came Pottermore. Every time you signed in you were there. It was great to belong to a house, mine being Gryffindor and wander through Diagon Alley etc. When you said that Pottermore was expanding, I like many others envisaged the locked shops opening and being able to go to the Ministry of Magic, Zonko’s Joke shop and being able to buy a broom, get your Patronus and finish your exams and going out to work. Telling us Harry became an Aura, Ginny a reporter etc etc. doesn’t quite live up to expectations. We liked duelling and collecting things and escaping into magic. Please could you return the old Pottermore. You can take all the house points and give as many detentions as you like (even with Umbridge) but bring it back!!!!!

  • H.N.

    What’s wrong with my Pottermore!!!!!I can’t sign in competely!!And my advanture in Hogwarts has gone!Gone!!!!