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   Pottermore to award the last House Cup0 Comments

Pottermore has announced that the last House Cup will be awarded in September, due to the upcoming changes that will be made to the website.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 10:30.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   Print your Pottermore certificate!0 Comments

Pottermore has announced on Twitter that until September 16th, users can print out their own exclusive Pottermore certificate.

The certificate will display all your important details and achievements, such as your House; number of House points gained and a description of your wand.

This service is being given to users before the revamp of the Pottemore website/service, as mentioned previously last month.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:12.01 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   Hufflepuff wins the final House Cup0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, Hufflepuff has won the last ever Pottermore House Cup.




The reward for Hufflepuffs was announced shortly after the Tweet with a list of "Famous Hufflepuffs:"




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:38.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   New Pottermore opens!0 Comments

The newly re-launched Pottermore has been officially released with a new YouTube video by J. K. Rowling.





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The new writing from J.K. Rowling sheds unexpected new light on the origins of the Potter family name, delves into Harry’s ancestry, explains how his grandfather quadrupled the family’s fortune and how the Invisibility Cloak became a family heirloom.

Recently undergoing a design transformation, pottermore.com now includes more content than ever before and is designed to be consumed in a completely different way to the original site, which was launched in 2012. The new site contains entertaining features, commentary and articles about the Harry Potter series and the wider Wizarding World. Being designed first for mobile also helps users to easily share on social media as they go.

For the first time ever, there will be reporting and features by the Pottermore Correspondent, a journalist dedicated to reporting on all the latest updates going on in the Wizarding World. In the months to come the Pottermore Correspondent will report on the forthcoming Warner Bros. feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on an original J.K. Rowling screenplay, and the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, written by Jack Thorne, which is set to open in London in 2016.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:31.17 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Pottermore

   Read about Potter's family history!0 Comments

The newly-revamped Pottermore has been updated with information about the Potter family tree:


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The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.

Potter is a not uncommon Muggle surname, and the family did not make the so-called ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ for this reason; the anonymous compiler of that supposedly definitive list of pure-bloods suspected that they had sprung from what he considered to be tainted blood. The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, however, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows.

In the Muggle world ‘Potter’ is an occupational surname, meaning a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services. None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue the series of experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death.

Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful young witch by the name of Iolanthe Peverell, who came from the village of Godric’s Hollow. She was the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell. In the absence of male heirs, she, the eldest of her generation, had inherited her grandfather’s invisibility cloak. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.

The Potters continued to marry their neighbours, occasionally Muggles, and to live in the West of England, for several generations, each one adding to the family coffers by their hard work and, it must be said, by the quiet brand of ingenuity that had characterised their forebear, Linfred.

Occasionally, a Potter made it all the way to London, and a member of the family has twice sat on the Wizengamot: Ralston Potter, who was a member from 1612-1652, and who was a great supporter of the Statute of Secrecy (as opposed to declaring war on the Muggles, as more militant members wished to do) and Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 - 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’.

Henry’s son was called Fleamont Potter. Fleamont was so called because it was the dying wish of Henry’s mother that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out. He bore the burden remarkably well; indeed, he always attributed his dexterity at duelling to the number of times he had to fight people at Hogwarts after they had made fun of his name. It was Fleamont who took the family gold and quadrupled it, by creating magical Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion ( ‘two drops tames even the most bothersome barnet’ ). He sold the company at a vast profit when he retired, but no amount of riches could compensate him or his wife Euphemia for their childlessness. They had quite given up hope of a son or daughter when, to their shock and surprise, Euphemia found that she was pregnant and their beloved boy, James, was born.

Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry. Dragon pox carried them off within days of each other, due to their advanced age, and James Potter then inherited Ignotus Peverell’s Invisibility Cloak.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:58.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   Harry Potter novels now available through Apple0 Comments

The revamped Pottermore website now features the Harry Potter novels as digital formats through Apple.


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Apple® today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store℠ for readers around the world to enjoy on their iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Mac®. Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork bringing these beloved stories to life in a unique way. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself.

“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way,” said J.K. Rowling.

“Harry Potter fans are going to love how their favorite stories come to life,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “J.K. Rowling’s legendary series is perfect for enjoying on your iPad or iPhone and we’re thrilled to offer them exclusively on the iBooks Store.”




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 09:27.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Books, Pottermore, Apple

   "Cursed Child" announced as the EIGHTH Potter story!0 Comments

Pottermore has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story.


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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London’s West End summer 2016.

Tickets go on sale online only at 11am GMT on Wednesday 28 October, on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday 30 October to the general public.







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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 08:36.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Cursed Child Theatre, Pottermore

   Pottermore releases spells and wand info-graphic0 Comments

Pottermore has released an info-graphic relating to the spells and wands used throughout the Harry Potter series.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:08.46 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   Pottermore sorting and wand quizzes are back!0 Comments

Pottermore has been updated and now allows fans to take the House and Wand quizzes!

If you were sorted into a house before the re-vamp you will need to re-register. You can do this by attempting to log-in using your old details. After you have done this, your old username will appear.

If you would like to keep your previous house and wand, keep the username the same.

However, if you would like to be re-sorted and gain a new wand, enter a new e-mail address.

What fun!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:33.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   11 new wizarding schools announced!0 Comments

Pottermore has been updated to announce the revelation that there are, in total, 11 wizarding schools across the world!


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There are eleven long-established and prestigious wizarding schools worldwide, all of which are registered with the International Confederation of Wizards. Smaller and less well-regulated institutions have come and gone, are difficult to keep track of, and are rarely registered with the appropriate Ministry (in which case, I cannot vouch for the standard of education they might offer). Anyone wishing to know whether there is an approved magical school in their region should address an owl enquiry to the International Confederation of Wizards, Educational Office.





Japan: Mahoutokoro

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This ancient Japanese school has the smallest student body of the eleven great wizarding schools and takes students from the age of seven (although they do not board until they are eleven). While day students, wizarding children are flown back and forth to their homes every day on the backs of a flock of giant storm petrels. The ornate and exquisite palace of Mahoutokoro is made of mutton-fat jade, and stands on the topmost point of the 'uninhabited' (or so Muggles think) Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima.


Africa: Uagadou

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Although Africa has a number of smaller wizarding schools (for advice on locating these, see introductory paragraph), there is only one that has stood the test of time (at least a thousand years) and achieved an enviable international reputation: Uagadou. The largest of all wizarding schools, it welcomes students from all over the enormous continent. The only address ever given is 'Mountains of the Moon'; visitors speak of a stunning edifice carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears simply to float in mid-air. Much (some would say all) magic originated in Africa, and Uagadou graduates are especially well versed in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration.


Brazil: Castelobruxo

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The Brazilian school for magic, which takes students from all over South America, may be found hidden deep within the rainforest. The fabulous castle appears to be a ruin to the few Muggle eyes that have ever fallen upon it (a trick shared by Hogwarts; opinion is divided on who got the idea from whom). Castelobruxo is an imposing square edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple. Both building and grounds are protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky, and who emerge under cover of night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest. Former Castelobruxo Headmistress Benedita Dourado was once heard to laugh heartily, on an exchange visit to Hogwarts, when Headmaster Armando Dippet complained of Peeves the poltergeist. Her offer to send him some Caipora for the Forbidden Forest 'to show you what trouble really is' was not accepted.


France: Beauxbatons Academy of Magic

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Thought to be situated somewhere in the Pyrenees, visitors speak of the breath-taking beauty of a chateau surrounded by formal gardens and lawns created out of the mountainous landscape by magic. Beauxbatons Academy has a preponderance of French students, though Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Luxembourgians and Belgians also attend in large numbers (both Beauxbatons and Durmstrang have a larger studentship than Hogwarts). It is said that the stunning castle and grounds of this prestigious school were part-funded by alchemist gold, for Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel met at Beauxbatons in their youth, and a magnificent fountain in the middle of the school’s park, believed to have healing and beautifying properties, is named for them.


Location not available: Durmstrang Institute

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Durmstrang once had the darkest reputation of all eleven wizarding schools, though this was never entirely merited. It is true that Durmstrang, which has turned out many truly great witches and wizards, has twice in its history fallen under the stewardship of wizards of dubious allegiance or nefarious intent, and that it has one infamous ex-pupil.


America: Ilvermorny

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Coming soon...


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:27.50 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore

   Magic in North America - Part 20 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, Pottermore has released the second installment of J. K. Rowling's Magic in North America.

You can read it by clicking here.

How exciting!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:47.57 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, History of Magic in North America

   Magic in North America - Part 40 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, part four of Magic in North America has been released.

This story reveals the four wand makers of America.

You can read it by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 22:00.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, History of Magic in North America

   The Salem Memorial - "Fantastic Beasts"0 Comments

Pottermore has released a new interview with production designer, Stuart Craig.

The interview explores the Salem memorial:


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In the middle of this vast space, there’s a huge memorial to the witches of Salem. J.K. Rowling wrote it into the script. The witches in the memorial are bronze sculptures, slightly larger than life. They stand in amongst the crowd, if you can imagine, so people can walk through the memorial and right by the witches.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:23.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore

   MinaLima enjoy 1920s decor0 Comments

Pottermore has released an interview with Fantastic Beasts graphic designers MinaLima.

They discuss how their style has been influenced by the 1920s.


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‘We always used to say the fifties or the sixties were our favourite era, but no – since working on this movie, the twenties are just everything,’ says Eduardo.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:19.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore

   Attend the House of MinaLima exhibition!0 Comments

Are you going to watch the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre performance this summer?

If so, then do not forget to also attend the House of MinaLima exhibition which is also opening for Harry Potter fans.

Located at 26 Greek Street, west London, the exhibition will feature numerous Harry Potter props and limited edition prints.


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We knew straight away that it was the right place for us. We cancelled all our other viewings and told the landlord we’d take it. It’s like Grimmauld Place in there, with narrow staircases, wonky walls and low ceilings.



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We wanted it to feel like it could have been there forever, like a museum. And as though it could disappear between the other buildings. By the time you reach the top floor, you can touch the ceiling. It’s like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, but at the top of the building.


Find out more by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:25.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Pottermore, MinaLima

   Pottermore discusses "Fantastic Beasts" interiors0 Comments

Pottermore has released an article explaining how the Tenement Museum in New York was one of the inspirations for the interiors to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie.


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The Tenement Museum, a five-storey high building of 20 apartments in which immigrants would once have lived. Walk into the right apartment and it’s like time traveling back to the 1920s.



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On the set of Fantastic Beasts, the influence of this place and this trip is obvious. The exterior of Jacob’s apartment could be modeled directly on one of these tenement apartment buildings. The red-brick walls of the Goldsteins’ apartment are just right. The little row of shops at the bottom of the residential buildings is accurate to the time. The production design team imported details of a bygone era to their own set impeccably – any historian would be spellbound.



Moore family apartment, the Tenement Museum. Photo by Keiko Niwa.


The Tenement Museum, 97 Orchard Street. Photo by Liz Clayman.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 09:49.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore

   Potter actors get sorted!0 Comments

A variety of Harry Potter actors have been sorted into houses through Pottermore.



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   Waterston and Sudol discuss the Goldstein sisters0 Comments

Pottermore recently spoke to Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol in relation to becoming the Goldstein sisters for the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie.


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‘And so I sat down and something happened: I just looked at Katherine’s face and felt incredibly empathetic towards her. In this scene, she – Tina – was suffering and I could see that. I started playing with her hair, and plaiting her hair, and it was a really emotional moment for both of us.’


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 08:05.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore

   Rowling to release THREE new books!0 Comments

It has been announced that J. K. Rowling and Pottermore will be releasing THREE new Harry Potter-inspired e-books next month!

The three e-books under the title of Short Stories from Hogwarts will explore various topics and are priced at £1.99 each.


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

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‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.



Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

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‘No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts - and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.



Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

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‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.


You can purchase them via Amazon by clicking here, here and here.

You can also order them from the Pottermore shop.

The three books will be released on September 6, 2016.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 15:08.34 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Pottermore

   Images of the Potter universe by Rowling!0 Comments

Seven new images have surfaced onto Pottermore drawn by J. K. Rowling herself!

The images show how Rowling imagined the Harry Potter universe before it was adapted into films.

What do you think of the illustrations? Let us know in the comments section below!















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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:46.35 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Pottermore

   New Ilvermorny house crests revealed0 Comments

Pottermore has updated its website with new Ilvermorny house crests.

Below are pictures of the old crests alongside their new ones.

Thunderbird






Wampus






Pukwudgie






Horned Serpent





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   Patronus test now live on Pottermore!0 Comments

Pottermore has been updated with the official Patronus test!




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   Pottermoe reveals the History of MACUSA0 Comments

Pottermore has been updated with writing from J. K. Rowling about the History of MACUSA.


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The Magical Congress of the United States of America, known to American witches and wizards by the abbreviation MACUSA (commonly pronounced as: Mah – cooz – ah) was created in 1693, following the introduction of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. Wizards worldwide had reached a tipping point, suspecting that they could lead freer and happier lives if they built an underground community that offered its own support and had its own structures. This feeling was particularly strong in America, due to the recent Salem Witch Trials.


Read the entire article by clicking the link above.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:18.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, History of Magic in North America

   "Cursed Child" to arrive on Broadway in 2018!0 Comments

Pottermore has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are in advanced talks for the show to open in New York.

Discussion could see the play open at the Lyric Theatre in the spring of 2018.


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When the redesigned Lyric was presented to us as an idea and what the possibilities could be, we re-thought the whole thing and totally fell in love with the notion of a theatre being created especially for the Cursed Child, overseen by designer Christine and our director John Tiffany.

We are still subject to planning, but assuming we get the go ahead, we will have the theatre of our dreams that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to follow in the footsteps of the London production and continue to provide low priced tickets throughout the auditorium.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:00.30 BST | Submit News | Tags: Cursed Child Theatre, Pottermore

   Pottermore releases new artwork0 Comments

Pottermore has released stunning new illustrations of young Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black, and James Potter as you’ve never seen them before!


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For the first time on Pottermore, you can see the young Marauders revealed in a brand new light, in these multi-layered, abstract portraits by artist Montse Bernal. Each character portrait tells its own complex story, and uncovers the Marauders’ pasts, presents and futures. Take a look and see what you can find.










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