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Pottermore's Magical Quill Challenge Begins July 31

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
July 30, 2011, 10:33 PM

The Pottermore Insider Blog and website have been updated this blog post and link, revealing more about J. K. Rowling's latest project:

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted the hidden link in our 'You ask, we answer' blog post from 19 July, which took you to an interview J.K. Rowling gave in 2000.
In the interview was some interesting information about a Magical Quill, located in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Magical Quill detects the birth of a magical child and writes their name down in a large book. 

Every year, Professor McGonagall checks the book and sends owls to the children who are turning eleven, to inform themthat they have a place at Hogwarts. Each day for seven days, from 31 July to 6 August, we will be placing a clue on the Pottermore homepage to help you locate The Magical Quill. If you find it, you'll have the chance to gain early access to Pottermore. 

There will be a new clue every day, and each clue will relate to a different book in the Harry Potter series. On Day 1 the clue will relate to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, on Day 2 the clue will relate to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and so forth. The clues will also vary in difficulty. On Days 1-3 the clues will be harder, and on Days 4-7 the clues will be easier. 

To find The Magical Quill, you need to solve the clue and add the answer to the end of the web address. This will lead you to a website where The Magical Quill will be located while early access places are available. The Magical Quill's location will change every day.
Clue: How many books are there in the Harry Potter series? Multiply this number by 10. 
Answer: 70 
Add this number to the end of the website address. (In this case it would be 
Hit 'Return' to go to the website where The Magical Quill is located. 
Once you have found The Magical Quill, you will be redirected to If the registration process is still open for that day, you will be able to submit your details to register to access Pottermore early. 

It's important to note that finding The Magical Quill does not guarantee you access to registration, as registration will only remain openwhile the early access places allocated for the relevant day, between 31 July to 6 August, are available. 

Don't worry if you don’t manage to register first time. There will be plenty of opportunities to find The Magical Quill as we will be revealing a new clue each day from 31 July to 6 August. For those who miss out on earlyaccess to Pottermore, please note the site will be open to all from October. Keep visiting Pottermore to find out when registration commences. 

We won't be telling you when a clue goes live, so you'll need to keep a careful eye on over the seven-day period. However, we will let you know, via and the Insider, when registration for a particular day has come to an end. 

Finally, please note that we will not be enabling early access to the site straight away. Once The Magical Quill challenge is over, we will send successful early access registrants a Welcome email, letting them know whenthey will be able to access Pottermore. We won’t be able to let everyone into the Beta site at the same time, so please be patient with us. You may have to wait a few weeks for your Welcome email to arrive.

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54 Points

Wow! Can’t wait!

Posted by TeamRonmione on July 30, 2011, 10:39 PM report to moderator
1061 Points

So the “7 books, 7 days, 7 chances” isn’t the first clue? Dang it! This is driving me crazy! I need to sleeeeeeeeeep!

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on July 30, 2011, 10:44 PM report to moderator
2233 Points

AH refreshing it over and over!

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on July 30, 2011, 10:45 PM report to moderator
2890 Points

So excited. Hoping the first clue isn’t posted while I’m sleeping. I can’t stay up all night waiting for it.

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on July 30, 2011, 10:45 PM report to moderator
2233 Points

Uh oh Leaky is crashing!

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on July 30, 2011, 10:46 PM report to moderator
97 Points

6th comment!! SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! I hope I’m one of the lucky people! :) :)

Posted by mollythemuggle114 on July 30, 2011, 10:50 PM report to moderator
14579 Points


Posted by AlexWeasley12 {WitchFelicis130} on July 30, 2011, 10:55 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

This tottally freaking me out. Question so is the clue avaible at midnight or an specfic time tom?

Posted by The Nerd on July 30, 2011, 10:58 PM report to moderator
45 Points

What time zone is Pottermore going by? I live on the East Coast, by the way.

Posted by DaftPotter on July 30, 2011, 11:07 PM report to moderator
64 Points

I keep refreshing with hopes of gaining access. Will it be after midnight for those of us in the U.S. before we can get in to Pottermore? Is there a time zone we should go by?

Posted by wallflower1971 on July 30, 2011, 11:11 PM report to moderator
109 Points

Waiting for the clue :D

Posted by Vanessa on July 30, 2011, 11:19 PM report to moderator
306 Points

I’m hoping the clue doesn’t come while I’m sleeping either…@The Nerd, I think it’s just a surprise every day when they are putting up the clue, they said “keep an eye on the Insider” so that’s what I’m assuming.

Posted by stenojoz on July 30, 2011, 11:25 PM report to moderator
8069 Points

It’s 3am eastern time zone I think.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on July 30, 2011, 11:35 PM report to moderator
42 Points

Supper excited. I can’t sleep. Can’t wait for the first clue.

Posted by martinse08 on July 30, 2011, 11:40 PM report to moderator
58 Points

eeee! so beyond excited, i feel like im waiting for my letter in the post….

Posted by mscupcke~Roar~ on July 30, 2011, 11:42 PM report to moderator
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