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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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210 Points

Oh, I’m so paranoid. I’m gonna catch the quill again and re-register on another email account, just to be safe.

Posted by rαdιαnce° [WBM!] on July 31, 2011, 05:33 AM report to moderator


Posted by hp82176 on July 31, 2011, 05:34 AM report to moderator
225 Points

@Loopy Lucy, No, I think that’s normal, it’s what happened to me. I think we have to wait for a second email.

Posted by Eillac on July 31, 2011, 05:35 AM report to moderator

can anyone help me with figuring out why i keep gettting onto the sony website??

Posted by hp82176 on July 31, 2011, 05:40 AM report to moderator
436 Points

Doubt it works radiance, made one for my niece too, it’s kind of our thing to read the books and see the movies together. She hasn’t gotten an email for hers yet either.

Posted by gecopeland on July 31, 2011, 05:41 AM report to moderator
53 Points

already in! i just registered! whoop whoop

Posted by GryffindorSlytherinTeen on July 31, 2011, 05:43 AM report to moderator

@hp82176, can you click on the text that says “now let your journey begin” or whatever? that’s what will take you to registration. don’t click on anything else on that page.

Posted by amande on July 31, 2011, 05:44 AM report to moderator
225 Points

Maybe you live so far away that the owls are taking longer. Gosh, I hope they didn’t faint or get eaten by a trestrals or something.

Posted by Eillac on July 31, 2011, 05:45 AM report to moderator
436 Points

It’s quite possible the mail server crashed now that I think about it. That could be why we haven’t gotten an email yer….or we have ta wait till October.

Posted by gecopeland on July 31, 2011, 05:46 AM report to moderator
210 Points

@gecopeland: Alas, it seems you’re right. Second account hasn’t gotten anything yet either. ):

Posted by rαdιαnce° [WBM!] on July 31, 2011, 05:46 AM report to moderator

NOO!!! I feel like an idiot OMG i didnt know that…thanks for the info amande i will try tomm

Posted by hp82176 on July 31, 2011, 05:48 AM report to moderator

waiting for the email too. got the answer right: 245. caught the quill on my second try, entered all the info and got the message saying i should check my email account, and yet no email…

i guess it’s a draw of luck. they let a computer choose out an email address and send out the email.
my only question is: will i need to do this all over again tomorrow? i mean enter all my details again? email address, new username? (the one i choose from the 5 they give me is kinda growing on me).

Posted by voldierot on July 31, 2011, 05:50 AM report to moderator

All registrations gone for the day now, Pottermore just tweeted it. That didn’t last long! Still no confirmation email for me, at least an hour later…

Posted by andrewilley on July 31, 2011, 05:50 AM report to moderator
35 Points

I’ve been waiting for my e-mail for over 1 hour & 30 minutes. I’m giving up and going to bed. I really hope I made it in! Good luck to everyone!

Posted by Shinyfox on July 31, 2011, 05:51 AM report to moderator
282 Points

WOW Registration only got to last about an hour or so!

Posted by Leolady23 on July 31, 2011, 05:56 AM report to moderator
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