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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.
Example
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 http://quill.pottermore.com/70) 
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 Pottermore.com. 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 Pottermore.com over the seven-day period. However, we will let you know, via Pottermore.com 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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1619 Comments

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@purplehogwarts, thats cause Jo wrote into the books that 7 always held magical properties ;o)

Posted by gecopeland on August 02, 2011, 07:40 AM report to moderator
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Hate to keep complaining about this, esp. since I was able to get in on day one, but I really hope tomorrow’s clue is more accessible to mobile accounts. I have a former student who is on vacation and only has her iPhone. Gotta look out for my kids (even if they are in college). On that note- thank you Jo and Harry for helping me connect with students in a very unique way. Maybe Pottermore can bring that back for my ninth graders!

Posted by FeatherHolly198 on August 02, 2011, 07:49 AM report to moderator
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Ever notice there were 7 main characters involved in the story from start to finish? Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Dumbledore, Snape, Neville, Voldemort. 7 Books…7 horcruxes (Tom Riddle’s Diary, Salazar Slytherin’s locket, Marvalo’s ring, Hufflepuff cup, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem, Nagini and Harry himself.) So yes 7 is an important number in any part of Harry Potter.

Posted by gecopeland on August 02, 2011, 07:50 AM report to moderator
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And Ginny was the seventh-born, which is the most powerful!

Posted by FeatherHolly198 on August 02, 2011, 08:00 AM report to moderator
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purplehogwarts: Yes, though I was a bit disappointed that today’s number wasn’t a multiple of 49 like the first two. So far the numbers have also been a multiple of the book number as well.

Posted by roonwit on August 02, 2011, 08:01 AM report to moderator
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I love how all the clues have involved math so far, especially because Jo always says she isn’t good at it.

Posted by bookworm1118 on August 02, 2011, 09:11 AM report to moderator
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I am happy that I was able to get registered and I have a Yahoo email account and the verification email came shortly after I registered. I am now FlooHex46. Congrats to all!

Posted by Want to be a Weasley on August 02, 2011, 10:33 AM report to moderator
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528 Points

Darn it!! I set my alarm for seven. Then I get sick and miss it! AGAIN!!!!

Posted by silverkacy on August 02, 2011, 10:33 AM report to moderator
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You are so lucky , @want to be a weasley

Posted by silverkacy on August 02, 2011, 10:34 AM report to moderator
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Fourth book here I go! 7 am’s the charm?

Posted by silverkacy on August 02, 2011, 10:36 AM report to moderator
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@sliverkacy: it’s estimated that it’ll be up at 7. I think that you may want to be up around 6:30 t0 be sure

Posted by _Muggle_Witch_ on August 02, 2011, 10:49 AM report to moderator
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They may do something different tomorrow. It is probably worth checking back later at their blog http://insider.pottermore.com/ to see if they announce a time window – I think it is likely they will to avoid people staying up all night.

Posted by roonwit on August 02, 2011, 10:55 AM report to moderator
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@gecopeland.

sure, 7 is important. but 7 main characters? really? that is a huge huge stretch. you can easily add malfoy to that list, and mcgonagall.

Posted by he_who_must_not_be_tamed on August 02, 2011, 11:11 AM report to moderator
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Actually, he who must not be tamed. JKR does state she has 7 main characters, but gecopeland has them wrong. Their Harry,Hermione,Ron,neville,Ginny,Luna,Draco. She even said them during her speech during DHP2 London premiere.

Posted by BloodHallow175 on August 02, 2011, 12:35 PM report to moderator
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She calls them the Big Seven.

Posted by BloodHallow175 on August 02, 2011, 12:39 PM report to moderator
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