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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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153 Points

@roonwit I agree…but for now nothing disputes it so I’ll be excited…for now. :)

Posted by prathouse on August 02, 2011, 03:48 PM report to moderator
10268 Points

What confuses me about all these time conversions is that Pottermore keeps giving the times as BST. Is England on Standard Time or Daylight Savings? Are they just forgetting to render it as BDT, or is Daylight Time an American thing only?

If they are on Standard and we are on Daylight in the US, then we need to adjust the time difference by one hour. Don’t ask me in which direction, because if I try to figure that out on so little sleep my head will surely explode. (Spring ahead, fall back…the square of the hypotenuse…mimblewimble…)

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on August 02, 2011, 04:04 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

Entered today! Woohoo!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on August 02, 2011, 04:05 PM report to moderator

WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator}: It is daylight saving. Subtract one hour to get GMT/UTC so 14:00-18:00 BST is 13:00-17:00 UTC.

Posted by roonwit on August 02, 2011, 04:09 PM report to moderator
51 Points

Hey everyone if you are like me and for some reason or another don’t have access to your HP books (I am in college and my mother borrowed all my books so she could read them) I found a website that had the answer to clues 2 & 3. It didn’t answer the first clue but since the clues are supposed to keep getting easier it might answer clues 4-7. It lists chapter titles for each book and gives little summaries for each chapter. I used it for clue 2 and am proud to say I found the magic quill :) anyway here is the website:

Hope this helps those of you still searching for that magic quill

Posted by Jordynn on August 02, 2011, 04:15 PM report to moderator
153 Points

Hehe @weenyowl from the end of March to the end of October they have British Summer Time, their version of Daylight Saving, which is 1 hour forward from GMT/UTC. Both of our “summer” times start and end very close to each other so just find out what time it is in London now, find out how far you’re behind and just remember that number forever ;)

Posted by prathouse on August 02, 2011, 04:41 PM report to moderator
436 Points

@weeny, the easiest way to remmeber is London is 5 hours ahead of eastern standard time, no matter what.

Posted by gecopeland on August 02, 2011, 07:00 PM report to moderator
99 Points

So clue 4 will be up anywhere from 10am to 2pm ESTtime.

Posted by ECoastPotter on August 02, 2011, 07:38 PM report to moderator
153 Points

Er…no. 9-1

Posted by prathouse on August 02, 2011, 08:53 PM report to moderator
99 Points

The first three clues were pretty brutal on the EST time.

Posted by ECoastPotter on August 02, 2011, 09:58 PM report to moderator
5102 Points

im confuesed.. can some list what time the fourth clue is going to go up eastern time WITH all detail such as….. pm am eastern pacific etc.

153 Points

Here you go Ginnylove: 9am Eastern, 6am Pacific

Posted by prathouse on August 02, 2011, 11:01 PM report to moderator
153 Points

Or rather, starts at those times and can range between that start time through 4 hours later.

Posted by prathouse on August 02, 2011, 11:02 PM report to moderator
5102 Points

great ok thanks!! i will prob be on around 8:45 eastern:)

528 Points

7 am yesterday it was at six

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 07:30 AM report to moderator
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