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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

Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

I’m waiting. Can someone tell me when the clue is up?

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 07:33 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

Am I the only one on?

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 07:38 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

So it’s not seven? darn it!

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 07:41 AM report to moderator
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@ silverkacy it will be sometime between 9am-1pm est, via the pottermore insider

Posted by luckyleo81 on August 03, 2011, 08:10 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

Thank you @luckyleo81

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 08:41 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

Were just watching and waiting

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 09:25 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

ITS 9:07! GIVE US THE CLUE! WHAH! BOO HOO!

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 09:29 AM report to moderator
The-two-hardest-things-to-say-in-life-are-hello-for-the-first-time-and-goodbye-for-the-last_thumb
5102 Points

hahah ur not the only one but it seems like we r) ill wait with u:D

Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

thanks i guess

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 09:36 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

I’ve been up since 7 eastern time

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 09:38 AM report to moderator
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5102 Points

haha i just got up:) i set my alarm and then woke up in the middle of the night to find i had set it for PM…..

Got-hogwarts_houses_thumb
10268 Points

@ginnylove, you never got your confirmation notification? I suppose that even if you did, the 48 hours for verification would already have been over. It’s a shame that you have to go through this again.

I got in yesterday, but by the time I turned over the computer to my son and he managed to maneuver the quill into position, the sign-up window had closed for the day. He has to work today all through the 4 hours, so I’m going to try to get him in.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on August 03, 2011, 09:50 AM report to moderator
Hermione_poster_thumb
528 Points

I WANT POTTERMORE!!!! I COULD HAVE GOTTEN IN YESTERDAY BUT I GOT SICK.

Posted by silverkacy on August 03, 2011, 09:58 AM report to moderator
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5102 Points

@WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator}
ya it never came..
sniff sniff
hopefully it will be up soon though!

Luna-lovegood-1_thumb
60 Points

the clue is up!

Posted by lunalovejoy on August 03, 2011, 10:52 AM report to moderator
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