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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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Yes, my validation e-mail took well over an hour to arrive, but all is calm for now on Privet Drive at night, though it appears Dumbledore is on site. Hope I’m one of the one million tp get an e-mail for early access. According to the T&C, it’s first-come, first-serve, but there are also allocation limits based on language so that the site can beta test for possible issues.

Posted by Floofeather12 on July 31, 2011, 06:28 AM report to moderator
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I’m confused after activating and logging in if I’m 1 of the million accepted for early reg or if there’s another hoop to jump through? Didn’t I do the work necessary? O-O

Posted by prathouse on July 31, 2011, 06:31 AM report to moderator
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i have got my email and have activated account. :-)

Posted by mariakingsford on July 31, 2011, 06:36 AM report to moderator
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Still haven’t got mine yet :|

Posted by gecopeland on July 31, 2011, 06:37 AM report to moderator
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Congrats all :)

Posted by Nydaria02 on July 31, 2011, 06:37 AM report to moderator
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@gecopeland it took me 2 hours I am sure you will get it.

Posted by Nydaria02 on July 31, 2011, 06:39 AM report to moderator
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@prathouse: From the site’s help—“After you have registered (by submitting your details and validating your registration via the email sent to you), we will send you a Welcome email letting you know that you can gain access Pottermore. Due to the number of people seeking to register, you may have to wait several weeks before receiving this email.” It may be a while before you receive a welcome e-mail providing you with access information. At least you’re registered and validated.

Posted by Floofeather12 on July 31, 2011, 06:40 AM report to moderator
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So, do we reckon that they limited the numbers early on day one, to keep the load down, or did they really get one-seventh of their quoted one million people in about an hour! That would be nearly 150,000 registrations!

Posted by andrewilley on July 31, 2011, 06:42 AM report to moderator
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I’m registered! That was definitely one of the best nights of my life :D Now it’s time to sleep. Good night, fellow Potter fans <3

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on July 31, 2011, 06:47 AM report to moderator
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@andrewilley, hopefully you’re right.

Posted by voldierot on July 31, 2011, 06:47 AM report to moderator
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never just got mine too :-D yey

Posted by voldierot on July 31, 2011, 06:48 AM report to moderator
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I’m in!! Now just have to wait for the Welcoming Owl…

Posted by agentzac on July 31, 2011, 06:51 AM report to moderator
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What’s wierd is I did my neice’s after I did mine and she just got hers. I still haven’t got mine.

Posted by gecopeland on July 31, 2011, 06:51 AM report to moderator
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@Floofeather12 thanks for that. I saw that and disregarded it after I received my activation and logged in. :¬) I’m logged in and able to log out and log back in so don’t I have access to Pottermore? A second email to further weed out the riff raff seems quite unnecessary if you ask me.

Posted by prathouse on July 31, 2011, 06:52 AM report to moderator
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i went there at 11.30 am english time and day 1 was closed already

Posted by Stoenk on July 31, 2011, 06:59 AM report to moderator
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