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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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567 Points

I don’t have a clue what to do!!!! Yippeee!

Posted by Potters_pal on July 31, 2011, 07:12 AM report to moderator
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686 Points

I am Absolutely LIVID! I accidentally fell asleep while waiting here in the US and I woke up at 6:00am EST to find it closed! Oh well… I guess I’ll try tonight/tomorrow. What was the clue anyway?

Posted by Harry89 !ROAR! on July 31, 2011, 07:23 AM report to moderator
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I am so confused right now. How did everyone know what time the clue was going to be posted today? Is it going to be posted at the same time everyday? Are they going to release a different time everyday? Or do I have just have to constantly refresh the website every day all day long???

Posted by Periadoc on July 31, 2011, 07:31 AM report to moderator
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I love Leaky :D

Posted by camila_black08 on July 31, 2011, 07:39 AM report to moderator
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110 Points

@Periadoc
I am wondering the same thing! I caved and went to bed, so I am wondering what time tomorrow I am going to have to wake up, or stay up to to get on tomorrow…

Posted by moisenallie16 on July 31, 2011, 07:45 AM report to moderator
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29 Points

I also went to bed around 0100 and was back on by 0700 EST to find it already closed. That really stinks that it was only open for a couple of hours. If its only going to open at those odd hours then those of us who live on the east coast & have to work have no chance of getting on early.

Posted by tlhorton on July 31, 2011, 07:46 AM report to moderator
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@moisenallie16 and tlhorton

I don’t mind so much what time it is posted (the perks of being unemployed) I just want to know WHEN so I have at least some kind of chance to get in. I feel its a little unfair when it comes to those who have to work and all that jazz, especially at what seems to be crazy alternating hours.

Posted by Periadoc on July 31, 2011, 07:54 AM report to moderator
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3134 Points

Congrats to everyone who got in! What was the clue anyway?

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the time will change everyday. i can only assume that this is so (a) people keep interest (b) people in different time zones have a chance and © the site doesn’t crash

Posted by luckyleo81 on July 31, 2011, 07:57 AM report to moderator
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the time will change everyday. i can only assume that this is so (a) people keep interest (b) people in different time zones have a chance and © the site doesn’t crash

Posted by luckyleo81 on July 31, 2011, 07:58 AM report to moderator
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the time will change everyday. i can only assume that this is so (a) people keep interest (b) people in different time zones have a chance and © the site doesn’t crash

Posted by luckyleo81 on July 31, 2011, 07:58 AM report to moderator
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sorry that posted 3 times! my computer decided to have a little spasm!

Posted by luckyleo81 on July 31, 2011, 07:59 AM report to moderator
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I read on another site that the clue was how many types of Owls are sold at the Owl emporium. Multiply it by 45 and you get the answer. Then you put that number at the end of the website they gave and you were sent to registration. Seems as name are given out randomly and you don’t get to choose (or not choose from a wide selection)…

Hoping to get in tomorrow as I missed registration by about 20 minutes…

Posted by estrella22 on July 31, 2011, 08:05 AM report to moderator
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1527 Points

I managed to get on and register and everything but what I don’t understand is whether that means I have a place as one of the first million or not! Can anyone help?

Posted by Livi22-((ROAR!)) on July 31, 2011, 08:06 AM report to moderator
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The instructions are vague – is the clue posted on the Pottermore home page?

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 31, 2011, 08:08 AM report to moderator
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