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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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Sorry, I forgot……..

Jen, huge congratulations on your A!

And Korey, it’s really good to see you! xx

Posted by asti on September 15, 2011, 06:14 PM report to moderator
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Hey everyone!!!
LH, I agree with what everyone else is saying: if you’re really that unhappy about it, make a new account in October. Besides, 1: being in Slytherin is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just seen that way because the story’s told from the point of veiw of Gryffindors. And 2: This test doesn’t say anything about your character anyway. Maybe you overthought the question, maybe you hit the wrong button, or maybe it’s a glitch in the system since this is a beta after all.

I do think there should be some choice, but I agree with Jen about wanting to know what house it would normally put me in as well. I think they should add an option at the very end of the test. You could answer all the questions normally, and then get your result just like you do now. But on the page where it says what house you’ve been sorted into, it could give you a button to choose a second choice. Like if I was sorted into Hufflepuff instead of Ravenclaw, at the end where the button to go to your common room is, there could be a second button saying “Not Hufflepuff, eh?” or something like that. And you could have the chance to click that and join your second best fitting house instead. That way, if you get sorted into your least favorite house, you could opt out of it, without people just picking their favorite houses, and also still get to know what house you would be in normally. For me, Hufflepuff would be my second choice, so I could stay with that, or risk the other button hoping to get Ravenclaw, but with the potential of being disappointed if I got Gryffindor or Slytherin. I think they’re trying to keep the houses fairly even, so this would also deter too many people from switching houses. It would really be there to make sure people aren’t stuck with their absolute last choice.

Deanie, congrats to your son!!! :D

lurking…

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 15, 2011, 06:18 PM report to moderator
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still no email….

LH thx for the info about your friend. Did she find the quill on day 4? Maybe I didn’t get in after all since I didn’t find it, though I got the welcome email. In any case, I’m too busy to do anything meaninful on it right now so I may as well wait till Oct! ;) I’’m sorry you are having trouble with your sorting and I can imagine that it’s still a shock… but for what it’s worth, I agree with the others here that 1) no one here changed/will change their opinion of others based on the sorting and 2) I am sure there are good-hearted wizards who came out of Slytherin (besides Snape, of course) but we don’t know about them (yet, maybe they will be revealed in time!!) since the books are told from a Gryffindor standpoint. You could even say that Regulus Black turned good at the end, and so did Narcissa. I can’t imagine how the end would be different if they hadn’t done what they did. Well … I guess I can imagine, but I don’t really want to. But at least there is October and an infinite number of email addresses out there, just waiting to be claimed!

I didn’t realize the Pottermore Sorting was only 7 questions… I thought it was like a 100 questions, similar to the extrovert/introvert (I forget the official name of that test) questionnaire. The last time I took that extrovert/introvert test, I was put in the “wizard” category so natually I was quite happy. Unfortunately it stopped there and didn’t sort me. Rats! I should find that test again and see. Hopefully I haven’t turned into a “politician.” BLECH! LOL!

Posted by Hufflebug on September 15, 2011, 06:51 PM report to moderator
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PS nothing against politicians, there are a few I can stand. And I don’t know if “politician” is one of the end categories for that test, but I think it is…

Posted by Hufflebug on September 15, 2011, 06:53 PM report to moderator
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^I meant Asti, not Deanie… Sorry.

Oh and I forgot to say: Deanie, I had to laugh at your description of Luna. You should go read the Ravenclaw house welcome message if you haven’t already. Apparently we’re rather quirky. ;)

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 15, 2011, 06:57 PM report to moderator
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Thanks everyone, I doubt I will resort. The horror was seeing the result come up and having to come here and tell everyone and subsequently seeing how confident in the test everyone has been when the were sorted into the house they expected. I just don’t feel this is the definitive sorting now. Something went terribly wrong for me. I want everyone to be in the house they expected or at least one with which they are pleased. I hate I sorted where I did. Even if I kill the account and resort I can never undo the first sorting in my mind, the shock of seeing it on the screen or the act of announcing it. I was practically in shock.

That’s enough from me. I just needed to make a protest against the system and now I’ve done it. The only reason I will resort is if I kill the account on principle and let them know about my angst toward their system as WON suggested.

HW, I like the suggestion you made about how to deal with the problem of the sorting. Please make sure you suggest this option when we are finally allowed to make comments.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 15, 2011, 07:14 PM report to moderator
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LH {{{{HUGS!!!!!}}}}}

so I had to look it up… no, there isn’t a “politician” category for that extrovert/introvert test… there is “leader” but that’s quite different. But alas, I don’t fit the “wizard” profile anymore either! Though that’s not all bad ;)

Posted by Hufflebug on September 15, 2011, 07:22 PM report to moderator
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Afternoon, all! Running through again.

LH you know I more than agree with what everyone is saying. I feel fairly confident in saying I know you probably better than just about anyone not actively part of your daily, in-person life, and I cannot imagine someone LESS a Slytherin than you. I also totally concur on the Sorting. I think it’s fine for everyone who got the House they wanted to say that it’s the real test and of course it’s right, because, hey, they’re happy, and I’m happy for them. But for everyone else, not so much.

As Won has said in the past, there is a real element of uncertainty in the process, and it seems to me luck is involved at least as much as anything else in getting a particular House. As I also said before, if I had gotten LD’s questions I WOULD have gotten Gryffindor because I answered them all the same way she did, so how can we say it’s the REAL test when it depends heavily on which questions you get? The only ones she and I responded to differently were the height and eye color questions on the wand portion, and I can hardly think that would be enough to put me into a different House (and if so that’s utter crap.) Oh, and we chose a different animal at the owl emporium. But that’s it. So. I AM a Gryffindor, I don’t care what that Sorting said, and you are NOT a Slytherin for the same reason.

I’m with you on the re-sorting, though. I don’t know that I will bother with it, because no matter what, I won’t be able to get the original one out of my mind and it somehow feels like “cheating” even though I don’t believe in the process itself. Not that Ravenclaw is bad. It’s just not my House and I dislike seeing that blue background come up each time almost as much as you dislike the green, just because it’s wrong for me. My background is supposed to be red, like it is here on Leaky. I will definitely be voicing a strongly worded opinion about the sorting process when we finally get to give our two (or more) cents.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on September 15, 2011, 07:30 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke As one who hasn’t sorted yet, I do think your only option will be to do another account and be resorted. I think the only big objection would be your common room. I guess I will be in the ones who get in after everyone else. I have really been excited about Pottermore, but not so much lately as I read how frustrating it is. I have been looking forward to reading the books again and getting more information but I am starting to wonder about how big the lettering will be. As you know, that is why I bought a Kindel so I could read a book without eye strain. I was so disappointed when I heard the ebooks would be on a Sony E reader. Also, I am getting a little tired of looking at my email several times a day and being disappointed. So much for them letting in all the 4th day people.

Posted by Cool G on September 15, 2011, 10:55 PM report to moderator
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Morning all! For the sake of my friends who are feeling left out in the cold I feel that I have to release some of the tension. Pottermore is a bit like Christmas or any preferred festive event, it is something you look forward to have some fun and angst in varying amounts, then when every decoration is cleared away you have to face January. I have reached January because I find I have no wish to make potions or duel with anyone because, in my case, I would lose house points due to my lack of skills. The most valuable thing I have taken away from this programme is the added detail which Jo had worked out for her characters and has been able to share with us.

I am concerned by the pain caused by the sorting ceremony section of Pottermore, it shows just how deeply we have become attached to the whole HP saga and how important story is as an element in our lives. The sorting is nerve wracking if you have strong feelings towards or against any house, it is just like sitting an important exam or having an interview for a job.

The best thing I have experienced as a result of being a Harry Potter fan in addition to the hours of entertainment from the books and the films is my online life here. I cherish you all as extended family and, as our real-life meetings prove, they stand the test of actual contact. My first action online every morning is to check up on my HP family.

Asti Congratualtions to your talented and delightful son. Wow!

CoolG We have been assured that the HP ebooks will be available in as many formats as possible. It would not make financial sense any other way.

Lady Hawke I still love you to bits, your sorting does not change that.

Must finish my breakfast.

Posted by Graymayne on September 16, 2011, 05:34 AM report to moderator
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JEN, There is a third anniversary of the ‘New Leaky’ coming up soon… Perhaps this is significant! Also, I see on the source code of my profile page, there is a script at the bottom that has a caption that says “Pardon The Mess, Site Redesign Underway”…

Posted by Won_Two on September 16, 2011, 09:34 AM report to moderator
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Hermione Weasley What?? When did I become a mother? I think you meant Asti. ;)

Asti Yes golf is an expensive mistress. Mother never had to worry about Dad and other women, though. He fell in love with golf at around the same age as your son – when he was big enough to carry the clubs as a caddy. He never fell out of love with it. If Dad wasn’t home, he was on the golf course. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 16, 2011, 10:00 AM report to moderator
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Hermione Weasley If I ever get my email and get sorted into Ravenclaw, I will read it. ;)

Last night there was still no email for me. seious le pout!!! ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 16, 2011, 10:15 AM report to moderator
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The latest Pottermore news:

>>Accessing Pottermore
UPDATED ON FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Over the past 24 hours, we’ve slowed down the rate at which Welcome emails are being sent out due to some work that’s being carried out on the site.

We want to wait until this work has finished and make sure that everything is working properly before we speed up again.

We’ll keep you updated using this post.
Posted by Pottermore Editor at 12:00 <<

I cannot access the site right now… I am getting the “We are updating the Site” message…

Posted by Won_Two on September 16, 2011, 11:10 AM report to moderator
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ASTI, once again you have such great news about your son! What will taking part in this Academy Training do for him? How often will he attend? Is this something that will give him some sort of professional certification he can use in the future should he follow his path to become a professional golf instructor?

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 11:46 AM report to moderator
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Thanks, GRAYMAYNE, I love you too.

I agree. It is a bit like Christmas. There was enormous anticipation. We ripped the bows and ribbons off. There was some fun and some terrible angst and then it is over again until next year. I may still go back and see if I can do a potion but otherwise I’m pretty close to finding what there is to find. I may crawl around looking for that last book and those last three potion ingredients but most of the “low hanging fruit” has been harvested until there is another book released.

The new information was the best part but I would have been happy enough to get that on its own.

I’m sure I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next installment, just as you get yourself pumped up for the next holiday. At least there will be no big “hot potatoes” in Chamber of Secret like the Sorting in Philosopher’s Stone.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 11:57 AM report to moderator
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Has there been anything about when in October Pottermore will go live for everyone? It seems that Halloween would be fitting. Hogwarts always has a feast then and so much in the books happened on that day. ;)

I would like to have more than a week in there on the beta, if I ever get my email. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 16, 2011, 11:58 AM report to moderator
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I have tickets for the live movie of the 25th Anniversary show of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Oct. 2, thanks to JEN.

I had no idea this was going to take place. I missed the live movie of the 25th Anniversary of LES MISERABLES last year.

So, I’ll pass it along. Selected movie theaters will be streaming a LIVE performance of the 25th Anniversary show of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

My daughter and I have tickets for the traveling company of the 25th Anniversary production of LES MISERABLES this Sunday.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 12:11 PM report to moderator
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Two in our family got the invite earlier this week, the other two are still waiting. We’re all day 4 entrants.

I am slowly working my way through it. Last night I got my wand…ebony with phoenix feather core, unbending. So dark to look at and its shape reminds of Bellatrix’ wand. I’ve never been sorted into Slytherin (with the unofficial tests). Maybe this time.

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Posted by Josephine on September 16, 2011, 02:11 PM report to moderator
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OK, I’m going to make a lot of people a bit upset.

Population of Hogwarts. Jo said in an interview that the student population of Hogwarts was about a thousand. This is much higher than I can ever get it to come out. Harry’s class was 40, ten per house. If that was about average, there would be about 280 to 300 students at any one time. Even if Harry’s class was smallish, it seems the class that had left the year before Harry started was the same size as his, at least in Gryffindor. Each dormitory room is used by a single class all seven years they are in Hogwarts.

I realize that some years may have a lot more students. There should have been a Wizarding baby boom about the time Harry was two years old. what with all that partying about Voldie being gone on Halloween. Nine months after that happened would result in a lot of baboes born the following year in very late July and early August. So the incoming class of Firsties during Harry’s third year could have upped the population quite a bit, but not by close to 700 new students!

I know Jo says she is not good with numbers, but even counting the teachers, Hagrid, Filch, Madame Pomfrey and any other caretakers that we didn’t meet, and not counting ghosts, the entire live population of Hogwarts could not be that high.

Perhaps it had once been that great, back when most families had half a dozen children to help work the land, but not in modern times. ;)

Opinions? ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 16, 2011, 03:36 PM report to moderator
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Josephine Don’t be worried by the ebony wand, I had one with a core of unicorn hair and I was sorted into Hufflepuff. My DS has ordered two pieces of ebony (needed for the 141/2 inch length) to make me a wand. We don’t have the appropriate tree in this country.

Posted by Graymayne on September 16, 2011, 03:43 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Thanks for the congrats for my son!

Lady Hawke, my son’s acceptance means he now has an intensive 3 hour lesson once a month. The idea is the best of the kids will get good enough to play for the official County Squad. At this stage I’m not sure how “big” a thing it is to be in the County Squad, but, the majority of the cost of son’s training is funded by the English Golf Union, so it’s taken pretty seriously.
Being accepted into the programme is great, if he qualifies for the County, even better, and both will look fantastic on a CV, or in his personal statement. As will being Junior Captain at the age of 14! IF he qualifies for the County, I have no idea what the next level of acheivement might be.

Deanie, I completely agree. I’ve always thought that the numbers just don’t add up.
And I’ve come across many rumours that Pottermore will go “live” at Halloween.

Posted by asti on September 16, 2011, 04:07 PM report to moderator
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Asti I do hope it’s Halloween. That way even if I don’t get my email until next week, I’ll have the better part of a month to play with it. ;)

Hometime! ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 16, 2011, 05:22 PM report to moderator
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Hey everyone!!
Christmas may be over, but I’m still having lots of fun playing with my new toys. :)

Deanie, yeah, you had that son a few years back. You don’t remember that?? Huh… I can’t really see how you could forget it… ;)

We know that there were five Gryffindor boys in Harry’s year, but we don’t really know much about how many are in the rest of the classes or house sizes. I assumed it was the norm until Jo said that there were 1000 students, but ever since, I just figured that Harry was just in a really small dorm. Although if you do the math, then there would have to be about 18 students in each dorm room, which really doesn’t make sense, so I think it’s just a case of Jo did bad math or made something up on the spot. ;)

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 16, 2011, 05:57 PM report to moderator
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Hi, everyone!

In all my speeding through recently I completely missed the excellent news about Asti’s son! HUGE congratulations to him, that is so exciting! I can imagine the expense shudder but what a great opportunity for him. LC has developed a thing for golf over the last several years as well, and he’s not bad at it, but he does not have the natural talent obvious in your son, nor the willingness to work hard enough at it to compensate for remaining an average Joe for that game, LOL. Plus he really has a thing about anyone watching him when he’s playing. He’ll clam up and just stop, so that would be counterproductive in a tournament situation! :) I’m so happy for your young man, Asti! Look at him go! I am so, so impressed with him, with everything he’s been through and his determination. He’s a real role model for other kids.

Deanie definite agreement on the Hogwarts numbers! LOL

We’re off for Friday night pizza and I’ll be gone all day tomorrow for my Everett meeting, so I hope you all have a great weekend!

:)

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on September 16, 2011, 07:36 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, Jo’s numbers have never made sense on all sorts of levels.

If there had been enough wizards 1000 years ago to need a place the size of Hogwarts and the growth of the wizard population was similar to the general population in the same period of time, then there should have had to have been some major expansion of Hogwarts, if not many additional wizards schools by the 20th Century. I think Jo has said there are only 3000 wizards in modern day England. If that is so there would have only been a handful 1000 years ago, certainly not enough for a school of any kind, much less one the size of Hogwarts even if, as we suspect, there are only about 300 students there now. There wouldn’t have been 300 students there 1000 years ago.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 08:05 PM report to moderator
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Bad crash at the Reno Air Races… P-51 augured into the crowd! Lot of people hurt real, real bad!

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WON, I was just coming here to find out what you knew about the crash. I received a news blurb on my phone but had not found anything else yet.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 09:18 PM report to moderator
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I just heard 12 are dead with another 25 critical with a total of 75 wounded.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 09:36 PM report to moderator
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We have an airshow here tomorrow and Sunday. I think I will give it a pass. There have been a lot of accidents the last couple of weeks.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 16, 2011, 09:40 PM report to moderator
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