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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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5102 Points

ik i was hoping that it would stay up longer!!!!!!!!!!

179 Points

holy crow how do you have almost 1000 points ginnylove

Posted by PerkinsII on August 03, 2011, 12:07 PM report to moderator
10268 Points

Thanks to all who helped clarify the time zone issue for me. I had been reading BST as British Standard Time, not realizing that the S actually stands for Summer.

Congratulations to all who managed to register today in spite of the technical difficulties. I’m hoping that when my son gets off work today and finds out that I got him in, he will not be too displeased with my choice of usernames for him! I figured that MarauderFang would make a 16-year-old gamer reasonably happy.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on August 03, 2011, 12:26 PM report to moderator
56 Points

just out of curiosity, what was today’s clue?

Posted by lolalu on August 03, 2011, 01:08 PM report to moderator
3259 Points

The number of students in the Triwizard Tournament X 4 .

Posted by Mollycairn on August 03, 2011, 01:18 PM report to moderator
56 Points

wow- today’s clue was super easy! No wonder the spots filled up so quickly.

Posted by lolalu on August 03, 2011, 01:20 PM report to moderator
441 Points

anyone know what the time frame for tomorrow EST will be?

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 03, 2011, 09:16 PM report to moderator

purplehogwarts: No, they haven’t told us. They are either going back to not alerting us (to avoid the load problems they had on day 4), or else they want to review what happened before setting a time.

Posted by roonwit on August 04, 2011, 03:50 AM report to moderator
163 Points

Day 5 will be open between 11:30 am and 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Posted by Loader Lady on August 04, 2011, 09:15 AM report to moderator
3259 Points

Yeah! My guess yesterday was correct. The clue for day 5 is the address on Grimmauld Place!

Posted by Mollycairn on August 04, 2011, 01:28 PM report to moderator
51 Points

@mollycairn do you want to hazard a guess at tomorrow’s clue???

I was thinking it might be something like “how many horcruxes are there” and then multiply by some number

P.S. – - -Congrats to those who made their Pottermore accounts today!! And to those still trying Good Luck and I hope you get in!!!!!

Posted by Jordynn on August 04, 2011, 03:27 PM report to moderator
3259 Points

@Jordynn: Actually, that is exactly what I was thinking. How many Horcruxes did Tom Riddle want to create or how many parts did he want to split his soul into? For the last day, if they want it really easy, then how many Deathly Hallows.

Posted by Mollycairn on August 04, 2011, 04:11 PM report to moderator
3259 Points

Congrats to all who registered over the 7 days! Wonder how many Leakys got in? I hope everyone who wanted beta access.

Posted by Mollycairn on August 06, 2011, 04:11 AM report to moderator
51 Points

@mollycarin wow you really have a knack for guessing those clues!!!!! day 7 was how many deathly hallows

Posted by Jordynn on August 06, 2011, 11:03 AM report to moderator
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