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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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3065 Points

This is so freakin cool!!!!!! I will be on the site 24/7 waiting for the clue. Ahhhhh!!!!!! I cant wait!!!!! Ive lost the ability to sleep!!!! Im freaking out but i can too loudly cause then my parents will get pissed… Ahhhhhh!!!!!!

Posted by JulietBlack on July 31, 2011, 12:59 AM report to moderator
440 Points

waiting for first clue i hare by vow i will not go to bed to till it is posted its 5:50 in londen right now but i dont know if i have to wait till midnight in the usa to get i thats what its is its totally unfair becuase other country would get to do it before the us but im not sure it works that way i cant sleep i really want to see the clue solve it and have fun on pottermore so i wait wait and wait :)

Posted by ϟharrypotterluver11123ϟ *ROAR!* on July 31, 2011, 01:14 AM report to moderator
10471 Points

SO EXCITED! I missed it so I hope I can get a chance to enter! SO EXCITED! And does anyone think this is VERY well thought-out?

Posted by . on July 31, 2011, 01:24 AM report to moderator
118 Points

Ok, I’m still fairly confused. Is the clue gonna be in the Pottermore main site or the Pottermore blog Insider? O.o

Posted by shi suisen on July 31, 2011, 01:29 AM report to moderator
29 Points

It starts in 5 hours from now

Posted by tremikebillie on July 31, 2011, 01:36 AM report to moderator
29 Points

its on the website

Posted by tremikebillie on July 31, 2011, 01:37 AM report to moderator
838 Points

I’m going on tonight at midnight. I’ll be up till one o clock or later. NEVER mess with the Potter nerds!

Posted by Tanderule on July 31, 2011, 01:40 AM report to moderator
210 Points

Oh goodness! All this timezone talk… I’m assuming Pottermore is all going by London time?

Posted by rαdιαnce° [WBM!] on July 31, 2011, 02:01 AM report to moderator
225 Points

This is so awsome, JK Rowling is a genius.

Posted by Eillac on July 31, 2011, 02:19 AM report to moderator
29 Points

i have been waiting all night! when is this gonna open?!?!

Posted by TheDoctor on July 31, 2011, 02:27 AM report to moderator
1112 Points

I’ve been so excited to find out what house i’m in! Can’t wait for the clue!

Posted by Luna854 on July 31, 2011, 02:37 AM report to moderator
4938 Points

I cannot get onto the pottermore site! How am I going to get the clue?? :O

Posted by Siriuslover117 on July 31, 2011, 02:44 AM report to moderator
1112 Points

Don’t worry it’s not the clue isn’t on there yet. Just keep trying =)

Posted by Luna854 on July 31, 2011, 02:47 AM report to moderator
1112 Points

Sorry that doesn’t make sense. I meant Don’t worry the clue isn’t on there yet

Posted by Luna854 on July 31, 2011, 02:48 AM report to moderator
4938 Points

I have been trying ALL day! Believe me!!

Posted by Siriuslover117 on July 31, 2011, 02:48 AM report to moderator
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