The Magic Quill Challenge - the chance of a life time

The Magical Quill Challenge

Early testers July 31st

On July 31-August 6 there will be a Magical Quill challenge, for the lucky few that answer correctly they will have a chance at entering Pottermore early. Approximately 1 million will be chosen, once they are they will get their Hogwarts letter (email) as soon as possible and will be able to try it out 2 months earlier then the rest of the world.

7 books, 7 days, 7 chances

Those of you who would like the chance to gain early access to Pottermore must find The Magical Quill, and then submit your registration details. Each day, from 31 July to 6 August, a clue will be revealed here. Solve the clue and you will be taken to The Magical Quill. Be quick, The Magical Quill won't be there for long and registration will only be open while spaces are still available each day.

What is The Magical Quill?

The Magical Quill is located in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It detects the birth of a magical child and writes his or her 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 them that they have a place at Hogwarts. The lucky few who locate The Magical Quill during the Magical Quill challenge (which will run from 31 July to 6 August 2011) will have the chance to register for Pottermore early and gain access to the site before it opens to all in October 2011.

How will it work?

Each day for seven days, from 31 July to 6 August, we will be placing a clue on the Pottermore homepage to help you find The Magical Quill. 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.


Clue: How many books are there in the Harry Potter series? Multiply this number by 10.

Answer: 70

Next, add this number to the end of the website address. In this case it would be

Then hit ‘Return’ to go to the website where The Magical Quill is located.

These are the questions J.K. Rowling announce for Potttermore so far.

  1. The first riddle, unveiled July 31, 9:00 am London time, was "How many breeds of owls were featured on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign? Multiply this number by 49." The answer was 245 as there are 5 owl breeds.
  2. The second riddle, unveiled August 1, 10:00 am London time, was 'What is the number of the chapter in which Professor McGonagall cancels the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff?
    Multiply this number by 42.' The answer was 588 as it is in Chapter 14.
  3. The third riddle, unveiled August 2, 11:00 am London time, was 'In the Gryffindor versus Slytherin Quidditch match, in Harry's third year, how many points was Gryffindor leading by before Harry catches the Golden Snitch? Multiply this number by 35.' The answer was 2100, as they led by 60 points.
  4. The fourth riddle, unveiled August 3, 3:30 pm London time, was 'How many students take part in the Triwizard Tournament during Harry's fourth year? Multiply this number by 28.' The answer is 112 as 4 students took part in the Triwizard Tournament in 1994. Initially, the link redirect to Sony's page selling Sony Blu-Ray players and Harry Potter Merchandise with no magical quill. This issue went on for the first couple minutes before the issue was resolved, with the link redirecting to the registration page, skipping the search for the quill entirely.

What happens when I find The Magical Quill?

The Magical Quill

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 is important to note that finding The Magical Quill does not guarantee you access to registration, as registration will only remain open while the early access places allocated for the relevant day, between 31 July and 6 August, are available.

Can I enter Pottermore as soon as I have registered?

No. 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

The Magical Quill early entry period runs from 31 July 2011 to 30 September 2011. During this time, you will receive a Welcome email notifying you that your account has been enabled for access to Pottermore. If you did not register during The Magical Quill period, you will be able to register after the Magical Quill promotion has closed for entry in October 2011, when the site will be open to all. Keep checking Pottermore to find out when registration is open to all.

What happens when The Magical Quill promotion is over?

When all the early entry places have been filled, The Magical Quill links will be withdrawn. You will be able to register via the Pottermore homepage, after The Magical Quill promotion has closed, but you will only be able to enter Pottermore when it opens to all in October. Keep checking Pottermore to find out when registration is open to all.

See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "J.K. Rowling announces Pottermore" on
  2. Secret Street
  3. "Secret Street View results" on Hogwarts Radio
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Pottermore" on Twitter
  5. 5.0 5.1 "It's official: 'Pottermore' is J.K. Rowling's next Harry Potter project!" on Mugglenet
  6. "Pottermore: JK Rowling's next big thing" at HPANA
  7. Pottermore: New J.K. Rowling Site Sends Harry Potter Fans into a Frenzy at Yahoo! News
  8. "Exclusive Announcement by J.K. Rowling"

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