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Rowling writes more Potter!

As some of you know, J.K. Rowling has been writing about the 2014 World Quidditch Cup at Pottermore through the pen of former Quidditch professional and now Daily Prophet sports writer Ginny Weasley Potter.

For the final match, however, we are treated to the Quick Quill of Rita Skeeter. Skeeter writes about former DA members, including the Trio and their spouses, attending the match. And as can be expected, she performs her usual hatchet job on all of them here. (The story was released on Tuesday, July 11).


About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old. The famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone. Requests for information as to its provenance merely produced the usual response from the Ministry of Magic: ‘We do not comment on the top secret work of the Auror department, as we have told you no less than 514 times, Ms. Skeeter.’ So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?


In the immediate aftermath of the battle Weasley, whose famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly, entered into employment with the Ministry of Magic alongside Potter, but left only two years later to co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Was he, as he stated at the time, ‘delighted to assist my brother George with a business I’ve always loved’? Or had he had his fill of standing in Potter’s shadow? Was the work of the Auror Department too much for a man who has admitted that the destruction of He Who Could Not Be Named’s Horcruxes ‘took its toll’ on him? He shows no obvious signs of mental illness from a distance, but the public is not allowed close enough to make a proper assessment. Is this suspicious?


Last of the ringleaders of Dumbledore’s Army is, of course, Luna Lovegood (now married to Rolf Scamander, swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt). Still delightfully eccentric, Luna has been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries. Her twin sons are ‘at home with grandpa’. Is this a euphemism for ‘too disturbed to be seen in public’? Surely only the unkindest would suggest so.

But there is so much more joy to be found in Skeeter’s article. What does it say about me that I actually love reading Skeeter? I think she’s hilarious and a master at manipulative speculation.

That said, I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of her Quick Quill.

So what do you think? Does this only make you long for more Potter stories as it does me?



Around the Common Room: August 17, 2012

It’s that time again–not just for a Common Room linkfest, but for the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Results, where, in honor of Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s “It was a dark and stormy ni

ght”, judges have chosen and proclaimed this year’s winning attempts to write the worst possible opening line for a novel.

Much imagination goes into this contest every year. As a big fan of really bad puns, I probably laughed hardest over this one:

Professor Lemieux had anticipated that his latest paper would be received with skepticism within the small, fractious circle of professional cosmologists, few of whom were prepared to accept his hypothesis that our universe had been created in a marijuana-induced industrial accident by insectoid aliens; nevertheless, he was stung when Hawking airily dismissed it as the Bug Bong Theory. — Alan Follett, Hercules, CA

But there are many more to enjoy, all of them works of positively awful brilliance. Have fun.

In other news of literature and imagination:

From, How Star Trek Liberated Television. This piece contains some interesting thought that may appeal in particular to pub readers used to the marginalization of fantasy and speculative fiction in general:

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Pottermore – First Chapters of Chamber of Secrets OPEN

Discover the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The first chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are now available for everyone to explore on Pottermore

From Aunt Petunia’s pudding to de-gnoming the garden at

The Burrow, there’s plenty for you to enjoy: pick up your second-year books in Diagon Alley; visit your vault at Gringotts where you will find more Galleons; and discover exclusive new content from J.K. Rowling, including information about the Malfoy family.

The next Pottermore House Cup is in full swing, so keep up with your potion-making and your wizard-duelling because every point you earn counts towards your house total.


Around the Common Room: May 24, 2012

After a couple of weeks’ buildup, we have an immense number of links this week. Accio interesting stuff!

First, the Hogwarts Professor’s report on St Andrews’ academic conference on Harry Potter. The members of the Blogengamot who couldn’t catch a broom to Scotland for that experience are all thoroughly mopey for having missed it.

In the fantasy realm, in bullet points:

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Focus on: The Library

What could more thrill the heart of either a librarian or one’s inner Hermione than this tale of a gem found in a dusty rare book room?   This NY Times story is about more than finding a rarity in Brown University’s Library dungeons.  The author knows how to write about someone who loves books, and captures the texture and imagination of “life in the stacks.”

On more Library-related notes, how did you feel when you entered the Library on Pottermore?  What more do you wish you could do there?  I for one would love to be able to pull down books from the shelves–say, Hogwarts: A History–and be able to leaf through a few pages to find out some magical details that Prof. Binns didn’t tell us….

And what are your favorite “Library moments” in any of the Harry Potter novels?


Pottermore Delayed…Again

For those of you unlucky enough to have not gotten into Pottermore during the beta period, bad news. The beta is being extended again for an indefinite time. The complete story is here.

Personally, I think this is a good move on their part. Pottermore really needs some work, especially on being able to bring people back in after the initial period of going through the book moments.

Of course, I can say all this since I’m already into Pottermore. 🙂 For those of you still waiting, Pottermore does thank you for your patience.

Pottermore: The Sorting Experience

Since Pottermore began opening up its experience to beta testers, fans have talked long and hard about the Sorting. It’s a high-stakes moment; most of us have spent years self-Sorted into one or the other of the Houses.

With Rowling so deeply involved in the production of the site, the Sorting has taken on final authority for many fans. Though the internet is crawling with Sorting quizzes, they’re of widely varying quality, are generally easy to rig, and none of them were created by J.K. Rowling. The pressure is on when you approach the Hat in Pottermore: like Hogwarts, Pottermore only allows you to get Sorted once. This raises several questions: is it possible to ‘choose’ your House, as Harry did? Should you answer the Hat’s questions in a manner true to yourself, or to your own self-Sorting? If you don’t get the House you want, do you open a new account and try again?

In discussion about our Sortings, four of us from the Blogengamot discovered we’d shared the experience of being put in a second-choice or unexpected house. Here are some thoughts from each of us on the process and results. Continue reading

Around the Common Room, October 2, 2011

A few things of note:

First, Pottermore has pushed back its opening date to the end of October. The delay can be expected to frustrate millions of fans worldwide; however, speaking as one of the beta testers, in my opinion they had no choice. Whatever they planned the servers to be able to handle, beta testing spent all of last week oversetting it in a major way. I can report, however, that last time I logged on, the site ran decidedly more smoothly than I had ever seen it. There is hope.

Perhaps harder for hopeful ebook readers to take, the Shop does not plan to open till the first half of 2012. The only consolation these readers have is that after years of hard-copy only, at least the ebooks have been promised.

In other points of interest:

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