Prisoner of Azkaban coming to a close on Pottermore

We know that many of you have been looking forward to exploring the concluding chapters of the third book in the series – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – on Pottermore.com, and we are delighted to tell you that the finishing touches are being applied, and the chapters will be ready for you to explore in the coming weeks.

If you’re curious about the Moments to come, you’ll find a glimpse of one of them below. What do you think this black and white sketch depicts? You can discuss your thoughts in the Great Hall or common room on Pottermore.com, or let us know your theories on our Facebook page if you have an account, or via Twitter with the hashtag #PrisonerOfAzkaban.

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Source: Pottermore Insider

Any guesses as to what the picture is of?

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Azkaban chapters 5-8 released on Pottermore

For those of us who have been waiting ages for more Pottermore updates, we finally have more chapters to explore.

We are excited to announce that the next instalment of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is now ready to explore. In this instalment you will witness a re-enactment of the beheading of Nearly Headless Nick, learn about the ancient wizarding game of Gobstones, pick up sweets in Honeydukes and see the ‘most haunted dwelling in Britain’ – the Shrieking Shack.

For the first time, some of the new Moments have been released with accompanying audio book snippets for our UK, US and German users. We have also introduced a new spoiler alert feature on selected exclusive entries from J.K. Rowling. If you are about to read anything that may give away storylines or information from beyond that particular Moment on Pottermore.com, an alert will appear. You then have the choice to continue reading or to navigate away and come back at a later time so as not to spoil your own journey through the stories. You can disable the spoiler warning any time it appears and manage your spoiler settings in Account Settings.

For those of you who took part in our Teaser Questions, we are keeping the answers a secret for a few more days. We wanted to give you time to explore the new Moments and look or listen out for the answers yourselves. Share your discoveries on our Facebook page if you have an account; or on Twitter using the hashtag#pmteasers.

What Pottermore moment are you looking forward to the most?

Source: Pottermore Insider

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Pottermore expands with customisable experience on Playstation 3

Some Potterheads may have been disappointed that Pottermore didn’t include more personalized features. Where are our customisable avatars? Why can’t I walk around Diagon Alley and ride the Hogwarts Express? they might have asked. In case you were one of those people, I’ve got news for you.

We have an exciting announcement about a new way to experience Pottermore, and we wanted you to be amongst the first to know that from April 2013 Pottermore will be available on PlayStation Home.

Working closely with Sony, we’ve brought to life a selection of beautifully illustrated Moments from Pottermore.com for users to explore in 3D for the first time with a customisable avatar.

PlayStation Home is the free 3D gaming community for Sony’s PlayStation 3, where gamers play and socialise with their friends around the world and our latest innovation enables users to actually step inside Diagon Alley™ and the Hogwarts™ Express, as well as discover four exclusive new mini-games.

As a Pottermore.com user, you can also link your account with your PSN ID to gain access to extra content and spaces.

Source: Pottermore Insider

Pottermore releases countdown quiz for Ron Weasley’s birthday

Put on your party hat, because our king’s birthday is tomorrow! To prepare for Ron Weasley’s birthday on March 1, Pottermore asked users to vote on which heroic Ron Weasley moment is their favorite. Books One and Two and the first section of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are available to explore on Pottermore.com, so we’ve taken some of Ron’s most daring and chivalrous moments from these early chapters.

We want to know which of the following heroic deeds impressed you the most, so vote for your favourite below.

We’ll be revealing the results of your votes on Friday – Ron’s birthday – so remember to come back and see if your choice is the winner.

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Not only should you vote, but be sure to visit The Fandom tomorrow for a proper celebration of Ron’s 32nd birthday!

Learn more about Pottermore, Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Discover some of the secrets and techniques behind Book of Spells, the first title for PlayStation’s new Wonderbook, and the latest initiative to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore.

Meticulously researched, and featuring new writing from J.K. Rowling, Book of Spells brings Miranda Goshawk’s 200-year-old spell book to life, and gives you the chance to master powerful spells as well as read about some of the histories behind them.

Source: Pottermore Insider

Vote on which of Hagrid’s pets has been your favorite

Some of the most hilarious moments in the Harry Potter series and movies have had to do with Hagrid’s exotic collection of “pets.” The Pottermore Insider is asking fans to vote on which creature has been their favorite.

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Behind the scenes of Pottermore’s interactive artwork

This is a great article about the “Magical Moments” users experience on Pottermore. It’s really quite fascinating to see how in-depth the team goes to create picturesque Potter images.

Many of you have expressed curiosity about how a Pottermore Moment is produced, so we’re going to take you behind the scenes for an insight into how a Moment is created, starting with the Magical Menagerie Momentfrom Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Before we get into rat tonic and transforming rabbits, let’s start at the beginning – how the Moments for each book are selected. In order to provide a faithful companion to the reading experience without replicating each and every passage from the books, we select key or interesting scenes from the stories to depict onPottermore.com.

Each potential scene is weighed against various criteria, from its relative importance in the narrative to how it might look when visualised and whether it lends itself to the inclusion of interactive features and content. We also like to highlight scenes that were omitted from the films, or those where the film depiction differs from the books.

With its cage-lined walls and the ‘squeaking, squawking, jabbering or hissing’ of their inhabitants, the Magical Menagerie Moment was selected because it is described so vividly in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It provided an opportunity to introduce a new location and a narrative moment that was not shown in the film. It is also our first introduction to Crookshanks.

Like all Pottermore.com Moments, the Magical Menagerie Moment began its life as a black and white sketch that was drawn from a detailed brief based on thorough research into the location and moment being depicted.

Initial sketch

Initial sketch

Finished product

Finished product

For the rest of the steps, which I really recommend reading, visit the Pottermore Insider.