March 7th, 2023

Celebrating Hogwarts House Pride with Wizarding World Digital

For over two decades, the Harry Potter series has captured the hearts of millions of people worldwide. Fans of the series have always taken pride in identifying with the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Now, Wizarding World Digital is inviting fans to celebrate their house pride with a free, interactive event […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #71 · November 2022

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

The Rowling Library team was invited to the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience in Westchester, New York. We’ll share what we thought of this new attraction for fans of the Wizarding World, based on the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is a new experience created by Fever […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #70 · October 2022

The Dementor Metaphor

Shorn of world-building Prisoner of Azkaban is the story of one boy’s struggle with depression, as Harry Potter comes to terms with the murder of his parents. Harry’s depression is manifested in the terrifying form of the Dementors of Azkaban, which threaten to consume his soul. Depression is the adversary he must overcome to survive […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #66 · June 2022

Book One: Entrances

Hagrid raised a gigantic fist and knocked three times on the castle door – The first years enter Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone features an extraordinary number of doors. In this first book Harry Potter enters the magical world, physically and emotionally. His progress towards knowledge, to […]

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September 4th, 2021

What is “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses”?

Warner Bros. has recently registered the following URL addresses: HogwartsTournamentOfHouses.com and HpHogwartsTournamentOfHouses.com. However, it is unknown yet for what both of these are going to be used. Back in June, we reported exclusively the registration of URLs that Warner Bros. ended up using for their new Harry Potter: A Forbiden Forest Experience, so it makes […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #56 · August 2021

Wizarding Clothing: Beneath the Robes

There are a lot of important subjects explored in the Harry Potter series: love, death, betrayal, war, and much more. And that’s why today, I wanted to explore one of the most important and compelling topics in the series: wizard clothing. We all know that wizards wear robes, and older wizards sometimes are hilariously oblivious […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #52 · April 2021

The making of another Harry Potter Studio Tour in Japan

The second Harry Potter Studio Tour coming to Japan in 2023 now has an official website and a trailer. There will be differences with the London attraction, and while everything in Japan will be replicas, Warner Bros. has justified why building a new studio tour was the right call for them.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #51 · March 2021

Bathrooms and Trains in the Harry Potter series

Harry Potter Needs The Bathroom Bathrooms are mis-used in the Harry Potter books too often to be ignored. They are a sanctuary, an escape, a place to brew potion and a space to transform; a hotbed of clues and a site for a fight. If Harry Potter were a superhero, the bathroom is where he […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #47 · November 2020

If the characters of Narnia went to Hogwarts

The Chronicles of Narnia was—and still is, actually, in spite of what C.S. Lewis did to Queen Susan—one of my favourite series. Harry Potter is also a series in which I take great interest and therefore I wondered what would happen if the characters of Narnia went to Hogwarts. In no particular order (with the […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #46 · October 2020

Hogwarts Legacy: Is it J.K. Rowling’s legacy?

And in the end, it was announced. There were many months of waiting and anxiety for the Harry Potter fandom, or at least for the part that was asking for something since forever. A Harry Potter role-play game (RPG) looked like a million-dollar idea and there were not many reasons why a videogame like that […]

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September 4th, 2020

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Hogwarts House Editions: Release Date

We are first to report that the Hogwarts House Editions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be published in 2021. The sixth book in the Harry Potter series will be published on 14th January, 2021, and the seventh and final book, The Deathly Hallows, will be […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #44 · August 2020

Quill to Parchment: The letters that shape Harry Potter

Harry receives lots of letters throughout the series. From letters from the Ministry for using underage magic outside school to birthday letters and others from Ron and Hermione during summer holidays, Harry is constantly in contact with the Wizarding World through the owl post. Some letters in the series are more significant than others. Let’s […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #44 · August 2020

Seven Year: Hogwarts without Harry Potter

At this moment, excited eleven-year-olds would be poring over racks of newly purchased spell-books, unaware that they would never see Hogwarts [and] never see their families again. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry is absent from his seventh year of education. But during the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, school […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #41 · May 2020

The Lost Years

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a 19-year-gap between the defeat of Voldemort and the final pages. The book’s epilogue shares a snapshot of 36-year-old Harry Potter’s life and concludes: all was well. In “19 Years Later” and in her online writings, JK Rowling gifted us with clues about her characters’ lives. What can […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #38 · February 2020

Who is Adalbert Waffling

Adalbert Waffling appeared in the first and the last Harry Potter book, but there was a minor confusion with this character in some prints of the third book .

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #40 · April 2020

Dumbledore Tweets

The novel Coronavirus pandemic has brought death and many social and economic problems around the world, but amid the chaos and uncertainty, it has led to the appraisal of health care workers and first responders. It has sprung a barrage of positive messages and kind words from almost everyone on social media, which is something […]

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February 10th, 2020

Exclusive: Scholastic to publish Hogwarts Library: The Illustrated Collection

Scholastic will publish Hogwarts Library: The Illustrated Collection, and the tentative publication date is November 10, 2020. This giftable boxset (as the publisher promotes it) will include the three illustrated editions of the companion books by J.K. Rowling, Fantastic beasts and where to find them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch through the […]

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November 29th, 2019

J.K. Rowling’s involvement in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“So, when Jack Thorne and John Tiffany were brought into the team to develop the story with me, I knew I could trust them to create something truly extraordinary.” says Rowling in the new foreword of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey”.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #35 · November 2019

The Melodies of the Magical World

Magic is at the heart of the Wizarding World, but even witches and wizards have an appreciation for music. During Harry’s first welcoming feast at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Albus Dumbledore takes a second to acknowledge that music is a magic of its own. “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #34 · October 2019

Harry’s Halloweens: A History

Throughout the seven books of the Harry Potter series, a handful of similarities are seen between the Muggle and Magical worlds. One of these is Halloween. Rowling’s Wizarding World is sprinkled with many things that come to mind when Muggles think of Halloween, from witches and wizards on broomsticks to the ghosts that roam the […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #30 · June 2019

The Casual Vacancy characters under the Sorting Hat

We can say that Jo Rowling didn’t create characters; she created people. The characters of The Casual Vacancy are by no means superficial. They are deep, human, and different among themselves. We have the serious Sukhvinder; the cheerful Barry; the confident Krystal; and the nervous Colin. Characters are diverse, and together they are the colors […]

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November 2nd, 2018

Spoilers: The surprise in The Crimes of Grindelwald that could break canon (again)

Today Warner Bros. released the full cast list for Fantastic Beasts: “The Crimes of Grindelwald and someone truly important to the Harry Potter world came up among these names. According to the press release, actress Fiona Glascott has been cast as no other than Minerva McGonagall. What’s relevant about this addition is how old Glascott […]

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April 6th, 2018

Adam Fulrath (Head of Creative) leaves Pottermore

Adam Fulrath joined Pottermore on November 2014 as a Head of Creative and since then he directed the revolution of the “The digital heart of the Wizarding World”. He oversaw the creation of a new editorial team, and also the change of tone of voice (and new content) for the 2015 relaunch of the website. […]

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March 15th, 2018

What Secrets Lurk within the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer?

On Tuesday, Wizarding World fans across the globe celebrated as the long-anticipated first trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2 finally apparated online. And while the sight of wizards apparating onto Hogwarts grounds quickly Accio’d fans’ attention, it was the desire to seek out and share all possible clues about the upcoming plot that led to an explosion of discussion.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #2 · December 2016

A Starry Night at Hogwarts

Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous oil on canvas resides on the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. But what if you could add a little magic to it? Serena did it and she tells us about it.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #1 · November 2016

2004: J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival

In August 2005, J.K. Rowling was present at the International Edinburgh Book Festival. After reading an extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which was published a month earlier, she took questions from the audience. Here is a transcription of the most interesting questions from that moment, which take us to a time when we still did not know about the last two books.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #1 · November 2016

How many students are at Hogwarts?

This is possibly one of the most asked question in the Harry Potter fandom that has a number as the answer. We will try to answer how many students attend to Hogwarts in a year – by quoting J.K. Rowling, paragraphs from the Harry Potter books and a bit of the movies (we apologize to […]

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September 11th, 2016

What we learned from the Pottermore Presents ebooks

This is a guest post by Ibid. Ibid is an Editor at The Harry Potter Lexicon, You can find him at Reddit and SciFi StackExchange. This list is focused on new canon bits and how they relate to other canon. It doesn’t strive to summarize the original articles and therefore will not serve as a substitute […]

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August 17th, 2016

Three new ebooks from J.K. Rowling about Hogwarts

The website Hypable detected that Pottermore is going to publish three new ebooks written by J.K. Rowling about the Wizarding School from the United Kingdom: Hogwarts. 

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August 8th, 2016

New Hogwarts Houses editions and British Library Exhibition in 2017

To mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury is teaming up with the British Library for a very special exhibition. On the anniversary date (June 27th, 2017), the publishing house will be releasing four new Hogwarts house-themed editions of The Philosopher’s Stone, each featuring the crest and colours of either […]

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