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In 2007, Harry Potter fans all over the world anticipated the seventh and concluding book in the Harry Potter series. Ten years of blissful magic was coming to a close. However, while millions of fans around the world debated whether to have their minds erased just to re-experience the magic, JK Rowling was working diligently undercover.
Despite the production of films and additional Harry Potter books from the Hogwarts shelves themselves, the Wizarding World seemed to have shut its doors for good. That all changed in 2015. Rumours were confirmed that a play titled, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was in the works, and it came out this year. A script version sold out all over the world as Harry Potter fans reunited with their childhood friend. But The Cursed Child is only the beginning. JK Rowling’s play is intended to add closure to the Harry Potter story, not promote it. Instead, it’s time to take the Wizarding world to a different level. In late 2015, a new and improved website was established entitled Pottermore, featuring JK Rowling’s signature as its logo.
The website features exclusive and never seen before writing by JK Rowling. Within the site, fact files can be reviewed to remind oneself about past Harry Potter characters. Additionally, Rowling explores and explains topics found within the series’ pages. Upon viewing articles, readers are able to better understand the Ministry of Magic, explore the unexplored Hufflepuff common room, and learn more about the wizarding families.
That’s not all. Pottermore features a new test that determines one’s Hogwarts house written by JK Rowling herself. Along with the test, participants can discover their wand type and find out what their patronus is. Rowling has definitely been expanding her ideas. Now members of the Pottermore website can learn about the Wizarding World all over the world. What’s the name of the wizarding school in Brazil? How was the North American school of witchcraft founded? Does the US have a magical government like the Ministry of Magic? All these questions and many more are answered on the Pottermore website.
But wait, there’s more!
Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them, is a new film which will hit the theaters this November. The movie’s about a wizard named Newt Scamander and his case full of magical creatures. The movie is loosely based on a book written by JK Rowling of the same title which is a textbook found in the Hogwarts Library. The film was co-written by JK Rowling herself and is intended to have four more sequels.
There is so much more to tell you, like how the house of MinaLima has been built (a house that features all the graphic art found in the Harry Potter films), and the new Harry Potter world in Orlando. So, what does The Student Scoop suggest? Head on over to the Pottermore website and find out for yourself just how awesome the Wizarding World has become. (www.pottermore.com)
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