Pottermore: The Magical Quill Clues Await You

NOTE: Potential features outlined at Pottermore: Harry Potter Lives On. Those wondering about potential early access dates and waiting for their welcome email can read Pottermore Welcome Email and Early Access Dates.  If you’re in Pottermore, why not tell us the username you scored and the house you might end up in ;)?

Post updated August 05, 2011 05:23 PM PST scroll to the updates section to see when Welcome Emails may be sent!

The Magical Quill at Hogwarts is busy scribbling down the names of talented magical individuals that will gain access to Pottermore. In the wee hours of Sunday morning Pacific Time, the very first clue to obtain early access by securing one of those quills was posted. True to her credo of “follow the owl” the riddle itself had to do with owls. It specifically reads as follows: “How many breeds of owl are featured on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign? Multiply this number by 49.” To find out more about solving clues like this watch the video posted below and continue reading…

The first hint did not appear easily however. I staked out all the big and small Harry Potter sources to obtain any scrap of information. After hanging around the clever witches and wizards of Team Portkey, we were able to compile a slew of information. Each day according to the Pottermore Insider – a new clue will be provided that will also be focused on one of the books of the series. Since Day 1 passed, the second clue will naturally be based on Book 2.

An important thing to remember when you find out the clue is to enter the answer in the url bar of your browser in this format:

http://quill.pottermore.com/answer

Due to the site being accessible by a variety of languages, my theory is that clues will be numerical, since numbers are universal. Understand that this is just an educated guess and not necessarily solid. The times such clues are posted doesn’t seem to be reliant on time zones either. Once again the Pottermore Insider reveals that they will be at random times and never announced – which means you might want to keep an eye on this page or the @dragonbloggers Twitter if we happen to notice something of interest ;).

There is a limited window each clue can be completed and within the first hour I already saw a post on the Pottermore Insider stating that the number of entries have maxed. As the screenshot indicates, solving a clue and registering an account does not necessarily mean you are ready to browse Pottermore. In order to do so you need to wait to receive a Welcome Email (not the Validation Email) – which will allow you to browse Pottermore in an as-is state. The moment I or one of our other Dragonblogger staffers receive such an email we will make sure to post all the insider previews and give you oodles of screencaps.

Pottermore fans: Ready to get cracking at more riddles? Swap hints and help in the comments below. We’ll give clever commenters a shoutout in the article!

***Updates:***

August 05, 2011 05:24 PM PST Update: Estimations for When the Welcome Email Will Arrive
PottermoreBetas on Twitter has shared a very interesting FB discussion that crunches the numbers and provides estimates in regards to when people will arrive. Day 1 registrants may get their email as early as the 8th. See more details here.

August 05, 2011 05:01 PM PST Update: Pottermore Day 7 Magical Quill Clue is Up
How many Deathly Hallows are there?
Multiply this number by 7.

August 05, 2011 06:02 AM PST Update: Pottermore Day 6 Magical Quill Clue is Up
How many chapters are there in HARRY POTTER and the Half-Blood Prince?
Multiply this number by 14.

August 04, 2011 12:23 PM PST Update: Time Slot of Pottermore Day 6 & 7 Magical Quill Clue
The Pottermore Insider has revealed the final timeframes of the last two days: “(Day 6) will be released between 1:30pm and 4.00pm BST, and the final clue (Day 7) will be released between 12:30am and 3:00am BST on Saturday 6 August.” Click here to convert that to your timezone.

August 04, 2011 10:00 AM PST Update: Pottermore Day 5 Magical Quill Clue is Possibly Up (the clue was taken down)
What is the house number of the Headquarters for The Order of the Phoenix in Grimmauld Place?
Multiply this number by 21.

August 04, 2011 03:44 AM PST Update: Time Slot of Pottermore Day 5 Magical Quill Clue
According to the Pottermore Insider the next window to sign up will be available between “4.30pm and 8.00pm BST.” Click here to convert that to your timezone.

August 03, 2011 07:27 AM PST Update: Pottermore Day 4 Magical Quill Clue is Up
How many students take part in the Triwizard Tournament during Harry’s fourth year?
Multiply this number by 28.

August 02, 2011 10:34 AM PST Update: Time Slot of Pottermore Day 4 Magical Quill Clue
According to the Pottermore Insider the next window will open up between “2.00pm and 6.00pm BST.” Click here to convert that to your timezone.

August 02, 2011 03:00 AM PST Update: Pottermore Day 3 Magical Quill Clue is Up
In the Gryffindor versus Slytherin Quidditch match, in Harry’s third year, how many points is Gryffindor leading by before Harry catches the Golden Snitch?
Multiply this number by 35.

August 01, 2011 10:37 PM PST Update: Time Slot of Pottermore Day 3 Magical Quill Clue
According to the Pottermore Insider, clue 3 “will be posted some time between 9.00am and 1.00pm BST.” Click here to convert that to your timezone.

August 01, 2011 2:00 AM PST Update: Pottermore Day 2 Magical Quill Clue is Up
What is the number of the chapter in which Professor McGonagall cancels the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff?
Multiply this number by 42.

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Mitra Faridian

Mitra Faridian

Mitra Faridian first joined the site in 2011 under the handle “Persian Poetess.” Her gaming and entertainment taste is very eclectic and she’s always open to a fun new virtual adverture. Email her at the following address: mitra [at] dragonblogger.com
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