The Wizarding World is getting bigger and bigger with the announcement of some new books, courtesy of Pottermore.
The online Harry Potter community announced today that four new short non-fiction books that will function as history books on the magical world. All four books are themed around classes at Hogwarts. The first two books center around Defense Against The Dark Arts and Herbology, and will be released on June 27th. The next two books, focusing on Divination and Care for Magical Creatures, will release shortly after.
According to Pottermore, the new e-books are meant to stoke curiosity amongst even the most die hard of Potter fans:
“It seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards,” said Pottermore. “We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us – and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron.”
Pottermore, the website dedicated to all things Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, is getting a name change.
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced a joint venture called Wizarding World Digital, a new digital distribution network that aims to expand on the content that Pottermore currently publishes.
“This venture will widen and deepen what we have been able to do on Pottermore so far. There’s no reason now why we won’t be able to do something because there’s a rights issue. The only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available.”
It is unclear what new content will come to the site, but the idea that the film studio behind the Harry Potter films are teaming up with the creator of the universe is exciting.
So what happens to Pottermore? As of May 15th, all quizzes, features and articles will move to WizardingWorld.com. It is unclear if current subscribers to Pottermore will have to re-subscribe or their accounts will shift to the new site.
Do you subscribe to Pottermore? Are you excited about this news?
The Harry Potteruniverse is one of the most vast, intriguing worlds in fantasy, full of detailed depictions about the life of wizards, magical creatures, and the foundations of the magical world. One of the coolest aspects of it was the spells, each uniquely designed and showing off a cool effect via the simple Latin incantation with the flick of a wand. From the simple to the grandiose, here are the top ten coolest spells in the Potterverse.
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Muffliato is a charm that is one of the most useful spells Harry learns. Created by Severus Snape, aka the Half-Blood Prince, muffliato. Its effect makes a buzzing sound in other people’s ears, making them unable to hear nearby conversations. Whenever Harry, Ron, or Hermione need to have a private conversation, they simple cast this spell, enabling them to speak freely even in public, crowded settings. This spell would be great in the real world: just imagine chattering away about whatever you want and no one takes notice!
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One of the most dangerous and downright destructive spells in the Potterverse, fiendfyre manifests as a huge maelstrom of cursed fire that transforms into living spirits, seeking out their target while consuming everything in their path. The spell is incredibly difficult to control and anyone who uses it without proper knowledge of the Dark Arts is taking their life into their hands. This is seen in the final book where Vincent Crabbe uses it, resulting in the fiendfyre going wild, resulting in his own death and destruction of the Room of Requirement. Luckily, it has an added bonus: fiendfyre is strong enough to destroy a Horcrux, which is does as it consumes Slytherin’s locket as it pursues the trio.
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Accio is one of the most practical and useful spells in the Potterverse, a summoning charm that, well, summons objects to the caster. This might not sound flashy but its worth is proved again and again throughout the books? Any object you need that its a nearby vicinity you can summon right to you, from broomsticks to wands to living animals. Harry uses it multiple times, summoning his Firebolt during the Triwizard Tournament, getting his wand back when he’s disarmed, or even stealing objects. Imagine its usefulness in real life: ‘Accio Remote!‘ or ‘Accio Pizza!‘ It’d be fantastic.
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Another simple spell, this one has a much darker purpose. Morsmodre conjures the image of Voldemort and his Death Eaters, the Dark Mark, into existence. The Dark Mark consists of a green skull with a snake slithering out of its mouth and is left at locations where Voldemort either committed murders or foreboding that chaos would soon come. While not doing anything explicit, the terror it conjures is put to good use and those who remember Voldemort’s original reign of terror recall the Dark Mark conjured from place to place, this spell leaving a terrifying memory on those who see its visage.
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A brutal spell, this is another derived from Severus Snape’s personal book. It acts as a severing curse, slashing the opponent as if by an invisible strike by the same movement of the wand. Essentially, slashing through the air with the spell and you’ll wound your enemy by a strike that cannot be seen. The cuts inflicted by the curse are extremely deep and anything severed is cut off permanently (ouch). The brutal effect of the spell is best seen when Harry wounds Malfoy badly with it, to his own shock and horror. Definitely not one for widespread use but the idea behind it is rather cool nonetheless.
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Traveling is a snap with this spell. Essentially teleportation, all the user is required to do is have a wand and have a clear visual of where they want to go. Once done, the user will disappear from their current location and poof into existence at their intended destination. Mastery of this spell is tricky, however, and the further one attempts to Apparate to, the risk of mutilation or even death increases. A botched Apparition isn’t pretty, so only experienced wizards should attempt to travel vast distances. However, despite these risks, Apparition is fantastic and allows one to poof from place to place very easily, making walking, cars, and airplanes a thing of the past.
A handy spell for going up against boggarts, riddikulus enables the user to change the boggart from one of their worst fears into something far less threatening, enabling them to overcome the creature in question. For example: when faced with a boggart, Neville’s boggart changed into Severus Snape, whom Neville was terrified of. But through the use of this spell, the boggart was turned into Snape wearing Neville’s grandmother’s clothes, provoking laughter rather than fear and robbing the boggart of its power. A cool spell indeed!
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This one is mocked frequently for how much Harry uses it during wizard duels but there’s no denying its useful. Expelliarmus is a practical spell that allows the user to disarm their enemy of whatever object they are holding, which often translates into a wand. Many duels have been resolved by simple blasting a wizard or witch’s wand out of their hands, robbing them of their weapon for magic. The spell is of course considered Harry’s signature one, to the extent the Death Eaters considered it synonymous with him at the end of the series.
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A spell used to erase or modify the memory of another, obliviate destroy a victim’s memories, giving them amnesia or even erasing their recollection of their lives entirely. Gilderoy Lockhart accidentally uses it on himself when attempting to blast Harry with it, erasing a chunk of his own memories in the wand’s accidental backfire. More darkly, Hermione uses it on her own parents in order to protect them before she runs away, making it so they don’t remember having her at all. Its certainly not a spell to be used lightly, enabling the user to modify another’s mind against their will.
1. Expecto Patronum
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You knew this one was coming. Expecto Patronum is the coolest spell in the Potterverse, the only known defense against Dementors. A difficult spell to master, Expecto Patronum calls on the user’s happiest memories to ward off Dementors, manifesting as a magical animal that chases the creatures off in force. Multiple users throughout the series use this curse to fight off the dark forces of Dementors, with Harry teaching Dumbledore’s Army the spell to prepare them for battle. Each user’s patronus manifests as a different kind of animal, with Harry’s own appearing as a stag, Snape’s appearing as a doe, and Dumbledore’s appearing as a phoenix. Its the most awesome spell in the Potterverse and we wish we could have our own!
What are your favorite Potter spells? Let us know in the comments!
The dust has settled from J.K. Rowling’s latest Twitter revelation where the renowned author of the Harry Potteruniverse told us Dumbledore and Grindlewad were in an ‘intense’ sexual relationship. Rowling has become renowned for casually dropping details about her beloved fantasy series that shake up our view of the world with details we weren’t necessarily keen to know. Luckily, as we attempt to process her latest bit of information and wait with nervous trepidation for the next one, the internet had some hilarious responses to Rowling’s latest bit of unwanted Potter trivia. Here are some of the best ones from the Twitterverse.
Like Ben Rosen, who showed us that Rowling was getting a little too real.
JK ROWLING: dumbledore and grindelwald had sex
JK ROWLING: so did you and dobby
JK ROWLING: you will never feel love like that again
What were some of your favorite memes and responses to J.K. Rowling’s latest revelation? And what are your opinions of her continued ‘interesting’ trivia pieces about her universe? Are you ready for what her next terrifying piece of information might be? We’re certainly not!
This is definitely the cutest spell I’ve ever seen cast!
According to Eonline, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), the two salient figures representing the Hogwarts houses Slytherin and Gryffindor, hung out in L.A. with serious Harry Potter vibes!
In this picture, we can see Felton is acting as if he’s threatening Lewis, with one hand over his prey and the other holding a dark green bag imprinted with a Slytherin mark. Lewis, however, does not look like an ordinary prey－he is PROUD! With Felton’s caption, “See how close he was to converting” and the hashtag “gryffindork,” OWWWWW, we’ve decoded this situation－Draco Malfoy, as if his villain fuel continues, is hijacking our little cute Neville!
Well, our tiny Neville is not tiny anymore! He was best known for his brilliantly bright and brave behavior when confronting Voldemort’s snake in Deathly Hallows, and in his Instagram post, Lewis jokingly shouts out, “Take your Slytherin paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” The ape metaphor implies to Felton’s acting in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).
Well, this Hogwarts house humor is not the first of its kind. Eonline also recalled that in 2015 when Felton enrolled on Pottermore, he tweeted:
Today was the day. I finally did it. I joined Pottermore and was sorted into……..Gryffindor. Heart broken x #slytherinforlife