Magical surprise! 6 things to know about the new Pottermore website

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J.K. Rowling Shares the ‘Harry Potter’ Family Origins.

The author posted new information Tuesday about the Potter family, the background provided on a “newly imagined” and mobile friendly version of the Pottermore Web portal ( ) that Rowling established in 2012. In addition to exclusive Harry Potter secrets, the made-over site features updates on the upcoming spin-off, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the 2016 London play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It’s a known fact that Harry’s parents left him with a Gringotts’ vault full of gold.

She’s the success story of modern British literature and he’s the boy wizard who made her name – so it makes sense that JK Rowling is back in the Harry Potter habit. In a brief essay titled, “The Potter Family,” Rowling traces Harry’s roots to “the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter.’” She also offers the backstory on the “Invisibility Cloak,” a legacy made possible by a “beautiful young witch” named Iolanthe Peverell. New writing by JK is at the core of the site which also features the never-before-seen article revealing the history of the fictional Potter family from its illustrious beginnings in the twelfth century.

Linfred, according to Rowling, was a powerful potion master who created two potions, (Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion) which are still used in the modern wizarding world. Now Rowling has filled in the centuries between Harry’s arrival at Hogwarts and the origins of the Cloak as one of the Deathly Hallows of wizarding lore in a new post on her re-launched publishing website, Pottermore – and proved Ron Weasley right in the process.

Martindale/Getty Images) Along with listing a few notable predecessors, she also explains how the Potter clan built up its modest fortune and how the Invisibility Cloak became a family heirloom. Potter fans will soon have the chance to find out their true Patronus — a guardian, which takes the shape of an animal, and is cast to protect wizards. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. The new blog post starts by using Harry’s veritable wizard notoriety as a base for the reach into the past, and although she acknowledges that, Potter is a not uncommon “Muggle surname”, as a wizarding dynasty the name has always had some clout.

The site also promises news updates, insider information, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes reports and glimpses of the new projects from a “Pottermore Correspondent.” Ron suspected that Harry’s cloak may be the same as that created by Peverell due to its good condition – traditionally Invisibility Cloaks wear out over time, and Harry’s had originally belonged to his father, James. For the first time ever, there will be reporting and features by the Pottermore Correspondent, a journalist dedicated to reporting on all the latest updates going on in the Wizarding World. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.” Pottermore also announced Tuesday, via a news release, a redesigned site that will allow readers to consume content in an entirely different way than when it was launched in 2012. Following James’s death, at the hands of Lord Voldemort, Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore kept the cloak in his safekeeping until Harry enrolled at the school.

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