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J.K.Rowling - Official Site


Page editor: Belinda Hobbs


Calendar of updates:
Below is a calendar of all site updates on J.K. Rowling's official site.

Some interesting statistics and trends
as of March 31, 2006:

Three of the 5 door openings were on a Monday, except Hallowe'en (which was a Sunday) and the current one on March 31, a Friday.

Most FAQ Polls were answered on a Monday
The first 3 FAQ polls were all answered on a Monday, the fourth was answered on a Friday (the day before HBP publication) and the fifth on Tuesday (same day as the Black Family Tree auction).

The first 3 Polls and 3 door openings  were preceded by a birthday within the week, usually the day before! (3 out of 6 times).

Door openings lasted: 4 days - 10 days - 15 days - 6 days

Time between door openings:
1 Month, 19 Days
2 Months, 15 Days
1 Month, 19 Days
1 Year, 3 Months, 11 Days

10 of the original 19 birthdays announcements were on Sunday. Another 3 were Mondays. The remaining 6 corresponded to a holiday, or the first or last of the month (twins, Ron, Neville, Harry, Molly the day before Hallowe'en).

Birthdays: (total 19)
first week of month = 6
second week of month = 5
third week of month = 3
last week of month = 5
(first or last or next-to-last day of month = 5)

Major updates:
Mondays = 12
Tuesdays = 3
Wednesdays = 4
Thursdays = 3
Fridays = 4
Saturdays = 1
Sundays = 4

Of all updates: (not counting Wizard of the Month, always on the 1st)
Mondays = 21
Tuesdays = 13 (5 corrections from Monday updates, )
Wednesdays = 8
Thursdays = 10
Fridays = 7
Saturdays = 9 (4 corresponding to a holiday)
Sundays = 14 (10 were birthdays)

Wizards of the month always alternate male - female, except Oct-Nov 2005, when there were two witches in a row.
 
 
May 15, 2004 to present
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
           
May 15, 2004
Site Launched
4 original Scrapbook extras,

Fansite: Immeritus,
1st FAQ poll
WotM Felix Summerbee
 May 16
17
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
May 23
24 
25 
26 
27 
28 
29 
May 30 
31 
June 1
WotM Gwenog Jones
Fansite Award: Godric's Hollow
June 2 
Update: Three new Rumours & Two New Daily News articles, FAQ's
5
June 6
9
10 
11
12 
June 13
14 
15 
16 
17 
18 
19
June 20
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
26
June 27 
June 28
Door opened for the first time 
(brick wall puzzle revealing book 6 title Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)
Fansite Award: The Harry Potter Lexicon
Two new Rumours
June 29
Update: Daily News article
 30
July 1
WotM Donaghan Tremlett 
July 2
Do Not Disturb sign reappeared 
 July 4
July 5
1st FAQ Poll answered
July 10
Update: Daily News article
 July 11
12 
13 
14 
15
16 
17 
July 18 
July 19
 2nd FAQ poll opens 
20
21 
22 
23 
July 24
Update: Daily News article
 July 25
July 26
Update: FAQ's 
27
28 
29 
July 30
Happy Birthday 
Neville Longbottom
July 31
Happy Birthday
Harry Potter!
August 1
WotM
Honoria Nutcombe 
August 8 
9
10 
August 11
Happy Birthday
Ginny Weasley
12
13 
14 
August 15
Update: Daily News article
August 16
Door opens for the second time
(darts and Gringotts safe puzzles revealing HBP excerpt)
Update: Many new things on ExtraStuff bulletin board,
FAQ's answered
17 
18 
19 
20 
21
August 22
Happy Birthday
Percy Weasley
23 
24 
25 
August 26
Do Not Disturb sign reappeared 
27 
28 
August 29 
30 
31
September 1
WotM
Uric the Oddball 
September 5
September 6
Fansite Award: Mugglenet 
10 
11 
September 12 
13 
14
15
September 16
Marble, 
Gum wrapper Portkey (Rubbish bin) added, 
 Update: FAQ's,
3 new Scrapbook extras
17
18 
September 19
Happy Birthday
Hermione Granger
20 
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
September 26 
27 
28 
29 
30 
October 1
WotM
Glenda Chittock 
October 3 
October 4
Happy Birthday
Minerva McGonagall
2nd FAQ Poll answered & other FAQ's
Minesweeper Update in ExtraStuff-Misc., New Rubbish bit
October 5
Post Script (P.S.) to FAQ Poll answer & FAQ clarification on Colin's Camera
October 10
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 
October 17
Happy Birthday
Filius Flitwick
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
23 
October 24 
25
26 
27 
28 
29
October 30
Happy Birthday
Molly Weasley
October 31
(Halloween)
Door opens 
for the third time
(flying keys, magnifying glass & riddle puzzles revealing 3 HBP chapter titles)
November 1
WotM
Devlin Whitehorn 
November 7
9
10 
11 
12 
13 
November 14 
November 15
Do Not Disturb sign reappeared 
16 
17 
18 
19 
20 
November 21
22 
23 
24
25 
26 
27 
November 28 
November 29
Happy Birthday
Bill Weasley
30 
December 1
WotM
Ignatia Wildsmith
Christmas decorations
December 5
December 6
Happy Birthday
Hagrid
8
December 10
3rd FAQ Poll
Update: Rumours, News, Rubbish, ExtraStuff, FAQ's
Fan Site Award:
HPANA
11 
December 12
Happy Birthday
Charlie Weasley 
13 
December 14
change in Welcome message 
(book six to seven) 
15 
16 
17 
18 
December 19 
December 20
Door opens for the fourth time: Christmas present riddles revealing HBP is finished! 
 21 
December 22
Update: News, Rumours regarding HBP release date (announced previous day) 
23 
24 
December 25
(Christmas)
Mysterious blue candy (glitch?) in Extra Stuff 
December 26
Do Not Disturb sign reappeared 
27
28 
29 
30 
31 
January 1, 2005
WotM
Derwent Shimpling
Biography journal date changed, archives blank on flash site
January 2, 2005 
January 4
Archive entries restored and WotM "Venomous" edited 
January 6
Christmas decorations removed
January 9
Happy Birthday
Severus Snape 
10
11
12
13 
14 
15 
January 16
17
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
January 23
24 
January 25
Daily News headline: JKR gives Birth to Baby Girl 
26
27 
28 
29 
January 30
January 31
Update: Daily News, Rubbish Bin,
ExtraStuff-Miscellaneous
February 1
WotM 
Artemisia Lufkin
Owl entry in ExtraStuff is changed
February 2
HPB typo in News is edited 
February 6
Happy Birthday
Arthur Weasley 
10 
11 
12 
February 13
14 
(Valentine's Day)
15 
16 
17 
18 
19
February 20
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
26 
February 27
28 
March 1
Happy Birthday 
Ron Weasley
WotM
Mungo Bonham
March 2 
(Flash version) 
WotM
Mungo Bonham
March 6
8
March 10
Happy Birthday
Remus Lupin
11 
12 
March 13
14 
15 
16 
17 
18 
19 
March 20
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
26 
March 27
28
29
30 
31
April 1
Happy Birthday 
Fred and George Weasley
WotM
Gondoline Oliphant
April 2
(Flash version) 
WotM
Gondoline Oliphant
April 3
April 6
Update: 
Rumours, FAQ's 
April 10
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 
April 17
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
23 
April 24
25 
26 
27 
28 
29 
30 
May 1
WotM
Felix Summerbee
(same as May 2004) 
3
May 8
10 
11 
12 
May 13
Update: Rumour,
News, FAQ's
FanSite Award: The Leaky Cauldron
14 
May 15
Happy Birthday
Pomona Sprout
(1st Anniversary of site launch)
May 16
3rd FAQ Poll answered Update: Rumour
17 
18 
19 
20 
21 
May 22
23 
24 
25 
May 26
Updates: News, and Rubbish bin urging fans to ignore HBP rumours
27 
28
May 29
30 
May 31
4th FAQ Poll
June 1
WotM Elfrida Clagg
2
June 5
Happy Birthday
Draco Malfoy
10 
11 
June 12
13 
14 
15 
16 
17 
18 
June 19
20 
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
June 26
27
June 28
Happy Birthday
Dobby
29 
30 
July 1
WotM
Chauncey Oldridge 
2
July 3
4
5
6
7
8
9
July 10
11
12
13
14
July 15
4th FAQ Poll answered
July 16
(HBP published)
July 17
July 18
Accessibility tools for assistive technology added
19
20
July 21
Update: Daily News, Rubbish Bin,
ExtraStuff-Miscellaneous
22
23
July 24
25
26
27
28
29
July 30
Happy Birthday 
Neville Longbottom
July 31
Happy Birthday
Harry Potter
and Jo Rowling 40th
August 1
WotM
Bridget Wenlock
2
3
4
5
6
August 7
August 8
JKR's 40th birthday decorations removed
9
10
August 11
Happy Birthday
Ginny Weasley
12
13
August 14
15
16
17
18
19
20
August 21
August 22
Happy Birthday
Percy Weasley
23
24
25
26
27
August 28
29
30
31
September 1
WotM
Gaspard Shingleton
2
3
September 4
5
September 7
Update: Daily News
8
9
10
September 11
September 12
Update: Daily News
13
14
15
16
17
September 18
September 19 
Happy Birthday
Hermione Granger
20 
21 
22 
23 
24 
September 25 
26 
27 
28 
29 
30 
October 1
WotM
Fifi LaFolle
October 2
October 4
Happy Birthday
Minerva McGonagall
October 9 
10 
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
October 16 
October 17
Happy Birthday
Filius Flitwick
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
October 23 
24 
25 
26 
27 
28 
29 
October 30
Happy Birthday
Molly Weasley
31
(Halloween)
November 1
WotM
Carlotta Pinkstone
November 6
7
8
9
10
11
12
November 13
14
15
16
17
18
19
November 20
21
22
23
24
25
26
November 27
28
November 29
Happy Birthday
Bill Weasley
30
December 1
WotM
Bowman Wright
2
3
December 4
5
December 6
Happy Birthday
Hagrid
7
8
9
10
December 11
December 12
Happy Birthday
Charlie Weasley
13
December 14
Entry screen re-design
15
16
17
December 18
December 19
Christmas decorations
20
21
22
23
24
December 25
(Christmas)
5th FAQ Poll
Update: Diary added, Rumours, Rubbish
26
(Boxing Day)
27
28
29
30
31
January 1, 2006 2 3 4 January 5
Diary entry 2
January 6
Christmas decorations removed
7
January 8, 2006
January 9
Happy Birthday
Severus Snape
10
11
12
13
copyright & Lightmaker link moved
14
January 15, 2006
16
17
18
19
20
21
January 22
23
24
January 25
Update: Daily News
Diary entry 3
26
27
28
January 29 30 31 February 1
WotM
Yardley Platt
2 3 4
February 5
February 6
Happy Birthday
Arthur Weasley
7 8 9 10 11
February 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
February 19 20 February 21
5th FAQ Poll answered
22 February 23
Cage Beds Link added
24
25
February 26
27
February 28
Update: Rubbish, 
Diary Entry 4
March 1
Happy Birthday 
Ron Weasley
WotM
Daisy Dodderidge
2
3
4
March 5
6
7
8
March 9
Major site revamp
5 new Scrapbook Extras
March 10
Happy Birthday
Remus Lupin
11
March 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
March 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
March 26 27 28 29 30 March 31
Door opens for the fifth time: WOMBAT exam 
April 1
Happy Birthday 
Fred and George Weasley
WotM
Grogan Stump 

 
 
 

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