• Source << Back to Desktop Click on the Eyeglasses “Links” Portkey: (formerly a pen) it brings you to a library bookshelf… The eyeglasses Portkey drops into a cup in the lower left corner. Click on it to return to the desktop. The books that fly in and settle onto the… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop On the desktop, clicking on the Hairbrush “Extra Stuff” Portkey (formerly the tea cup) brings you to a bulletin board … The hairbrush Portkey drops into the lower left corner. Click on it to return to the desktop. Hear the sound of the… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop After 8pm, by the time on your computer’s clock, several changes occur around the site turning it to nighttime. {Want to see it? reset your computer clock to a minute or two before and then after 8pm, go in and out to see the changes!}… Read More
• Source When you first enter the site, it is a view of her rather messy desk top. Then various items add themselves to the desk and our adventure can begin! Random household noises can be heard in the background, including… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop On Christmas Eve 2005 the Welcome message notepad was replaced with a gift in red wrapping paper with a tag and green bow. When you passed your cursor over it, the tag moved. When you clicked on the gift, the wrappings tore across the… Read More
• Source <<Back to Desktop Clicking on the pink rubber eraser (“?“) portkey (formerly the hair elastic) brings you to “The Door”, which had a Do Not Disturb sign hanging on the handle. Sometimes referred to as the Room of Requirement (from a clue on the Extra… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop Clicking on the binder clip (formerly a gold key) transports you to the Trophy Room where Rowling periodically hands out Fan Site Awards. Rowling awarded the following websites with her Fan Site Award: May 14, 2004 = Immeritus (13-05-04) Rowling’s comments: I… Read More
• Source The following information was available on Rowling’s original website until its demise and has since been accessible on the Wayback Machine. What exactly happened when Voldemort used the Avada Kedavra curse on Harry in the forest? Again, Voldemort violated deep laws of magic he did not understand, but there… Read More
• Source The Daily News paper Always shows today’s date (from your computer system). Says Vol.1 on the front cover and the right hand page inside. The first set of articles is dated 15/03/04 (the Ides of March! hmm…) which preceeds the launch of the site on 15/05/04 by three months. Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop When any screen is left idle for several minutes, Peeves shows up, just as Jo warned us about in her Welcome message. Be sure not to click on anything while you’re waiting! But you may open another browser window and leave the screen… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop To find the FAQ poll on Jo’s site, locate the puddle of paperclips and a thumbtack on the Desktop and pass your cursor over them. They will turn into a question mark and become a FAQ link. Click it, Owl post delivers 3 pieces of mail and 2 feathers… Read More
• Source Clicking on the eraser on the desktop transports you to the Rubbish Bin. Here Rowling brings up some of the more ridiculous statements she’s seen in the press and debunks them thoroughly. The various bits of nonsense are found by clicking on the crumpled papers in the rubbish bin. Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop On the main desktop, click on the Rumours tabloid, it opens on top of the screen. Scroll and click a rumor on the left page, read her response on the right. If a Dark Mark spoiler warning appears, you must click on it… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop The scrapbook stores and displays the Potterania extras you’ve collected from working the tricks around the site. It appears when you click on the brown book at the very top of the desktop. This information is stored in a folder on your computer so… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop There are random household noises in the background. Passing traffic, the doorbell rings, her dog barks, birds chirp, the radio comes on, tunes in, and plays a repetitive tune (for a rather long time), and there is a steady whispering wind. These sounds play constantly… Read More
• Source There are several addresses that would bring you to the website. www.jkrowling.com; www.jkrowling.org; www.jkrowling.co.uk; www.jkrowling.net; www.jkrowling.info; www.jkrowling.tv; and others. (But www.jkr.com is a Japan Karate site.) The home screen allows you to choose to view the… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop May 15, 2004 The site reopens as a new and improved site. Wizard of the Month: Felix Summerbee Fan Site Award: Immeritus June 1, 2004 Wizard of the Month:Gwenog Jones Fan Site Award: Godric’s Hollow June 2, 2004 Rowling… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop NOTE: The links within this page were no longer useful, so they have been removed. The steps to retrieve the scrapbook extras are still listed as a reference, however. If you want to view the various extras, go to the Scrapbook page.   The following… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop On March 9, 2006 the site was revamped and new Scrapbook items added for discovery. One of the tricks involves listening to a ‘wireless’ program on the radio in the Extra Stuff bulletin board screen. Click the On/Off switch to listen. Here is a transcript of… Read More
• Source J.K. Rowling’s Twitter account, where she interacts with fans and posts on things she’s passionate about. Read More
• Source W.O.M.B.A.T. Test – Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The first W.O.M.B.A.T. test appeared on J K Rowling’s website on March 31, 2006. The test consisted of questions which required an extensive knowledge of canon and… Read More
• Source W.O.M.B.A.T. Test – Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. test appeared on J K Rowling’s website between September 29 and October 4, 2006. The test consisted of questions which required an… Read More
• Source W.O.M.B.A.T. Test – Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The W.O.M.B.A.T. Test Grade 3 appeared behind the Door on Rowling’s website on June 13, 2007 and ended 5 days later on June 18th. The test consisted of questions… Read More
• Source << Back to Desktop The wristwatch on the desktop is not clickable. It displays the current time according to your computer’s system. (If you reset your computer’s clock, it resets the time on the watch, and the day to night changes across the site.) The marks around the… Read More
• Source JK Rowling surprised fans everywhere on May 15, 2004, by opening a new website. Previously the site had consisted simply of a list of publishers for the Harry Potter books. The new site featured never-before-revealed information, incredible graphics, delightful Flash animations, and a lot of little tricks and surprises. Not… Read More
• Source The Wizard of the Month calendar features a famous witch or wizard each month. Pass your cursor over it; it flips up to name the honoree, circling it in red. Click it, the page tears off and shows a picture of the character, (birth – death dates) and noteworthy recognition or description. Read More
• Source DEPRECATED   The following is a transcription of “More idle jottings (Page 1),” one of the Potterania extras found on Rowling’s original website. The manuscript contains a list of subjects, genders, and teachers’ names, a total of twelve: six male, six female. The page also contains musings on names for… Read More
• Source The following is a transcription of “More idle jottings (Page 1) “, one of the Potterania extras stored in your Scrapbook.  Contains a list of Subjects, genders, and teachers’ names – 12 total, 6 male, 6 female Note: This is confirmation that JKR uses the abbreviation D.A.D.A.; Flying lessons… Read More