• 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 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 shelf are links to other… Read More
• Source 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 radio become louder as you… Read More
• Source 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!} The sounds of passing traffic,… Read More
• Source When you first enter the site, it is a view of her rather messy desk top. Random household noises can be heard in the background, including passing traffic and a barking dog. See the Sounds page for detailed descriptions of what you hear as you navigate around the site. Read More
• Source Links: the bookcase   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 Extra Stuff: the bulletin board   Click on the Hairbrush “Extra Stuff” Portkey (formerly the tea cup): it 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 radio become… Read More
• Source The Daily News paper Page editor: Belinda Hobbs 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… Read More
• Source When you first enter the site, it is a view of her rather messy desk top. Random household noises can be heard in the background, including passing traffic and a barking dog. See the Sounds page for detailed descriptions of what you hear as you navigate around the site. Read More
• Source Diary Page editor: Belinda Hobbs 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… Read More
• Source The Secret Door page editor: Belinda Hobbs with special thanks and recognition to Michael Young aka “roonwit” for his amazing work providing us with the files for the past door openings. Clicking on the pink rubber eraser (“?“) portkey (formerly the hair… Read More
• Source Peeves’ Antics Page editor: Belinda Hobbs When any screen is left idle for several minutes, he 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… Read More
• Source Stores and displays the Potterania extras you’ve collected from working the tricks around the site. This information is stored in a folder on your computer so that it “remembers” which ones you’ve collected. Using a different computer or an alternate address to the site allows you to see the challenges… Read More
• Source 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 even as you move between… Read More
• Source The following are detailed instructions for gathering all the Potterania extras available on the site. Once collected the extras are stored in your Scrapbook on the Desk top. Note: These instructions are not for the Accessibility Enabled version of the site. If you are unable to… Read More
• Source 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 face are that of a… Read More
• Source 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 running in the background…. and/or… 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 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 to read the rumour. The… Read More
• Source 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 that it “remembers” which ones… Read More
• Source 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 even as you move between… 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 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 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 Arithmancy and… Read More