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Pottermore Insider Answers Questions on Duelling, Potions, and Beta Feedback

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Stephanie_J
September 02, 2011, 05:52 PM

As mentioned last week, the Pottermore Insider blog has now been updated to answer frequently asked questions that Pottermore beta users have been asking. Concerns dealing with the potions brewing, wizards duelling, and moderation for common room comments are all addressed.

Additionally, the Insider reveals that a Pottermore beta survey will be sent out in a few weeks to those who have already gained entry into the site and will allow fans to provide more specific feedback.

'...It'd be nice to know IF Wizard Dueling will be available to beta testers again. I don't care when, just a yes or not.' [sic]   - cwbrumm
Yes! We know that you like Wizard’s Duel - a lot. This section of the site has proven to be immensely popular and we’ve been making a number of improvements behind the scenes to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible. We just need to finish making and testing our changes.
Continue reading at this link!

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374 Points

The emails could be lagging behind at your email providers end. I noticed that Gmail has been lagging behind with some of my emails, I would find out that someone has reviewed one of my Youtube vids, and then only to get the notification email several hours later.
I just hope my Pottermore welcome email isn’t lagging behind as well. D:

Posted by MoonlitFox on September 04, 2011, 01:50 PM report to moderator
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1636 Points

I’m BludgerSnidget209, if you want to add me, and I’m in Slytherin. :)
There are currently 144,259 students sorted (apparently). But it may be broken like others are saying, so don’t assume that number’s correct.
House Cup Standings:
- 1st: Slytherin (19,696 points, 35,865 members)
- 2nd: Ravenclaw (19,619 points, 36,283 members)
- 3rd: Gryffindor (18,538 points, 36,030 members)
- 4th: Hufflepuff (18,004 points, 36,071 members)

The person with the most points is a Slytherin and they already have more than 6,500 points! Insane…

Oh, and everything’s toooootttallyy worth the wait. C: Make sure to check everything twice. The information on wandlore is really in-depth, and I think my wand suites me perfectly. Potion-making is pretty hard, though… There’s several steps and a time limit (that’s all I’m saying — don’t want to spoil it for you guys).

@roonwit, I’m having trouble with brewing the Cure for Boils potion…for some reason I can’t stir counter-clockwise and it causes me to fail…?

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on September 04, 2011, 03:32 PM report to moderator
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@ S Palms Go to Ask Elm, she had this problem. Seems to work if you put the spoon on the other side and start stirring counter-clockwise.

Posted by cb160 on September 04, 2011, 03:38 PM report to moderator
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@ S Palms The other side of the cauldron, I mean.

Posted by cb160 on September 04, 2011, 03:43 PM report to moderator
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S Palms: Start at the spoon hold the left mouse button down and trace an anti-clockwise circle of roughly the diameter of the cauldron. Don’t worry about keeping the pointer in contact with the spoon.

Posted by roonwit on September 04, 2011, 03:47 PM report to moderator
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S Palms: I also recommend you try things on the practise potion first. If you make a mistake, I think the safest thing to do is let it time out.

Posted by roonwit on September 04, 2011, 03:54 PM report to moderator
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@roonwit Yea, I’m doing the practice potion. It didn’t work, but I’ll try again. I must be doing something wrong… I’m determined to be a great brewer!

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on September 04, 2011, 04:01 PM report to moderator
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lolololol I posted in the Great Hall that the Hufflepuffs were adorable and underestimated…and they just all started swarming me with friend requests. - <3 How cute.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on September 04, 2011, 05:33 PM report to moderator
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I got my email this morning and they didn’t announce another batch today, so i’m assuming its a gmail lag issue.

Anyway I was so excited to finally get in, then I got sorted into slytherin : ( Kinda ruined the whole experience for me! I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but I was really disappointed. I’ll probably make a new account in Oct and try to get in a different house

Posted by lolalu on September 05, 2011, 03:37 AM report to moderator
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congratz lolalu have fun and keep us updated please.

Posted by mencia on September 05, 2011, 04:37 AM report to moderator
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I would feel the same way as you if I end up in Slytherin, I won’t mind any of the other houses just not Slytherin.

Posted by mencia on September 05, 2011, 04:38 AM report to moderator
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I had no internet access this weekend, so I apologize for my lack of updates.
I haven’t had time to brew a real potion because it takes so long…the practice wasn’t too bad but it wouldn’t let me wave my wand the first few times. Not sure why.
Someone was worried about being in Ravenclaw because they had way too many people, but actually all the houses are close to even…they may differ by a couple hundred people, but when you are dealing in the tens of thousands, that’s really nothing. So don’t worry…they are all pretty even. I’m a Ravenclaw!

S Palms, with the potions practice, are you watching the counter as you put the ingredients in? I didn’t realize at first that it counts it for you, but it shows you how much you’ve put in…glad it does, because a couple of times I put something in but it fell and I didn’t notice, so without the counter, I wouldn’t have known to add more. Just a thought.

Posted by songbird on September 05, 2011, 04:47 AM report to moderator
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Congrats, lolalu!

Posted by MagicBclPlyr on September 05, 2011, 08:27 AM report to moderator
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There seems to be a rumour on Twitter about ppl closing their accts bcs of not being sorted in which house they wanted to be. Well, well… just remembering Petunia spitting Lily on 9 3/4 platform and calling her ’freak" after not getting what she wanted…and turning against magic!

Posted by cb160 on September 05, 2011, 10:03 AM report to moderator
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So jealous of everyone who got in! Still waiting (and I probabaly will be for awhile since I registered on Day 7)

Posted by Silver Triffel on September 05, 2011, 10:14 AM report to moderator
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