Category Archives: Fandom Updates

VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE, OKAY?

Okay, guys. I’m really getting tired of scheduling/cancelling/rescheduling meetings and we need to have at least one meeting before winter break, so this post is dedicated to picking the next HPC meeting date.

All club members should be checking this website regularly, and if they don’t remember to check the website regularly, they should subscribe so they will be forced to remember.

WE ARE HAVING A MEETING NEXT WEEK. IF YOU ARE BUSY ON ANY DAY NEXT WEEK, PLEASE SAY SO IN A COMMENT BELOW AND WE WILL TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION.

The date of the meeting will be announced by the end of the week.

For those of you who do check the website often and who regularly show up to meetings and read your chapters and such, just know that you are outstanding (O). The rest of you are on the naughty list. If you are actually reading this post right now, please send us an e-mail with the word “tuna” as the subject and we will give you five points if we receive the e-mail before Thursday night. Also, please feel free to check the forum and post on it. You will be rewarded. Candy may also be given out at the next meeting as a holiday treat, however any and all of you should feel free to bring in food, as we haven’t had a special treat to share for many, many meetings. I think deep down that that is the source of our current misfortune. Feel free to read to the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets now. Any questions/discussion points you have should be taken note of to bring up at the next meeting if you feel so inclined.

Make sure to get your Fan Art in for a prize (which at this point is guaranteed).

One last thing; I think you guys need to see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=69WpCBLrdSQ . Yes, it is a safe link. It’s DanRad performing a song from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Please don’t take away this video as the most important thing you’ll remember from this post. That would make me really, really sad (but not because it’s a bad performance – I actually really liked it).

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Pottermore Registration Update

Oh hey guys. Sorry to disappoint you (if you haven’t yet checked out the Pottermore site) but it turns out that registration does not open on October 1st, but instead sometime later (presumably October 31st).

However, you can and still should e-mail us your allotted house (if you’re not sure what it is, you can take some internet tests or just read up on the houses enough to decide). Try and keep it a secret, still, from any and all other members until after the Wednesday meeting.

Pottermore Open Registration

Hey guys. I’d just to remind you all that the registration for Pottermore will be open to all beginning at 6:00 pm today if all estimates are correct. Don’t get your hopes up too much, however, as the site will probably crash for a few days.

I would just like to ask all club members to keep their houses (and wands if you so care) a secret for as many people as possible, and e-mail us the results of the sorting via grantparksbestclub@gmail.com so we can plan a special activity for next week. That is, don’t even tell your best friend forever your Pottermore official house (if you can help it).

That’s all. Oh, and you should post your Pottermore usernames on the forum under a special thread which will be created soon. Bye.

Butterbeer Cake Recipe

I once saw this and now, I just came across it again so since I haven’t made a post on this blog in a while, I thought I would share. The below content is from HERE.

For the cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch topping (I used Smucker’s)
  • 1/2 cup cream soda
  • Extra butterscotch topping, for decorating

For the buttercream frosting (makes enough to cover two 6″ cakes, with a layer of frosting in between cake layers):

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch topping
  • 1 Tbsp cream soda
  • 1 lb powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two 6″ or 8″ pans with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  • Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, milk, butterscotch topping, and cream soda.
  • Add the dry ingredients half at a time, beating until smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared pans. For 6″ cakes, bake 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (You may need to adjust the baking time for 8″ cakes.) Cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the butter, butterscotch topping, and cream soda. Add in the sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Decorate the cake as desired.
  • Drizzle with the extra butterscotch topping – it really does add a little something extra!
Just a possible idea if you like baking or if you’re looking for a way to earn some bonus points. Try out this recipe and bring in to Harry Potter Club to share.

Second Pottermore E-Mails Being Sent

Today, at precisely 11:25 am, my sister received an e-mail from Pottermore saying this:

_____ has been selected for early entry into Pottermore!

We’re really excited to confirm that ______ is one of the lucky people selected for early entry into Pottermore, ahead of when it is open-to-all in October, to help us add finishing touches!

We will activate the account between mid-August and the end of September, so please keep checking your inbox for our Welcome email. When this arrives ______ will be able to enter Pottermore. In the meantime, ______ can check the Pottermore Insider for all the latest news, updates and announcements.

We look forward to welcoming ______ to Pottermore.

Now, seeing as I registered for Pottermore on the second night and my sister registered on the seventh night, I am quite baffled as to why she received her e-mail before I did. The only large difference between our accounts is that she is under 13 and I am above 13, so maybe that has something to do with it. I’m feeling quite abandoned as I never received an e-mail like this.

Anyways, keep checking your e-mail for that message and please leave us a note below if you have any information regarding the distribution of these or other important e-mails.

Thanks! C.

UPDATE: I have now recieved this e-mail (and I hope you have too). Another difference I just thought of that could have delayed this e-mail coming to me is that my sister and I have different e-mail systems.

Pottermore Clue Answers

Day 1 Clue
How many breeds of owl are featured on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign?
Answer: 5
Multiply this number by 49.
Solution: 245

Day 2 Clue
What is the number of the chapter in which Professor McGonagall cancels the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff?
Answer: 14
Multiply this number by 42.
Solution: 588
(Note: if you read the Day 2 clue in a language other than English you would have been asked to multiply the answer by a different number to ensure you saw the right language page.)

Day 3 Clue
In the Gryffindor versus Slytherin Quidditch match, in Harry’s third year, how many points is Gryffindor leading by before Harry catches the Golden Snitch?
Answer: 60
Multiply this number by 35.
Solution: 2100

Day 4 Clue
How many students take part in the Triwizard Tournament during Harry’s fourth year?
Answer: 4
Multiply this number by 28.
Solution: 112

Day 5 Clue
What is the house number of the Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix in Grimmauld Place?
Answer: 12
Multiply this number by 21.
Solution: 252

Day 6 Clue
How many chapters are there in HARRY POTTER and the Half-Blood Prince? 

Answer: 30
Multiply this number by 14.
Solution: 420

Day 7 Clue
How many Deathly Hallows are there?
Answer: 3
Multiply this number by 7.
Solution: 21

Lastly, if you’ll notice, the multipliers were always multiples of 7 in descending order from 49 (7×7) to 7 (7×1).

Last Chance

*** UPDATE: EARLY REGISTRATION FOR POTTERMORE IS NOW CLOSED ***

Hey club.

First off, I would like to remind all of you that beginning (at the earliest) tonight at 6:00 pm the last clue for advanced registration for Pottermore will be released. So if you haven’t already followed the owl and found the Magical Quill, you should do so immediately. Be prepared to stay up late into the night.

Secondly, I would like to announce that tomorrow Anne and I will be hosting a conference by ourselves in which we will discuss various things. One of these things is the Harry Potter Club and its development next year. If you have any input of any type whatsoever that you would like us to talk about, please send us a note (preferably long before 8:00 pm tomorrow).

That’s all. Bye. C.

Tips for registering on Pottermore

TWITTER TEXT ALERTS

Set your ringers to loudest, and follow several Pottermore tip-off twitters that are dedicated to tweeting as soon as the clue goes up. Make sure tweets from these users are sent to your cellphone and now you can sleep instead of staying up. Here are a couple.

http://twitter.com/hp_batsignal

http://twitter.com/CheckPottermore

HAVE THE BOOKS ON HAND

Okay, you can always google it, or you can do a quick search on a .pdf. The one for Chamber of Secrets is HERE .

REFRESH THE PAGE ON THE HOUR 

Get into the habit if you’re not adverse to pulling all-nighters. Have the coffee and tea on hand though.

TRACK TWITTER TAGS

Keeping an eye out for the #Pottermore tag helps if somebody suddenly updates with new information.

Also, track tags on all social networking platforms to increase chances of coming across hints.

HAVE A CALCULATOR NEARBY

The questions are likely to be equation-based and require basic multiplication.

Or have the calculator open on your computer.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR EMAIL

If you got in, make sure you’re not making a typo in your excitement for your email address. If you entered it incorrectly, you will miss your chance to verify and will need to register again.

BE WILLING TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

You may be directed to another Pottermore-affiliated site where you will have to peruse around slightly in order to find the Magical Quill, so be patient.

Pottermore Registration: Day 1

The Magical Quill question called for the number of breeds of owls on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign multiplied by 49. The actual number varies depending on which edition you were reading: in this case, the UK edition is the correct one (always rely on the UK edition) with five, and multiplied by forty-nine made a total of 245.

The link you would have inputted would’ve been quill.pottermore.com/245

This was made available this morning at 3am CST. If you were one of the lucky few who got in (like me), then congratulations to you! You are magical! Here are some hasty screenshots I took this morning while I registered, my hands were shaking so badly it was difficult to type in all my information in time.

(I am EchoFloo194 by the way)

If you don’t get your verification email right away, don’t panic. (I didn’t, and I did panic) It took me about twenty minutes to get mine while other people have waited two hours, or otherwise got them immediately. Don’t forget to verify within 48 hours or you’ll have to register again!

The Welcome Email officially letting you into Pottermore will begin being distributed after the Magical Quill promotion is over. I think it goes to the Day 1 people first, then Day 2 and so on and so forth.

Best of luck to all and hope you’re in the lucky million who makes it in to beta test Pottermore!

HARRY POTTER DAY

A very happy Harry Potter Day to you all, and a very happy 31st (champagne) birthday to Mr Harry Potter as well as a fantastic birthday to Ms Joanne Murray who will be turning 46.

In a few hours, a rush of Harry Potter fans will be avidly following the owl (or the clue) that leads them to advance registration for Pottermore. Will you be one of them?