JK Rowling today revealed a riddle and an anecdote, as well as information about the ghost of Florean Fortescue, at the Pottermore official site on Saturday. The new material was not what many fans had hoped, that is, a new Harry Potter story; but, the new material that JK Rowling posted is still definitely worth checking out.
Today’s riddle asks the question, by means of a rhyme, what street the store Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes is located on. Most fans of the harry Potter novels would know that the answer is, of course, Daigon Alley. Answering the riddle correctly at the Pottermore.com site will take readers inside Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, the joke shop ran by Ron Weasley’s older brothers, Fred and George.
Fans who explore the store further will discover other layers to Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. In the first layer of the shop, fans can check out an article JK Rowling wrote called “The Leaky Cauldron,” and also a piece about “Florean Fortescue,” a wizard who owned an ice cream shop in Diagon Alley. According to the information at Pottermore. JK Rowling originally considered having Florean play a bigger role in the Harry Potter novels.
Once inside the magical joke shop, Harry Potter fans can click on objects with their mouses, pop balloons and collect free items. Some of the items include a puking pastille, love potion, fake wand and extendable ear. By double clicking on a floating ship, fans will be able to read a bit of backstory on the ghost of Florean Fortescue. The Leaky Cauldron.
The popular pub the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter novels, on Charing Cross Road, is also the oldest pub and behind it lies the entrance to Diagon Alley. It has been around since the 1500s and a favorite hangout of wizards and witches.
In the first piece of writing by JK Rowling, “The Leaky Cauldron,” readers will learn about a Minister of Magic from ages ago, Ulick Gamp. Gamp sought to protect the pub and the magical shops located behind it on Diagon Alley. When Charing Cross Road was created, some of the popularity of the Leaky Cauldron began to fade. Wizards rioted, though, desiring to keep the pub and its secrets protected.
The second piece of writing, “Florean Fortescue,” is accessed by double clicking on a hot air balloon. is about the ghost of Florean, who owned an ice cream shop located off of Daigon Alley when he was alive. JK Rowling writes that she had considered having Florean to have an important role in the final books, one involving a ghost plot.
JK Rowling had originally planned to have Harry Potter meet the ghost of Florean Fortescue in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Over time, she was going to have them develop a friendship. Eventually, Rowling was thinking about having Florean help Harry locate Voldemort’s horcruxes. Rowling had planned to have the ghost of Florean get kidnapped and Harry and his buddies would have rescued the spirit. Florean, according to JK Rowling, knew a lot about both horcruxes and Hogwarts because he was a descendant of Dexter Fortescue, an ex-headmaster of Hogwarts.
One of the reasons JK Rowling took Florean Fortescue out of the books, she relates at the Pottermore site, is that she “decided that Phineas Nigellus Black was a much more satisfactory means of conveying clues.” She writes at the site that she feels guilty about killing Florean off, as, unlike the ones Voldemort killed, “it was all my fault.”
It is little wonder that fans eagerly look forward to reading whatever they can find related to Harry Potter and the imaginative world JK Rowling created, as the novels that she wrote have sold around 450 million copies worldwide. In a poll conducted by the reading charity, Booktrust, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was voted the country’s favorite children’s book.
This Saturday, Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, gave Harry Potter fans a history of the pub in “The Leaky Cauldron,” and also revealed a look at how different the Harry Potter books might have been with the addition of the ghost of Florean Fortescue. What further secrets will tomorrow’s new material bring? Check out the Pottermore site tomorrow to find out more!
Written By Douglas Cobb