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For those of you who are still trying to successfully answer the clues in this week's Magical Quill Challenge in order to gain early access to Pottermore, here are some tips and resources.
- There are seven books, seven days and seven chances to register early this week for J.K. Rowling's interactive Pottermore website. Each day corresponds with one of the books in sequential order. Thursday, Day 5 will have a clue from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Friday, Day 6's clue will be aboutHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; and the clue on Saturday, Day 7, the last day of the challenge, will come from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Have the corresponding book by your side, just incase.
- The answers to the clues are all numbers, so think about what numbers are pertinent to the story line in each book. You could flip through the books looking for numbers, as well. Sometimes the answers will be chapter numbers when a certain part of the plot happened.
- Don't be disheartened if you haven't gotten onto Pottermore yet. You have until Saturday. The clues are intended to get easier each day, however, that does allow fans to answer the questions faster and for spaces to be taken quicker.
- The Day 4 clue on Wednesday came from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was: "How many students take part in the Triwizard Tournament during Harry's fourth year? Multiply this number by 28." On Day 2, the number the answer needed to be multiplied by was also a multiple of seven. The numerical answer should be typed at the end of http://quill.pottermore.com/ in order to be taken to a web page where the Magical Quill is. Due to the high demand on Day 4, fans who got the clue right and were initially directed to a Sony product page were brought straight to registration, skipping the magic quill. When in doubt, keep refreshing the page and retyping the quill URL.
- On Wednesday, the Pottermore Insider official blog announced the time range the clue would be posted. The clue appeared at around 10:36 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and was up for about 30 minutes, though that depends on demand. Check in the morning on the blog to see if a time range is posted. While the time will not be posted on Twitter to avoid giving Twitter users an advantage, the #pottermore Twitter feed may have helpful advice from fellow fans. @MuggleNet, the Twitter account of an unofficial, yet popular, Harry Potter fan website, also posts tips.@pottermore, the official Pottermore Twitter name, occasionally posts tips and also notifies readers when registration closes.
A Patch reader has suggested going to http://pottermorefieldguide.com for assistance in early registration.
According to Pottermore Insider, the clue for Thursday (Day 5) is going to be released between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. BST - or 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.