Pottermore has released the last batch of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire chapters, including four new pieces of writing by J.K. Rowling.

The interactive website announced this week that the final part of the fourth Harry Potter book would be available for everyone to explore beginning July 31st. Users sorted into Ravenclaw House however, would be given 24-hour early access as a prize for winning the last-awarded House Cup.

The new set covers chapters 21 through 37, and even as the featured artwork remains as beautiful and unmissable as always, we were disappointed to find out that only four new pieces of writing from J.K. Rowling had been included in this update. The existing entries do not disappoint, but we would’ve liked a greater number of them.

The author shares her thoughts on Hogwarts’ Great Lake, the magical abilities of Owls, the way Pensieves work and the logic behind magical vs. muggle illnesses and disabilities. It’s interesting that Rowling admits to several errors she committed while describing Hedwig’s behavior, and at some point she goes on to explain and early clue to the secret of Snape’s love for Lily. She also discusses a discarded plot point and relates an early satisfaction she got at the set of the second Harry Potter movie.

Read a few excerpts from the new pieces below.

The Great Lake

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“In the original draft of Chamber of Secrets, I had Harry and Ron crash into the lake in Mr Weasley’s Ford Anglia, and meet the merpeople there for the first time. At that time I had a vague notion that the lake might lead to other places, and that the merpeople might play a larger role in the later books than they did, so I thought that Harry ought to be introduced to both at this stage. However, the Whomping Willow provided a more satisfying, less distracting crash, and served a later purpose in Prisoner of Azkaban, too.”

Owls

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“When I dreamed up Errol, the aged, long-suffering and overworked Weasley family owl, I had in mind a picture I thought I had seen, which featured a very comical, large, fluffy, grey, bewildered-looking bird whose breed I had never known. In fact, I wondered whether it had been a real photograph, or whether imagination was distorting the image. It was with sheer delight, therefore, that I rounded a corner on my first ever visit to the aviary at Leavesden Studios, where they were filming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and saw a line of big, grey, fluffy, bewildered-looking owls blinking back at me, each an exact replica of the half-remembered picture I thought I might have dreamed. They were all playing Errol, and they are Great Greys.”

Pensieve

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“Even more difficult than the recreation of memories is the use of a Pensieve to examine and sort thoughts and ideas, and very few wizards have the ability to do so. Albus Dumbledore is seen using the Hogwarts Pensieve in this way, notably in Chapter Thirty of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when he adds thoughts to the Pensieve and Harry’s face turns into Snape’s; Dumbledore is reminding himself of the hidden connection between Snape and Harry (that Snape was in love with Harry’s mother, and is now – though immensely grudgingly – honour-bound to protect him).”

Illness and Disability

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“I decided that, broadly speaking, wizards would have the power to correct or override ‘mundane’ nature, but not ‘magical’ nature. Therefore, a wizard could catch anything a Muggle might catch, but he could cure all of it; he would also comfortably survive a scorpion sting that might kill a Muggle, whereas he might die if bitten by a Venomous Tentacula. Similarly, bones broken in non-magical accidents such as falls or fist fights can be mended by magic, but the consequences of curses or backfiring magic could be serious, permanent or life-threatening.”

We do encourage you to go over to the site and read the full entries. Believe us, they are worth your time! Visit Pottermore.com.

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