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Despite the 2007 end to the Harry Potter book franchise, J.K. Rowling continues to shower her adoring fans with more Potter surprises, the next one of which is due to arrive October 31st! During the last few days, Rowling's official Harry Potter website has been teasing us with cryptic clues regarding her Halloween surprise that may or may not be possibly linked with the officially announced "1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.”

Now before we start speculating, here are the clues Pottermore has been teasing us with!

That is definitely a centaur! But is it Firenze, the centaur who galloped away with Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest?

This one stumped me. Anyone want to take a crack at it? Comment below!

Hmmm... my first thought is that this is probably about Umbridge, but it could also be any number of other talented witches, such as Hermione! Thoughts anyone?

Anyone remember this one? I'll give you a hint: The Ministry of ______.

Channel you inner Luna Lovegood and tell us what you think about thestrals in the comment box below!

Looks like a certain loony divination teacher will have a role to play during the Halloween surprise!

Kreacher is probably waiting for us just behind the door...O_o

You'll have to be a super hard core Potter book fan to remember this one. Click the spoilers box below to find out the answer!

Barnabas the Barmy foolishly attempted to teach trolls ballet (which sounds like it would result in an incredibly loud, painfully awkward and not-so-elegant performance). Barnabas is seen on the tapestry next to the Room of Requirement, the magically disappearing room Harry and the rest of Dumbledore's Army used to train and hide from Umbridge's watchful eye.

Who else but Umbridge would have cat plates all over their office...

Not sure about this one either. Any ideas?

If you are awesome enough to fill out the whole puzzle, you'll find out that

the purple boxed unscrambled letters spell out Azkaban. Could Rowling's latest piece reveal Umbridge's fate after she was incarcerated in the notorious wizard prison following the fall of the Dark Lord?

Despite her bright pink clothes and love for cats, the High Inquisitor is definitely perfectly described by this clue...

This one is Rowling's latest clue. Sounds like either Peeves or the Weasley twins. What do you think?

After all those clues, we are only one day away from the grand reveal! So far, it looks like we have an almost definite guarantee that the surprise will be strongly linked to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Think about it! Trelawney, Umbridge, Grimwauld Place, and the Ministry are undeniably referenced in many of the clues. However, they also all seem to have one connecting link: Dolores Jane Umbridge! Are all of these linked to the Umbridge piece Rowling promised us, or is there an even bigger surprise in store?

"All will be revealed October 31..."


Are you looking forward to Rowling's Halloween surprise?,,


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