J.K. Rowling's Pottermore Christmas Goes a Little 'Vampire Academy' in the Harry Potter Universe

No, you aren't thinking of another popular 2000s young adult series (*cough* Vampire Academy): J.K. Rowling released new information Thursday saying that vampires were intended to play a larger role in the Harry Potter universe. After two days in the 12 days of Pottermore Christmas gifts event, she let readers know on Day 6 that (spoiler! spoiler!) Rowling had originally intended to have a vampire teacher at Hogwarts. And no, despite fan rumors, that vampire teacher was not going to be Professor Snape.

Every day during the Christmas season, Harry Potter fans can solve one of Rowling's notorious riddle to "unlock" information or content about the series. Day 6's riddle went as follows:

When you solve the riddle (and no, I'm not going to give you the answer!) you get some inside info from Rowling as your prize:

Day 6 marked the first day since Day 3 that gave riddle-solvers new tidbits on Rowling and the Harry Potter universe. It comes after Harry Potter fans were (understandably, IMHO) disappointed to have "misunderstood" a Pottermore message stating that there would be new stories for 12 days before Christmas. Pottermore corrected itself to say that not every day would have new writing, like the Dolores Umbridge backstory on Halloween, but would have new content — such as this little vampire trivia or Day 1's anecdote the fictional town of Cokeworth.

To add to the frustration, days 4 and 5's "new" content wasn't really anything at all. Day 3 explained why Snape was named potions master (because Rowling hated chemistry class). The day before, Rowling admitted to the character she least liked killing off: Florean Fortesque, owner of Diagon Alley’s ice cream parlour.

But don't get all down on Pottermore Christmas yet. Rumor has it there's a Draco Malfoy story (cross your fingers it's a story story!) to come, and you know we'll all be working extra hard on that riddle.

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