The story is the first of 12 days of Harry Potter surprises in honor of Christmas

By Tara Fowler
Updated December 12, 2014 06:00 PM
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J.K. Rowling is spreading Christmas cheer with 12 new pieces of Harry Potter content to be posted over the next two weeks.

First up? A short piece about Cokeworth, the small town where Lily Potter and her sister Petunia were raised. To access the piece, however, fans have to solve a riddle (as they will have to do every day for new content).

“In a house on Spinner’s End, a meeting takes place, a mother begs help for her son, tears on her face,” reads the riddle. “Agreeing to help, though he doesn’t know how. Which potions master performs an unbreakable vow?”

Any thoughts? The answer is (spoiler alert!) Professor Snape – and, as our colleagues at Time note, not “Severus (or Snivellus).” (Rowling is very specific about wording when it comes to her riddles).

At just three short paragraphs, the new piece doesn’t reveal too many details, but it does confirm that little Severus and Lily grew up in the same hometown, making Snape’s unrequited love for Lily all the more tragic. (It truly was, as he declared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, “always.”)

Also of note? That Vernon Dursley thought Cokeworth was so “distinctly unmagical,” the letters [that Harry received in the first book] would not find them there.

Rowling has already released a few new pieces of Harry Potter content this year, including an essay about Dolores Umbridge and short story set at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Head to Pottermore every day at 8 a.m. EST leading up to Dec. 25 for new surprises.