Harry Potter fans got an extra bit of news in 2011. Not only was the final Potter film released, but J.K. Rowling also announced a new part of the Potterverse for them to explore. Pottermore is an interesting companion to the Harry Potter books that has drawn excitement from both new and old fans. Whether you are 13 or 23, chances are if you're a fan of Harry Potter then Pottermore has got you a little excited.
So what exactly is Pottermore? Before the website was launched J.K. Rowling set up a few hints, not only allowing fans to discover the name of the online world, but also letting them guess at what might be contained within it. Guesses ranged from a social networking site, the hidden stories about certain characters, a new book, or the definitive Harry Potter encyclopaedia. In truth, Pottermore takes a little from all of these ideas, it is an online companion to J.K. Rowling's already written books. It allows readers to not only find out new stories behind their favourite characters, but it also allows them to peak a little into Rowling's mind.
The official opening date for Pottermore is in october, but one million Potter fans have been given early entry. These BETA testers will be able to explore and use the site, helping creators iron out all the little glitches and bumps before it opens to all. To gain entry to the site fans had to answer riddles and find a magic quill, before being allowed to register early.
Receiving your welcome letter to Pottermore is a bit like getting that acceptance letter to Hogwarts in the mail. Many fans have dreamed about it, and now Pottermore is making it a little bit real. By becoming part of Pottermore you are not only following and rediscovering the Harry Potter stories, but you are able to become a Hogwarts student and discover your own magical abilities.
After receiving your Hogwarts acceptance letter you can make your way to Diagon Alley, to pick up all of your first year supplies. This includes having your wand choose you on your visit to Ollivanders. Upon arriving at Hogwarts you will also be sorted into your rightful house, something that has caused a bit of controversy.
To find both your perfect wand, and your Hogwarts house, you are asked a series of questions. These questions, designed by J.K. Rowling are to find out about your character and find the right place for you to be. Unfortunately for some fans who have spent over 10 years believing themselves to fit into a particular house, they are not too happy when the hat places them in another.
The site itself is not without criticism. Obviously any glitches experienced at the moment, are due to its BETA testing stage, but some feel that the site is just cashing in on the Potter fandom. While some view this as just another money making scheme, or something that will possibly ruin the magic of the world, this isn't necessarily true. Pottermore is not filled with new content, simply to earn a few more million, it uses a compilation of the huge volumes of facts that J.K. Rowling had already compiled. We are simply being given access to the rest of the Potterverse that lived in J.K. Rowling's head and on her many pages of writing.
If you're not already selected as one of the lucky first few, then check back on the Pottermore site closer to October. Pottermore marks a very important milestone in one of the most loved stories of a generation. To keep up to date you can also follow the Pottermore Insider Blog.