So, are you one of the lucky few in a million who has early access to J.K. Rowling’s newest work? You’re asking yourself: ‘I didn’t know she was writing more books.’ however that’s not true. Her new work is about Harry Potter, but with no additional books instead it’s an interactive online site: www.pottermore.com. It isn’t exactly clear what the website is all about, but Rowling states it’s an online experience surrounded around the Harry Potter books.
The countdowns for the books and movies may be over, but this is a new countdown for the website to be open in October. However, if you’re one of the lucky few (such as myself) you will be able to ‘shape the experience’ before the site opens. For seven days (seven books) starting on July 31st (Harry’s birthday), fans have the opportunity to register. It was very exciting and just like Harry Potter ‘magic’ with the whole process. You need to find a magic quill and answer questions about the book. For example, “How many types of owls are sold at the Owl Emporium? Multiple this number by 44.” Of course, I didn’t know the number but I knew where to find the information (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when he first buys school supplies in Diagon Alley)
After this success, you’re asked numerous questions and an email is sent to confirm. You’re then declared ‘magical’ to pick a screen name from those provided. I suppose I was lucky, because I got through right away on the first day. (However, it may have been because it was just after midnight. No, I wasn’t waiting until it was posted instead just skimmed info on Facebook.) The ‘magic’ again occurs when it’s open only a certain amount of time each day before registration is closed. I actually wanted to check each day to see if I could correctly answer the next questions.
However, even though I’ve been selected as ‘magical’ I still have to patiently wait for a ‘welcome email’ that arrives within the next few weeks. The website can’t handle everyone at the same time. I think it’s worse than a book or movie opening, since I don’t know the exact date. Oh well, it’s just like waiting for an owl post.
The website, www.pottermore.com, is also a place to see the books in a digital format. Rowling stated that she wants it to be available for all regardless of which e-reader is used. If anyone can control how books are digitally formatted and distributed it’s her. Rowling has been very hesitant in the past to allow her books into digital format, but confessed that it’s here to stay. I think any reading format of Harry Potter whether audio, print, or soon to be digital is magical for everyone.
Post on website after a successful registration:
You’ve successfully validated your early access Pottermore account. You will be one of the lucky few to shape the experience before the site opens to all in October.
You may have to wait a few weeks for your Welcome email to arrive as we can’t let everyone into the Beta site at the same time.
We look forward to seeing you.