Pottermore is revealed!
On Thursday, June 23, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling held a press conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and announced that Harry’s wizarding adventures were going digital on a new, interactive, free-to-use website, Pottermore.com.
Pottermore is a place where Harry Potter fans can explore the entire famous series, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Choose your magic user name, then navigate through the books, clicking on interactive illustrations called "moments” which bring the scenes to life.
As you make your way through the books, you can read exclusive new writing from Rowling, and even join Hogwarts, just like Harry! You can visit all the cool places mentioned in the books, mix potions with Professor Snape, and learn to cast spells along with Ron, Harry, and Hermione. Pottermore will also reveal for the first time the questions asked by the Sorting Hat.
"I want to give something back to the fans that have followed Harry so devotedly over the years and to bring the stories to a new digital generation," Rowling stated at her press conference. "I hope fans and those new to Harry will have as much fun helping to shape Pottermore as I have. Just as I have contributed to the website, everyone will be able to join in by submitting their own comments, drawings, and other content in a safe and friendly environment.”
Pottermore will be fully open in October 2011. But fans who tried to register their email addresses at the site today in anticipation of the opening had a long wait because the site was swamped by would-be visitors. Including me!
In the meantime, check out the Pottermore website to watch Rowling’s Pottermore announcement and you’ll see beautiful paper pop-up creations come alive from the pages of her books.
As a long-time Harry Potter fan, I love the very idea of Pottermore. I think it’s a true Harry Potter revolution.
Photo: A screenshot from the Pottermore experience available starting in October. (Pottermore.com)