It was announced early this morning that J. K. Rowling’s new pet project, ‘Pottermore,’ will be an online experience for Harry Potter fans. Not only will it help fans gain a better understanding of the world that she created, but it will also be a place for new readers, who didn’t experience Potter-Mania in its prime, to experience the world of Harry Potter first-hand.
According to the official press release:
In the new website, the storyline will be brought to life with sumptuous newly-commissioned illustrations and interactive ‘Moments’ through which you can navigate, starting with the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone. On entering, you choose a magic username and begin your experience. As you move through the chapters, you can read and share exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, and, just as Harry joins Hogwarts, so can you. You visit Diagon Alley, get sorted into a house, cast spells and mix potions to help your house compete for the House Cup.
In addition, she will be providing new information on characters, places, and objects in the Potter universe. ‘Pottermore‘ will also have an online store, where fans can purchase Harry Potter merchandise; and for the first time will be the exclusive place to purchase all seven installments in eBook form. For some screen shots of what to expect from the website – Click Here.
Only a select few will get the chance to view the site before its wide release in October. Starting July 31, fans can enter their email address at the official website to earn the chance for an early entry. The rest of us will have to wait!
I must say, as a huge fan of the series, I am THRILLED. It’s hard to say whether or not this will replace her promised encyclopedia to the series, but this is better. It gives all of the eager fans a chance to learn more about the world they love, while adding the interactive aspect and experiencing the wizarding world first-hand. If done right, the website can give us Potter nerds a chance to continue our love of the series after the books have been written and the films have been released. I couldn’t be happier!
I’d be curious to know what you all think, fans of the books or not. Let us know in the comments!