Tonight on Lindsay’s Late-Night Blogging, we have my experience with Pottermore.
J.K. Rowling absolutely changed the face of children’s literature (and managed to enchant many adults at the same time). After Deathly Hallows came out, there was an immediate Harry Potter-shaped hole in my life. Then Beedle the Bard came and made me feel much better. I’m still going to miss that longing of waiting for the next book and the sheer thrill of the release of a new one, but I got a little bit of that feeling back when I heard about Pottermore.
To be honest, I don’t think anyone who wasn’t already in on it has any idea what it actually is. It’s been described as an “online reading experience” in which users can be sorted and share their own Harry Potter creations. I don’t think it will really make sense until it’s open.
And for me, that will be soon, because I passed the Magical Quill Challenge! To complete beta testing, Pottermore is offering one million fans the chance to try out the “experience” in August and September. Anyone will be able to register in October, but to get in early, you have to visit Pottermore this week, answer a trivia question based on one of the books (one book per day, July 31 through August 6), and find the Magical Quill in the page you’re sent to. I was up ridiculously early on Tuesday for a different reason, and I miscalculated the trivia answer so many times that there were no spaces left for the day when I finally got it right. I will admit that I found a little unauthorized help on Wednesday, dove in, registered…and mistyped my own email address, so I never got the verification email, and I couldn’t complete my registration. I am not alone; apparently one in ten people mistyped their addresses, probably out of sheer excitement. I deserved it, though. Today, I went the more orthodox route (and the question was easier), I re-registered, and I got the confirmation.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, stay tuned. I will be blogging as many details about Pottermore as I can stand.
*Jamie Waylett, who played Crabbe in the movies, was convicted for drug possession. Crabbe’s part in the Deathly Hallows movie was given to Goyle. Make good choices.