I have been a fan of Harry Potter for a very long time now. It’s pretty much part of my identity to some people. Like a lot of readers I can say I “grew up with” the books even though I was a little older than the original target audience when the books were still in their early stages. I was fist told about Pottermore from a friend, who like me, was excited to know something new and Potter related was in the works. Like many Potterfans I traveled to the official website and watched the trailer featuring J.K. Rowling.
The problem? Details were pretty vague. Now I understand that being vague can help keep the interest in something. No one wants to give away all their secrets before something is even launched, but none of the friends I talked to could give me a clear explanation of what they thought the experience of Pottermore was going to be. It could have been anything from complete online versions of the books with animations, or some sort of story mad-lib-fan-fiction-fan-based insanity. It was all pretty much up in the air as far as I could tell.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch the intro video I suggest you take a look if only for the super sweet paper animation.
The site officially opens in October. However, early entry was allowed for a few million(or something) people who had time to jump through the hoops. In retrospect…it was silly how much I needed to get that freakin’ registration letter but you know what. I did! And it was sweet. Oh so sweet.
Until I had to wait for the welcome owl (email) telling me logging in was actually possible. Said email finally arrived and my first reaction was very positive. I hesitate to give it a detailed review because it is still in beta mode even though the general admission date is creeping closer and closer.
There are many wonderful things about the site even if I feel like it is missing a few elements, such as sound and music on pages. It feels like they are missing not that they were intentionally left out. The over all organization of the pages and navigation is very nice and clean as you progress through the story books. Although some elements seems hard to deal with, or at least a little counter intuitive at first.
Sadly I didn’t get to test much out due to the increasing traffic making the site crash/time out with the support message. I really hope this isn’t going to be a problem when it’s open for just anyone to sign in. I should probably say I hope they realized tons of people would want to use the site at the same time and they planned accordingly. Time will tell and I’m still hopeful Pottermore will be a fantastic addition to the Potter sites already out there for fans.