So after the initial day in June where Pottermore hopefuls tried successfully (or not) to submit their emails to Pottermore, and then at the end of July/early August when there was a week of scavenger hunt-type clues to allow early access to the beta site (success on the 4th day), I finally got my welcome email!
I was getting quite anxious as I saw my friends and other people get their’s weeks before, figuring I would be patient since I was ALL the way on the 4th day that I won my early access “pass”. Frustratingly (and obviously) I wasn’t the only one who received the email with subject line: Your Pottermore account is ready! Step this way… and therefore the site was overloaded and was inaccessible for most of the day.
It wasn’t until early evening that I finally got on, and stayed on for a good chunk of time to explore the world of Pottermore. My initial thought was that the graphics were just gorgeous. The main screen is animated and interactive, with the ability to zoom in twice, revealing more hidden gems. Everything is just as magical and beautiful as the world that J.K. Rowling has created.
The user goes through each book and its key moments from each chapter, allowing you to explore the room, read about people/places/objects/etc that are associated with that scene and even click around to unlock some exclusive content such as J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for that particular item/person, or side stories or notes! That really is one of the most phenomenal things about the site… it allows the Potter fans to really appreciate JKR even more than we all already do, to see how much thought went into everything and how she had thought up stories and backgrounds and SO much more than what she included in the 7 books.
Once you get to Diagon Alley, you’re able to go to Gringotts to get money and then purchase all your school supplies and, lastly, your wand! Me? Ollivander has an 11 1/2″ ash wand with a unicorn core.
Finally, the part that I was waiting for… the sorting ceremony! Partially (okay, a lot) to do with my love of Draco, I was really hoping for Slytherin. After answering a series of questions (which, you really can’t “cheat” on because some of them were pure luck – like “Heads or tails?”) I was sorted into……..
Up to this point, I haven’t had a chance to do much else on there… the site keeps kicking out every now and then due to server overload, but I was stuck on my first Potions class and was discouraged.. 😛 (It’s so hard to do properly!! and with so little time!)
Anyway, that’s my experience of beta-testing Pottermore so far… anyone else in? What’s your username? Preferred house?
Pottermore opens to everyone in October.