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Pottermore Beta Testing Period Extended

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
October 28, 2011, 12:05 PM

The Pottermore Insider Blog has been updated to announce that the beta test period for J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter online experience will be extended in order to further improve the functionality of the site.  This decision, the blog post notes, follows the gathering of information from the original beta period and will mean that Pottermore will not be open to new users " in the immediate future."  Quote:

Since we launched Pottermore, our one million Beta users have given us lots of amazing feedback, and we’ve been collecting their thoughts and comments so that we can make Pottermore the best experience it can be before it opens to everyone.
After looking closely at all the information that we've gathered, we have decided to further extend the Beta period so we can improve Pottermore before giving more people access. This means the site will not be opening to new users in the immediate future, but please know that we will open registration as soon as we can. 
The blog post continues, saying that the site will be offline for two days starting Wednesday, November 2nd, in order to "make a few technical changes behind-the-scenes."  As part of this beta extension, Pottermore has set up this new page so users may track updates and get answers to general FAQs about the site.

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128 Points

Okay, so I’d say 11/11/11 is out. Maybe they’ll go for 12/12/12.

Discouraging. Really, really discouraging. Especially for those of us who couldn’t sit up and wait half our lives for the ruddy quill only because we have to work full-time.

Posted by Night Zephyr on October 28, 2011, 09:22 PM report to moderator
524 Points

I am honestly a little disappointed. This is the 2nd time they have had to extend the date! Like a few of you, I was not lucky enough to be one of the beta testers – I was away at camp that week!!! Anyways, I guess I am glad that by the time I get on it will be practically perfect, but the thing is, I don’t want to wait. I want to be part of the experience!!! It will build up my Potterhead experience. Thanks for all the encouraging remarks, Beta Testers, but there isn’t really much to cheer us non-Beta-Tester Potterheads up. Ah well. I always say I miss something to look forward to, but this might be pushing it just a tad…just a tad.

Posted by Potterhead777 {ROAR!} on October 28, 2011, 09:56 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Hope this lives up to the hype as the waiting for the rest of us (non-betas) is getting to be a real pain in the neck.

Posted by hewy on October 28, 2011, 10:49 PM report to moderator
166 Points

I’m really glad I got there so soon, all this waiting must be awful.

Posted by tibby71 on October 29, 2011, 04:47 AM report to moderator

I am so disappointed… Its the first time when i’m disappointed with anything Potter related. the fact that they dont give us any new eventual date means that they wont open the site this year. They couldnt deal with the issues since June till October so i guess they will need another few months. And then another months of waiting for e-mail…… I am soooooooooooo ANGRY!!! Eh :’(

Posted by Sugaharry on October 29, 2011, 06:37 AM report to moderator
53 Points

I agree with Night Zephyr and others – too disappointing and like others I was not able to compete in the Quill competition. Oh well I have the books and films and maybe I don’t really need a website too.

Posted by GoldenGem on October 29, 2011, 06:57 AM report to moderator
7605 Points

I am not sure I want to join pottermore. Been thinking about it and I guest I might not. Maybe somedays.

Posted by HarryPotterGirl (Hermione) on October 29, 2011, 09:19 AM report to moderator

Sugaharry: The problem with meeting the October opening date was they thought what they had in July would cope with the load and the beta period showed it didn’t. They have had most of October to re-plan, and are starting to make changes next week. So I think it is entirely plausible they can get the site ready in another month or so.
However they aren’t giving us a date as they have already tried that and found they couldn’t meet it.

Posted by roonwit on October 29, 2011, 09:40 AM report to moderator

Roonwit: I’d love if this would go the route that you described but i have a bad feeling about this. Hopefully they will open the site this year though. At least they should open the registration and then wait a bit with sending e-mails if it’ll be needed. I’m sure it would make some potterheads be less mad about pottermore.

Posted by Sugaharry on October 29, 2011, 10:17 AM report to moderator
2890 Points

As a beta tester, I think most Potter fans would be disappointed if they opened the site to you as planned. Dueling doesn’t work at this time (I haven’t even had a chance to duel, as I was one of the later e-mails), and potion brewing is still really, really, buggy (potions get stuck in loops where they never finish brewing, the counters for how many ingredients you added and how many times you stirred don’t always work). I know several people who have reached a point in the story and gotten stuck, so they cannot finish it, or even get sorted! So please be patient. Adding millions of more users to the site will not make these problems go away, they will just make you more annoyed.

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on October 29, 2011, 10:29 AM report to moderator
1224 Points

I completely agree with Laura. I was one of those people who got their welcome email with the last batch in late September, and I currently have nothing left to do but wait until they fix some stuff and let everyone in. The whole experience is stalled right now, so I don’t bother to brew potions that are going to get stuck (and then lose all of my ingredients), and you can’t duel (I was never able to even try), and only the first book it open for exploration. I’ve gone through the first book three times and am now just kind of bored with it.

Posted by Ginevra86 on October 29, 2011, 10:48 AM report to moderator

Don’t get me wrong im not trying to be pesimistic but its the end of october and the site isnt working as it should even for BETA testers. How much time they will need to put many more people in then? Im afraid it will take a longer while (Months?).

Posted by Sugaharry on October 29, 2011, 10:58 AM report to moderator
1730 Points

I honestly have to say that I don’t mind waiting for this to be debugged and perfected more. I have sort of put it out of my mind, and I figure, when they have it down, then it will be much more satisfying when we finally get in. Postponing pleasure is a lesson well learned: here and in life. It’s something really special to look forward to. You know the old saying, ‘Having never equals wanting’. It probably applies here.

Posted by SproutMdme (OoM4,GS,CW) on October 29, 2011, 11:27 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

They say a boat is a hole in the ocean you throw your money into…. Methinks Pottermore just may be a hole in the internet that our dearest Jo will be throwing her money into! :+/

Posted by Won_Two on October 29, 2011, 12:10 PM report to moderator
10471 Points

I’m glad they’re improving the site! For those are complaining, please just shut up. It’s annoying compared to all the work they put into this site. If you were disappointed by the site, then, well, they’re trying to impress you by this. Don’t worry for those of you who didn’t get in (me included) we’re going to, it’s not like it’ll never happen.

Posted by . on October 29, 2011, 02:43 PM report to moderator
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