Pottermore Q&A Reveals More about J. K. Rowling’s Next Project


Jul 19, 2011

Posted by EdwardTLC

The Pottermore Insider has posted a new blog entry answering a number of questions from readers of fan sites across the internet about J. K. Rowling’s Pottermore. The post reads:
Potter fan sites from around the globe helped us with the Pottermore name reveal, and now those same fan sites have been kind enough to tell us what their readers most want to know about the Pottermore experience.

While we can’t give everything away (even though we know you’d like us to!), we’d really love to answer some of your questions…

Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?

Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce more languages in the future ’ including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider.

Will Pottermore be free?

Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; you won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore Shop will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something ’ or not ’ won’t affect your progress through the story as the Shop sits outside of the online reading experience.

Can you please explain what you mean by ‘online reading experience?’ How much will I, as a
Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn’t Harry’s story already been told?

The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that you come across.

So Pottermore isn’t a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, or a social network game like Farmville?

No. While there will be some simple games you can play (you’ll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.

Isn’t there a House Cup that we compete for by earning points?

Yes, there is. As you progress through the story you’ll also be able to earn house points ’ and once you get to the end of the first book you can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.

Would you say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry

Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook or the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook friends (if you’re over thirteen) and leave comments in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn’t a social networking site where you can share personal information or chat in forums.

I saw the Sony logo at the top of Pottermore.com. What’s Sony’s involvement with the site?

Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users.

Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?

J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we’ll be releasing this material as each of the seven books appears on the site.

Once I’ve been sorted, will I be able to change houses?

J.K. Rowling has created a series of questions for the Sorting Hat, and how you answer these questions will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you’ve been sorted, you won’t be able to change; the Sorting Hat’s decision is final!

What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?

The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time.

I’ve submitted my email to the Pottermore website ’ does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?

Not yet. If you’ve submitted your email address to the site, we’ll use it to let you know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an email from us, you’ll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.

Remember, to get into Hogwarts you must have magical ability…

What’s going to happen on 31 July?

We don’t want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, or keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (http://insider.pottermore.com) and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details.

Is the Pottermore Owl Twitter account official?

No, it’s not ’ but we kind of wish we’d thought of it!

Thanks to all the sites that helped us collect the questions for this post: Blog Hogwarts, Clube do Slugue, Harry Potter Xperts, HPANA, The Leaky Cauldron, Mugglenet, Portus, SnitchSeeker, and L’Univers De Harry Potter.

39 Responses to Pottermore Q&A Reveals More about J. K. Rowling’s Next Project

Avatar ImageLivi22 says: Ahh, shame...I was kind of hoping for a book version of the encyclopedia, just something that I could refer to, now it looks like that won't be happening. :( Everything sounds great though!)Avatar ImageLivi22 says: First comment, yay!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: FIRST!!! I'm really looking forward for this now!!Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: THIS IS FREAKING INSANE !!! can't wait !!Avatar ImageJustOddBall says: Woah!!!! Super Mega Awesome!!! Can't wait!!!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: This really answered a lot of questions, its sounds amazing! I wont which house I'll be sorted into? Lol I bet they do wish they'd thought of it, I love 'The Owls are Gathering'. :)Avatar ImageSilvery Doe says: I was kinda hoping for a book, too. Not only is it nice to have something concrete to flip through, but I love how the HP books look on my bookshelf. However, this electronic resource and experience seems really exciting as well. Just think, we are going to be able to move through the seven books all over again and be more a part of the story. I wonder what house I'll be sorted into.Avatar ImageHogsmeade says: Hmm I was really hoping for a more interactive game type of somthing. But im sure this will excede my expections when were are all in there!! Should be fun! Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: Awesome cant wait! Totally not sleeping on the night befor opening! Watching it all night for sure!Avatar ImageRadiance says: I sort of wish that this would be a companion to a Potter encyclopedia; I'd love to go down to the bookstore and have another book between my hands with Jo's name on the cover. I suppose this means we'll never be seeing the Scottish Book...? But really, I can't complain. Pottermore looks AMAZING and I'm so incredibly excited to join! Avatar Imagehermioneginnyluna says: Oooh! I so cannot wait for this!Avatar Imagepurpleleafgirl says: I'm soooo looking froward to this!!!Avatar Imagepurpleleafgirl says: I hope i can register early on july 31stAvatar Imagekellyokidd says: I was wondering about the question regarding Sony's involvement and the statement "Sony will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users". Does this possibly mean a mmorpg addition to the pottermore site eventually? Any thoughts?Avatar ImageMissMarauder says: This is a decent FAQ. I'm glad they are doing this and not being mysterious. I love Jo's mysteries but this is to stop us from thinking crazy things over the next couple weeks. I would like to know more about the fan submissions. I mean this in the nicest way possible, but I don't want to see a bunch of ten (or even many 13) year old's comments and fanart. Will it be visible to all or just friends? There is a lot of fanart out there by people who don't really have artistic talent (including me) and I definitely don't want my "online reading experience" tainted with "OMG i looooooooooooooooove Harry PoTtEr it is SOOOOOO kewl!" and "I think Harry and Hermione would make a good couple." I was hoping Pottermore would remain a safe place of canon. It's hard to get immersed if you feel like you are in a fanclub rather than actually there at Hogwarts with Harry.Avatar Imagejacket says: So excited! Avatar Imageweiweitim says: I think that it's necessary to make pottermore available in Chinese. there are a huge number of Harry Potter fans in China~~~Avatar Imagebeewell says: I just love this concept. What a wonderful thing that Jo is doing for the fans. Isn't she great...such an imagination! I can't wait to start moving through this site...reading all the new stuff; backgrounds of the characters and more history of the world. Should be a wonderful experience for all. And I do agree with you on the comments Beckatrix. Don't want to see that either but I guess we have to remember what it was like when we first starting reading the HP books. Avatar Imagemorganraven says: Beckatrix the Strange: my thoughts exactly.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I really can't wait! They're going to take you through all seven books? Hmmm, can't wait to see what happens! Got to be patient! xDAvatar ImageSpook says: Sounds really interesting. Looking forward to this. It will be lovely to find out background information with new material. Thank you Jo and the Pottermore team for putting this together. Thanks for the update.Avatar Imageroonwit says: kyrstalkris R/HR♥ *WBM* {MZ}: They are going to do all 7 books but in stages. Only Philosopher's Stone will be available when the site opens, I think with Chamber of Secrets being added early in 2012.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: I’m really looking forward for this now!!Avatar ImageHogwartsChaplain says: I very pleased to see that I might get copies of the books for my kindle but disappointed not to get an encylopaedia for the bookshelf!Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: I'm looking so much forward to this .. Pottermore let me be a beta PLEASE :DAvatar ImageRosie016 says: This is great! It is always fun to have additional content about Harry Potter stuff!!!Avatar Imagemencia says: I'm so totalllllllllllllllllllllllllllly excited!! I hope I make it in the first group :DAvatar Imagetim_2006 says: Ebooks now eh? I am not to sure what to think about this. You mean to tell me books will be outdated? I do so love holding something real in my hands. I do so love them chopping down the trees. For my own selfish wanting.Avatar ImageAlicex says: wow, i'v already sent my email to them and can't wait to get started :) it looks amazing and this way the books will live on YAY!! Avatar Imageultraviolet says: im soooooooo excited, at least with have this to look forward to now that the films are over! xAvatar ImageHogwartsForever says: I know people who love Ebooks, and I can understand why. But I don't think I'll ever switch. You need the feel and smell of books to get the true experience. Still signing up to Pottermore though!Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: Very excited about this!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Looking forward to 31st of July!Avatar Imagechoopiggy says: Why hasn't anyone commented that the line "Remember, to get into Hogwarts you must have magical ability... " is actually INVISIBLE on the Pottermore blog (as compared to this post) and you need to mouse over it to see it. AND it's a link to this website http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=10198 A year 2000 Q & A JK Rowling had with her fans. It's started everyone! The clues have started coming in! Everyone on Hypable is commenting on it. http://www.hypable.com/harry-potter/2011/07/19/latest-pottermore-blog-post-includes-secret-that-hints-at-beta-sign-up-process/Avatar Imageroonwit says: choopiggy: I was wondering why Leaky had added that link, and missed that it was hidden in the original. I agree it provides a hint at the sort of thing we may need to look for on 31st July.Avatar ImageTheOtherHorcrux says: I'm quite confused. It said on the Leaky Con preview of Pottermore that they will give you 5 usernames to choose from? It that true? Or is that only for underage children or whatever. I wanted to choose my own username !! ??Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Can't wait!!!!Avatar ImageIceOwl166 says: I want to create an account for my brother who has a disability, he is awesome on computers but doesn't use email. So if I create an account for him with his details does anyone know if it matters if I use my email address the same which I used for my pottermore account? He is over 18 btw. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it thanks :) Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: I'm so excited about Pottermore, honestly I can't wait!

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