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Pottermore Insider Updated: Beta Access Continues, Staggered Entrance

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
August 18, 2011, 02:57 PM

The Pottermore Insider blog has been updated to mark the progress of the first few days of beta access to the Harry Potter online reading experience.  The blog post reads, in part:

At the start of this week, we sent out Welcome emails to a small number of Beta users. These people have been busy exploring the site, leaving comments to tell us when they like something, and making suggestions when they find something they would like us to improve. In just four days we’ve learned an awful lot and, as a result, have started making changes to improve the Pottermore experience.  
We know that a lot of people are eager to receive their Welcome emails and that it’s difficult to wait but, as we mentioned in our earlier blog post, we’re staggering entry to Pottermore and to start with we’re only letting a small number of people onto the site.

Leaky has access to Pottermore and is updating this post with our live observations throughout the day.  A full review will be posted shortly.

If you have access to this beta version of Pottermore, please do share your thoughts in the comments below!

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197 Comments

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PLEASE GIVE ME MY EMAIL POTTERMORE! please :’( I want to get in soo bad.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on August 18, 2011, 07:36 PM report to moderator
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441 Points

I wish they hadn’t allowed one million people win the quill challenge. Seems as if it’s just disappointing people, and at this rate some people (out of the million) won’t get in until the end of September. If that happens, then they won’t really be able to make a difference in the site with the feedback button. If Pottoremore wants a million people to test it for feedback, then they need to let a million people in asap. If they only wanted a small sample, then they should have only accepted a small population. IMO, the real bad part about it, is now not knowing when you will get in. They should be more specific instead of saying, “It’s coming…we just don’t know when…”

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 18, 2011, 07:52 PM report to moderator
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I agree with purplehogwarts! The wait is torture. Especially since I signed up on Day 1. I thought it was first come, first serve…otherwise, what was the point of making the questions harder? If it wasn’t going to be that way, I wouldn’t have stayed up until 4am!

They should have anticipated a large amount of fans. I mean the books have been a worldwide phenomenon, breaking records left and right. The movies have done just as well. People camped outside in trashbags without tents for 7 days in downtown London just the Harry Potter premiere. The website crashed just because people wanted to signup to get notification about the site’s opening. Harry Potter fans are extreme (and I love it!) and they should have anticipated that. Everything in our history as a fandom says that this was going to be a ridiculously huge thing. There just aren’t any excuses for having not anticipated a large influx of people.

But congrats to anyone who has been lucky enough to get in so far! As the days go by, I am more and more convinced I’ll be a Slytherin. And I’m a diehard Gryffindor at heart!

Posted by bcfgrg on August 18, 2011, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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I agree with purplehogwarts! The wait is torture. Especially since I signed up on Day 1. I thought it was first come, first serve…otherwise, what was the point of making the questions harder? If it wasn’t going to be that way, I wouldn’t have stayed up until 4am!

They should have anticipated a large amount of fans. I mean the books have been a worldwide phenomenon, breaking records left and right. The movies have done just as well. People camped outside in trashbags without tents for 7 days in downtown London just the Harry Potter premiere. The website crashed just because people wanted to signup to get notification about the site’s opening. Harry Potter fans are extreme (and I love it!) and they should have anticipated that. Everything in our history as a fandom says that this was going to be a ridiculously huge thing. There just aren’t any excuses for having not anticipated a large influx of people.

But congrats to anyone who has been lucky enough to get in so far! As the days go by, I am more and more convinced I’ll be a Slytherin. And I’m a diehard Gryffindor at heart!

Posted by bcfgrg on August 18, 2011, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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126 Points

We are still WAITing!

Posted by Maestra2 on August 18, 2011, 08:30 PM report to moderator
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I guess what’s most frustrating for me is getting my entry letter and not being able to get past Diagon Alley. I think about of 25% those in the site experienced this problem and it’s not fixed yet. :/

Posted by LilyNThorns on August 18, 2011, 09:31 PM report to moderator
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I wish the Pottermore Insider update had done a better job of clarifying the vague staggered entry issue. Simply providing a scheduled weekly range for Day 1, Day 2,entry, etc. (as they eventually did for the Quill clues) would reduce the frustration and boost morale. Yes, beta testing is always a challenge, but they seem to have underestimated the need…surprising, given the hype and the Magical Quill challenge. —Day 1 registrant (first 20 minutes) continuing chant of patience, patience, patience

Posted by Floofeather12 on August 18, 2011, 09:39 PM report to moderator
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Pottermore is absolutely wonderful!

Posted by Harry-Potter.fan on August 18, 2011, 09:41 PM report to moderator
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Even though I didn’t manage to get in until the 5th day, I really wish people were getting in according to the order they signed up! I agree with purplehogwarts’ point that since they made the earlier clues harder, those people should be let in first. They should at least let us know how many people are being let in each time they send out emails, though I do appreciate the blog posts every time people are let in! But what was the point of letting people in early if some of us won’t get in until the day before the site is open to everyone? Meh. I guess I’m just grumpy because I haven’t gotten my email yet. With my luck, I’ll get in on Sept. 30. Of course, if I get in late, maybe most of the bugs will be fixed. Until then, I’ll be checking my email every hour!

Posted by angelcat59 on August 18, 2011, 10:11 PM report to moderator
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If you want a preview of who’s getting in, check out this site that was made just for it -- and it’d also help make the polls more accurate if you participate!

http://pottermorepolls.webs.com/

It’s not much, but it does give you a somewhat idea of what’s going on in the email process.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 18, 2011, 11:07 PM report to moderator
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Okay, I believe that Leaky belongs to all of us and you should have the right to express your feelings and opinions, but I’m really disappointed in the amount of complaining and whining going on in these comments. Pottermore will be wonderful, I’m sure, and will be FREE to everyone. It’s a gift to the fans. I can tell you that if I ever tried to give a really special gift to someone, and needed their patients and help in ensuring that the gift ultimately was perfect and wonderful, and got this kind of response? I would take my gift back. Just saying……

Posted by LovesLaborLost on August 18, 2011, 11:09 PM report to moderator
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@LovesLaborLost Thank you, that’s exactly what I was thinking (it’s kind of pointless to post the same exact rant as you, though..but yea..)

Pottermore’s just like any other beta site. And for those who don’t know what a beta site is, particularly, then look it up, because maybe then you wouldn’t have such high expectations and won’t be complaining about things that are to be assumed.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 18, 2011, 11:23 PM report to moderator
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Normally I hate complaining (#firstwordproblems) but this waiting sucks. I understand why they have to stagger the entrance, but I wish they had some kind of system. I think it would be fair to let in the day 1 beta’s 1st. This might sound selfish, but I found the clue 5 times and waited online for hours and yet lots of other people who got in on the 6th and 7th day who kind of got an account because they saw hype about it online. I just wanted ths experience to be one that I could do alongside my online friends, but they got in days ago and are at Hogwarts and I’m waiting for my email.

Posted by TonksftMemories on August 18, 2011, 11:47 PM report to moderator
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Thanks to @LovesLaborLost and S Palms for saying exactly what I have been thinking. Of course I feel the need to add my two cents :-)…

I am especially frustrated with people (on a bunch of different HP sites) who have already gotten onto the beta site, complaining about problems on the site. I would LOVE to be on the site helping to work out the bugs… There are so many people who would be so excited to be on the site helping them work out the issues. So please be grateful you have already gotten access!

And people who didn’t get a chance to find the magic quill and get early registration would probably be really excited about getting in even a week before the site went up for everyone in October… a week is a long time to get to explore a brand new site while the numbers are still relatively low! The lack of gratitude and sense of entitlement is getting on my nerves.

There ends my rant :-) Love to everyone! Thanks to JKR for this wonderful gift and giving us something to look forward to!

Posted by snapegal27 on August 18, 2011, 11:52 PM report to moderator
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@Tonks If you go on the site I just mentioned, you’ll see the polls are showing that mostly Day 1s are getting in. About a third are Day 2s, and some random few that are different days.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 19, 2011, 12:06 AM report to moderator
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