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Pottermore Extends Beta Test Period, Answers October Launch Questions and More

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
September 30, 2011, 10:18 AM

The Pottermore Insider Blog was updated this morning to share news about the next steps for the Pottermore launch, following the completion of early beta access a few days ago. In the blog post, Pottermore tells of the decision to extend the beta access period beyond September, but will continue on its plan to begin regular registration to all at the end of October. However, the regular registration will now begin in "phases."  The Insider explains:

Since the launch of the Beta, we’ve seen really high levels of activity, and interaction with the site has been phenomenal. This affects how quickly we can give everyone access. As a result, we’ve decided to extend the Beta period beyond September and take a different approach to the way new users are brought onto the site.
From the end of October, registration will be opened to everyone and we’ll be giving access to registered users in phases. Access may be granted quickly, but please note it could also take some weeks or months, depending on demand.  
We are also making a number of enhancements and simplifications to Pottermore, in order to make the site smoother and more enjoyable - so existing Beta users will likely experience some changes when new users begin to join.  
Finally, the Pottermore Shop, which will sell the Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books, will now open in the first half of 2012, in order to allow us to focus on our first priority: opening Pottermore to as many people as possible and making the experience as good as it can be.
In addition to this news, the blog post answered a number of new user questions regarding the overall functionality of the site, when certian areas such as dueling will be back online, and more.  To read the full post, click here!

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1527 Points

That’s great for us beta testers but for everyone who now has to wait another month, that’s not so good.

Posted by Livi22-((ROAR!)) on October 04, 2011, 04:20 PM report to moderator

I made it back on!! I was begining to think Leaky would never get back online.

Posted by Doxie2962 on October 04, 2011, 04:49 PM report to moderator
139 Points

oh, I had the same problem – no acess to leaky!

Posted by emmawatsonfan13 on October 04, 2011, 05:26 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

No surprises here…. Pottermore has bitten off much more than it can currently chew… I for one will be curious to see how they handle all the mess…

Posted by Won_Two on October 04, 2011, 05:50 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Can’t wait till end of Oct!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on October 04, 2011, 06:02 PM report to moderator
441 Points

Glad to be back on Leaky!

@Won_Two – I agree with you. I think they’ll continue to push things back (such as dueling, the store, and book 2) just so they can add more people to the site.

Posted by purplehogwarts on October 04, 2011, 08:53 PM report to moderator

I’m glad to finally get back on Leaky Cauldron!! I’ve been trying for days but was unable to.

How are you beta’s enjoying PM? I’ve been trying to do potions and practice spells but I always get logged off. It seems like they haven’t really fixed the major server problem. Are they hoping we’d get tired of constantly going on PM, wait til traffic slows, and then add more people?? ..or are they working on getting larger server capacities? Even though everyone else could register in late October, they may still have to wait weeks or months to get on!! It’s the whole waiting period all over again. :/

Posted by MagicalMe^_^ on October 04, 2011, 10:27 PM report to moderator

I’d rather they fix all their problems first before adding in a larger amount of people. Part of the enjoyment is being able to duel, and log on..and they haven’t even fixed that.

Posted by MagicalMe^_^ on October 04, 2011, 10:29 PM report to moderator
293 Points

Good to see everyone again! The reason Leaky broke down is because I finally got sorted and could pick a house on here – naturally the internet gods weren’t going to let me have my fun ;)

I got Ravenclaw! I love my blue! Brief twinge at not being a ’Puff, but I was torn between that and the Claws anyway. And after reading the welcome letter and seeing our light and airy common room, I love my house!

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Pretty much agree with everyone so far. Though I haven’t been getting the Pink Screen of Death nearly as much the past few days. I don’t know if it’s because people gave up (so not as many on the site at once) or if they’ve upped their server capacity.

And since I haven’t yet had the pleasure of doing this, the house count is 620,164 :)

Posted by MagicBclPlyr on October 04, 2011, 11:36 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

Argh this annoys me. They really need to get themselves sorted out!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on October 05, 2011, 03:05 AM report to moderator
79 Points

I was wondering what happen to LC. Glad it’s back up and running. I been spending alot of time on PM. Still lousy at potions but working on it.

Posted by fawkes4444 on October 05, 2011, 06:55 AM report to moderator

Finally Leaky is back !! I think PM has been a little less glitcy these last couple of days, at least I can now finish brewing my potions without geting the pink screen. Maybe they are fixing things…

Posted by CrimsonOwl on October 05, 2011, 08:03 AM report to moderator
234 Points

thats verry cool!!

Posted by tjerriam on October 05, 2011, 08:12 AM report to moderator

MagicBclPlyr: The problem will be peak loads, and at this stage there will a much more even loads (new people joining more gradually rather than lots trying to access the site at once) so they need a lot less computing power to run it at the moment.

Posted by roonwit on October 05, 2011, 03:28 PM report to moderator
92 Points

So glad Leaky is back up… I have been finding it very easy to log onto pottermore this week. I have not been kicked off at all this week. I think this is a sign that things are improving :-). Meanwhile… doing potions with a mouse it proving more difficult than I anticipated. I find stirring and moving bottles that need to be poured the most difficult… but working on my skills so I can win more house points for Ravenclaw…

Posted by snapegal27 on October 05, 2011, 04:10 PM report to moderator
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