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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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24 Comments

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Yes! MyLeaky AND Pottermore are up and running! It’s a great day for the Harry Potter sites! :D

Posted by . on October 05, 2011, 07:42 PM report to moderator
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Potions def requires practice. I’m having a little trouble mastering the Herbicide potion. Hopefully it works this time :P

Posted by MagicalMe^_^ on October 05, 2011, 09:16 PM report to moderator
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MagicalMe, what part of Herbicide is giving you trouble? I finally mastered it! (Brewed a second one today just to make sure ;) StormChestnut89 on YouTube has good videos of the process for each potion.

Posted by MagicBclPlyr on October 05, 2011, 11:14 PM report to moderator
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I would think they would have to get server issues and dueling fixed before allowing more people to join. Understanding the problems the site has had and only being granted limited access into the site is something BETAS work through. They can’t make everyone beta testers, so they should have to fix everything before they let everyone on.

Posted by purplehogwarts on October 06, 2011, 07:19 AM report to moderator
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Glad to see you all again, guys! Missed you a LOT the week without LC!!!

Posted by cb160 on October 06, 2011, 05:59 PM report to moderator
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MagicBclPlyr, I figured it out. I was confused about adding an ingredient while the potion was under heat. I was able to get it to work. Most of my trouble is that I sometimes end up adding extra ingredients. I’m getting better though!

Posted by MagicalMe^_^ on October 06, 2011, 09:40 PM report to moderator
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MagicalMe, that’s what my trouble was, too! And then I just got cocky this last time around – went for my wand instead of stirring. Oops! But at least the cauldron didn’t melt ;)

Posted by MagicBclPlyr on October 06, 2011, 11:11 PM report to moderator
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Hi all! I have some questions to all those people that got past the chapter “Harry’s first potion lesson” I have been stuck there and I need help. The first question is where is the 250 temperature? do I click on the reddish button and then the second button then the blue one? Also, my cauldron keeps on melting and when I try to get it right I keep on running out of time. please help me!

Posted by Celticenchantress on October 07, 2011, 03:14 PM report to moderator
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Red Button: High Heat. Orange Button: Medium Heat. Blue Button: No Heat. Use red until the gauge turns green, then orange. Wand at the end of the 10 seconds.

Posted by AurorPhoenix aka Phoenix on October 07, 2011, 05:30 PM report to moderator
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