I rarely re-read books, but I’ve re-read J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series numerous times because I love being in the world she’s created. I always want to see what’s behind every corner, and what’s happening beyond Harry’s point-of-view. I wish Hogwarts: A History was a real book, and that Professor Binns had new and exciting pieces of information about the Wizarding World rather than being brushed off as a boring history teacher. I also wanted to know about Rowling’s thought process in writing the books; a kind of “Author’s Commentary” that went beyond annotations and provided something deeper.
The new online experience, Pottermore, provides all of this through a nice interactive experience that continues to respect fans and let them be a part of Harry’s world like never before. Hit the jump for my full review.
Last week, we reported that J.K. Rowling‘s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, would be released on September 27th. But the Harry Potter author hasn’t left the wizarding world behind completely. In addition to this weekend’s launch of Pottermore, an interactive experience that takes fans deeper into the world of Harry Potter, Rowling has announced on her website that she’ll be penning a Harry Potter encyclopedia and donating the royalties to charity.
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The Harry Potter books have now breached the digital frontier. Yahoo! reports that J.K. Rowling has finally decided to make the series available on e-Books. The books are now available for download on the Pottermore website and are compatible with Kindles, iPads, and other e-readers and tablets (click here for a list of compatible devices). The arrival of Harry Potter on e-Book isn’t too surprising since it’s been rumored ever since the announcement of Pottermore in June 2011.
For those unfamiliar with Pottemore, the site was developed with Rowling’s input, and will provide an interactive experience where users will be placed in Hogwarts houses, earn Galleons, learn spells, and more. The site will also offer additional content and background on the books. While the interactive stuff sounds fun, I’m hoping that Pottermore will provide a kind of commentary track for the novels where readers can see pages of rough drafts and notes on characters and settings. The site (which is free) was originally supposed to move out of beta and become open to the public last October, but was delayed due to technical issue. It’s now set to open next month. Just remember: it’s not the worst thing to be placed in Hufflepuff. It’s just close to the worst thing.
The countdown is over and the owls have all flown away. This morning, Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling revealed some details about her mysterious new venture, Pottermore. She didn’t announce plans for a new book or series spin-off and there was no mention of an online game as many had suspected. There was also no news of an online treasure hunt with real world prizes like we reported yesterday, however that may still be in the works. What she did reveal was that Pottermore will be “an online reading experience unlike any other…It’s the same story with a few crucial additions. The most important one is you.”
In a personal video message from Rowling, she began by thanking Potter fans for their enthusiasm and continued love for the series. She went on to say that when Pottermore goes live in October, it will be the exclusive place for digital audio books and, for the first time, Harry Potter eBooks. While this last bit smacks of a marketing gimmick to sell more books, Rowling also stressed that Pottermore will be a free experience, “This is free. You don’t have to pay to get extra materials, you don’t have to buy a single thing. That was really important to me. This was about the ‘give-back’.”
Hit the jump for more details on Pottermore, including how you can get a chance to enter it months before anyone else.
Most people are aware that on July 15, the last cinematic installment of the Harry Potter series will storm into theaters. Exactly one month before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was to premiere, a curious username popped up on Twitter. Since June 15, user @pottermore has posted only 3 tweets, but has amassed over 80,000 followers. The reason for all the excitement is because the Twitter account led fans to a cryptic website with nothing more than two owls on branches and the words, “Pottermore Coming Soon!” above J. K. Rowling’s signature. When that website led to a YouTube page full of owls and a countdown (which is now less than 24 hours away), speculation by Potter fans ran rampant across the interwebs.
Would it be a new book or even a new series? Could it possibly be an MMORPG? What about an extravagant treasure hunt that combines an online game with actual prizes hidden in the real world? If you guessed the last one, chances are you’re correct! All signs point to J.K. Rowling’s announcement tomorrow involving a race to find actual wands hidden across the globe. For more details, hit the jump.