Friday, August 19, 2011

Favorite Friday: Pottermore

Several months ago, it was announced that J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, was going to launch a website called Pottermore. Apparently, Rowling has stored up books of knowledge on the background of every character, minor and major, in the series; and knows the whole history of important objects & sports (Quidditch, anyone?) So early summer she announced she would release a magical (FREE) site to pull us deeper into the world she created. She announced there would be interaction, information, and even the first sales of Harry Potter e-books!

Then came the announcement that there would be a lucky few to have Beta access (1 million to be exact); and that door would open for sign-up on Harry's birthday, July 31st.

**At this point I would like to bring you the latest Internet usage stats, as of March 2011:
World Population: 6,930,055,154
World Internet Users: 2,095,006,005
% of World Population on Internet: 30.2%

That's 70% of the World without Internet. Just take that with you today.... now back to my silly, but fun interest in Pottermore.**

So a week before the July 31st opening, it was announced there would be a series of clues given for early access. 7 days, 7 clues over 7 books. Luckily, Jayson and I happened to be awake (but were about to head to bed) when the first clue hit the internet.

Day 1 Clue
How many breeds of owl are featured on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign?
Answer: 5
Multiply this number by 49.
Solution: 245

We entered in the solution, found the magical quill (yes, there was a magical quill), and registered for early access.

Then we waited until just a few days ago to finally have access.

And what did we find? magic.

I will tell you more about the actual experience later, but just know, it's amazing! Sure they have a lot of work to do (lots of suggestions are made from all over the world every time there is a comment board), but what's there is a great entry into the world of HP! Background information on characters (so much information!) and did I mention sorting into Houses!

I am a.... Gryffindor! (Yes, the same as: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville AND Dumbledore!)

Jayson is a..... Hufflepuff! (there is lots of background info on Hufflepuff as well, and it's actually a really amazing house! don't judge!)

In case you have any doubts, watch this PG-13 (for language) YouTube video about the Honey Badger:

If you want to know more about Pottermore, stay on top of things with this link:


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