Now, many of you know that I LOVE Harry Potter. I love it so much that I "forced" my hubby to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter <--link to that post
Mind you, we lived in Sacramento at the time; we've got Disneyland. But fans will be fans...
When the Pottermore site was announced, I was very curious, but also a little skeptical. They said Pottermore would be an experience like nothing we'd seen before, but for me, seeing how incredibly interactive pre-existing websites are, I thought, "Really? Just HOW much of an experience could it be?"
IT IS THE BEST THING SINCE BUTTERBEER AND CHOCOLATE FROGS!
*WARNING: If you prefer to save entire said experience for yourself, do not read further. I'm not posting everything, but I'm posting enough. Okay, I warned you...*
I finally got my email, saying I could logon. After a few attempts ("Due to overwhelming demand, you cannot access Pottermore right now"), I logged on.
The site is like a giant, interactive book with equally interactive footnotes that have the detail level of an encyclopedia. You "read" through, chapter by chapter, via various images - all of which are interactive. Each image has "layers," where you can sort of zoom in (more like change the focus), images in the background/foreground come into view and you may find tokens (or potions or books or bezoars), unlock items, etc.
What's really amazing about each part/chapter/etc., is that Rowling has never before seen descriptions associated with certain items/characters (ie she's got a whole history on Professor McGonagall, McGonagall's parents, et.). She talks about where she got ideas, how those ideas morphed.... Some of you may appreciate this blurb (I found it very inspirational!), where she talks about all the plots in her head that never made it to the books:
(click on images to enlarge...)
Then began my journey, chapter by chapter. I explored the Dursley's (this is just one room):
|The letters were floating all around the room. See how the background is blurry in this photo? Well, on the REAL screen, if you arrow up, the table becomes blurry and the room beyond is in focus, and you can find other items. Get it?|
Hagrid arrives, you get your letter, and are shipped off on platform nine and three-quarters (all of which have interactive images and background information from Ms. Rowling). You then get a list of supplies you need before starting school:
|As you purchase items, they're crossed off on your list|
|Each shop illuminates and displays store name as you hover - and then you can go inside :)|
And guess what...you go to Ollivanders to get a wand! First, you must answer a bunch of questions, and then the wand chooses you. I was picked by an Ebony with Phoenix Feathercore, thirteen inches, unbending. (you can go to a page which tells you all about wands and what the properties mean, if you so desire.) Once you get your wand, you're stuck with it.
You answer another slew of questions and are sorted into your house. (I was sorted into Gryffindor. Also, once you're sorted in a house, you'll stay there.) From there, you may go to your common room and meet other people in your house/do magical challenges for points, or go to the great hall and see how all the houses are matching up.
You get something like this:
|Read them. Read them again. Memorize.|
And then you proceed. Did I mention this is all timed? See the purple hourglass? My first 20 tries looked something like this...
I eventually got it right, though, and decided to let my laptop live.
Remember - this was all just for book one! The others aren't "active" yet.
My only complaint is that the site has a tendency to crash. Often. Hopefully that'll be worked out before it launches next month.
I can't remember having this much fun on a website. Thank you, again, JK Rowling! Now I'll never get anything done...
OH, almost forgot - if you're on Pottermore, find me! My name is: AccioSnitch12 :D
***If you like YA Fantasy, check out my book, GAIA'S SECRET. The sequel is coming soon!