Thursday, September 03, 2015

Pottermore 2.0: What's Next for the Wizarding World on the Web?

Harry Potter Pottermore Unveils New Website and Content
Pottermore users logged into the website today with a major surprising announcement: it's moving into phase two! Since the launch of the website in 2012, Harry Potter fanatics have been able to get officially sorted, have the wand choose us, and discover exclusive information offered by J.K. Rowling as we explored moments from the books. Now three years after its inception, Pottermore is looking to make changes in what they call part two of the website.

“Part one of Pottermore’s story, in which you have enjoyed the depiction of Harry’s story through illustrated ‘Moment’ artwork and experienced life within Hogwarts, is ending,” Pottermore announces. “We are now preparing for part two of Pottermore’s story to begin. As J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World expands, so too will Pottermore, becoming a place to imagine more and share in a world beyond the seven book series.”

As the wizarding world as we know it continues to expand in our own Muggle world, so will the website be moving beyond Harry’s years at Hogwarts. The final house cup will be awarded September 9th, and then it’s estimated that the overhaul will begin or be launched. Additionally until September 16th, Pottermore is offering certificates to users who have participated in part one of the website (simply log onto the site and click the link)

What does this mean for our experiences on the website so far? Details are scarce for the time being. Specifics on the updated website is limited so far.

However, did J.K. Rowling hint at Pottermore's new overhaul over the summer? In a twitter exchange about Newt Scamander's adventures, Rowling revealed that Salem Witches Institute (mentioned in Goblet of Fire) is not the real U.S. wizarding school. Probed for more information, Rowling tweeted:

 In response to a twitter follower, Pottermore revealed that the artistic illustrative moments will be “changed as we know them” and will be packed with new features. Perhaps the website will explore new grounds with the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them adaptation that will be hitting theaters in 2017. Time will tell.

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