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Pottermore Beta Testing Period Extended

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
October 28, 2011, 12:05 PM

The Pottermore Insider Blog has been updated to announce that the beta test period for J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter online experience will be extended in order to further improve the functionality of the site.  This decision, the blog post notes, follows the gathering of information from the original beta period and will mean that Pottermore will not be open to new users " in the immediate future."  Quote:

Since we launched Pottermore, our one million Beta users have given us lots of amazing feedback, and we’ve been collecting their thoughts and comments so that we can make Pottermore the best experience it can be before it opens to everyone.
After looking closely at all the information that we've gathered, we have decided to further extend the Beta period so we can improve Pottermore before giving more people access. This means the site will not be opening to new users in the immediate future, but please know that we will open registration as soon as we can. 
The blog post continues, saying that the site will be offline for two days starting Wednesday, November 2nd, in order to "make a few technical changes behind-the-scenes."  As part of this beta extension, Pottermore has set up this new page so users may track updates and get answers to general FAQs about the site.

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44 Comments

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Haha I knew they would :D

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on October 29, 2011, 04:02 PM report to moderator
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Are there any stats as to how many pottermore accounts are still active? Ifter the initial few weeks “re=play value” of Pottermore was reportedly low.

Any thoughts about sorting being skewed to balance house numbers over a more ture sort?

Posted by DartFrog on October 30, 2011, 03:15 PM report to moderator
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I’m ready for everyone to be allowed in. But I’m also ready for these bugs to be fixed. I just hope both happens soon. I think we all knew they weren’t going to let everyone in by October with how things were progressing slower than expected. I wonder what changes they will make Wednesday???

Posted by purplehogwarts on October 30, 2011, 05:40 PM report to moderator
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that’s not good news for those who didn’t get in early, I know how frustrating it was waiting for welcome letters so I can imagine just how frustrating it is for those not in yet….

Posted by mencia on October 31, 2011, 03:17 AM report to moderator
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I really hope they will fix the wizards duel soon because potion brewing is just not for me :(

Posted by mencia on October 31, 2011, 03:19 AM report to moderator
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This is gutting, Kinda feel like just because I wasnt able to catch any quills due to work that I dont get to join the club. Im really dissapointed. also feel it was a little late to let us know the beta would be extended. :(

Posted by mugglebornmico on October 31, 2011, 04:13 AM report to moderator
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I was one of the early ones in Beta and I know that I have seen quite a lot of changes since beta started, but there is still so much more to do to get it right.

At the moment there is no sound effects for any of the pages, no music, no duelling (which even though I got my quill on the first day I have never had a go at duelling as it only lasted a week), the potion ingredients are playing up, the moderator means that speaking to other betas is difficult to near impossible, everyone is fast running out of galleons, there are those that are cheating to get more points by using various methods and are in themselves causing Pottermore more problems, thus delaying the opening.

Some Beta’s are still stuck on chapters cos there are major glitches with browsers, the shop isn’t open and has been postponed, some have had their Galleons disappear, so they can’t get into Diagon Alley or Hogwarts, and all the while the people that are working on this site are trying to get it right to satisfy the dreams of millions.

I know it is frustrating but if they get this right, if they listen to all the true fans and yes there are many of us in there, then the site will be worth the wait.

Have I enjoyed it, on the whole I would have to say yes, because of JKR’s new writing on the subject of Harry and all the characters that we know, love and hate. It was never going to be one of those shoot-em-ups that some were hoping for, it was always supposed to be about the books

Please have patience, I know it is easy for me to say that as I am in Pottermore, but I am sure they are going as fast and as hard as they can to get it opened for all of you and when you are in there look me up I am StormThestral135 and in Ravenclaw. Maybe we can have a duel or brew a potion together or kick back in the common room.

Posted by VIkkiomega aka Storm on October 31, 2011, 03:10 PM report to moderator
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luckily im in the beta, sorry you guys :(

Posted by arlenelilymalfoy on October 31, 2011, 06:34 PM report to moderator
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Apparently, about 340,000 people still havent accepted their pottermore e-mails. Dont know how real this number is but it still surprises me that there is so many problems with the site allthough not all BETA’s have joined.

Posted by Sugaharry on November 01, 2011, 08:41 AM report to moderator
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I’m more convinced it’s an issue with handling the load than wanting to make the site better.

Posted by sessionka oom4 CW on November 02, 2011, 10:43 PM report to moderator
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i am sad can go on pottermore

Posted by iloveronweasley234 on December 29, 2011, 04:01 AM report to moderator
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i am sad can go on pottermore

Posted by iloveronweasley234 on December 29, 2011, 04:01 AM report to moderator
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i am sad can go on pottermore

Posted by iloveronweasley234 on December 29, 2011, 04:01 AM report to moderator
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Alright, I’m getting so tired of waiting to be able to sign up for pottermore, that I’m starting to consider not even joining IF they ever make it available to the rest of us! It’s ridiculous! It was supposed to be open in October 2011…..and it’s February 2012 now. This wait is getting to long, and it’s very frustrating.

Posted by tstudt on February 07, 2012, 02:33 AM report to moderator
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