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Pottermore Q&A Reveals More about J. K. Rowling's Next Project

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
July 19, 2011, 02:50 PM

The Pottermore Insider has posted a new blog entry answering a number of questions from readers of fan sites across the internet about J. K. Rowling's Pottermore.  The post reads:

Potter fan sites from around the globe helped us with the Pottermore name reveal, and now those same fan sites have been kind enough to tell us what their readers most want to know about the Pottermore experience. 
 
While we can’t give everything away (even though we know you’d like us to!), we’d really love to answer some of your questions... 
 
Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?
Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce more languages in the future – including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider
 
Will Pottermore be free?
Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; you won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore Shop will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something – or not – won't affect your progress through the story as the Shop sits outside of the online reading experience. 
 
Can you please explain what you mean by 'online reading experience?' How much will I, as a
Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn't Harry's story already been told?
The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that you come across. 
 
So Pottermore isn't a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, or a social network game like Farmville?
No. While there will be some simple games you can play (you'll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written. 
 
Isn't there a House Cup that we compete for by earning points?
Yes, there is. As you progress through the story you'll also be able to earn house points – and once you get to the end of the first book you can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup. 
 
Would you say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry Potter?
Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook or the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook friends (if you're over thirteen) and leave comments in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn't a social networking site where you can share personal information or chat in forums. 
 
I saw the Sony logo at the top of Pottermore.com. What's Sony's involvement with the site?
Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users. 
 
Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we'll be releasing this material as each of the seven books appears on the site. 
 
Once I've been sorted, will I be able to change houses?
J.K. Rowling has created a series of questions for the Sorting Hat, and how you answer these questions will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you've been sorted, you won't be able to change; the Sorting Hat's decision is final! 
 
What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle...?
The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time. 
 
I’ve submitted my email to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?
Not yet. If you’ve submitted your email address to the site, we'll use it to let you know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an email from us, you'll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process. 
 
What's going to happen on 31 July?
We don't want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, or keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (http://insider.pottermore.com) and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details. 
 
Is the Pottermore Owl Twitter account official?
No, it's not – but we kind of wish we'd thought of it! 
 
Thanks to all the sites that helped us collect the questions for this post: Blog Hogwarts, Clube do Slugue, Harry Potter Xperts, HPANA, The Leaky Cauldron, Mugglenet, Portus, SnitchSeeker, and L'Univers De Harry Potter.

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39 Comments

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So excited!

Posted by Jacket on July 19, 2011, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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I think that it’s necessary to make pottermore available in Chinese. there are a huge number of Harry Potter fans in China~~~

Posted by weiweitim on July 19, 2011, 09:06 PM report to moderator
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I just love this concept. What a wonderful thing that Jo is doing for the fans. Isn’t she great…such an imagination! I can’t wait to start moving through this site…reading all the new stuff; backgrounds of the characters and more history of the world. Should be a wonderful experience for all.

And I do agree with you on the comments Beckatrix. Don’t want to see that either but I guess we have to remember what it was like when we first starting reading the HP books.

Posted by beewell on July 19, 2011, 10:32 PM report to moderator
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Beckatrix the Strange: my thoughts exactly.
Posted by morganraven on July 19, 2011, 11:13 PM report to moderator
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I really can’t wait! They’re going to take you through all seven books? Hmmm, can’t wait to see what happens! Got to be patient! xD

Posted by . on July 20, 2011, 12:36 AM report to moderator
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Sounds really interesting. Looking forward to this. It will be lovely to find out background information with new material. Thank you Jo and the Pottermore team for putting this together. Thanks for the update.

Posted by Spook on July 20, 2011, 04:32 AM report to moderator
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kyrstalkris R/HR♥ WBM {MZ}: They are going to do all 7 books but in stages. Only Philosopher’s Stone will be available when the site opens, I think with Chamber of Secrets being added early in 2012.

Posted by roonwit on July 20, 2011, 05:34 AM report to moderator
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I’m really looking forward for this now!!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on July 20, 2011, 05:43 AM report to moderator
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I very pleased to see that I might get copies of the books for my kindle but disappointed not to get an encylopaedia for the bookshelf!

Posted by HogwartsChaplain on July 20, 2011, 07:16 AM report to moderator
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I’m looking so much forward to this .. Pottermore let me be a beta PLEASE :D

Posted by Bella'love ^HISS^ on July 20, 2011, 08:22 AM report to moderator
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580 Points

This is great! It is always fun to have additional content about Harry Potter stuff!!!

Posted by Rosie016 on July 20, 2011, 09:00 AM report to moderator
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I’m so totalllllllllllllllllllllllllllly excited!! I hope I make it in the first group :D

Posted by mencia on July 20, 2011, 09:06 AM report to moderator
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Ebooks now eh? I am not to sure what to think about this. You mean to tell me books will be outdated? I do so love holding something real in my hands. I do so love them chopping down the trees. For my own selfish wanting.

Posted by tim_2006 on July 20, 2011, 11:09 AM report to moderator
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wow, i’v already sent my email to them and can’t wait to get started :)
it looks amazing and this way the books will live on YAY!!

Posted by Alice on July 20, 2011, 11:17 AM report to moderator
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im soooooooo excited, at least with have this to look forward to now that the films are over! x

Posted by AbbieAstoria on July 20, 2011, 12:15 PM report to moderator
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