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First Impressions of Pottermore Appear Online

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
August 15, 2011, 11:24 PM

A few hours ago, early beta access was opened to a select few registered members of Pottermore, J. K. Rowling's newest Harry Potter project.  A few entertainment sites have posted early reviews and first impressions of the site.  Be warned, spoilers Entertainment Weekly had this to say of the site:

First things first, for those who were worried that this would be just the skeletal frame of a game used to sell audiobooks or ebooks or plush sorting hats or whatever: it’s not. Even though the site is currently limited to material relating to the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there’s still more than enough to make your entire afternoon disappear like a temporus suckus spell.
EW delves further into the detail of the site, commenting on the different moments and elements included in Pottermore.  Big Shiny Robot also has a first impression review online, stepping through the first steps of the experience.  To hear their thoughts, click here to read.

A number of Leaky readers have let us know they been among those granted early access to the site. If you have, please do let us know @Leaky or in the comments below!

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I got my letter this morning and have been on and off the site ever since. It’s really interesting. There are some issues with it continually crashing and certain areas not working, and then causing my session to crash. Those things are disappointing, yes, but I expect there are tons of people on the site right now so maybe it can’t handle it. Although, it would seem like they would prepare the site for that kind of traffic. I can’t even image how wonky the site will act if they don’t improve the level of traffic it can handle before it launched to the public.

Anyway, it’s still quite fun so far. I got my wand and was sorted! Ravenclaw!

Posted by Nickan8r71 on August 16, 2011, 07:35 PM report to moderator
441 Points


What do you think of the graphics? What Internet browser are you using? I agree with you that you would think they would be able to handle the amount of people using it, especially since they selected the number. However, the Internet can be a funny thing. They may need to add more servers.

Give us more details! I’m dying for more information :)

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 16, 2011, 08:00 PM report to moderator

Day 1 registrant (by 4:20 a.m. EST), feeling discouraged…no e-mail yet for entry, trying but struggling to be happy for later registrants already on the site. I realize it’s Pottermore’s prerogative, but the first-come, first-serve mention led many astray, believing it to apply to early entry. I just wish they had clarified the issue instead of leaving it vague as staggered entry. I checked on later days and found the clues, the timing (for eastern U.S.), and the registration access easier to obtain. I can only speak for myself, but Day 1 required a sacrifice of sleep and work. Please don’t assume that all Day 1 registrants had flexible schedules.

Posted by Floofeather12 on August 16, 2011, 08:11 PM report to moderator
441 Points


I’m not a Day 1 registrant, but definitely agree with you!

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 16, 2011, 08:31 PM report to moderator
42 Points

It was really cool at first, but now it’s kind of disappointing. It’s become all about dueling, which is fun, but not after the billionth time. I want to it to be like they said it would…primarily about the books.

Posted by martinse08 on August 16, 2011, 08:47 PM report to moderator
441 Points

do you have to duel to move forward into the site?

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 16, 2011, 09:04 PM report to moderator

I still haven’t been able to get into the Dueling! Arrggh! I can’t get into the Potion Brewing either, it just keeps crashing.

But I kind of agree with martinse08. The whole thing is interesting, particularly the new info provided by JKR (the little there is), but there just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to work with so far. The graphics are amazing, but there is a serious lack of interaction with each section. I don’t want the site to turn into just another online game, but come on, give me something.

Still working my way through it.

Posted by Nickan8r71 on August 16, 2011, 09:08 PM report to moderator
31 Points

I haven’t recieved my welcome letter yet =(

Posted by choopiggy on August 16, 2011, 10:06 PM report to moderator
7662 Points

Day 1er, using Google Chrome, 22 years old, from USA, Central time, still waiting for Welcome email

Posted by Lexi*the*Auror on August 17, 2011, 12:02 AM report to moderator
157 Points

I got my access yesterday. I completely agree with EW. I spent all day on it yesterday. Took me a good 6 hours to get through it because I did a lot of exploring. Very well done I must say.

Posted by Itssointense on August 17, 2011, 02:19 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

It looks great!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on August 17, 2011, 03:06 AM report to moderator
673 Points

I’m still waiting :(

Posted by mencia on August 17, 2011, 06:48 AM report to moderator
441 Points

Does anyone know how many people have been granted access so far?

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 17, 2011, 07:10 AM report to moderator
800 Points

From what I have read on the first beta-users comments, so far it looks like the site servers are still weak and easily slowed down, although only about 10k people have currently been allowed in. Which means that our emails are not going to let us in very soon… I think Pottermore staff would want their servers fixed by the time they allow one MILLION beta users in! Even the Pottermore homepage is often unavailable “due to overwhelming demand”!

Posted by Talenami on August 17, 2011, 08:25 AM report to moderator
3050 Points

Hope I don’t have to wait ’til September 30th :/

Posted by DarthWeetzie on August 17, 2011, 08:27 AM report to moderator
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