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Leaky's Pottermore First Impressions Live Blog and Review

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
August 18, 2011, 10:15 AM

This morning, Leaky was lucky enough to gain early beta access to Pottermore, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter online reading experience.  As I go through the process of exploring Pottermore, this post will live blog my latest reactions, experiences, and discoveries.  Those who wish to wait to experience Pottermore for themselves please do read with caution as this post will contain details on the process and moments from the online experience.  A full review of Pottermore is due shortly.  Enjoy!

Live Updates:
  • Even after the first few pages and tutorials, you can tell just how much detail and how many things there are to do in Pottermore.  You can zoom in and out, up and down to find clues and info.
  • Privet Drive contains so many little elements from the story in just one image.
  • Click everything! :) 
  • Pottermore follows the story in such a way that you are introduced to places, characters, objects, etc. as they become important in the story. 
  • Even after a few days, the drawings and comments for moments and parts of the story are very high quality.   
  • Shooting stars and put-outers! 
  • Determined to transform the cat into McGonagall (I don't know if they even do that!). 
  • Friend and nicknames is a great feature.  Gives a little breakdown of their house.  Hope to run into them in the hallways :) 
  • Character bios seem to start very basic and then expand as you get deeper into the story. 
  • Four moments in Chapter 1. Now for chapter 2! 
  • Little lock images appear over red quills indicating you haven't yet unlocked the special new JKR content on the site. 
  • Electric meter numbers?  In Harry's cupboard?
  • Still can't get over the detail.  In the zoo, lights flickering, reptiles slithering around, the glass disappearing.  
  • Another great feature: You can see when your friends are in the same chapter as you. 
  • So many objects to collect for your trunk.  Very interested to see how these things add up.
  • Loving how Pottermore puts you in the story but lets you imagine the characters and moments as you remember them while reading the books.
  • Going shopping for school supplies! Never had this much fun doing this ever before. 
  • Do I want a cat a toad or an owl? 
  • A Brown Owl, it is! 
  • WAND time! 
  • The wand chooses you, of course.  Asked a series of questions about yourself.  Some are difficult to decide upon! 
  • My wand: Hawthorn with Unicorn Hair, thirteen and three quarter inches, surprisingly swishy. 
  • The detail about Mr. Ollivander is among the most fascinating yet. 
  • I wonder, if one buys a Rememberall, will it light up when you've forgotten something in the story? 
  • Even if we don't see the character in the Pottermore moment, if they were featured or introduced in the chapter se get a short bio about them. 
  • Made it to Hogwarts, now for the Sorting Hat. 
  • Lovely video from Jo pops up to speak more about the sorting ceremony. 
  • Sorting questions are HARD! 
  • Well, I have a new house. I'm a Slytherin. 
  • Have now unlocked the Common Room, Great Hall and a number of other features 
  • Exploring the Potions area.  Seeing what I can make. 
  • Should say: always considered myself a Ravenclaw.  Slytherclaw? 
  • Potions is as precise as it is in the books.   Takes skill and patience.  Great experience, perhaps soon I'll get one right!

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135 Points

I’m dying here. I got in on the second day and so did most of my friends. None of us have gotten emails yet. I get email on my phone so I am constantly checking. I’ll be insane soon.

Posted by xanzibar on August 18, 2011, 01:09 PM report to moderator
889 Points

Talking about wishful thinking – I’m checking my e-mail daily and I got in on day 6!

Posted by molly43 on August 18, 2011, 01:11 PM report to moderator
459 Points

Will I eventually be able to buy my wand on pottermore that they select for me? That would be cool. Also about the house selection. When the ask me what house I prefer can i say ANY? I want to know what house i would be sorted into with out any preference. As I would gladly take any.

Posted by tim_2006 on August 18, 2011, 01:12 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

I couldn’t wait for Pottermore but after reading this I’m beyond that. I NEED to get that email!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on August 18, 2011, 01:20 PM report to moderator
459 Points

To all Leaky staff please post your screen names as I might like to add you all to my friends list on pottermore.

Posted by tim_2006 on August 18, 2011, 01:20 PM report to moderator
441 Points


I’m right there with you! Cannot wait! This sounds absolutely amazing. I’m very excited!! Accio Welcome Letter!

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 18, 2011, 01:27 PM report to moderator

Pottermore is going to need a lot to make people want to use it consistently. The quick run through of the first book is fun, but takes only a couple of hours. You can make a potion, but you have to wait hours for it to finish after about two minutes of actual time. The dueling is what most people were doing, but it’s down. Only about 15,000 students right now and it crashes consistently. Good luck to anyone not in yet.

Posted by Wazzuelf on August 18, 2011, 01:29 PM report to moderator
459 Points

I am HollowPixie one eighty five

Posted by tim_2006 on August 18, 2011, 01:30 PM report to moderator
441 Points

I really hope they fix the server error soon. Otherwise no one will be able to use it in October!

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 18, 2011, 01:41 PM report to moderator

The numbers in Harry’s Cupboard is a clock.

Posted by Wazzuelf on August 18, 2011, 01:48 PM report to moderator
14579 Points

THIS IS SOOOOO COOL !!!! I cant wait any longer GRRRR !!

Posted by AlexWeasley12 {WitchFelicis130} on August 18, 2011, 01:56 PM report to moderator
459 Points

Voldemort’s nipple

Posted by tim_2006 on August 18, 2011, 01:58 PM report to moderator
441 Points

I keep hitting “refresh” on my keyboard. Since I’m not in yet, living through someone else’s experience is the next best thing. :)

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 18, 2011, 02:01 PM report to moderator

I am so excited!! Been reading articles and blog posts all over about the Pottermore experience. I am looking forward to helping fine tune the site. I think its exciting that you can’t just chose which house you belong to. That makes me curious of where in the wizarding world I really belong. Breathlessly waiting!!!!

Posted by heathermichelle1983 on August 18, 2011, 02:02 PM report to moderator

I got in on day one and I still didn’t get my ‘welcome email’ :( I hope it will come soon because it looks like great fun! :)

Posted by lolafasola on August 18, 2011, 02:07 PM report to moderator
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