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Pottermore Insider Updated: Beta Access Continues, Staggered Entrance

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
August 18, 2011, 02:57 PM

The Pottermore Insider blog has been updated to mark the progress of the first few days of beta access to the Harry Potter online reading experience.  The blog post reads, in part:

At the start of this week, we sent out Welcome emails to a small number of Beta users. These people have been busy exploring the site, leaving comments to tell us when they like something, and making suggestions when they find something they would like us to improve. In just four days we’ve learned an awful lot and, as a result, have started making changes to improve the Pottermore experience.  
We know that a lot of people are eager to receive their Welcome emails and that it’s difficult to wait but, as we mentioned in our earlier blog post, we’re staggering entry to Pottermore and to start with we’re only letting a small number of people onto the site.

Leaky has access to Pottermore and is updating this post with our live observations throughout the day.  A full review will be posted shortly.

If you have access to this beta version of Pottermore, please do share your thoughts in the comments below!

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10471 Points

Thanks for the update MyLeaky! And I appreciate everything Pottermore has done and will do for all the Harry Potter fans! But the wait is unpleasant but I will survive! :)

Posted by . on August 18, 2011, 03:24 PM report to moderator
75 Points

the waiting is awful…but sooner (hopefully…) or lately we will all be rewarded xD

Posted by Ginny*Weasley on August 18, 2011, 03:30 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

When are you updating as you go through it? Waiting to get in is painful!

Posted by KiwiMcI on August 18, 2011, 03:39 PM report to moderator
268 Points

No email for me :( but I appreciate the update!

Posted by LovesLaborLost on August 18, 2011, 03:42 PM report to moderator

It is nice we have some news, and updating when they have added some more accounts should ease the uncertainty a bit, perhaps the load on the site as well. However I think it would be nice if they also told us how many accounts had been joined so we could get some idea as to how things are progressing.

Posted by roonwit on August 18, 2011, 03:54 PM report to moderator

does anyone know if there is a link in the email to activate the account or if the email is just a formality so you know that you can now get on?

Posted by luckyleo81 on August 18, 2011, 04:01 PM report to moderator
362 Points

I think is a little lame…Don’t get me wrong, I understand how huge this endevour has to be, but I also think that it was predictable. Don’t you remember how the Pottermore site collapsed the very first time, more than a month ago??? And still, the site keeps colapsing. So, are they going to be able to support the millions of fans Harry Potter has? Personally, it annoys me that they keep saying that just a SMALL group of people is being let in… in general I feel a little disappointed…

Posted by Halfblood Princess on August 18, 2011, 04:08 PM report to moderator

Calm down, this is a big endavor and they are still in the testing stages. They are preparing for the millions of people that will show up when it’s live. And dont expect a 100% of the site for the folks that get in as told by the blog.

Posted by Mr.Bones on August 18, 2011, 04:19 PM report to moderator

luckyleo81: I understand the email is a formality, I believe some people found the site open before they saw their email.
Halfblood Princess: The site may not be at full power yet. If they are letting small numbers on they may be keeping some machines back for internal testing and development.

Posted by roonwit on August 18, 2011, 04:21 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

I have said this before, and at risk of being deemed redundant I repeat, that so far everyone I know who has been sorted has been placed in a house they would not have personally chosen. I think this is a serious flaw in the Pottermore setup… Like the ‘real’ sorting hat in the books, one’s personal preference SHOULD have weight in the sorting process!

Posted by Won_Two on August 18, 2011, 04:27 PM report to moderator

But isn’t the person sorted by honestly answering a series of questions that leads them to be sorted?

Posted by Sickle Dawn (Lexi) on August 18, 2011, 04:40 PM report to moderator

Yes, when I received my welcome email there was a link in it that took me to the site and I logged in there.

@Won_Two {CastleWitch96}
Personal choice is taken into account, at least it was for me. After answering the questions, I was then asked which house I wanted to be in. Not sure where you’re getting your info from, but you can relax.

Posted by Nickan8r71 on August 18, 2011, 04:48 PM report to moderator
1061 Points

That picture of the Great Hall is absolutely gorgeous! I’m glad they’re keeping us updated, they haven’t forgotten about us unfortunates who’ve had no email yet!
I’m surprised they’re making changes while people are still using the website, maybe that explains some of the glitches people have been talking about? :/

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 18, 2011, 04:51 PM report to moderator
61 Points

My, my. What is it? Lots of people sorted into Slytherin? By the tone of some unreasonably impatient posts that might be a sign they got the sorting quite right. Or maybe it’s a Dudley thing -how many are there? Last year there were 37! Really, she’s giving you this thing FREE -why all the whining and whinging? Have some bloody patience.

Posted by CathrynOCamdentowne on August 18, 2011, 04:53 PM report to moderator
362 Points

Yes, roonwit… I understand and I think you’re right, however it still is a little annoying… they should be testing the real thing and stop holding back (in case they are).
And Won Two: I think that if they took our choice the majority would end up in Gryffindor ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… nevertheless I read somewhere else that they were given the opportunity to choose between two houses (Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff) and ended up being sorted in the house they chose…

Posted by Halfblood Princess on August 18, 2011, 04:58 PM report to moderator
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