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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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197 Comments

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@Noz

Well said in answer to Mirdan’s question. You’re totally correct that, while the general thread of the actual books is followed and briefly covered while exploring Pottermore, it is not the way to experience the world of Harry Potter. Reading the books should always come first.

P.S. Enjoyed your mention of the Scottish Book! Honestly, while Pottermore is great and everything, I really do hope JKR does eventually put out an encyclopedia as she once said. I’d love to have a physical book to sit down and read all of this new information in, instead of having to boot up the old computer every time I want to read it.

Posted by Nickan8r71 on August 20, 2011, 09:22 AM report to moderator
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still no email for me :( I got in on day 3 though, for those who are in to pottermore what day did you do the clue?

Posted by RumbleRoarrrrr on August 20, 2011, 09:42 AM report to moderator
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I hope another batch of Welcome Letters come out soon…I’m still eagerly waiting!!

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 20, 2011, 10:25 AM report to moderator
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I really hope i get the mail!

Posted by {!ROAR!} on August 20, 2011, 10:53 AM report to moderator
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@ rumble – i got my email yesterday and validated my account about 45 minutes after the first clue went up. when you are in the site you can see what day the other people registered and most people got in on the first clue, then there are some people who got in the 2nd day and there are also a few people who got in the 3rd day. i’ve heard people are in from later days but i havent seen anyone from those days yet. so i have a feeling they are trying to go in day order as much as their beta testing needs will allow.

Posted by luckyleo81 on August 20, 2011, 10:55 AM report to moderator
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luckyleo81 i think you’re right….they indeed are trying to put people in who signed up on day 1 …

Posted by the_chosen_one4 on August 20, 2011, 11:17 AM report to moderator
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69 Points

will they send some emails today? they havent updated insider yet…

Posted by the_chosen_one4 on August 20, 2011, 11:18 AM report to moderator
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will they send some emails today? they havent updated insider yet…

Posted by the_chosen_one4 on August 20, 2011, 11:18 AM report to moderator
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Do you think they are sending emails every day?

Posted by CocoaPuffs1580 on August 20, 2011, 01:02 PM report to moderator
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yeah …they should…there’s one million people the must put in untill the end of september…i dont think they have the luxury to put only 5 or 4 days a week…

Posted by the_chosen_one4 on August 20, 2011, 01:08 PM report to moderator
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Not for nothing, but they should have been letting in around 125k every single week between now and when it opens. This is getting silly on the beta. I think they under estimated the popularity.

Posted by Runwild101 (Robby) on August 20, 2011, 01:16 PM report to moderator
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well i really want my email now but i believe they re trying their best…lets not be so cruel with them…

Posted by the_chosen_one4 on August 20, 2011, 01:19 PM report to moderator
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Whose being cruel, it’s simple math. I feel for them honestly. Any technical team trying to launch that type of site would need some serious resources in order to manage everything. Believe me when we have an issue with our systems at work…it’s all hands on deck and we better be on the conference bridge until it’s over.

Posted by Runwild101 (Robby) on August 20, 2011, 01:41 PM report to moderator
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@Robby I think they’re trying to fix the site first so it’s able to withstand that kind of amount before letting that many people in. ..a bit unprepared, but that’s expected of the beta process.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 20, 2011, 02:51 PM report to moderator
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I think they’ll send new e-mails every 4-5 days or once a week…which is too bad, because I did the 2nd day clue and I’m still waiting….but you know, it would be much much better to enter a bit later, since I hear the page has many issues now and maybe even crashes often

Posted by CatrinJane on August 20, 2011, 03:03 PM report to moderator
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