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Pottermore Insider Answers Questions on Duelling, Potions, and Beta Feedback

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Stephanie_J
September 02, 2011, 05:52 PM

As mentioned last week, the Pottermore Insider blog has now been updated to answer frequently asked questions that Pottermore beta users have been asking. Concerns dealing with the potions brewing, wizards duelling, and moderation for common room comments are all addressed.

Additionally, the Insider reveals that a Pottermore beta survey will be sent out in a few weeks to those who have already gained entry into the site and will allow fans to provide more specific feedback.

'...It'd be nice to know IF Wizard Dueling will be available to beta testers again. I don't care when, just a yes or not.' [sic]   - cwbrumm
Yes! We know that you like Wizard’s Duel - a lot. This section of the site has proven to be immensely popular and we’ve been making a number of improvements behind the scenes to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible. We just need to finish making and testing our changes.
Continue reading at this link!

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97 Points

I got in on day two and I still haven’t received my email :(

Posted by FullofWrackspurts [ROAR] on September 02, 2011, 10:34 PM report to moderator
92 Points

I am still waiting as well !!! and I got in on day 4. I am avoiding anything Pottermore until I get in so I feel a bit left out right now even though I try to be patient.

Posted by hibou333 (Roar) on September 02, 2011, 11:10 PM report to moderator
76 Points

It all sounds so amazing……and i’m still waiting. dang.

Posted by B.Potter.Q on September 03, 2011, 12:26 AM report to moderator
1636 Points

If they’re mostly going in order for the emails, I won’t be getting mine for the next couple of batches probably, and I’m a day 2…
I heard somewhere that someone got an email from PM answering a question they had and saying that they weren’t going in order for the emails anymore..but that could just be a rumor. So don’t take what I just said to heart. then again, don’t assume they’re going in perfect order, either.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on September 03, 2011, 01:14 AM report to moderator
673 Points

@ S Palms that was me but it wasn’t really a pottemore site, just people pretenting they are. Anyhow I’m still waiting for my owl too I’m starting to think that I won’t get get in until the last batch

Posted by mencia on September 03, 2011, 03:32 AM report to moderator

Looking at who’s there I have ONLY seen day 1&2 people, there may be a few from other days for reasons of age, language, time zone etc, but I think there are quite a few people trying to hoodwink us! It really does seem they are going in order. 144,302 students as of 9.20am BST, and Slytherin and Ravenclaw are neck and neck in house points, best go find some points to try and push Ravenclaw to the lead!

Posted by pottyloveslooney on September 03, 2011, 04:43 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

I’m still WAITING!!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on September 03, 2011, 04:53 AM report to moderator

MagicalMe^_^: I think the count, or possibly sorting itself, is broken at the moment, which is why the total isn’t increasing. I am guessing the decrease is from accounts disappearing – the timing is a bit strange for Pottermore doing it, so it could be people deleting their accounts (though I am not sure why anyone would want to do that).

Posted by roonwit on September 03, 2011, 05:43 AM report to moderator
42 Points

Yay! I’ll be able to try Dueling soon! Pottermore’s awesome so far!

Posted by ki700 on September 03, 2011, 05:45 AM report to moderator
47 Points

I guess I’m not going to have my access until the very end of the “early access period” but..I can’t wait for all the Potion brewing stuff, seriously °__°

Posted by roby_boh on September 03, 2011, 06:51 AM report to moderator
5297 Points

@magicalme, i got in on the 6th day. And still haven’t got mine either :((

Posted by ceweez on September 03, 2011, 07:33 AM report to moderator
441 Points

@MagicalMe – I hope you’re right in that they are taking care of the cheaters out there!

Posted by purplehogwarts on September 03, 2011, 09:32 AM report to moderator

Y’know. I was really patient up to this point. I gave the site the benefit of the doubt assuming that they knew what they were doing.

Now I’m positive that they’re in way over their heads. We’re two months into Beta and not even a month away from the date they said was “open to all” month. And in all that time not even close to half of the promised amount of Beta testers have been allowed access to the site.

I got in about 3 minutes after the contest opened on Day 2 and I’m still waiting for an e-mail. If people who got in DAY 2 are still waiting, how is this site possibly going to allow in people further along than that before the site opens for all?

If this site can’t even test the site at full Beta capacity how are they planning on opening wide in barely a month? That’s like in High School when our theatre department wouldn’t even run the entire play through until the night before open, and it ended up as disastrous as you would think.

I’ve pretty much resigned to the fact that I’m going to be forgotten about, or even that I’ll get an e-mail roughtly 2 days before the full open and not be able to provide any meaningful feedback in the time allotted, which was my major reasoning for wanting in on the Beta testing period. I have a great love for the books and personally I’m probably far better qualified to help make changes to a site than many of the thousands of kids that have been let in who just want to play the games and not help improve the site (I have a friend who just wanted in because of that reason; not to help at all. She’s in), and yet, here I sit with no e-mail.

If the site didn’t want to let in a million people to Beta test it shouldn’t have allowed a million people to sign up. It’s really that simple. Because letting 3/4 of that million in a DAY before the site opens wide to everyone is NOT a Beta Test. It’s barely even a head start for those who weren’t interested in helping improve the site and just wanted privileged treatment for a bit before the site is overrun. It’s just insulting to everyone who stayed up to find the quill and really wanted to be involved.

Posted by yosafbridge on September 03, 2011, 09:44 AM report to moderator
90 Points

I’m in (finally!)!! :D and I’m a Hufflepuff 8-D

Posted by KittyVD on September 03, 2011, 09:49 AM report to moderator
75566 Points

Well maybe someday everyone who bothered to enroll early will see it

Posted by Girlraven1 on September 03, 2011, 10:01 AM report to moderator
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