Potter fan sites from around the globe helped us with the Pottermore name reveal, and now those same fan sites have been kind enough to tell us what their readers most want to know about the Pottermore experience.
While we can’t give everything away (even though we know you’d like us to!), we’d really love to answer some of your vragen …
Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?
Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce meer languages in the future – including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider.
Will Pottermore be free?
Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; u won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore koop will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something – of not – won't affect your progress through the story as the koop sits outside of the online reading experience.
Can u please explain what u mean door 'online reading experience'? How much will I, as a Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn't Harry's story already been told?
The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and uploaden your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that u come across.
So Pottermore isn't a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, of a social network game like Farmville?
No. While there will be some simple games u can play (you'll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.
Isn't there a House Cup that we compete for door earning points?
Yes, there is. As u progress through the story you'll also be able to earn house points – and once u get to the end of the first book u can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.
Would u say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry Potter?
Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook of the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook vrienden (if you're over thirteen) and leave commentaren in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn't a social networking site where u can share personal information of chat in forums.
I saw the Sony logo at the top, boven of Pottermore.com. What's Sony's involvement with the site?
Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users.
Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we'll be releasing this material as each of the seven boeken appears on the site.
Once I've been sorted, will I be able to change houses?
J.K. Rowling has created a series of vragen for the Sorting Hat, and how u answer these vragen will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you've been sorted, u won't be able to change; the Sorting Hat's decision is final!
What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?
The Pottermore koop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide meer information closer to the time.
I’ve toegevoegd my emai to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?
Not yet. If you’ve toegevoegd your emai address to the site, we'll use it to let u know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an emai from us, you'll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.
Remember, to get into Hogwarts u must have magical ability...
What's going to happen on 31 July?
We don't want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, of keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (link
) and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details