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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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102 Comments

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I hope they sort out the crashes… It is quite annoying having to start over after waiting for a long time just to log back in…

Posted by Won_Two on August 18, 2011, 12:00 PM report to moderator
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I got in on Monday, have been exploring Pottermore daily since then. I only now noticed the meter-numbers in Harry’s cupboard, though. :)
I still haven’t found all my Chocolate Frog Cards, there are 2 missing …

Posted by saanalehto on August 18, 2011, 12:08 PM report to moderator
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sounds awesome, I can’t wait!

Posted by mencia on August 18, 2011, 12:23 PM report to moderator
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A couple of my friends have already gotten in, and I am anxiously awaiting my email. I got in the first day, but I don’t know if they are sending out emails in order of signing up or just randomly.

Posted by Helluin on August 18, 2011, 12:26 PM report to moderator
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69 Points

helluin have your friends registered on day 1?

Posted by the_chosen_one4 on August 18, 2011, 12:27 PM report to moderator
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157 Points

Still waiting for my welcome email & I want it even more now!!! :)

Posted by StephieLB on August 18, 2011, 12:47 PM report to moderator
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You find a remembrall later on, and like most things in your trunk, it doesn’t really serve a purpose. @mommato2beauties, I think those numbers in Harry’s cupboard are just the time that it’s supposed to be at that moment, 3:31 PM.

Posted by TravDogg on August 18, 2011, 12:55 PM report to moderator
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432 Points

huh. feeling dejected. my computer said tht i had one email…i go so excited for about a milisecond…. then i found out tht it was just a stupid ad for an upgrade….
i wish they would hurry up and send out the emails!

Posted by Hermione Weasley on August 18, 2011, 12:56 PM report to moderator
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I’m so excited for my mail!
I got in on day two so I probably won’t get in for a while anyway with my luck but I keep checking every half hour, which is an improvement from the last two days lol
Oh well, I’m re-reading the series (again) to keep me distracted, almost half way through GoF (:

Posted by questdream51 on August 18, 2011, 12:57 PM report to moderator
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o leaky is sooo lucky!!! i’ve been waiting so long to gain access!!!

Posted by ahaque521 on August 18, 2011, 01:00 PM report to moderator
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I’m slowly going crazy waiting for access. sigh

Posted by TheGreenSphinx on August 18, 2011, 01:05 PM report to moderator
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I’m slowly going crazy waiting for access. sigh

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I’m slowly going crazy waiting for access. sigh

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I’m slowly going crazy waiting for access. sigh

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I’m slowly going crazy waiting for access. sigh

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