By Staff Writer Aileen Cacayorin.
Beta testing for the new Pottermore website opened for a select few last Monday and Potterheads around the world were asking:
“Where is my Hogwarts Pottermore letter?!?!”
Pottermore, a new venture by J.K. Rowling, is an interactive website that will allow users to experience the Harry Potter series in a new and immersive way. Content and background details that never made it to the published books will be part of the experience. The site opens to the public in October, but a lucky few (and by few, I mean a million) will get early access to the site between now and the official opening.
Being one of those few was no easy feat. Registration opened earlier this month, but for a chance to register, fans had to complete the Magical Quill challenge. For seven days, one clue was given each day (sometimes in the wee hours of the night/morning for those of us not in th U.K.). The answer to the clue, when added to the end of the url, http://quill.pottermore.com/, would redirect to a site where fans would have to find the Magic Quill. Once located, fans were granted access to the registration page, given usernames, and sent validation emails to solidify their eligibility for early access. Registration was limited and often closed within an hour.
That’s a lot of hoops to jump through: WORTH IT!
Beta testing has been open for a week and many (myself included) are still waiting for their welcome emails. Entry into the beta site is being staggered, but more and more early access users will be allowed in the next few weeks. (See Pottermore Insider for updates).
Once I get my email, I’ll be blogging updates on the site’s features, so check back later here on BabbleOn 5. If you’re on Pottermore (or will be soon) look for me, MarauderSun195!
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