Thoughts on Pottermore

When Pottermore was first announced and the contest began, I honestly wasn’t all that interested. I have the uncanny ability to become addicted to flash games. I did not need to lose days of sleep trying to beat a game that in the end wouldn’t change my day-to-day life. I certainly wasn’t going to wake up at all hours of the day to try to find and decode the puzzle, hoping I was quick enough to grab the limited number of slots for the day.

Once registration closed, I watched as beta testers were admitted and began playing. I admit, I was curious. A girl can live vicariously, can’t she? Many didn’t seem to understand the concept of beta and expected the game to have few, if any, flaws, rather than what actually occurred. The game had more flaws than could be tallied and the programmers/designers were scrambling to keep it stable. Even with all the flaws, I couldn’t get enough of the extras pouring out from the beta testers. The author had always told the public that she had created the entire magical universe and a backstory, more than could fit into the seven published volumes of Harry Potter and handful of extras that were course books at Hogwarts.

On April 14, 2012, Pottermore opened to the public and I enrolled. I didn’t note the specific time, but I would guess I started the registration process in the late morning/early afternoon. I didn’t receive my confirmation email until after 7pm and the last email with my final log-in directions appeared around 9pm. However, by 9 I had already been playing for an hour or more. I decided to log-in after the confirmation email to see if there was an indication of when to expect the next email. I was pleasantly surprised to find I could begin playing. I spent the evening hours, after Boo went to bed, reading all the extra information on Hogwarts and the inhabitants of the J. K. Rowling’s magical world. It was worth the wait.

Under an assumed identity, the site chooses names for the members, I have completed Book One, but I’m not very confident that I’ve found everything. I’ve been through many of the chapters multiple times and still seem to find something new. I’ve found many chocolate frog cards, a few potion ingredients, extra book as well as galleons for the bank account and other random items. There is an implication that I might need the things I’ve collected so for now I’ll keep them tucked away in my school trunk. For the present, we only have Book One but the information contained in it is enough to keep me patiently waiting at least 6 more months before I’ll start to wonder when Book Two will open.

Of the several multiple choice quizzes, I found my wand and was sorted. I also brought a cat to school, shocking to anyone who knows me. My wand is made from redwood with a unicorn core; it is eleven inches long and is hard.

From Pottermore:

Redwood wands are not themselves lucky, but are strongly attracted to witches and wizards who already possess the admirable ability to fall on their feet, to make the right choice, to snatch advantage from catastrophe. Unicorn are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair.

If you are looking for me and can’t find me, you now know where I’ll be. I took screen caps when presented with multiple choice quizzes so that I can try again for a different outcome if I find I need more adventure.