Though both the film and book series of Harry Potter are over, the story lives on and not just in the memories and hearts of the fans, Harry’s hitting the web.
Pottermore is a site where fans of the series can go to rediscover the stories as well as read additional information that J.K. Rowling has never revealed before. It will also distribute Harry Potter eBooks and audio books. This will be the first time the series has been, legally, turned into eBooks. To a Potter fan the website is very exciting, but it won’t be officially launched until October. However, each day for seven days, five of which have already past, a clue has been put on the site. The people who solve the clue will be able to go to a different page to search for the ‘magic quill’. If they find this, they will be one of the lucky few that get to enter early and help shape the site.
Every weekday I wake up at half eight in the morning to walk my dog, but today the first thing I did was turn on the computer and check Pottermore. The clue had not been posted yet. I only learned how to try gain access to Pottermore last night, after the clue had already been and gone, so this was my first real try at getting in. As I got ready to leave, I refreshed the page many times, but still no clue. I returned from my walk, which takes about an hour, and there was still nothing. Through some quick googling, I found out that a blog had given the exact time the clue would go up on day 3, which was two days ago. As the day went by, it was announced that, in my time zone, the clue would be posted at some point between half four pm and eight pm. I didn’t trust it so I continued to refresh the page, basically every few seconds, until finally, at around six o’clock, the clue pops up.
‘What is the house number of the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, then multiply you answer by 21’, I almost had a heart attack when I realised the clue had appeared. Knowing that, since it was day five, the clue would be related to the Order of the Phoenix, I had the book at hand. However, I didn’t need it as that was actually one of the questioned at suspected and even said to my friend. Once I had the answer calculated, I struggled with my dad’s iPad trying to get the URL in, but it didn’t seem to want to work. My friend, seeing my frustration, used her iPhone to go to the URL. She handed me the phone which I end discarded as the iPad finally worked. I was brought to a page to search for the quill which was in such an obvious play that I thought it was just an example of what to look out for, but I clicked it and it said I had successfully found the quill. Also my friend, using the iPhone, which I’d so mindlessly dropped on the bed, also found the quill.
We were given usernames and a few hours later we both received e-mails to complete the process. Now my friend, Amy, and I have joined the ranks of people who get to see Pottermore before it officially opens. If you are trying to solve to gain access I wish you luck. Just keep on refreshing. In completely unrelated news, Amy got accepted to DCU today and is probably going to kill me for putting this in.
What do you think? Will Amy be popular among her new class? Is DCU lucky to have her? Was getting into Pottermore a bigger achievement than DCU? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.