Lucky few gain early access to J.K. Rowling’s “Pottermore”


Remeny White: Staff Writer

A handful of fortunate Harry Potter enthusiasts were allowed to register early for J.K. Rowling’s new website ‘Pottermore’ from July 31 to August 6.

Those interested in gaining early access to the site had to complete an online challenge. The ultimate goal of the challenge was to find ‘The Magical Quill’, a quill residing in Hogwarts that documents the birth of a magical child.

Each day offered a different clue corresponding to a different book of the series of seven. Day one of registration matched up with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, day two with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and so on.

The clues got easier as the week went on, ranging from the difficult: “How many breeds of owl are featured on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign? Multiply this number by 49″ on the first day, to the much simpler: “How many Deathly Hallows are there? Multiply this number by 7″ on the last day.

Answering a clue correctly lead the hopeful fans to the Magical Quill.

The site will offer exclusive Harry Potter content, including background information on characters and settings, and eBook sales of all the books in the series. It will also add an interactive aspect to the stories.

“I’m really excited to see what the website is going to look like and to finally find out all the secrets J.K. Rowling has been keeping,” said freshman Jenny Luo.

Pottermore went viral in mid-June. Though in its early stages it was just a purple backdrop with the words “Pottermore, coming soon…” and J.K. Rowling’s signature, the website created serious hype.

“When I first came across [Pottermore] I was confused, but intrigued at the same time. I wanted to learn more about it, so I ended up going on the website almost every day,” said sophomore Spenser Atlas.

The site became so popular prior to the challenge that at 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on July 30 the site’s server crashed and the homepage was replaced with the message, “Due to overwhelming demand, you cannot access Pottermore right now.”

Those who were unable to register early will be able to enter in October when the site opens to the public.

This article has been corrected from an earlier version. It previously stated, “However, registering in advance did not guarantee early entry to Pottermore. An email will be sent out in a few weeks to those who have registered and only the first one million people to respond will be allowed in.” In fact, Over the seven day registration period only one million people were allowed to register, but once they registered they were guaranteed access when their second email arrived. However, people will be receiving their second emails at different times and thus will be let in at different times.

11 Responses to Lucky few gain early access to J.K. Rowling’s “Pottermore”

  1. Harry

    August 8, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    “However, registering in advance did not guarantee early entry to Pottermore. An email will be sent out in a few weeks to those who have registered and only the first one million people to respond will be allowed in.”

    Sorry to say it, but you’re wrong.
    Everyone who got the first email from Pottermore and validated their account, is already in.
    When you validate it, it says “congratulations, you will be one of the lucky few to shape the Pottermore experience”

    The welcome emails will be sent out to all the people who validated their account with their first email. All of these people will get to go into Pottermore early.

  2. Emily

    August 8, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    um the person above me is wrong more than 1 million people validated there account they only let some people in to the site each day. just because you registered your account doesn’t mean you will get early access, my friend validated her account and didn’t get in early and my account took 2 days for the congratulations message to come up, so sorry harry your wrong.

  3. Shires

    August 8, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Harry’s right.
    P.S. Great job McKenna!

  4. Beta Tester

    August 8, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Harry is right. Everyone that registered and validated their email from pottermore were told they will be beta testers by the website.

  5. BetterHarry

    August 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    @Harry Sorry but you’re wrong. The first e-mail was just to vallidate ur registration. The first one million to answer to the welcome e-mail will be the ones allowed to enter first.
    You really didn’t think that JK would have made it that easy for us?

  6. KS

    August 8, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Everyone that registered will get in early but some will get in earlier than others. They are staggering the entries of people who are registered so the website will not be overwhelmed in the beta period. They will send out emails to those who registered when they are allowed to enter the website.

  7. Maddie

    August 8, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    I agree with you. i logged in and it told me the same thing and i may have to wait a few weeks for the email to arrive.

  8. Mike

    August 9, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    “Harry” is right–the 7-day registration period was limited so that only 1,000,000 people could create accounts. All those people are guaranteed entry. Of course, the earlier you register, the earlier you get in, with Day 1 registrants entering any day now, and those who registered on Day 7 will only get in about a week before the general public.

  9. Aanonymous

    August 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Harry is right. If you have validated your account, you’re guaranteed early entry.

  10. DarrenCrissLover

    August 9, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Harry is right it said it on the email and I quote “A million registrants are going to be granted early entry into Pottermore to help give it the finishing touches, and the exciting news is that if you validate your account quickly, you could be one of the lucky few selected. Please be quick because places are going to be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis”

    Once you validate it on the site it said you are in. So once you have validated your account and it is CONFIRMED, then you will get your welcome email just basically saying your allowed in.

    :) Hope that clears things up

  11. IluvHP

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    Well, I don’t know who’s wrong and who’s not, but I do know that only a million people were let in by the early registration process. All those who got in, and validated their account with the ‘Congratulations’ email, will get into the beta site. However, not everybody will get in at the same time. The ‘welcome’ email can arrive anytime before the last day of September. Rest assured, it will arrive to the people who have validated their accounts.
    This is what I know. I hope its true :)

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