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.