Last week, J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore allowed 1 million lucky users access to the site, where they would use their Harry Potter knowledge to solve clues and locate quills. Their prize? Uncovering 18,000 words’ worth of new content about the wizarding world (Quidditch rules, etc.) and the bragging rights that you got there first. We didn’t get an invite, but that’s OK, because we’ve discovered something even better: Twimore, the ultimate Twilight fan destination. More
Come on, guys. It’s the end of an era. Grab a Butterbeer or a Firewhiskey. We’ll get through this. I promise.
Although J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore announcement this morning was frustratingly vague, at least one fan claims to have the goods. Jess at JoRowling.net just tweeted a bevy of screenshots from what she claims is the Pottermore site; if these are real, it would seem that she got a test beta to explore the digital community. More
We were right! A few minutes ago, J.K. Rowling‘s big announcement hit the web (you can watch the video after the jump): Her new website Pottermore will be “an online reading experience unlike any other” which gives younger fans a safe digital space to discuss the series and the world, with Rowling herself popping in to share tidbits that didn’t make it into the books.
…And that’s about it. Aside from some nifty graphics in the video, there were no other details about the ins and outs of the site. I figured at the least we’d get a tutorial for using the forums, writing groups, or whatever facets make Pottermore a unique community. Oh, we get the exclusive chance to download digital Potter ebooks. Woo? More
Lionsgate’s legal department has shut down two of the biggest Hunger Games fansites, Hunger Games Tesserae and Welcome to Panem. As you might remember from a few months ago, these sites were what really spurred the fandom into action (right before all the casting announcements) by sorting users into one of the twelve districts, putting in their names for the Hunger Games, and sending cryptic messages from the capital. We had suspected that Lionsgate was running some sort of ARG (Alternate Reality Game — a great way to build buzz and draw in new fans), but it’s clear now that these sites, though ARGs, were fan-run. More
When we theorized yesterday about what J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore website and June 23 announcement could be, commenter Carolynn suggested two very convincing possibilities: What sounds like a brand encompassing books, playthings, games, and even an online forum; and the long-awaited Harry Potter encyclopedia. Let’s tackle these in order. More
J.K. Rowling has just launched the new site Pottermore, with the cryptic message you see above. And on her YouTube page is the message that in about 6 days (that would be next Wednesday, the 22nd), the Harry Potter author will be making a big announcement. We know that all this mystery pertains to Rowling’s new book, but so far there’s been no word on what it will be. More