Potter shabiki sites from around the globe helped us with the Pottermore name reveal, and now those same shabiki sites have been kind enough to tell us what their readers most want to know about the Pottermore experience.
While we can’t give everything away (even though we know you’d like us to!), we’d really upendo to answer some of your maswali …
Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?
Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce zaidi languages in the future – including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider.
Will Pottermore be free?
Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; wewe won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore duka will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something – au not – won't affect your progress through the story as the duka sits outside of the online kusoma experience.
Can wewe please explain what wewe mean kwa 'online kusoma experience'? How much will I, as a Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn't Harry's story already been told?
The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and pakia your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that wewe come across.
So Pottermore isn't a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, au a social network game like Farmville?
No. While there will be some simple games wewe can play (you'll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.
Isn't there a House Cup that we compete for kwa earning points?
Yes, there is. As wewe progress through the story you'll also be able to earn house points – and once wewe get to the end of the first book wewe can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.
Would wewe say Pottermore is a social network for mashabiki of Harry Potter?
Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook au the Harry Potter foramu and shabiki sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook Marafiki (if you're over thirteen) and leave maoni in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn't a social networking site where wewe can share personal information au chat in forums.
I saw the Sony logo at the juu of Pottermore.com. What's Sony's involvement with the site?
Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users.
Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we'll be releasing this material as each of the seven vitabu appears on the site.
Once I've been sorted, will I be able to change houses?
J.K. Rowling has created a series of maswali for the Sorting Hat, and how wewe answer these maswali will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you've been sorted, wewe won't be able to change; the Sorting Hat's decision is final!
What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?
The Pottermore duka is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide zaidi information closer to the time.
I’ve imewasilishwa my barua pepe to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?
Not yet. If you’ve imewasilishwa your barua pepe address to the site, we'll use it to let wewe know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an barua pepe from us, you'll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.
Remember, to get into Hogwarts wewe must have magical ability...
What's going to happen on 31 July?
We don't want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, au keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (link
) and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details