Monday, August 8, 2011

J.K. Rowling Reveals Further Pottermore Details

The release of "Pottermore," has been scheduled for October of this year.  According to a press release, one million fans will have the opportunity to take part in a beta testing period on Pottermore, where they will have a chance to "help put the finishing touches" on the website.

Not long ago, a press conference in London, at the Victoria and Albert Museum was held, where J.K. Rowling unveiled more information about Pottermore, much of which is available for you below.

"To be included with Pottermore is extensive brand new material featuring character information, back story, and more from the Harry Potter universe, totaling approximately 18,000 new words from J.K Rowling herself.  (Although Rowling has two times that amount written down.)

Pottermore will be a collaborative effort, with J.K. Rowling promising new information as the project continues, with fan interaction contributing to this.

At the press conference, J.K. Rowling teased a few characters that she has extensive back story about, including Professor McGonagall, and Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's relationship.

With much of the potential Encyclopedia information now to be made available via Pottermore, Jo mentioned that she is still not sure if a physical encyclopedia will ever come.

With the storyline for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to be made available in October on Potterwatch, the storyline for Chamber of Secrets is expected to begin in early 2012.

The official Pottermore shop will open in October, where visitors will be able to browse a number of products, including the first ever Harry Potter e-books.  This arrival has been sparked by Jo's own recent forays into digital downloads."

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