On the 5th day of the Magical Quill Challenge, I registered to become one of the million betas for Pottermore. After consistently checking my email for about a month, I finally received my welcome email at 5:07 PM yesterday. I am now a proud Hufflepuff student and owner of an unyielding 10 3/4 in. beech and phoenix feather wand. I am slowly advancing through the story (currently on Chapter 12) and enjoying site a lot.
Pottermore is a beautiful and fun website to explore, but it can be extremely irritating when you have to wait up to 45 minutes to access the site. The graphics are smooth and the details are absolutely stunning! It has a very simple interface, but the site lacks interactivity in many of the “moments”. So far, I think the most amazing part of the experience are the wands, which have characteristics that are really accurate (especially for my little brother). It seems as though J.K. Rowling can read minds because the questions seem quite generic at first but can somehow tell your personality. One huge problem is that there is no way to earn galleons, besides randomly finding them in the “moments”. Spells are okay, although I haven’t had a chance to duel because duelling seems to be down. Potions are really fun, but it is difficult and extremely time consuming. J.K. Rowling’s exclusive information is interesting to read and I am very happy that they made an easy way to tell the difference between exclusive content and events and information from the books.
Overall, I think Pottermore is a great beginning for a great online experience, but it definitely a work in progress. The site doesn’t really have many bugs, but there are still several different key elements that are missing or would make it more enjoyable.
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