Pottermore Means Gamey Website, Not More Potter

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Pottermore Means Gamey Website, Not More Potter

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J.K. Rowling announced plans for an interactive website and Harry Potter ebooks, but no new novels.

The Escapist reported on a mysterious countdown on YouTube last week and Mr. John Funk cleverly guessed that Pottermore.com would be a sort of interactive website or social network. J.K. Rowling, author of all things Harry Potter, stayed true to her countdown and announced her plans in London this morning. Pottermore.com right now just asks for your email, but promises to eventually be a way to engage with the novels on a different level than merely reading them. Kids will be able to have their house chosen for them by the Sorting Hat, or visit Diagon Alley to go wand-shopping, and Rowling said that more than 18,000 words of new material such as character backgrounds are a part of Pottermore.com.

"I wanted to pull it back to the reading, to the literary and story experience," said Rowling, who oversaw the whole process over the last two years. "I've had a lot to do with virtually every aspect of it."

When the site launches on July 31st (Harry's birthday), the first million registered will participate in a beta test to fine tune the experience before Pottermore opens to the unlimited public in October. At first, the material will only cover the first novel, but content from the Chamber of Secrets will go live in 2012.

The plan is part of Rowling's efforts to make her books appeal to the next generation of potential Potter fans, which is another reason for her to offer the electronic versions of her books, also starting in October. So far, Rowling resisted the idea of ebooks, but she admits that it is impossible to stand in the way of what she calls progress.

"It is my view you can't hold back progress," Rowling said. "Ebooks are here and here to stay. Later than a lot of people, I for the first time downloaded ebooks and it's miraculous for travel and for children in particular. I feel great about taking Harry into this new medium."

Unfortunately for Potter fans, Rowling emphatically stated that she will not write any more novels set at Hogwarts. "I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front," she said. "But it was fun while it lasted."

"I do have closure with Harry." Yes, she does, and after the final film premieres next month, I suppose I will too.

That is, until my daughter is of reading age.

Source: Reuters

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Good call Mr. Funk, good call indeed.

OT: Too bad it's nothing amazingly new but I guess some more background titbits will keep hardcore fans busy for a couple of days.
I heard excel is rather tricky to master.

Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Funny how King, Brown, Patterson and Caine keep writing novels because they enjoy writing them though; while Meyer/Rowling seem happy after they made a big pile of money.

I am so glad that it was not an announcement for more books. I really believe a lot of things in the industry are looking to sell, sell, sell more of the same object in its same medium. I'm happy to say I am quite proud and fond of J.K. Rowling over Pottermore.

Not sure how I feel about this. I love this series, and was sort of hoping for a new book or something, but it will be interesting to see how this turns out...

I'm sure that the HP fans can come-up with another novel without too much trouble.

MeleeMittens123:
I am so glad that it was not an announcement for more books. I really believe a lot of things in the industry are looking to sell, sell, sell more of the same object in its same medium. I'm happy to say I am quite proud and fond of J.K. Rowling over Pottermore.

I second that. It'd be so easy to keep going and drag Potter into the dust...like about half of every other franchise around.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Voldemort: Join me, Harry.

Harry: No!

Voldemort: Dumbledore never told you what became of your father.

Harry: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!

Voldemort: No Harry. I a- hold on, no, that's right, I did, didn't I? Haha, I remember now, good times.

Thank God. I was disappointed when I heard rumors that she was talking about continuing the Harry Potter story. Good thing Rowling is smart enough to realize not to screw up a good ending.

The site sounds fine. I see nothing wrong with trying to encourage new readers to experience the novels.

I'm actually glad that she's not going to do more with it, we've seen what happens when people get just a little too caught up in their creations and start making absolute garbage (That's right, George Lucas, you have been called out!). On the other side of the coin, it does seem wrong to tease the fanbase with a title that makes them almost certain there will be more novels...

Let me say this very bluntly: There is another book being written, and if it isn't being written, it will be very soon.

Scholastic and Warner bros. won't see their dollar signs disappear so easily.

I guessed it wouldent be a book. CAlling a new book "Pottermore" would be like calling a new LoTr book "Aditionalfrodo"

Favorite part of the announcement is that the books are finally coming to ebook. I have all the books in hardcover, but because of my living situation right now, all of them are in storage and ive been dieing to re-read them. Ive got an ereader with a lot of my favorite series on it so far, and it will be great to add HP to the list.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Funny how King, Brown, Patterson and Caine keep writing novels because they enjoy writing them though; while Meyer/Rowling seem happy after they made a big pile of money.

Rowling is continuing to write novels, just not Harry Potter novels as she's said previously that she thinks she's told that story. Personally, I'm glad she isn't continuing to write more Potter books just for the sake of money.

Disaster Button:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Funny how King, Brown, Patterson and Caine keep writing novels because they enjoy writing them though; while Meyer/Rowling seem happy after they made a big pile of money.

Rowling is continuing to write novels, just not Harry Potter novels as she's said previously that she thinks she's told that story. Personally, I'm glad she isn't continuing to write more Potter books just for the sake of money.

"I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front,"

See, I don't know how to take this. Because Beedle the Bard (or whatever) flopped badly, and it doesn't sound like she just means Harry Potter.

Curiouser and curiouser.

MadCapMunchkin:
I'm actually glad that she's not going to do more with it, we've seen what happens when people get just a little too caught up in their creations and start making absolute garbage (That's right, George Lucas, you have been called out!). On the other side of the coin, it does seem wrong to tease the fanbase with a title that makes them almost certain there will be more novels...

Listen, you know that 'Rejoice' character you have as a profile pic? Where is he from, I keep seeing him everywhere!

The Cheezy One:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Voldemort: Join me, Harry.

Harry: No!

Voldemort: Dumbledore never told you what became of your father.

Harry: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!

Voldemort: No Harry. I a- hold on, no, that's right, I did, didn't I? Haha, I remember now, good times.

(Slow clap) Beautiful. Truly beautiful.

UFriday:

Listen, you know that 'Rejoice' character you have as a profile pic? Where is he from, I keep seeing him everywhere![quote="The Cheezy One" post="7.296122.11697492"]

That'd be Richard from the webcomic "Looking For Group".

Enjoy

The_root_of_all_evil:

Disaster Button:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Funny how King, Brown, Patterson and Caine keep writing novels because they enjoy writing them though; while Meyer/Rowling seem happy after they made a big pile of money.

Rowling is continuing to write novels, just not Harry Potter novels as she's said previously that she thinks she's told that story. Personally, I'm glad she isn't continuing to write more Potter books just for the sake of money.

"I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front,"

See, I don't know how to take this. Because Beedle the Bard (or whatever) flopped badly, and it doesn't sound like she just means Harry Potter.

Curiouser and curiouser.

There's quotes and information from interviews regarding her post-Harry writing on her Wiki page explaining that she's in the process of writing a new book for children.

There's these articles too.

http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/JKs-writing-two-books-but.3310739.jp
http://web.archive.org/web/20071020041803/http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/movies/news/n13576.htm

MadCapMunchkin:

UFriday:

Listen, you know that 'Rejoice' character you have as a profile pic? Where is he from, I keep seeing him everywhere![quote="The Cheezy One" post="7.296122.11697492"]

That'd be Richard from the webcomic "Looking For Group".

Enjoy

Thank you kindly, sir. Have a nice day.

MadCapMunchkin:

UFriday:

Listen, you know that 'Rejoice' character you have as a profile pic? Where is he from, I keep seeing him everywhere![quote="The Cheezy One" post="7.296122.11697492"]

That'd be Richard from the webcomic "Looking For Group".

Enjoy

FOR PONY or should I say FOR POTTERMORE?

Gabanuka:
I guessed it wouldent be a book. CAlling a new book "Pottermore" would be like calling a new LoTr book "Aditionalfrodo"

I think I got "additionalfrodo" as a captcha once.

UFriday:

MadCapMunchkin:
I'm actually glad that she's not going to do more with it, we've seen what happens when people get just a little too caught up in their creations and start making absolute garbage (That's right, George Lucas, you have been called out!). On the other side of the coin, it does seem wrong to tease the fanbase with a title that makes them almost certain there will be more novels...

Listen, you know that 'Rejoice' character you have as a profile pic? Where is he from, I keep seeing him everywhere!

The Cheezy One:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Voldemort: Join me, Harry.

Harry: No!

Voldemort: Dumbledore never told you what became of your father.

Harry: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!

Voldemort: No Harry. I a- hold on, no, that's right, I did, didn't I? Haha, I remember now, good times.

(Slow clap) Beautiful. Truly beautiful.

I wish the internet had a sarcastic font. Were you being sarcastic?

Meh. If I wanted to play games in a weird magical England, I'd play Echo Bazaar Which I will. Right now.

Unless the games are truly great she essentially made much ado about an average corporate website. Yawn.

Glad to see she actually respects her books and won't use them as a cash cow. Lucas, Activision, you could stand to learn something from her!

OT: I'm excited. I'm sick of getting put in Hufflepuff by these damn online quizzes. Give me Slytherin or give me death!

I'm happy that it isn't a new book because for me the story ended with the 7th book and anything would be likely to destroy the experience I had with the books.

Damn, I was really hoping for a MMO.

The Cheezy One:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Looks like Harry is duelling with a lightsabre there.

Voldemort: Join me, Harry.

Harry: No!

Voldemort: Dumbledore never told you what became of your father.

Harry: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!

Voldemort: No Harry. I a- hold on, no, that's right, I did, didn't I? Haha, I remember now, good times.

That sir, made my day. Well done. :D

Obligatory text to avoid low content post...

Is it me or is J.K Rowling the most miserable non fictional billionaire? "It was fun while it lasted" to paraphrase: "I am now hopelessly tied to a finished series somebody murder me". Honestly someone post a cheery interview with her.

To Potter fans this is disappointing and was hyped beyond belief. Although it's a nice idea I seem to recall the old Harry potter websites having great interactive features.

Feels like the last line of the article needed a DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUN kind of sound to accompany it.

I will not sign up....I will not sign up...I will not sign up!
Damnit!
'runs over to website'

Hoping for news on a new IP or something actually. I'm happy she's leaving Harry all happy and having defeated Voldemort.

Greg Tito:
"I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front," she said. "But it was fun while it lasted."

My god! Someone who knows when to stop with a very well known, cash-flow series??? *applauds*

Gabanuka:
I guessed it wouldent be a book. CAlling a new book "Pottermore" would be like calling a new LoTr book "Aditionalfrodo"

Calling dibs on "Additionalfrodo" for my band name.

As a huge Harry Potter fan, I am surprised to say...I don't care. At all.

well Rowling was talking about how she personally was working on the project,

what would she have to write?

Maybe it's a little misguided to have 'Pottermore just a website' by way of introduction to this news on the Escapist homepage. This is not 'just' a website thing could potentially shake up the publishing business in a major way, I expect that many authors will want to follow suit and for fans of the fantasy and science fiction genre, that's a BIG YAY!

I agree with many people on this thread, JK Rowling was right to quit while she's ahead!

I cross my fingers that pixar do the same with the Toy Story franchise! :P

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