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article imageJ.K. Rowling's website 'Pottermore' will open in April

By Brian LaSorsa     Mar 8, 2012 in Entertainment
Pottermore, a website based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling series and subsequent feature films, will open in April, according to the website's official blog.
Fans of the wildly popular Harry Potter series were given the chance on July 31st, 2011—coinciding with the birth date of the series' main character—to register for the website's beta release, which could first be used in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
The project was originally announced by Rowling's team on June 23rd of the same year. The press release states:
J.K. Rowling has written extensive new material about the characters, places and objects in the much-loved stories, which will inform, inspire and entertain readers as they journey through the storylines of the books. [...]
In the new website, the storyline will be brought to life with sumptuous newly-commissioned illustrations and interactive ‘Moments’ through which you can navigate, starting with the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone. On entering, you choose a magic username and begin your experience. As you move through the chapters, you can read and share exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling, and, just as Harry joins Hogwarts, so can you. You visit Diagon Alley, get sorted into a house, cast spells and mix potions to help your house compete for the House Cup.
Harry Potter fans are well-known in the entertainment spheres for following the series with exaggerated enthusiasm, waiting in hours-long lines for the books, films, and theme park for the opportunity to be first.
Rowling's' intention was to have the Pottermore website up and running by October 2011, but it had been put off for nearly six months, leaving hopeless fans wondering if the final project would ever actually open.
Fortunately they were met with good news earlier today. The website's official blog writes,
We’re pleased to announce that will be open to everyone in early April 2012. […]
There have definitely been some challenges and the whole Pottermore team has been working really hard to incorporate all the Beta activity and feedback. This means that over the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding exclusive content and many more exciting features (such as sounds) to Pottermore for you to explore, share and discover.
So get ready to join the Pottermore journey – the wait is nearly over.
Rowling’s spokesperson told the Associated Press that no certain date has been decided for the Harry Potter e-books, but the new website will be the only way to purchase them.
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