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What Is Pottermore?

Four years have flown by since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It seems like only yesterday, but I guess it is time we’ve heard from Rowling – what’s she up to?

A new website called Pottermore depicts a logo with Rowling’s signature and an owl on each side of the webpage. Clicking either owl will lead you to Rowling’s youtube channel. She will be making an announcement in 3 days 9 hours 38 minutes and 41 seconds!

I’m assuming this announcement has to do with the website, Pottermore… The name suggests there will be more “Potter.” But what could it be?

Immediately, the first thing that came to mind was a virtual encyclopedia. In more than one interview J.K. Rowling has hinted at the idea of creating an encyclopedia of everything “Harry Potter.” I honestly thought it would be a published hard copy encyclopedia, though it makes sense for it to be online. It seems like almost everyone has access to the internet these days… but I’m sure there are fans who don’t. Another benefit for having the encyclopedia online is that Rowling can post links to all of her charities so that fans can easily donate. With all the Harry Potter fans out there it would be dumb not to do that.

Some other speculations:

An 8th Harry Potter book? Maybe, but I seriously doubt it. We’ve already heard Harry’s story. It would have to be from another character’s point of view to be interesting and then it wouldn’t be called “Harry Potter”, would it? Also, none of the actors from the movies know what the announcement will be (so they claim) and I’m sure they’re ready to move on after 10 years of Harry Potter.

Digital Webcomic – That would be pretty cool.

Online Game – That would be really cool. Actually, a lot of fans think Pottermore will be an MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

Social Networking Site – The new site Pottermore could in fact be a social networking site in itself – people from all over the world sharing their thoughts and theories about Harry Potter on an official Harry Potter site. And perhaps Rowling could publish new stories on the site?

Out of all these speculations, I stand firm on the idea that this site will be a virtual encyclopedia. And if I’m wrong, that’s okay. It’s nice to be surprised every now and again!

What do you think Rowling’s announcement will be?

 

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