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Pottermore will be public in April 2012!

J.K. Rowling’s new website, Pottermore, is a special place where Harry Potter fans can go to dive back into the magic of the Harry Potter series. However it has been in beta mode for many months for the lucky million users accepted as testers.


The site, which includes many interactive features and over 18,000 extra words of content and background information for the Harry Potter books, has been going through major updates and was expected to be open to the public some months ago. It has finally been announced that the site will open to the public early next month!

Here’s what the Pottermore Insider Blog has to say:

We’re pleased to announce that will be open to everyone in early April 2012.

We know that the extended wait for those wishing to be part of Pottermore has been frustrating, and we’d like to thank you all for your patience so far.

Many of you are interested to know why we extended the original opening date beyond October of last year.

We always knew Pottermore would be incredibly popular, which is why we made the decision to only open to one million Beta users to begin with. We wanted to make sure that we had a really good understanding of how people want to use the site and which bits we’d need to modify before giving more people access.

We gathered some incredibly useful feedback from our Beta users, and it became clear that our original platform wouldn’t be suitable when millions more users came on to the site. So we made a big decision: to move Pottermore to an entirely different platform set up. This ‘invisible’ change has involved a lot of work behind the scenes but it will enable our users to get the best from Pottermore as it grows and develops.

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.

How excited are you?

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