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Review: More adventures, insights with Potter site

July 13, 2012 • Entertainment


This undated screenshot shows the website Pottermore. One million fans who were able to solve riddles and find a Magical Quill have had a chance to try out Pottermore for nearly a year. The rest of us, the magic-free Muggles, had to wait until it opened to the general public this spring. (AP Photo/Pottermore)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shortly before the Harry Potter saga came to an end on movie screens a year ago, we were teased with more adventures about the young wizard through a website called Pottermore.

One million fans who were able to solve riddles and find a Magical Quill have had a chance to try out Pottermore for nearly a year. The rest of us — the magic-free Muggles — had to wait until it opened to the general public this spring. Even then, much of the attention was on the fact that Pottermore was making e-book versions of the Harry Potter novels available for the first time.

As the anniversary of the final movie approached — it opened in theaters a year ago this weekend — I gave the rest of Pottermore a try.

The free site takes you through the novels chapter by chapter as if you’re playing a game. Starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” you’re given imagery and summaries of key plots and characters. You must look for picture frames and other items along the way to access certain content and move to the next chapter. Miss one, and you might find yourself unable to brew a potion later on.

As Harry is ready to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you even get your own wand, customized to your height, eye color and personality traits such as your biggest fear and source of pride.

Later, the Sorting Hat will place you in one of four houses at Hogwarts based on how you answer questions designed by author J.K. Rowling. You and others in your assigned house compete with others in periodic House Cup tournaments. The Slytherin house won the inaugural round and Login to read more

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