This past weekend, Pottermore finally arrived for the public after many months of beta-testing. The online web site was announced last Summer and the first million users were allowed into the site in late August and early September.
Pottermore is essentially an extended online reading site. A lot of people mistakenly think of it as a game and while it does have some basic game elements, it’s not particularly “game-like” in most respects. But it does allow you to explore the world of Harry Potter in a very linear fashion. You move along through the story via chapters and moments, almost exactly as you would while reading the book. In Pottermore, however, you interact with the environment, looking for certain items along the way, such as books or potion ingredients. Finding them is a matter of patience and perseverance. If you’re short on both, there are many Pottermore cheats to help you out.
As of now, there’s only one book available in Pottermore. It’s the first book and it contains seventeen chapters. Inside there are several smaller stories hidden. Many of these are notes and commentary from author J.K. Rowling. they contain additional thoughts and insights into the story that weren’t included in either the books or movies.
Once you complete the story, you can take part in some limited activity for your Hogwarts house as you try to gain points through duels and potion making.
If you’re a Harry Potter fanatic, you’ll want to dive into Pottermore and see what it’s all about. If you’re more of a hard-core gamer, you’ll probably be disappointed.