'Pottermore' interface revealed: Just how much will this site be able to do?


J.K. Rowling announced details about her much buzzed-about website, Pottermore, this morning, and fangirls and fanboys-who-lived are already raving with excitement. Now, thanks to Harry Potter fansites The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet, excitement levels are rising even more.

Those sites have released the first few images of Pottermore’s interface, and they give a good idea of what the interactive user experience might be like. The above picture comes from MuggleNet and is entitled “Christmas at Hogwarts.” Obviously, it’s an illustration of the wizarding school during the holidays, which is fun in its own right, but it’s all the buttons that surround the image which really interest me.

There is a “Read About” tab, which will presumably provide some of Rowling’s unreleased notes about Christmastime at the school, a Hufflepuff badge and “house points” counter, and a “Friends” link, which will allow users to interact with their fellow witches and wizards. Along the top bar, there are buttons for “Diagon Alley,” “Great Hall,” “Gringotts,” “Common Room,” “Spells,” “Potions,” “Trunk,” “Friends” and “Favorites.”

Where will all these buttons lead? No idea. But they do show that Pottermore is seeking to be more than just a simple platform for releasing e-books or hosting an MMORPG. It looks like it is seeking to be a comprehensive web community for Potterheads that will allow users to insert themselves within the Hogwarts experience. Plus, it’s a pretty innovative way of releasing Rowling’s new insights on characters and plot points without publishing a whole new book, which haters would inevitably deem a sellout move.

You can check out more images from MuggleNet HERE or at The Leaky Cauldron HERE.

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  • RachD

    I was up at 4 am to see what Pottermore was, and I have to say I am excited! Any new content from Jo is worth waiting for.

    • Heather P

      I was up at 3am anyway to get ready for work. I had to go when it said there was 28 minutes left til the announcement. I had to find out from the radio.

  • Will S

    This would have been interesting and cutting edge in 1999…seems a bit underwhelming. Point and click. Lego Harry Potter seems more interactive.

    • Marina S


    • Amanda

      I’ve got to admit, I was hoping for something like WoW …. BUT …what’s cool about this, is that it requires that participants read information, puzzle out clues, etc …. it seems more intelligent than your standard video game

  • dee

    This seems a bit – ah dunno, my kids outgrew the Potter phenom before the last book was published. WHile it’s a nice diversion, I suppose, who really cares?

    • chris

      There are some of us whose kids are just beginning to get to know Harry. My daughter can barely wait for October.

      • Sven

        I like swedish meatballs. Yum!

    • hillary

      I am 20 and I still love Harry Potter I cannot wait for this web site to come out!!

      • Viola

        Me too! As a college student who knows a lot of other young people who grew up with HP, I can say that plenty of original HP readers still love the series!

      • Hermione

        Totally agree, Hillary! I will never outgrow Potter so this, along with anything from JK, is very exciting!

    • K

      I am 27. I will never “outgrow” Harry Potter. It’s a fantastic, sprawling story, and I keep my HP books in a place of honor on my bookshelves with my Tolkien materials and my Jane Austen collection.

    • liz

      52 and still a fan, so is my 73 yr old mom and 23 and 14 yr old kids.

      • chris

        That is so cool. I know a 91 year-old lady who read the books after her grandchildren recommended them and she LOVES them. She even goes to watch the movies with her grandkids.

  • Brigette

    Oh my god. I think this is going to take over my life. Here we go…

  • Mel B

    Would be nice if you could actually register your e-mail. The site keeps timing out.

  • Potterhead

    Who really cares? You’ll have the answer in a few weeks time and come October. I saw millions upon million care – this muggle included. I’m 23, I grew up with Harry and co and owe Jo a great part of my childhood. No, I never outgrew Potter and don’t think I’ll ever will. I will be there on July 31 to try and get in to the lucky one million.

    • Potterhead

      excuse the typos… I’m supposed to be working and hastily typed that in!

  • Katja

    Hey, it’s Grady Smith again! This will sound weird, but I actually wondered recently whatever happened to you. Anyways, I guess I’m pleased that there will be more information about the world of Harry Potter, but I really would rather have it in a book format rather than this online “interactive” business. I want something tangible, like my copy of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” But I guess this website stuff is probably the kind of thing that will make more fans happy.

    • Marcus

      I think he was a summer intern and now it’s summer again so he’s back.

      • Matt

        Personally, I think this Pottermore might end up just being a short-lived marketing ploy to keep Potter fans involved, but hey I signed up!

        Grady, you are the man.


      • Lorena

        I wish i could meat Dan he is soooo cute and all my friends think we have evyhetring in common. I love history, rock music, blue and yellow, wolfs, christmas, playing the guitar, running and swimming and way more plus Dan is soooo cute!!!!

  • DenverDave

    I’m 42 and very interested to see what comes about with this website. The extra information will be diversionary at first, but the eBooks make my eyeballs tingle with excitement.

  • Portia

    What is a “MMORPG”?! I HATE abbreviation speak!…especially in an article written by a professional for professional purposes. Anyway, seriously, what is this? This is the 2nd time I’ve seen this in an EW article just today.

    • Grady Smith

      “Massively multiplayer online role-playing game”

      • Portia

        Thank you :)

      • Crystal

        You spell out an acronym the first time you use it in an article – AP style 101.

      • chris

        @crystal: So right. Grady, don’t make that mistake. ;-)

    • Sarah El

      Abbreviations are used by professionals. Usually with a signifier of what they stand for the first time, but I doubt even professionals would want to re-write Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game fifty times. I know I didn’t when I wrote a paper on MMORPGs.

    • steph

      google it. duh.

  • Portia

    OK, my husband tells me that this is a common abbriivation which all gamers would recognize.

  • Hannah

    I’m intrigued by it and I’m in my mid-20s. It looks like a lot of its success depends on how much the fans put into it. It seems like part game, part encyclopedia, part social networking, etc.
    Surely there’s substantial interest in it; the site keeps crashing.

  • Puhleeze

    Is Rowling running out of money? How else to explain this yawn-fest.

    • Breen

      Unforgettable is a great word to describe Harry Potter! What an amanzig video. I’m really glad you shared it! If i had to pick one workd…..Epic. Yep, I think that’s what I’d pick.Jennifer of

  • Liz Lemon

    Looks awesome!

  • Mad_Andy

    Poor old JK must be down to her last 5 or 600 million dollars to come up with this. The recession is hitting all of us hard I guess.

    • chris

      @Mad_Andy: Maligning other people here, too?
      The recession is hard for a lot of people, but why begrudge Jo her success? Did she in any way cause the economic problems in the US (Did I guess correctly)?

  • Caroline

    As a proud Harry Potter since the fifth grade (I’m in college now), I can’t wait to take part in this.

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