I used to have a lovely daughter called El. Then she disappeared to a strange land. She got there via the computer, and not platform 9 3/4. For this land was called Pottermore, and it’s JK Rowling’s new online world of Harry Potter.
Will I ever see El again, now that she’s gone to Wizard school? At least she eventually came out of the wardrobe after that day trip to Narnia, though she did have a lot of snow on her boots.
The good news for parents is that Pottermore is free, it keeps the little
pests darlings quiet for hours and they might even be inspired to read a book afterwards. That’s assuming they ever come back.
Years and years ago in the mists of time my dad bought me Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the first chapter Harry’s parents die. Waaaay too scary for little old me. So it sat on a shelf for years gathering dust. And then I found it. And I read and I read. And it was good. Really good. I gradually devoured the series. And years on I still love it.
So when I heard that Pottermore was finally up and running (after lots of delays) I signed up as soon as I remembered to. I’m a Ravenclaw, my wand is 10 3/4, hard, pine wood and the core is phoenix feather.
It’s better if you’ve read the books before going on Pottermore, because otherwise you won’t know what’s going on. The website picks out important moments from each chapter of each book, though only the first one is available now. So when you are on the site you can pick stuff up, unlock new material and make potions which gives you house points. Sometimes I’ve gone on to the site and it hasn’t worked – maybe it’s too busy?
Pottermore gives you a user name so you don’t use your real name. You can connect with your friends if you know their user name but don’t connect with anyone you don’t know because they might not be as spectacular as you. You can give your friends a nickname you choose to help you remember who they are.
I like Diagon Alley and the sorting hat the best because they’re very interactive. In Diagon Alley you can buy a wand and an animal – that animal then becomes your avatar. I’m a barn owl!
I wish there were more mini games, but I enjoyed the making potions (even though they take a long time) and duelling.
Over all, if you’re a Harry Potter fan then Pottermore is an absolute must. You get to pretend that you really are at Hogwarts doing magical stuff. 4.5 stars out of 5.
El and Jae are really excited to be going to Cybher, the all-female blogging conference in London on 12 May. If you are going please say hello to us – we are easy to spot as we will both have our glasses on and we are probably the only mother and daughter bloggers.
I have never been to a conference before because I am only 12. I have this terrible feeling that everyone will look down their noses at me and be really snooty but mum says bloggers are friendly. I am interested in meeting people and hearing the talks but a bit scared – mum says there will be hundreds of bloggers there. I hope mum doesn’t do anything too embarassing like start dancing.
I love being around a bunch of techy women, it’s so inspiring. I am looking forward to meeting a big mix of bloggers and learning a lot at the various session. When I was a little girl my mum took me on the first peace marches in Belfast and I’ve never forgotten this. I hope that Cybher has a big impact on El and opens her eyes to what women can do. I wasn’t planning to dance but now that somebody has mentioned it…
Names: El and Jae. We do have other names which you will have to guess. Clue: It’s not Rumpelstiltskin
Twitter ID: Only Jae is on Twitter @joannemallon
Height: Jae is 5’4″ El is pocket sized
Hair: Short & blonde, long & strawberry blonde
Five things you should know about us…
- We love Glee!, Brighton, Doctor Who and wearing glasses
- We have a cat called Dennis who is very grumpy and likes to bite our toes but we love him really
- El loves The Apprentice, Blackadder, Watchdog and The Gadget Show. Jae loves The Office: An American Workplace, 24 and Deadwood.
- El has read more books at age 12 than Jae has read in her whole life
- We love nerds.
Please leave a comment and say hello to us on the day if you are going to Cybher. You can meet more people who’ll be there at the Meet & Greet page here.
Remember how exciting it was that Jae was nominated for a blogging award? Well, now it gets even better as THIS ACTUAL BLOG has been nominated for an award too. So El is probably the youngest blog awards nominee at age 12, and Jae could also be the oldest at age 5 billion.
Eljae.com has been nominated in the Most Innovative Blog category at the MAD Blog Awards. El was unsure of what Innovative actually means, until Jae explained that it essentially means you are Queen of the Nerds.
So how are we innovative? We don’t do many videos or fancy stuff. This is what we do that’s new
- This blog is glasses-powered, which is useful when the electricity runs out
- It’s written by a parent and child. In the olden days parents used to blog about their children, until the kids started objecting to the adults taking pictures of their best poos and posting them online. We think that more parents and children should write blogs together, it’s fun.
- When we get excited we grow moustaches
- When two of you write a blog you can think of more ideas, plus one of you is free to play Fruit Ninja whilst the other one writes a post
- Lots of our ideas are a bit crazy and LIKE NOTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE OR EVER WILL AGAIN.
- We have a category for Random Wisdoms. In the future all blogs will have this.
- We explained what to do if someone calls you a nerd, what it means when kids use text speak and why homework should be banned.
And here is a message from our turtle:
Ever played the popular game Cluedo?
I’ve never played the actual board game myself but I’ve spent many happy hours playing a wii version and wondering if it was Professor Plum in the study with the knife or Miss Scarlett in the dining room with the lead pipe.
However I can now reveal who is the murderer!
It was Jae in the living room with her laptop!
Dun. Dun. Duuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What an insult! I did not, as El would claim “dunnit”. I have not murdered anyone, though I will admit to sending a few evil thoughts to people who displease me.
I do have a crime to confess to though. When El went on a sleepover, I used her special purple plate for my beans on toast.
Will I ever be forgiven?
Brilliant news – Jae has been nominated for Best Blog Writer and Blog of the Year at the MAD (Mum and Dad) Blog Awards. You can read all about it on her blog here.
But Jae needs more nominations to get through to the next round. Please help! This is why you should vote for Jae
- She is a good blog writer who knows a lot of words, many of them real
- She is good at spelling and only has to look up some words
- She has been writing her blog for 5 years and has never won anything before
- Jae is really special because she is our mummy
- If you vote we will do happy face
- If not we will do sad face
- I really love her and she’s so special and she really deserves it and she’s so kind and selfless and makes excellent mash.
So please save us from SAD FACE and Vote Jae.
To vote Jae, go to this page and put in Jae’s blog address: http://joannemallon.typepad.com/joanne_the_coach/ in the Best Blog Writer category and if you really really like it, vote Jae for Blog of the Year as well.
On a shelf in our living room where Jae and ElDad store books they never read I have lined up my collection of Easter eggs.
I have 7 (plus 2 mini creme egg sized ones) in total including a Dr Who one, a Glee one (with free mug!), a Galaxy one and a Creme Egg one.
I’m not intending to eat them ALL on easter sunday alone however I am going to eat A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, what do you do to avoid that dreadful sore feeling you get after stuffing yourself with the sweet stuff?
Errrrrrrr… Nothing! That’s the best bit!
Happy Easter from us and our glasses!
Today we have a guest review from Eye, El’s 8 year old brother, and a tip for how you can get free kids’ books.
A while ago, Eye read about the Hachette children’s books review crew in the back of one of his How to Train Your Dragon books. We went on to the website and filled in his details. We didn’t expect to hear anything else, but then a package arrived with a free book for Eye! He was so pleased.
Eye received Pegasus and the Flame by Kate O’Hearn
It was quite long for a children’s book (over 350 pages), but he read it all and this is his review:
“I like that this book has two stories – one of them is myth, and one of them is in real life New York. Then some of the mythical stuff comes to New York city. Pegasus the winged horse crashes on to a roof and another man crashes on to the streets and another mythical person crashes in to Central Park.
The characters are trying to save Olympus before the Olympic flame burns out. This is an exciting story with lots of action. Boys and girls aged 9 and over would like this book. Some of the words I found a bit hard but I kept reading because it’s a good story.”
So it’s a big thumbs up from Eye for this book, and a recommendation for the review crew if you are interested in reviewing new children’s books.