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.