Saturday, June 25, 2011
Pottermore, More, More!
Having been distracted by "real" life lately, I missed the big news June 22: JK Rowling is launching a new website in October for the Harry Potter books, Pottermore.com. Details are hazy, but it appears that it will be an online book club/community/e-sales outlet for the franchise.
Best of all, Rowling promises to share heretofore unknown facets of the world she's created, things she's been "hoarding for years". In interviews she has said that a lot of things were edited out or never put in, and that she still thinks of things to add to Harry's magical world. I for one can't wait to explore new corners of her imagination.
The first book came out when my younger son was in grade school. I read the first chapter to him at bedtime one night and couldn't stop. I carried it off and finished completely by the next morning. Impatient with the one-chapter-per-night reading ration, my son read most of the rest on his own.
My husband got hooked after the first movie, eager to know what happened next. It started him reading for pleasure for the first time in his life, a habit that has added a shared pleasure to our lives.
We have wonderful memories of when the three of us would set off for Barnes and Noble late at night, way past my son's bedtime, to join other enchanted folk waiting to receive the next volume at the stroke of midnight. Once there was even a huge full moon lighting our way.
The new site is open to everyone in October, but on July 31 the site will post a process for "a few lucky people" to get in early and help create its features. How amazing would that be? The line forms here - right behind me.