Please come back to Pottermore!
“Hey, did you hear Chamber of Secrets was released on Pottermore?”
“Aren’t you excited?”
I may have disappeared from this blog for a while, but daily Harry Potter news still crossed my computer screen and I considered myself pretty up-to-date on the post-Deathly Hallows wizard world. But the announcement that Chamber of Secrets was uploaded on to Pottermore was hardly a blip on my magical radar.
How could that be? A year ago, I found myself pouring through online posts (and writing a few myself) surmising the nature of this crazy new website called Pottermore and trying to figure out how to be among the beta users to receive their Hogwarts acceptance letters ahead of schedule. I woke up at 6 a.m. (something I never do unless under duress) to find the Magic Quill and secure my beta spot. I even continued to track down the Magic Quill for the rest of the week to help friends and family members into Pottermore, as well.
But for all that effort, we didn’t get into Pottermore right away. We had to wait (and wait…and wait…) for our owls to arrive, formally inviting us to buy our wands, face the Sorting Hat, and learn the secrets behind Sorcerer’s Stone.
When my owl finally stumbled through my window, tattered and worn from what was clearly months and months of flying around looking for me, I was beyond excited to check out the site. Like everyone, I could not wait to find out my true Hogwarts house.
Ravenclaw, in case you were wondering. Where are all my claws at? Woot, woot! (probably the library)
The chapter artwork in Pottermore was as beautiful as the press releases promised. The background information was captivating. Pottermore was an absolute blast to explore…
…for about an hour.
But then I realized brewing potions could take hours and wizard dueling wasn’t even available. There seemed to be little to no use for the random objects I’d collected throughout the chapters, and sometimes the site just wouldn’t load at all.
Like Hermione in Divination class, I quickly lost interest (and stormed out, knocking over a crystal ball and throwing my cup of tea leaves).
So Chamber of Secrets is on Pottermore.
And I have not looked at it.
I haven’t even logged on to attempt to look at it.
What does this say about Pottermore? About the future of Harry Potter fandom? This site was supposed to be a place for the fans to experience the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world beyond the books and movies. Yet here I sit, a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerdgirl, and I am in no rush to log into Pottermore anytime soon.
Have any of you been on Pottermore recently? Have you checked out Chamber of Secrets? Is there anything new and exciting (like the wands or the house sorting) to entice fans back to the site? Is the site even functioning correctly at this point?
Sell me on the idea of Pottermore, because I’m feeling skeptical right now.