What is Pottermore?
J.K. Rowling is whipping up excitement about Pottermore, her mysterious new website that's said to be "amazing," "engaging," "breathtaking" – and completely secret until June 23.
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• Others have speculated Pottermore might simply be a sort of fansite 2.0, a way to keep Potter fever alive, as – after the premiere next month of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" – Rowling’s books and movies will all have been released.Skip to next paragraph
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• Sky News has suggested the mysterious new site may be a series of online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards. According to Sky, Pottermore was trademarked in 2009 by Warner Brothers. “The trademark description of Pottermore suggests an interactive site "providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards" and "online facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest,” reports Sky News.
The one thing we do know: Pottermore is not another book. A representative of Rowling told the Guardian, “All we can say is that Pottermore is the name of J.K. Rowling’s new project. It will be announced soon, and it is not a new book.”
And then there’s this: The Leaky Cauldron, a Harry Potter fansite, got a preview of the new site, and called it “one of the most amazing, engaging, and breathtaking additions to this fandom imaginable.”
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.