Monday, February 18, 2013

More Harry Potter

Any Harry Potter fans out there?

My friends and I are. Exhibit A: Our Harry Potter Halloween Party.

My friend, Veronica, recently introduced me to this Harry Potter website that J.K. Rowling herself manages:

It is a fun, interactive site that walks you through the books. You find and collect things and you can read all sorts of fun facts that J.K. Rowling puts up about her inspirations and ideas while writing everything. It is super cool, especially for the H.P. nerd.

As you go through, you become part of the story. You sign up and pick from a list of user names (I am RoseLight8809, for instance).

You can also purchase audio and e-books via Pottermore.

The hardest thing I encountered thus far was finding my school list and learning that you can zoom in and out (which doesn't always work the first few times). Now I can't seem to brew potions, but my spell casting is decent!

Anyway, you go through the story, learning and collecting things. Then you go to Diagon Alley and buy your school supplies and you get a wand just for you! (Mine is 10 inch hard ebony with a phoenix feather core. And you get all sorts of information about wands while you're there). Then you go to Hogwarts and get sorted. I am in Ravenclaw (yay) and you get to learn all about your house. You can earn house points through various activities and you are with other real players who gather points. It's pretty neat! There are all kinds of things to do and look at. I love the little exclusives from J.K. Rowling. For instance, she had a list of 40 student names at hand for the books, some of which changed or didn't make it into the book. You can unlock her list and read it. Very cool.

She doesn't have all of the books up yet--she is part of the way through Prisoner of Azkaban. There is so much to do and look at, I don't think that is a problem yet. I still haven't made it all the way through book one! It's addicting though! I can't wait to see what's next!

So go sign up! You can add me and other players as friends, too. It's fun and wonderfully nerdy.

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