The curtain has been magically lifted off of J.K. Rowling’s new Harry Potter project – and we nailed it.
Called “Pottermore“, Rowling announced in a video message (see below) that the new site will be a free experience that will feature “extensive new material about the characters, places and objects in the much-loved stories,” all written by Rowling . According to The Leaky Cauldron, Rowling’s contributions will be more than 18,000 words, but is only “1/3 of what she has written so far”. Rowling also says a physical encyclopedia is possible one day, but is not currently on the radar.
But it gets better – as she explains in the very slick animated video, fans will also help her craft the Harry Potter story in a way never before attempted via drawings, comments, and other yet-unknown features. Participants will also get sorted into a house and receive a wand (one of 33,000 possible combinations), all crafted by JKR.
“I wanted to give something back to the fans that have followed Harry so devotedly over the years, and to bring the stories to a new digital generation,” Rowling said of Pottermore in a statement. “I hope fans and those new to Harry will have as much fun helping to shape Pottermore as I have. Just as I have contributed to the website, everyone else will be able to join in by submitting their own comments, drawings and other content in a safe and friendly environment – Pottermore has been designed as a place to share the stories with your friends as you journey through the site.”
The 45-year-old author also announced that the eagerly anticipated ebook versions of the Harry Potter series will also be made available through the site.
Registration starts July 31st – with a 1 million lucky fans getting early admission. The rest of the world gets a crack in October.
For more, check out the announcement video below – or visit The Leaky Cauldron!