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Around the Common Room 19 August 2011

Just a few bits and pieces today, links to various other articles and topics and whatnot.

First, this is too hilarious to not post first. Jess over at The Last Muggle, a site you should really check out by the way, posted this video the other day on How Harry Potter Should Have Ended. It is, as they say, priceless!

Also, I’m not kidding about checking out Jess’s site. She also has a  great series of articles discussing the various houses as we anticipate which one we all might get sorted into for Pottermore. Worth reading even though she disses Hufflepuff. So, if you’re down with the ‘Puff, you might want to go over and defend the honor of the badger. 😉 BTW, this brings up an interesting question, if J.K. Rowling puts you in a house, via Pottermore, is that the last word on the subject?

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Pottermore: ‘An online reading experience unlike any other.’

In a much-anticipated online announcement today, J. K. Rowling presented her new website Pottermore.com as thank-you gift to her fans.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you, because no author could have asked for a more wonderful, diverse readership.

The site offers what many of us—all of us—have in some way always wanted. It’s a change to join into the imaginative energy of reading and creating a world which we seem almost to have inhabited for years. Rowling explained:

Just as the experience of reading requires that the imaginations of the author and the reader work together to create the story, so Pottermore built, in part, by you, the reader. The digital generation will be able to enjoy a safe, unique, online reading experience built around the Harry Potter Books.

Rowling imagines the site as multi-generation activity. It will include ‘digital audiobooks, and, for the first time, e-books of the series’. She’s even promised that she’ll be participating in the online activities herself, sharing her complex and hitherto unrevealed world-building with her readers, the co-creators of Pottermore.

The video ended with what must be another tease, and which also makes it a brilliant and thrilling watch. With a Dumbledore-esque twinkle in her eye, Rowling said:

Simply…follow the owl. Good luck.

The video is here. You can read my mad announcement journal below the jump.

Reactions? Opinions? Speculations? We’re excited! Are you?

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Pottermore no game, spokesperson says

If you’ve been hoping that the enigmatic Pottermore is going to be the next World of Warcraft, you might be in for a disappointment. A spokeswoman for J. K. Rowling, Rebecca Salt, has officially snubbed theories that Pottermore is a gaming platform. According to NME Magazine, Salt said:

“The British press have been very imaginative in their interpretation of the document, but I can categorically say the project is not a Treasure Hunt or a game”.

The references to the ‘British press’ seems to be a not-entire-oblique jab at The Guardian, which has actively promoted the online treasure hunt theory.

It’s in fact doubtful to this writer that the now seemingly debunked RPG theories were ever more than wishful thinking on the part of Fandom. A quick glance at J. K. Rowling’s official twitter feed reveals that Rowling has been eschewing at least one web-based phenomenon, with the explanation that ‘pen and paper are STILL my priority at the moment.’

Compare this with Neil Gaiman’s heavy use of Twitter–and yet his biggest announcements recently have been 1) the Doctor Who episode and 2) the American Gods tour. Add this consideration the ongoing existence of other Harry Potter games. It’s probably a safe bet that Pottermore will have pen and paper as it’s priority. Today’s announcement may reveal Rowling’s next major writing project.

Whatever it is, we’ll be here talking about it.