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Harry Potter: The Books that Lived

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http://www.pottermore.com/en-us

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Harry Potter changed the publishing game. JK Rowling is the only person in history to become a billionaire solely from writing books. She has since lost billionaire status because of her commitment to philanthropic ventures. After the release of the seventh and final book in the series, the plot was wrapped up and fans wondered how they would cope once the movies were completed.

Hopefully I’m speaking to a crowd of like-minded fangirls. We all know the depression that follows the end of a much beloved series. Harry Potter changed up the publishing game when it first came out in print, and now that the books are backlist, Rowling and Sony have paired together to push the envelop in digital publishing.

Pottermore.com is an interactive reading experience that totally submerges you into the world of Harry Potter. Some of you might have heard of this before, as the site has been active for a couple years now. The reason why I bring it to everyone’s attention now is that the site has recently undergone software and mapping upgrades that make the experience even better for users.

You are able to go through each and every chapter of the books, discover interactive content, and even read previously unpublished writings from JK Rowling. Pottermore is made possible by the care and devotion JK has for Harry and for her young fans. The entire site is heavily monitored so it is safe for children of all ages.

The partnership between JK Rowling, Scholastic, and Sony sets an example for future franchises. Pottermore is the only site to buy the official Harry Potter e-books; even if a consumer shops through an online retailer, they will be redirected to Pottermore Shop. JK Rowling reaches more fans. Scholastic monopolizes the market. Sony get more and more hits on their sites. Sony has even produced video games in conjunction with JK Rowling and Scholastic.

I recommend everyone take the opportunity to create an account on Pottermore, even if you’re not an HP fan (but seriously, how can you not?). I think Pottermore has set the bar for the future of digital publishing formats and how children can expect to interact with text in the future.

 

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6 thoughts on “Harry Potter: The Books that Lived

  1. What a great website and reading experience!
    As a HP fan, I checked it out right away and look forward to sharing the experience with my niece and nephew over the holidays. The extra features not found elsewhere, such as the previously unpublished content is a draw for older readers. I wonder if other popular series will follow this model?

  2. I LOVE Pottermore–I need to go back, though; it’s been a while since I last logged in. I love finding the deeper backstories of the characters (McGonagall!). I only hope that Rowling does put out the encyclopedia that she’s mentioned as a possibility.

  3. I am so glad you posted this! I am also a Harry Potter fan and was sad to see the series (books, as well as movies) end. I’m happy to see that Rowling’s imaginary world lives on within this interactive website. I’m sure many popular authors will be following Rowling’s footsteps in no time.

  4. Love this. I always think about all the publishers that turned her down. They must really be kicking themselves! She really is brilliant.

  5. I love Pottermore!!! I became a member soon after it came out, and I’m super excited about the new developments! I’ve got to say that one of my favorite things to do is sit at my laptop listening to HP soundtracks while playing around on Pottermore 🙂 It’s the next best thing to an eighth book. I think the best parts are the background stories you find written by JK, but never released.

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