UPDATED: The New Pottermore Is Here!
Pottermore has been teasing us for a while now, hinting that big changes are coming to the site. And now, September 22, the time has come. Pottermore as we knew it has gone, replaced by the newly relaunched version.
Pottermore shared an exclusive video from J.K. Rowling herself to introduce the new site.
— Pottermore (@pottermore) September 22, 2015
Jo teases that new content will be coming soon, including information about new characters, and describes the site as her “magical corner of the Internet.”
Jo’s message is also available when you log onto the site, as an audio message. Once you log in, you’re greeted with a range of different options and news to read. The Pottermore correspondent tells us that
We will bring the Sorting Hat back, so you can find out if you’re a Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin. Soon, you’ll be able to find out the form of your Patronus and ponder on what that means, you’ll be able to get a wand and who knows what other magical things we’ll conjure up. If you keep an eye on the [n]ews section, you’ll be the first to hear what’s coming next and when. Because the site is ever-evolving and we’d truly value your opinion, tell us what you think, and we’ll work our magic on it.
Plus, the correspondent also tells us that
this is where you’ll be able to read brand new writing by J.K. Rowling (yes, it’s canon!)[;] check out magical characters, objects, spells and places[;] reminisce about the first time you read the books[;] ruminate on advice from the great Dumbledore[;] speculate about Newt Scamander[;] try to guess the identity of the Cursed Child[;] fall in love with the stories all over again and SO MUCH MORE.
I recommend getting lost on the site; there are so many beautiful secrets lurking if you stay long enough to find them. Have a look around. And come back! Come back tomorrow! And the next day and the next day and the day after that! We’re updating the site all the time.
It sounds like it won’t be long until we can take that Patronus test! Check back for more information as we explore the new site and find out what is has to offer.
We’ve already found the first new snippets of information from J.K. Rowling – about the Potters! The new information gives us the Potter family history, including how the family came to have their money, Harry’s paternal grandparents’ names and careers, and much more. For example, we learn that it was Harry’s grandfather
Fleamont who took the family gold and quadrupled it, by creating magical Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion ( ‘two drops tames even the most bothersome barnet’ ). He sold the company at a vast profit when he retired, but no amount of riches could compensate him or his wife Euphemia for their childlessness. They had quite given up hope of a son or daughter when, to their shock and surprise, Euphemia found that she was pregnant and their beloved boy, James, was born.
Intrigued? Read more here about the Potter family.
Meanwhile, head over to Pottermore NOW to explore the brand new site!
Don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments on the new site in the comments.