J K Rowling’s ‘Pottermore’ to hit the web in April
Melbourne: J K Rowling’s website for ‘Harry Potter’ fanatics, ‘Pottermore’, will finally go live in April. Its launch was delayed because of fears that users would overwhelm the online platform. The Potter-centric project, described as an “online reading experience unlike any other,” was announced last summer and was set to debut in October.
But developers realised they needed a bigger platform to prevent it from crashing under the strain of millions of excited visitors, after opening it to one million Beta users in August for testing.
“We know that the extended wait for those wishing to be part of Pottermore has been frustrating, and we’d like to thank you all for your patience so far,” a website has quoted an announcement on the website as saying.
According to the statement, feedback from initial users revealed the “original platform wouldn’t be suitable when millions more users came on to the site. So we made a big decision: to move Pottermore to an entirely different platform set up”.
“So get ready to join the Pottermore journey - the wait is nearly over,” the statement added.
The actual format of the site remains shrouded in mystery but it is said to include unpublished writings from the author about the Potter story and will allow users to modify the plot as the tale unfolds. Rowling’s series of seven fantasy novels has sold over 450 million copies globally and the film adaptations of the books have grossed over 6 billion dollars at the box office.