Pottermore.com was finally unveiled today, much to the relief of Harry Potter fans around the world .The suspense was – well – suspenseful! The site will provide an official network for Harry Potter fans, as well as for author J.K. Rowling. It will also sell electronic versions of Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books.
There was a YouTube video by Rowling that was released today that gives many of the details for Pottermore.com. In addition, there was an announcement made in London at a special ceremony. Fans can flock to the website today to start registering their email addresses. Those who register now will receive an announcement about the full registration process, which begins on July 31. For people who may not know every detail about Harry Potter, July 31 is his birthday.
The eBooks will be available in many languages and will be formatted for any reading device. The online store, which is expected to be a huge success, will open in October. Once fans are fully registered, they can participate in an online challenge. One million people will be chosen to participate in the beta phase of Pottermore.com. According to Bloomsbury Publishing, who is Rowling’s U.K. publisher, those users will be able to suggest improvements to the site.
Bloomsbury also said that it will take a share of the revenue the site generals; however, the rights to all of the Harry Potter eBooks belong to Rowling. Bloomsbury also owns the publishing rights to the Harry Potter books that are printed in the U.K. Scholastic owns the rights to the print versions in the United States.
For those that don’t spend enough time on social networks, there will be one of those at Pottermore.com, too. Fans can share stories and swap all the information they can handle on the Harry Potter books, movies, and theme park.