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The Pottermore platform updates page was updated today with a brief post explaining that the site (pottermore.com) will be offline starting on Monday, March 19 at 8:00am GMT.
The Pottermore team will be making some technical updates on the site during this downtime. One of things they did to prepare for the updates were turning off the ‘Add a comment” and “Add a drawing” features, both of which will be available again once the site is back online.
The announcement of this offline time comes a week after Pottermore announced its launch date, early April. In a post on the Pottermore Insider, it was made known that they will be making a number of changes before the site goes live to the public. Some of these changes include sound and more exclusive content from J.K. Rowling.
Read the full details about the down time here. They are expecting that it will take them approximately one week to complete the updates.
Exploring seems to be what every Pottermore beta-tester is doing these days. They are reading too, trying to gobble up any information they can find on their favorite characters and places. One of the beta-testers is Lev Grossman, a TIME Magazine book critic. He describes his Pottermore experience with his daughter, navigating through the scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the excerpt below he describes the format of Pottermore, and how the clues are seen:
You can cycle through three different depths of field: foreground, middle ground, background - they come into focus in turn, and each one highlights different details. You can bring up informational panes dealing with specific topics. Though sometimes you do so inadvertently.
Him and his daughter go on, and while she wants to get sorted, he informs her that they can’t go beyond Chapter 5. It is a very charming article. Read it here. Email or tweet us your Pottermore experience and we will choose the best!