Pottermore Web site opens for all wizards and Muggles

The interactive online site devoted to Harry Potter is now officially open for business, inviting people to explore the store's various haunts.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Pottermore has finally opened its gates, allowing Harry Potter fans to enter the previously forbidden and potentially forboding Web site.

Initially available for just a select number of users, the site is now inviting anyone to register to gain access. The process may be slow, however. A Pottermore insider blog explained that it plans to activate a steady stream of registrations but said that people may not get access right away

Potter fans can currently find both e-books and audiobooks of all seven books in the series.

But full access to the site will offer more, including interactive tours of locations mentioned in the books and the virtual tools needed to practice your magical arts.

To gain access, you'll first need to conjure up the site's registration page. You'll need to reveal various details about yourself, including your birth date, your country, your name and e-mail address, a password, and check marks next to all the Harry Potter books you've read and films you've seen.

Your name is then added to a list of magical folk, joining Harry himself, best friends Ron and Hermione, and even arch-nemesis Draco Malfoy. The site then provides a username for you to select from a small list. An e-mail then confirms your registration and promises full access once your account has been verified.

One step closer to Pottermore.
One step closer to Pottermore. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Once you've officially passed through the gates, you'll be sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses and be chosen by your wand. The site is also promising exclusive writing from author J.K. Rowling and new features over the coming weeks and months.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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