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Pottermore.

That’s got to be on the mind of every Harry Potter fan these days, right? If you are one of the million people who registered during The Magic Quill challenge, you should either be:

(1) Anxiously awaiting your email informing you your account is ready to use

or

(2) Envying me, because I got mine today.

It’s not that great, though. I’m going camping tomorrow and won’t be back until Wednesday, so I won’t have a chance to explore the site as thoroughly as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I’ve spent a few hours on there already, so here are some initial, raw thoughts on the website.

First of all, I have to say it’s a bit different from what I had in mind. Thinking about it now, it does seem a bit silly, but I imagined one would read the books online and at certain parts a message would pop up informing asking if they want to read new information concerning the characters/setting/whatever.

The way it actually works is that you get to explore a few moments from each chapter, ‘unlock’ exclusive content, collect stuff (from chipped cups to Chocolate Frog Cards) and play mini-games (such as brewing potions). I’m only at the seventh chapter (out of seventeen), but I’m already impressed with the site.

 

The good.

 

The graphics are amazing. Some pages take a little more time to load, either because of that or my computer. The potion brewing game (which is the only one I have played so far) is quite entertaining, but a bit difficult: I’m having trouble with the first, easiest potion.

I really liked the new material as well. Among other things, we get The Dursley’s and Prof. McGonagall’s backstories. While I never cared much for the ordinary couple, their story was saddening only because it emphasized their insane, inexplicable desire for normality. The Transfiguration teacher has always been a favorite of mine and reading about her past has only made me love her more. And of course, prove how much of a bad-ass she is.

Best House? I think so.

What I’ve enjoyed the most so far, without a doubt, were the wand selecting process and Sorting Ceremony. They’re very similar in concept -you only have to answer a few questions-, but they’re two of the most important rites of passage in a young wizard’s life. They were done beautifully and most importantly – I’m so very pleased with my results.

My wand: I got a 14 1/2 inches Cedar wood wand with a Unicorn core, which is ‘surprisingly swishy‘. After reading what that means, I would trade it for no other wand.

My house: I was sorted into Ravenclaw, which is only the same house one of the most awesome witches ever – Luna Lovegood– belonged to. Knowing that J.K.Rowling’s Sorting Test put me in Ravenclaw has made my life complete. Pretty much.

 

The bad.

 

There are some things that I don’t like about Pottermore, I must say.

To begin with, there is no sound whatsoever. To have all these awesome animations and no sound to accompany them is sort of disappointing. Even ‘Hedwig’s theme’ playing in the background at all times would have really enhanced the experience. We all know the music of Harry Potter is as magical as the books/films themselves, so I was really surprised they opted not to use any of it.

Also, I have not been able to find a way to contact another member. You can send friend requests, you can send gifts, but no messages. Private or otherwise. I really don’t understand why; wouldn’t you find it awkward if someone gave you a gift of a postcard out of the blue? I was the person who did that, without knowing there’s no way to send a note as well. Apart from the common room (where you’re limited to a few sentences), there’s no other place to chat with people. At least not to my knowledge.

 

Has anyone else gained access into Pottermore yet? What do you think of it? Also, if you’d like to add me as a friend there, my username (which I adore) is HallowMirror119. Leave a comment here first, so I know how you’ve found me. I look forward to dueling each and every one of you.

 

‘Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.’

Harry Potter.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Like, a huge, huge fan – I loved the books and movies ever since I was 9 or 10 and always will.

As everyone knows, the last movie in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, premiered on July 13. I feel a short blog entry was due, to share with the world a few thoughts on the movie.

The only reason I didn’t go to the midnight screening is because that was the 3D version of the movie and I wanted to see the 2D version first. Nevertheless, I went to the 13.50 screening on Thursday, so I still think I’m among the first people to see it. 😀

Also, in preparation for this event, I saw all the previous seven movies over the weekend. It was amazing, but at the same time tiring. I’ve been reminded how awesome the soundtrack of the entire series is, how much I hated Umbridge while reading HP and The Order of the Phoenix and other interesting things.

Anyway, back to the last movie. I will not be able to put into words just how much I loved it, I just won’t. So let’s just say I got goose bumps about…30 seconds? 40? into the movie and they more or less lasted the entire two hours. That has never happened before, not even with the other Harry Potter movies. Even though this was the shortest movie in the franchise, together with HP and the DH: P1, it did the book justice. I really do feel like this was the best movie in the series; there is not a thing I disliked. True, they still cut out some minor elements but overall they did a great job of staying faithful to the book.

The acting was top-notch. If Emma Watson (Hermione) and, to an extent Rupert Grint (Ron) shined in Part 1, the star of this one was definitely Daniel Radcliffe (Harry). Though really everyone did a fantastic job, from Alan Rickman (Snape) to Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix) and Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall). Evanna Lynch (Luna, who happens to be one of my favorite characters) and Matt Lewis (Neville) stole a few scenes as well. The one tiny observation I have (which isn’t anything new, by the way) is that there still is no chemistry whatsoever between Daniel and Bonnie Wright (Ginny). Does anyone actually believe their characters are in love? However, that can be and is easily overlooked.

One of the most touching scenes was The Prince’s Tale – I did not expect to see a crying baby Potter and a devastated Snape hugging the body of Lily. I got teary eyes. Then, the walk to the Forbidden Forest was also beautifully executed. I got teary eyes again. The battle scenes were also well done – they could have used a little more dueling, but they were still such a delight to the eyes.

I have to say though…I’m feeling emptier now. Yesterday, I was all excited and happy because the movie was so great. Now, after a good night’s sleep, it really hit me: one of the greatest things I had ever experienced finally came to an end. Well, it will never end (and certainly not for me), but there are no more books to wait for, no more movies… it’s almost depressing. I can’t bring myself to do anything, nor can I stop thinking about this wonderful phenomenon that has deeply marked my childhood. And listening to Farewell to Dobby and other songs from the soundtracks over and over again does not help!

I’m not sure when or if I will post another entry on Harry Potter (maybe once Pottermore arrives?), but it can’t not have its own category. So, to end this on a somewhat positive note, the quote from J. K. Rowling which I am sure has touched many more fans other than myself:

‘Whether you return by page or the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.’

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