Ever since JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series ended in July 2007, millions of fans have been waiting for something, anything, to fill the Harry-shaped hole in their lives. And what could be better than more Harry Potter? JK Rowling’s Pottermore — an interactive website for fans — seems to be the answer.
The Pottermore website, which will allow fans to navigate the world of British boy wizard Harry Potter and shop for merchandise including e-books of the Potter adventures, will open in April.
A posting on the website said the Pottermore Shop would soon welcome fans after being delayed from a planned October opening. The site’s creators have been testing it and said they changed to a more “suitable” platform for the millions of expected visitors. However, the posting did not say whether e-book versions of the seven Harry Potter novels will be available immediately.
The interactive site will let readers navigate through the stories of witchcraft and wizardry on which Rowling based her blockbuster books about the teenage wizard and his friends. “So get ready to join the Pottermore journey — the wait is nearly over,” the posting said.
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 at the box office. Though the British author insists she is done with the children’s series, she announced in February she will pen a novel for adults. The book will be “very different to Harry”, she said.
(With additional information from The Guardian)
Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2012.
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