The official Harry Potter website Pottermore has seen some changes since its launch in 2011, but from the notification that posted today, it sounds like the site is in for its biggest transformation yet. We're talking, a fully re-imagined website that promises to give us "the opportunity to discover even more about J.K Rowling's Wizarding World."
Pottermore is calling its current set-up "Part One" of the site's story, having offered fans illustrated moments from all seven books of the Harry Potter series, along with essays from J.K. Rowling herself, digital collectibles and achievements, not to mention activities like potions making and dueling. The notification announcing the transformation states that Part Two of Pottermore's story is about to begin.
So what exactly is "beyond the seven book series"? The site doesn't go into specifics, but it presumably includes the anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them feature adaptation, not to mention Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the mysterious stage play headed to London's West End in 2016. J.K. Rowling is involved in both projects, having penned the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and assisted in developing the Cursed Child stage play. (Tickets for the play are supposed to go on sale this fall.)
We can assume that Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are going to be included as part of "the world beyond the seven Harry Potter books." But the vagueness of the update doesn't rule out other updates and expansions of Rowling's universe. Is it too much to hope that we might hear more insights about the fate of Harry's children from Rowling? Just the other day, J.K. Rowling announced that James S. Potter, Harry and Ginny's eldest child, was sorted into Gryffindor on his first day at Hogwarts. In two years, little Albus will be embarking on his own first year at Hogwarts. And sometime after that, Lily will join her brothers. There's a lot of unknown there and potentially more story to be told. Whether or not J.K. Rowling intends to fill in the blanks, remains to be seen. But it seems like Pottermore is ready to move ahead, beyond the seven previously published books. That in itself is exciting, whatever this change may bring.
For those avid Pottermore fans who've spent the last few years accumulating house points, collectables and achievements, Pottermore is offering a printable certificate that acknowledges your hard work and dedication. The final House Cup will be awarded on September 9. #GoSlytherin
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