Previously unpublished Potter material available for the first time
J K Rowling’s Pottermore announcement yesterday had fans bubbling with excitement around the world.
The unveiling of the project at noon yesterday, which had a countdown on YouTube over the course of the week leading up to it, will feature new and previously unpublished Harry Potter material, which allegedly stretches to as much as 18,000 words about the novels’ objects, characters and places.
Examples include how the Dursley’s met, fine points about wand woods, and McGonagall’s affections for a Muggle as a young woman.
A collaborative project
Rowling has said: “I had more than half of the new material already written or in note form. I literally dug some out of boxes. I generated more material than ever appeared in the books. I thought, ‘who would ever want to know the significance of all the different wand woods?’ …Now you can go and see. It’s such a rich experience to do it this way”.
The Pottermore website will be free, and is intended to be a collaborative project for fans of Harry Potter’s world seeking more.
“Just as I have contributed to the website, everyone else will be able to join in by submitting their own comments, drawings and other content in a safe and friendly environment. Pottermore has been designed as a place to share the stories with your friends as you journey through the site”.
In the lead-up to Pottermore’s unveiling fans speculated upon the possible content it could contain, expressing wistful hopes that, amongst many other things, it might be a prequel to the first book [Harry Potter and the Philisopher’s Stone], or “the stories of the next gen of Howarts students”.
The first million users who register to the website will have access to it from Harry’s birthday, the 31st July. Those users will have the opportunity to help shape the site, which is due to be officially launched in full to all users in October.