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Archive | February 2012

UPDATED: J.K. Rowling to write new novel – for adults

BREAKING NEWS: In an announcement today by J.K. Rowling’s new agency, The Blair Partnership, plans for a new book by the author were announced.

After seven books and eight films, the Harry Potter author has finally made her announcement about a piece of writing she may have been planning for years. The Harry Potter books have sold an astounding 450 million copies that were adapted into the blockbuster hit films and sparked a unique and very powerful group of fans.

Since the release of the final book in 2007, the author has been hinting of a writing a new book (specifically on her mysterious Twitter page). This book will be her first non-related Harry Potter work, as she has stated many a times that she has severed her ties with the boy wizard. This is not entirely true, as she launched her new site, Pottermore, this past June (8 months to this date).

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK

The author’s new literary agency’s homepage is fully curtained with the statement:

We are pleased to announce that our client, J.K. Rowling, will be releasing a new novel for adults. Further details will be announced later in the year.

It was followed-up with a message from J.K. Rowling in a press release:

Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.


So, there you have it! The announcement has been made and was even a cause of great celebration from the fandom and publishing world (surprised?!). Instead of reading a whole long post, we are in the process of writing more posts about the announcement that will be posted at our Tumblr page. Some of the links may be dead now, but they will be live as soon as everything is written.

UPDATE: Straight from J.K. Rowling’s Twitter, she announced that the book will indeed be released later this year. New details will be coming soon.

Posts to look out for and read:

ALL THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

J.K. Rowling’s website re-done (Link to the website here)

The Little, Brown Bear roars

Our predictions for the book

Interesting facts we needed to get out

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Guardian: ‘Pottermore is plaster to Harry Potter blues

A new article in the Guardian appeared today in which another fan once again goes exploring on Pottermore. The fan’s feedback is not necessarily the greatest, but she says it’s magical.

In the beginning she was only a fan waiting to get into the site, but after a kind member lent her account to the writer, she was off exploring. At this point in the exploration, she calls the Gateway “incredibly exciting”. She is amused once again by her profile, with her wand and potions and dueling leader boards. She goes on saying that the site artwork is beautiful and exciting, but not much else.

The writer then starts to share her overall opinions about the site. She expresses that she feels slightly unsatisfied and that she expected more. She also says the following, which we sort of found startling:

I wanted to get lost in the site in the way that I got lost in the books, but in the end you’re just a muggle with a mouse.

There is an important reason why I became frustrated while reading this statement. In the beginning, even when we first heard about Pottermore, the Pottermore team made it very clear that Pottermore was not another Harry Potter book. The site was never supposed to be another Harry Potter book, and the team’s goal was never to create that same experience. They understand that the experience of reading cannot ever be replaced by a screen and computer mouse. They know that the experience can never be just like reading the books, but their trying very hard to get close to it.

Another thing that is probably stirring up the most buzz is earlier in the article when the writer talks about her writing to Pottermore. The writer asked Pottermore when it will be open for the public and how long it would take them until they are finished with all the improvisions. The team wrote back a day later with the following:

we have decided to further extend the beta period so we can improve Pottermore before giving more people access. This means the site will not be opening to new users in the immediate future.

Now, some sites who have reported on this have interpreted this note differently than others. I think that this is just a generic response given to all of those who have asked this question (we were one of them). I do not however think that this means that Pottermore is being further delayed. I think they are just reinitiating what they said in October-  that they are delaying the Pottermore launch until a later date to make revisions designed to help make the site better. So I don’t think I would believe that Pottermore’s launch is being further delayed. They’re just taking their time, and we know that it will be the best that it can be for the public launch.

The Forgotten Loves of Harry Potter

It’s finally here! Sorry for the long delay!

Our first fan-fiction work, The Forgotten Loves of Harry Potter tells the stories of heartbreak, happily ever after, and war- literally. The book (short story- 12 pages) tells the story of six characters of the beloved tale of Harry Potter. This characters include- Lavender Brown, Cho Chang, Gellert Grindelwald and more.

Read the complete story in it’s entirety here. Share with us your thoughts in the comments below! We would love to hear feedback :)! For all UK readers, Happy Pancake Day!

Pottermore art: Hallowe’en

The Pottermore Insider updated their page today with user illustrations from chapter ten, Hallowe’en. Chapter ten includes Quidditch, obviously a fan-favorite in the world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons in the lead-up to Hallowe’en; he can’t help thinking about his new broomstick – or the Quidditch pitch.

Our Pottermore Beta users clearly enjoy Quidditch, too, and have posted illustrations of the Golden Snitch, broomsticks, and flying to Chapter Ten of Pottermore.

Pottermore is showcasing user art from all chapters of the story. See all the amazing art here.

An Experience Guide to Pottermore: Volume One – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

It’s finally here! After months of waiting, our guide to Pottermore is here! The book’s format is Microsoft Word for Mac- 2011 edition. Some things might not appear as they should. You can find out more information below, along with the link.

An Experience Guide to Pottermore: Volume One – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

This exclusive guide includes:
- Moment-by-Moment descriptions
-Chapter overviews
-Exclusive “Easter Eggs” to enhance your experience
-Specific guides to collecting the Philosopher’s Stone, Sorting and more.

OwlTV #3: Snubs, Journeys and Canons now available!

The third episode of our Harry Potter news podcast, OwlTV, is now available!

In episode 3: Snubs, Journeys and Canons we discuss the following things:

  • More rumors surrounding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • The announcement of the Academy Awards nominations
  • User illustrations for chapters seven, eight and nine
  • Our Pottermore Guide Survey

Our Topics of Discussion this week are:

  • Do you think there will be new information added to the first interactive book when Pottermore launches? After the release of the book, will they be adding new information?
  • Do you think the Pottermore team is working on Chamber of Secrets?

You can listen to the episode HERE.

We’ll be uploading the episode onto YouTube tomorrow, and we will be recording an OwlTV Daily News Show with coverage on the BAFTAs and Grammys (in which Deathly Hallows was nominated).

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 wins at the BAFTA Awards!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Special Visual Effects at this year’s BAFTA Awards! However, they did NOT win for Production Design, Sound and Art Direction, which went to Hugo and The Iron Lady, respectively.

Good job to Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vicker for their fantastic work on the special effects!

Note: This post is a work-in-progress. We wanted to get it out as soon as possible.

Pottermore art for chapters eight and nine

Over the past week, the Pottermore Insider continued with their showcase on user illustrations, featuring art from Chapter Eight, “The Potions Master” and Chapter Nine, “The Midnight Duel”.

The art from chapter eight focused on Professor Snape, arguably Harry Potter fans’ favorite character. The pictures depict him wonderfully! Check them out here.

One of the best fan illustrations I’ve seen yet were in the next post, showcasing art from Chapter Nine. All of the art shown in the post was depicting Hogwarts. The illustrators show Hogwarts at it’s best, and definitely deserves to be checked out. When you look at them, think of “Leaving Hogwarts” playing, and it will make the experience that much better. Our personal favorite is up below.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

"Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - JK Rowling

See all the beautiful art here.

We have 8 more chapters to go, but it looks like we won’t be done until a long time (at the rate they’re going).

Our Pottermore Guide: Take the survey

We are currently hard-at-work writing our guide to the first Pottermore experience, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It will include in-depth outlines to every moment. The guide will give the locations to collectible objects, how to unlock JK Rowling’s new content, lists from-the-story descriptions and interactive experiences.

The guide is at an astounding 82 pages, and the current version is only a draft. We would like to reduce the number of pages. By doing this, we would take out some unnecessary content. Though, what is unnecessary to us may be needed by you, the reader. For this reason, we have written up a survey that we would like you to complete. The survey will help us decide on what to take out, keep in, and with further revisions.

No matter what happens, the guide will be released online on February 20, 2012 where it will be downloadable at the respective places. Please take the time to take the survey, as it will be very helpful for us and other readers.

If you cannot take the survey for any reason, you can always share with us your thoughts on here, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, or you can email us.

TAKE THE SURVEY BY CLICKING HERE!

Thanks so much for your feedback!

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