The Seattle Times picked up on a story that we previously reported, and their coverage of it included much more interesting information from the CTO, including one particularly eye-catching comment; CHAMBER OF SECRETS WILL BE RELEASED THIS SUMMER.
Here are some more highlights:
Still, “we found when we opened up to the world that the architecture wasn’t enough to accommodate the massive demand,” said Julian Thomas, Pottermore’s chief technical officer.
When the beta version launched, and hundreds of thousands of people wanted in — especially at peak times such as when new content was added — some of the rich features had to be turned off in order to keep the website working, Thomas said.
A peak day for Pottermore — such as during the period when the site first launched — means about 110 million page impressions.
Thomas anticipates more such peaks occurring when new content is added: Such as when content for the second book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” launches. Thomas did not give a specific date for that but said it would be sometime this summer.
Pottermore.com will also be translated into more languages, including “some Far Eastern languages that will be announced shortly,” he said, and Pottermore will also appear on more mobile devices in all sorts of forms.
One example: The just-announced “Book of Spells,” a partnership between Rowling and Sony in which users can learn about spells in the Harry Potter books via Sony’s PlayStation 3 Move.
First off, it reveals a lot but still keeps questions unanswered. At least we have a tentative release for Chamber of Secrets: SUMMER. Hopefully that means it will be soon! Also, which “rich features” were turned off in order to keep the site running? Are they features that we have already seen? Again, another Pottermore executive explains that they are aiming for Pottermore to be available in all forms and more languages. Hopefully we will see that soon too.