‘Pottermore’ Will Open To First 1 Million Who Complete Its Challenge Tomorrow

Posted Saturday, July 30th, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4 by 0

Attention all you Harry Potter fans! Last month we announced the launch of the new ‘Pottermore’ site ~ an interactive website developed by J.K. Rowling and Sony based on the Harry Potter books. Well, today is the last day for you to submit your e-mail for a chance to be one of the million people who will have access to the site before it goes live to the public in October.

Tomorrow, in honor of Harry’s birthday, the site will be sending out a challenge. The first million people who complete the challenge will be given the privilege to play the beta version of the site and help put in the final touches. So far, there’s no word yet about what the challenge will be, but if it’s anything like the online scavenger hunt Rowling used to find the website last month then you know it will be a fun experience!

More details about the site were revealed on the ‘Pottermore Insider’, the ‘Pottermore’ site’s official blog. Currently, the free site will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish with the hopes of adding Japanese and Korean later in the year. While there will be simple games you can play, the site will be very much about the books. Readers will experience Harry’s stories in a fresh and innovative approach as well as discover new material from J.K. Rowling that was not included in the books and were written exclusively for the ‘Pottermore’ site. For example, Rowling reveals that a young Professor McGonagall once loved a Muggle as a young woman. There are about 18,000 words of backstory that was added for the first book with more to come as each of the seven books is added to the site.’ Pottermore’ is not designed to be an online mulit-player role-playing game like World of Warcraft or a social network game like Farmville. As J.K. Rowling puts it, “(Pottermore) is an interactive, illustrated companion to the books… where (the) stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way.”

You can get a sneak peak of some of the website pages below courtesy of Pottermore’s twitter page. So for those of you who have or are going to submit your e-mail for the chance to enter Pottermore early…good luck! The challenge will begin 12pm UK time, which is 4am Pacific. Here is a time converter to help you find out what time it will begin in your area.

UPDATE: 11:40pm EST

Thank you to two our readers (Cyprusspud and Blahbot90) who posted a screenshot and link with new information. We have an updated Pottermore post with the latest info.

Also, as you see in the post above, it initially was said on the official Pottermore Twitter account that the challenge would start 12 noon UK time, but now according to their official blog which was updated not too long ago, they state they won’t be telling when the clues will be given. That Twitter post with the starting time has since been removed.

 

  • Sabrinadanielle742

    when? what time in california? please tell me!

  • Sabrinadanielle742

    when? what time in california? please tell me!

    • Tassiapaschoal

      4 am :(

      • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

        Tassiapoaschoal is right ~ the challenge will begin at 12 noon UK time which is 4 am PT.

        • Kosulley2011

          twelve noon? or 12 AM UK time?

          • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

            The challenge is said to begin 12 Noon United Kingdom time so in the west coast that would be 4 am.

  • Sabrinadanielle742

    when? what time in california? please tell me!

  • Teddy Lupin

    how many hours wt happening

  • Xx1DarkAngel1xX

    whatt time in Missourii?! Tell me pleasee~!!!

    • jj

      6 am :(

  • Theonlyhopeforyou

    i will be waiting ALL NIGHT..midnight comes…and im there

  • sdklf

    what time in vancouver?

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      4 AM for those of you in Vancouver! Good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/JuliaMtv Júlia Mantovani

    omg..what time at brazil? .-.

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      Hi Julia! Looks like Brazil is 5 hours behind so your start time should be 7AM. Good luck!!!

  • selene denis

    what time in florida omg pleasee!!1

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      For all you Floridians and East coasters, the Pottermore challenge starts at 7 AM! Good luck! Let us know if you got in! We’d love to hear from you!

  • Mermaid_bb

    what time in mexico city????
    pleeaaaase??!!!

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      6 AM for you, Mermaid_bb. Good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/NCISFan36 Liz

    When in Florida plz and ty

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      7 AM Liz! Good luck! Let us know if you are one of the million to get in!

  • me

    Oh my gosh, there is a such thing as finding stuff out for yourself! Instead of asking what time it will happen in your country/state, why don’t you try googling “time zones” and seeing for yourself?

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      No worries! I’m here to help out. I do appreciate the sentiment, me. :)

  • Drayskye

    what time in ohio?

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      Ohio is 5 hours behind the UK, so the start of the challenge will be 7AM! Good luck!!!

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      Ohio is 5 hours behind the UK, so the start of the challenge will be 7AM! Good luck!!!

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      Ohio is 5 hours behind the UK, so the start of the challenge will be 7AM! Good luck!!!

  • Hotcutey_12

    What time in Quebec! ???? 

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      Hotcutey, get ready for the Pottermore challenge at 7 AM your time!  Good luck! Let us know if you are one of the lucky ones!!!

      • N Simone

        wtf, it’s 10 PM. I’ve got to wake up at 7 AM tomorrow just to register. I’ll be waiting til october, whatever

  • Edgkjdgkjqgdkjgd

    The first Million get in aand us American’s don’t stand a chance. Because The English people get in first it is so unfair.

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      Not necessarily. It is the first 1 million people that complete the challenge and you can start at the same time as the Brits, so don’t despair! My motto? Go for it because you never know if you don’t try. :)   Good luck!

    • Eliannnnnnnne

      The author is British, the actors (99%) are British, it was filmed in Britain… so yeah it makes sense the time should be more convenient for us BRITISH.. It’s not ‘unfair’, you bloody Americans get a whole lot more then we normally do…….. where’s the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? So don’t come with that rubbish, b*tch.

  • JessSexton230

    do you know when for the UK?

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      According to the Rowling twitter, 12 noon in the UK. :)

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      According to the Rowling twitter, 12 noon in the UK. :)

      • Guesto

        Which Rowling twitter?

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      According to the Rowling twitter, 12 noon in the UK. :)

  • JessSexton230

    aha thanks

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      You are very welcome! Good luck!

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      You are very welcome! Good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

    Here are the times in the US when the Pottermore challenge will begin. The list is based on the time zones you live in.

    If you live in:

    Alaska: 3 AM
    Pacific: 4 AM
    Mountain: 5 AM
    Central: 6 AM
    Eastern: 7 AM

  • Sehan J

    What about for Australia?! D:

  • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

    I would love to hear from those of you who participate in the Pottermore challenge!! Come back and let us know what you thought of it and if you are one of the million that completed it! Good luck to all!!!!

  • http://www.sciencefiction.com Patrick Ruddell

    Thanks for the update. We’ll get this screenshot posted right away!

  • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

    Thanks for the head’s up! I’m still getting the refresh page and am waiting for my e-mail. Good luck!

  • selene denis

    what time in miamii florida pleaseee

  • Guest

    How do you know that is it opening at 12pm GMT?

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      It was on twitter but that was earlier today. Now according to their official blog which was updated not too long ago, they state they won’t be telling when the clues will be given.

  • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

    I just wrote an update about the challenge. As of yet, there have been no early entry as the first clue has not yet been released on the Pottermore webpage. More information of what to expect can be found here:
    http://sciencefiction.com/2011/07/30/pottermore-challenge-update-7-books-7-days-7-chances/

    Thanks to everyone who has commented and good luck to all!!!!

  • http://ScienceFiction.com Ze

    We’ve also updated this particular post with a time converter to help you figure out what time it begins in your area so you’re not waiting on someone to get back to you. 

    http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

  • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

    I just wanted to remind everyone, with world wide releases like this challenge, things do happen. Servers may crash, the time of clue releases may change, the site will be slow. But we’re going to try and keep you up to date with all the haps. Make sure you like @sciencefiction on twitter for any breaking news!

  • Alex

    Does anyone know what time it will be in Calgary, Canada?

    • http://sciencefiction.com/ Bryan Hardbarger

      Perhaps this will help? http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc Cheers!

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      The official word now is that they won’t tell when the first clue will be posted.

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      The official word now is that they won’t tell when the first clue will be posted.

  • inloveforgoddwithlunalovegood

    what time in the philippines? please answe? SOOO EXCITEDD

  • Hybrid_dino

    :D I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!! The challenge opened for me at 12:00 am Alaska time. I was quick to register and I’m in! I am still waiting on an e-mail to tell me if I get to be a beta tester though. I am logged in and I can’t sleep now :D

    • http://www.sciencefiction.com Patrick Ruddell

      That’s awesome, congrats. You’re not able to see the site yet though are you?

    • Marleyziyan

      Wow. Lucky!! And cool. GOOD LUCK!! :)

  • GryffindorSeeker07

    Is it the same time every day?

    • Caz_taggart

      i think that the time for each clue will change each day not 100% sure tho :(

    • http://twitter.com/janicekay_ Janice Cantano Kay

      The clue will be offered different times each day. What worked for me was following twitter with the hashtag #pottermore. The Potter tweeps are very wonderful at letting people know when the clue is up! Good luck and let us know if you are one of the lucky million who gains early entrance to Pottermore!

  • LoonyLuna

    … What time does it open in the Philippines… its driving me mad that I keep on missing it

  • Cmule

    I would be nice if they didn’t have the questions at 4:00am in the morning every morning, so people that have jobs could actually have a chance at getting in!!!

  • POTTEROX

    I missed the magical quill and now I can’t get on… WHEN WILL IT OPEN IN OCTOBER!!! I CAN”T WAIT!!!

  • Tahnibills

    When does it start for australian non-beta members

  • ThePureBloodPrincess

    I cant wait for it to open on the 31st! I keep trying to find out more information about the quiz in Pottermore to find out which house you end up in…..I NEED TO BE IN SLYTHERIN!!! :D

    • claire

      were do you go for the quizes

    • Marleyziyan

      It’s opening October 31st??

      • Redhead1401

        but it’s past october 31 and i still can’t get in

  • claire

    how do you sign up for pottermore i can’t find my way of getting in to it because there is no web site saying sign up for pottermore i won’t to get on really badly please’s help me

    • Janice Kay

      Keep checking in at http://www.pottermore.com and the page will let you know when it is open to for you to register. Don’t despair! It should be open for the public to register by the end of the month.

  • claire

    were do you go for the quizes

    • Janice Kay

      The challenge is now over so the only way to gain access to Pottermore (if you were not one of the million lucky beta testers) is to wait until the site is open to the public. They hope to open it up for public registration by the end of this month and then the site will allow those registered people to enter the site in stages. You will be notified via e-mail. HTH!

  • Rev Alliance

    please let us know when will be the opening of pottermore on october?

    • Janice Kay

      Pottermore was suppose to be open to the public by yesterday, but, unfortunately, according to Inside Pottermore (http://insider.pottermore.com/) they are extending the beta phase and the site won’t be open to the public “in the immediate future.” But once we find out when it is open, we’ll let you know!

  • kpotter( :

    i  L0VE HARRY POTTER>>>TELL ME WHEN POTTERMORE IS COMING OUT!!!!! D:
    please

  • Marleyziyan

    I totally love Harry Potter so PLEASE tell me when it’s gonna come out!! :) Thanks!

  • MalfoyIsTheMan

    Oi! <3 Harry Potter!! Can't wait 'till it opens!

  • Rory

    it should be open today

    • Janice Kay

      Unfortunately, according to Inside Pottermore (http://insider.pottermore.com/) they are extending the beta phase and the site won’t be open to the public “in the immediate future.” But once we find out when it is open, we’ll let you know!

  • luna

    i want an account when can i get one

  • Redhead1401

    im getting stressed about when it will be open to public

  • JjocovyLiver

    What is this all about need info!!

  • Janice Kay

    Just thought I’d give you all an update. As of December 11, 2010, the Pottermore site is still in the beta phase. They’ve been working on enhancements to the site which is still only open for those that were invited to the beta testing phase. Once it is open to the public, we’ll let you know!!!