Harry Potter fans have some adjusting to do, as it was recently announced that J.K. Rowling’s ‘Pottermore’ site would be shutting down, and moving over to the new ‘Wizarding World’ site, claiming that with new site enhancements and expansions, Pottermore could not longer sustain the needs of the fans of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ and WizardingWorld.com would be an upgrade. Check out the full news release from the website itself below:
Engorgio Pottermore… We’re moving to WizardingWorld.com – our new, bigger home for all of the magic you love. Here’s everything you need to know.
After seven years of providing you with all the latest Wizarding World reports, analysing every single facet of the Harry Potter stories, breaking news about the Fantastic Beasts films, challenging your fandom with some rather tough quizzes and, of course, asking you to discover your true Hogwarts house, we can now announce… that we’re going to do more of it! Just next door at our new home, WizardingWorld.com…It’s a bit like The Burrow; we’re magically adding a few extra floors to our house and throwing in some Extension Charms, bringing over the content you know and love from Pottermore.com, and adding some new, enhanced surprises. A visit to Pottermore.com will redirect to WizardingWorld.com – but don’t worry, you haven’t made a mistake with your Floo Powder. It is still, very much, the online home of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts…We’ve been busy working on a variety of exciting projects to make your journey through the Wizarding World even better, requiring an even bigger and better website to show it all off…For now, create a Wizarding Passport on WizardingWorld.com using your Pottermore account details – all your existing traits will then move over to the new site. That’s your Hogwarts house, wand and Patronus…Your Wizarding Passport is your very magical identity that holds your Wizarding World credentials in one place…Stay tuned to see what happens next, and we’ll see you at our new house just as soon as we’ve shifted all the furniture.
The good news for most fans is that all of their account information, Hogwarts House, Wand, Patronus, etc, will be carried over to Wizard World, unless, like me, you don’t particularly care for the Patronus you received on Pottermore, in which case it seems I’ll still be stuck with my mole, ruing the day I rushed through that damn Patronus quiz. But I digress.
Wizarding World also just sounds a bit more inclusive than Pottermore, especially with the expansion of the universe through the ‘Fantastic Beasts‘ films which do not focus as much on ‘Harry Potter,’ (not to mention some of the newer games opening up the world like the ‘Wizards Unite’ mobile app). It makes a bit more sense as, at the end of the day, Rowling’s books are all about the Wizarding World she created. Still, there was something a bit charming about the name Pottermore, and it will be a little sad to see the quaint little site close down.
What are your thoughts on the transition? Will you be switching over to WizardingWorld.com for all your Harry Potter news? Feel free to share your opinions on the new regime in the comments below!