It’s been six months since the Pottermore reboot, and J.K. Rowling and her team have bent over backwards trying to make us forget about the old site, and fall head over heels for the new. But, have we done that? Is the regularly updated, brand spankin’ new content worth the loss of the interactivity?
Though to say that I’m anything but a Hufflepuff through and through would be blasphemous, I’m taking the Ravenclaw approach for this debate and brainstorming reasons why we love and why we’re disappointed in the new Pottermore.
Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child coverage, all day, every day.
Setting aside the Harry Potter purists who refuse to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a part of the universe (though it’s based off of a textbook in the Hogwarts library), the new trilogy is extremely exciting for those who have hoped and prayed for more magic from Rowling since the end of the Harry Potter era. There are plentiful articles and images from the upcoming film to tide us over until it’s release, on top of the History of Magic in North America series she recently released on the website.
And for those previously mentioned purists, Pottermore also provides us with insight and updates on the continuation of Harry’s journey with the upcoming published screenplay and production of The Cursed Child. This in-depth commentary on the making of these huge productions is truly magical for fans of the series, as waiting for new Potter material has been almost as arduous as waiting for our beloved Hogwarts letters.
The books and the movies, together forever.
Pottermore’s reboot has, in a way, given us the official encyclopedia of Rowling’s wizarding world that we’ve been waiting for. For example, if you’d like to learn more about Nymphadora Tonks or see original concept art for her big screen portrayal, Pottermore gives you that, and more.
Admit it, the featured articles are pretty, pretty cool.
These truly do add a new layer to the wizarding world as we know it. The featured articles and listicles are reminiscent of what you would find on a fan-site, and in a good way because we can relate to posts like “Everything you didn’t know about Animagi” and “5 reasons you should be best friends with a Hufflepuff.”
Less like reading the books, and more like reading a newspaper.
Pre-redesign Pottermore offered a style of re-reading the books like nothing we had seen before. This slimmed down version of a story we love so dearly allowed us to enter and explore while still feeling like we were reading the books themselves, and comparatively the rebooted site feels more like flipping through the news, with bits and pieces of the books scattered around.
Sayonara, house points.
The first edition of the site delivered far more opportunities to interact with the wizarding world, as well as other fans, as you built up points for your Hogwarts house by finding items across the chapters and successfully completing tasks in the Potions classroom. These activities performed more like the Harry Potter games of old rather than an official site, and that was enjoyable from day one.
No more games? Fine, but give us more quizzes.
J.K. Rowling recently spoke up about the lack of quizzes on Pottermore by tending to a request for a “What’s Your Boggart?” test.
If you need a test to find out what your boggart would be you’re either fearless or addicted to quizzes. https://t.co/WRzGBPvyX8
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 4, 2016
Rowling’s stance on this particular quiz makes complete sense, because even the youngsters in Professor Lupin’s classroom had an idea of what their boggart might become before stepping in front of it. But, fans are still waiting for more than just the Sorting Hat quiz, which was returned to the website in January. Impatiently waiting, might I add, because even the old design didn’t attempt the long-demanded patronus test, and Pottermore needs this now more than ever with the dismantling of the gaming aspect of Pottermore.
Have you spent any time on the newly remodeled Pottermore site? Tell us your thoughts on the transition from interactive to news-focused in the comments below or on Twitter @GeekandSundry.
Image credits: Pottermore, Warner Bros.