www.Pottermore.com, author J.K. Rowling’s new interactive Harry Potter website, has now opened its doors.
The game’s developers have announced that the site is open to public (and not just select beta-testers) as of April 14, 2012.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you, because no author could have asked for a more wonderful, diverse, and loyal readership,” said J.K. Rowling in a welcome video.
The interactive online game was created to allow guests and players to immerse themselves in the world of Harry Potter one book and one chapter at a time.
They’re invited to explore seemingly familiar haunts in search of hidden items and shared experiences, collecting friends and housemates along the way.
On their journey, players learn about canon characters. Some of the information is character background, but there are also lists of individuals who have always existed but have yet to be seen or heard.
The world of Harry Potter takes depth and life as players are allowed to follow the plot, but also participate in tasks and talents.
They can make potions, do charms work, visit the common room, and head to Diagon Alley to pick up supplies.
For most fans, there’s no moment more thrilling than when they receive their letter of admission to Hogwarts, perhaps years too late in the case of many participants.
The website is still in its testing phases, so sometimes a participant does have to exert patience. Most issues can be resolved by refreshing the page or waiting until fewer people are playing.
There are other little complications, such as having to double click to move forward from foreground to mid-ground and then to background. This quirk can sometimes throw the player into the wrong spot to pick up an item or find some data.
These issues can be irksome, but most players seem to enjoy the overall experience.
To explore the world of Harry Potter even further, visit www.Pottermore.com.