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Title: JK Rowling is up to something!!!
Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 11:46 AM
I just saw this and OMG SQUEEE!!!


http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/j-k-rowling-launches-pottermore-website_b32451

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Post by: Jenn on June 17, 2011, 11:47 AM
I was JUST looking at this! So intrigued!
 :cheerleader


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Post by: eecoburn on June 17, 2011, 11:57 AM
I saw this last night, too! Very curious and excited! The article I read said it was NOT a new book. Camping out to wait for the announcement.... :motorhome
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Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 12:16 PM
NOT a book?? wow, now I'm even more curious...

(maybe this was the wrong place to post this then  :confused2 )
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Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 12:20 PM
hmmm, where was the article you read? I can't find anywhere where they say it's not a book, just that's it's not a Harry Potter book...
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Post by: EmeraldGown on June 17, 2011, 12:28 PM
Sounds like it's going to be a very interactive Potter-focused website. 
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Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 12:37 PM
If it's anything less than a new book, I'm going to be pretty disappointed. She hid clues on 10 different fan sites that you had to plug into google maps to get the address to the Pottermore site and then link to the countdown on YouTube with an announcement to made June 23rd at 7 am on Good Morning America...that's a lot of buildup.
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Post by: AnneN on June 17, 2011, 01:00 PM
I think it's high time for a new book!  (not to be pushy or anything)

I saw the "not a Harry Potter book," but in my sneaky little mind, that still leaves the gate open for books about Potter's kids' generation or something.

I agree that an interactive website would be a letdown, though some kids might feel very differently!

<hopes hopes hopes>
:)
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Post by: JennaWren on June 17, 2011, 01:07 PM
Oooo, I saw this too!  Very intriguing!  I've long wished for a prequel of the Hogwarts days of James, Lily, Snape, Lupin, Sirius, etc....

And, it does seem like a lot of buildup if it's *not* a new book. 
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Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 01:08 PM
I agree, there's a lot of potential for spin off series set in the Potterverse. I think the prequel would be pretty awesome, too, but I'm with you on wanting her to write about the next generation as well.
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Post by: writermom on June 17, 2011, 01:47 PM
The Leaky Cauldron has been speculating and it says they think it's an encyclopedia of some sort filled with Potter info. Seems like I heard JKR in an interview say she wanted to do a prequel some time ago. I guess we all have to stay tuned.
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Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 01:55 PM
I just read an article from about a year ago where she says her daughter has been pressuring her to write book 8. She said it will be more focused around Dudley Dursley's son going to Hogwarts with Harry's kids. But maybe it's too soon to hope for that?? It said book 8 could be completed late 2011.

http://inewp.com/?p=2601

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Post by: Jenn on June 17, 2011, 02:01 PM
*hopes for book. hopes for book. hopes for book*
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Post by: writermom on June 17, 2011, 02:05 PM
Ooh, crossing fingers!
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Post by: Anne Marie on June 17, 2011, 02:09 PM
My guess is the online encyclopedia.  She'd mentioned that long, long ago.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on June 17, 2011, 04:18 PM
Oh, PLEASE let it be another novel.   :love


Online encyclopedia? Meh...
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Post by: AnneN on June 17, 2011, 04:22 PM
....you should see the frowny face I pulled when I read the words "online encyclopedia" just now....
 :-|

but I will continue to hope for better (bookier) things!
 :crossedfingers
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Post by: stacebee on June 17, 2011, 04:26 PM
Hope it's a book !!! really really hoping... 
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Post by: Artemesia on June 17, 2011, 04:33 PM
I'm losing hope that it's a book...the buzz is that it's some kind of multi-player online RPG.

this is what the trademark for Pottermore listed by Warner Bros says:

Providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network; providing on-line chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among users in the field of general interest; providing on-line communications links which transfer the web site user to other local and global web pages; providing on-line facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest.

Maybe it's like WikiPotteria, and she's going to let the fans write the online encyclopedia because it's just too much work, lol.

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Post by: MysteryRobin on June 17, 2011, 04:41 PM
Wait, I was hoping for an World of Hogwarts - WikiHogwarts sounds not fun at all. Bummer.
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Post by: JennaWren on June 17, 2011, 05:05 PM
 :taz:   Me no likey.
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Post by: yellow_submarine on June 17, 2011, 05:45 PM
I'm still crossing my fingers for a new book, even if it seems increasingly unlikely. Just the thought of it is so exciting!  :crossedfingers
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Post by: Pons on June 17, 2011, 06:11 PM
I'd love an encyclopedia. A novel would be great, but an RPG would leave me flat. Of course, I'm not really the proper demographic for RPG games.
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Post by: EmeraldGown on June 18, 2011, 08:48 PM
She DID mention wanting to write a compendium or enclyclopedia when it was all done since she had written a ton of back story and knows what happens to everyone (like who Neville marries, etc.)  She does not seem the lazy type at all, so I can't imagine her making it Wiki.  I think she is properly possessive of her own world and will have wanted to write it all herself.  And I would not turn my nose away from a cool interactive site AND an encylcopedia. 

I DO think she wrapped up the HP story so beautifully in Book 7.  I read it thrice and cried at the latest trailer that just came out.  Without a threat of Voldemort-like proportions or as epic a theme as the HP books, I think it might be hard to write more books in Potterverse, though a prequel DOES sound like the best option if she were to write again of that world.  Snape, Dumbledore, Lily, James, Sirius..we know them all and what's coming for them, so that would be cool to read.
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Post by: bechick108 on June 18, 2011, 10:05 PM
I always thought a chapter book or MG series of the next gen would be fabulous.
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Post by: Artemesia on June 19, 2011, 03:56 AM
LOL Emerald Gown, I was really only kidding about a Harry Wiki...I know she's been saying she wanted to do an encyclopedia for a while now.  I think the possibility of an interactive game/website is really the most plausible from what I've seen. I'd really love to have her write a new book tho, I'm not even picky about it being a prequel or a sequel. Just something to take us back to the wizarding world...
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on June 19, 2011, 12:16 PM
She mentioned wanting to write an enclopedia of Harry Potter stuff. I hope it's that or even better, a prequel.
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Post by: mrh on June 19, 2011, 01:31 PM
Without a threat of Voldemort-like proportions or as epic a theme as the HP books, I think it might be hard to write more books in Potterverse, though a prequel DOES sound like the best option if she were to write again of that world. 

Alas, I agree. I think we'd all love if it were books, because we just want to hang out with those characters some more. But Voldemort's dead, and Harry deserves a normal adulthood.

I'm assuming Voldemort never sired an heir...  :ahh     Even then -- too derivative. 

That's why I'm really not paying much attention to Pottermore. Sure, I'd look at an encyclopedia if it tells us what happened to everybody. Interactive website? Nah, I'm not the demographic.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on June 19, 2011, 02:51 PM
Did you guys read the link Arty posted? It sounds like there *will* be a new book set a generation later...
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Post by: JennaWren on June 19, 2011, 03:27 PM
I agree that maybe Harry's story is over...but I do have a real yen for the stories of other characters -- maybe I'm just a total dork fangirl, but I would love, love to hear more about Severus (who won me over pretty early on), Remus, Sirius....I think that what a lot of fans want is not necessarily a return to HARRY Potter-world, but a return to the wonderful magical world Ms. Rowling created, and to the characters (big & small) that we found there.  Sure, it's no longer Harry Vs. The Dark Lord....but, surely there is another story within those walls, waiting to be told.

Or, like I said, maybe I'm just a dorky fangirl!
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Post by: Artemesia on June 19, 2011, 04:00 PM
Oh, Jen, then I'm a dorky fangirl, too.   :yup
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Post by: MysteryRobin on June 19, 2011, 04:06 PM
Oh yeah, fangirl here, too!
But I'd rather not do a prequel - not because I don't love those characters, but knowing how things end up for everyone already makes it less compelling to me. But that's me on prequels for anything. ;)
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Post by: Artemesia on June 19, 2011, 04:19 PM
I was *just* thinking the same thing...like watching the Star Wars prequels. When you know how it's all going to end, it kind of takes the thrill out of it.
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Post by: JennaWren on June 19, 2011, 04:39 PM
Yeah, yeah....I've been wondering about that too.   Because it's true -- we know how it all works out with Lily and James and Snape and crew, so there's nothing compelling enough to really write a book (or series) with really rich plot and interiority, etc., etc.  But still.  *stomps feet*  Is *wanting* such a book so wrong??   I would probably NOT care that I knew who ends up with whom, what Lupin's big monthly period was all about, and how Sirius was fighting his family --  and still scarf up a prequel.  As a writer, yes, yes, I get that knowing the basic story arcs waters it all down.  As a fan?  I. JUST. WANT. MORE.   :taz:

I would take the next generation stories, fer sure.  Yes, indeed. 

*drums fingers, waiting, waiting.*   I just hope mugglenet doesn't publish a book on "What Will the New Harry Potter Website Be?" because I *might* be tempted to buy it.  Cause I'm that kind of freak.  (Or maybe not). 

Sigh.

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Post by: heartsandflowers on June 19, 2011, 07:32 PM
OMG..... So can't wait
 :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
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Post by: EmeraldGown on June 20, 2011, 07:03 AM
I know what you're all saying about prequels.  At least we know that JK writes WAY better than George Lucas (as even die-hard George Lucas fans know) and if she were to write a prequel, I don't think she would take the 20 years George Lucas did (as I think the time lapse between Star Wars films also helped to diminish the magic of the story--George didn't have "it" any longer.)  Plus, to be honest, the Star Wars movies--even the original three--got progressively worse.  The HP books only got better and better!  (At least in my opinion!)
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Post by: JustinDono on June 22, 2011, 11:13 AM
It's been leaked:

http://books.usatoday.com/bookbuzz/post/2011/06/spoiler-alert-uk-newspaper-reveals-secrets-of-pottermore-/175279/1

So apparently it's an ARG:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternate_reality_game
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Post by: Melissa K on June 22, 2011, 11:20 AM
Darn. I was hoping for a book.
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Post by: Ambition on June 22, 2011, 11:59 AM
Me too-  :shrug:
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Post by: Pons on June 22, 2011, 12:41 PM
I was hoping for a book, too, but this sounds pretty cool. Who doesn't love a treasure hunt? Sort of a cross between HP and geo-caching. I think I like it.

Laurel
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Post by: JustinDono on June 22, 2011, 04:38 PM
Well, it sounds like the treasure hunt is also leading up to something else, o a book is still a possibility.
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Post by: yellow_submarine on June 22, 2011, 05:08 PM
I really hope it's not just for the US and UK.  :(



Edit to add: Less than three hours to go! There are so many owls on that countdown page now... I'm getting excited!
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Post by: EmeraldGown on June 23, 2011, 04:45 AM
I wonder if the leak was true or not.  Guess we'll find out in October. 
It IS an interactive website, that much we know.  She is keeping HP as current as possible for the next generation of readers, and to keep the readers and fans she already has still involved in her world as much as possible.
I can't say I'm disappointed, since I didn't really expect another book, though she did mention the information she's been hoarding for years will be revealed.
The wand game may be a part of it, it could have been made up, we'll see.
Interesting and intriguing.  Perhaps not worth getting up early, as I did, but interesting nonetheless.  And she looks fabulous.
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Post by: Franzilla on June 23, 2011, 02:46 PM
You guys read this?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/jun/23/pottermore-jk-rowling-marketing-genius-harry-potter

Shrewd lady, that one.
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Post by: JennaWren on June 23, 2011, 04:35 PM
Indeed.  Indeed.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on June 25, 2011, 09:31 PM
You guys read this?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/jun/23/pottermore-jk-rowling-marketing-genius-harry-potter

Shrewd lady, that one.

That really just makes me love her more! I'd buy the ebooks. I'll buy every format HP comes in, I love it that much... ;)