Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s New “Collaborative” Website
JKR held a widely anticipated press conference and video release to announce the creation of a new official Harry Potter universe website. Described by the Guardian as a “give back” to her fans, the site is touted as being a collaborative venture with fans.
This collaborative website is likely to continue to breathe life into the HP series for long after Movie 8 is available on DVD. It apparently has a lot of new background information on it, and doubtless more will follow.
No, MMADfan hasn’t moseyed over to the site yet. I will, probably fairly soon, but I understand that the site has been overwhelmed (i.e., crashed) this morning, so I’ll keep my little cyber tootsies away until some of the initial hoopla has died down. Don’t want to add to the crush, after all!
Will I start putting “Not Pottermore-compliant” on my fics now, too, in addition to “Not DH-compliant”? Maybe. I won’t go out of my way to make any of my future fics Pottermore compliant — since the RaMverse series of fics is by necessity not DH-compliant, and most of my stories are set in the RaMverse (and my others are set in my own little fantasy land where DH doesn’t intrude! LOL!), I don’t feel a huge pressure (or any at all, really) to start making my fics Pottermore-compliant and delving into the site for new details about the Potterverse.
On the other hand, if there are some great bits about the workings of magic that would fit in beautifully with my stories and the way I’ve incorporated JKR’s magical theory and blended in my own ideas about it, then that’s great — I’ll certainly be very happy to use any of those tidbits. Or if there’s some part of a character’s background that would fit in well and not contradict earlier stories in my RaMverse series, that could be fun to play with, as well. But with the richness of the Potterverse, and the added layers that Pottermore will no doubt provide us, it could be truly overwhelming to try to always be “compliant” with every aspect of the official JKR Potterverse, and a never-ending task, since the Website will continue to grow.
So for my stories, if you’re a reader of them and are interested to know, I’ll stick with trying to be as canon-compliant as possible through The Order of the Phoenix, and partially (at least), through The Half-Blood Prince (which, if you’ve read Death’s Dominion, you know is the point where the RaMverse and the canon Potterverse begin to split more obviously than in my previous stories), and if I can find some inspiration from Pottermore, I will, and be continuingly grateful to JKR for creating and sharing this fabulous magical universe with us.
I’m especially grateful since the drive to write some fanfiction set in the HP universe was one of the primary factors that brought me to fiction writing, which has become a very enjoyable pastime, to put it mildly.
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***ETA: I’ve tried to get over to the site & sign up for registration notification for the big unveil thing, but a) it times out, and b) I’m not entirely sure what I get out of signing up with my email as opposed to just stopping by on the 31st (that’s the big date, right?), and c) I have a feeling I’d be one of the cold, huddled masses who get locked out after all the tickets go to the lucky few (or many, depending on your guess of how many people will try to be among those lucky registrants). Given that I’m only slightly enthusiastic about the site — though I am more interested the longer I think about it — maybe it’s not worth it?
LATER ETA: I hopped over, ready to be patient this time, and signing up with my email addy went smoothly. Not that I think I’ll get lucky, but I’ll join in and play some! ***
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