The Pottermore Store is now open, selling English-language copies of the Harry Potter books. Other languages will be coming soon.
The good news: the books are pretty reasonably priced ($7.99 for the first one).
The bad news: if you live in the U.S., you can’t buy the original version but are forced to buy the U.S. language version.
For a lot of people, maybe most, that won’t matter, but I read them originally in British English, the original, and I don’t want them in U.S. English. So my excitement about having them available, following many months of anticipation, was quickly turned to major disappointment. Since JKR owns the digital rights to her books, I don’t understand why she would keep people from buying them in the original just because they live in the U.S. It’s not like where different companies in different countries have the rights to them. Anyway, after this long wait, sadly I will not be buying the books in e-book format.
The Pottermore conundrum for fanfic writers.
Now that details are being revealed from the new Pottermore site and the new info that JKR is making available there, all kinds of previously held canon facts are being thrown into question. For example, Minerva McGonagall was always estimated as having been born in 1924 or 1925, and that she began teaching at Hogwarts in her early thirties. (This was based on a statement Rowling made in an early Scholastic.com interview, in which she said that McGonagall was a “sprightly 70,” presumably in the then-current book, Goblet of Fire, which took place in 1994-95. Subtract 70 from 1994 and you get 1924, and since her birthday is in October, Minerva would have been 70 for most of the 1994-95 school year if she were born in October 1924.)
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