If you’ve been following my blog, you know that my daughter and I solved the Magic Quill Challenge and became Beta users of Pottermore. Well, we finally got in, and I have to say, it’s pretty fun. We spent half the day Saturday collecting items for our trunk, churning up potions, and casting spells.
Pottermore is set up much like the books. When we logged in, a map popped up. We clicked on Chapter 1 and watched baby Harry arrive at the Dursley’s house. We found and read his welcome to Hogwarts letter, then we headed to Diagon Alley to shop. We bought books, magic supplies and picked our pet, a small striped cat. Next, we went to Ollivander’s Wand Shop. We answered a short questionnaire and received a spruce wand (surprisingly flexible) with a Phoenix feather core.
After that, we answered another short questionnaire and let the magic hat sort us into a house. We got Hufflepuff. This was not surprising, my daughter told me, because of the way we answered the question about animals. Hufflepuffs, she insisted, love animals. And Hufflepuffs are like hedgehogs. They’re small, but you don’t want to mess with them. Being small, this resonated with her in a big way. She assured me that we had been placed in the perfect house.
Now that we were in a house, we set about earning points for it. Well, to tell you the absolute truth, we lost some at first. We mixed a potion wrong and exploded our cauldron, resulting in -10 points for Hufflepuff. (Not great, since Hufflepuff was in last place to begin with.) Luckily, we earned it back when we figured out what we were doing and went on to earn 500 points for our house. This part was really fun. I began to feel some team spirit as we watched our points added to the overall total.
How about you? Anyone else gotten on to Pottermore? If not, do you plan to join when they open it up to everyone?