Pottermore is go!

Remember back in June, when the news about Pottermore broke? Well, yesterday, 31 July 2011, the site opened for beta testing. Or maybe I should say beta registration? Everyone wanted in on the action, so the site promptly went down – actually, it went down before midnight the day before! And when the site was back up again … every available account had been snatched. Moo. 🙁

Every day for a week, there will be a chance to get a login, though! You need to keep your eyes peeled on the Pottermore website, because once the clue of the day is up, you’re competing against a hoard of others who are trying to do the same and there is only a set number of accounts they have available each day, and once that quota is filled up, you’re on your own. Even if you’ve managed to get the clue.

Today, the clue was in which chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets professor McGonagall banned the quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff. Time that number by 42 (good choice), and put it as http://quill.pottermore.com/number. Had a friend help me out as I was in the office and didn’t have the book with me. Chapter 14. 14 x 42 = 588. Put it in, and she said on the page that came up, I would have to locate the Magic Quill – which was a simple task. Click the quill, fill in the forms. Yay!

So now I have a Pottermore login. 🙂 The only thing that made me go “aww, WHAT?!” is that you’re not allowed to pick your own username. It’s to protect your anonymity and for child protection reasons. Huh. Well, my anonymity is not terribly well-hidden anyway, really, and I’m 29, so I don’t need protection. I can see how it might (big emphasis on MIGHT) protect the kiddies, though, because everyone have the same sort of Mary-Sue n00b-sounding usernames.

My options, I kid you not, were these:

  • PotionRune200
  • GlowWalnut120
  • IceWild198
  • NifflerFelicis205
  • ShadowHolly207

Gods I hate usernames with numbers in them. (I don’t mind OTHERS having them, I’m just allergic to having a number myself, even if that number is 42 … or 53) Of those ones, my reasoning was that I wanted the name of a wood type, being a wandmaker and all, so that rules out all except two. Seeing as I was born in the Celtic tree month of holly, and ShadowHolly sounds marginally less atrocious than GlowWalnut, I went with the holly option. I’m now ShadowHolly207. *extends a hand* Pleased to meet you. (Nyah nyah nyah to the anonymity nannying.)

New chance tomorrow, when the question will be on something related to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, like “how many times would Traxy want to sneak off to the Shrieking Shack with Professor Lupin?” … Okay, except perhaps not that question. 😉

This is what it looked like in the shop.
I should photo mine for comparison.

Also, I received my A2 canvas print of the first glimpse of Hogwarts this morning. ‘Twas a birthday present to myself. It’s quite dark and not really detailed because of it, and they haven’t stretched the canvas very well. But that’s what you get from buying unofficial stuff from eBay shops, I guess. Still, it’s a big picture of Hogwarts that I now need to think where best to put it. 🙂

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