Well, as I mentioned the other day, J. K. Rowling is rolling out a new Harry Potter-themed project called “Pottermore.” I had speculated that it was going to be the long-awaited official encyclopedia of the Potterverse. Sadly, in my view at least, Pottermore has turned out to be nothing quite that exciting. As it turns out, Pottermore is essentially a proprietary eBook sales site, with some background notes on the setting thrown in to create an online community and ensure that diehard Harry Potter fans keep coming back to the site. That’s fine, nothing wrong with any of that, but I had just been hoping for something more.
eBook editions of all seven books will be out in October, and if you’ve ever wanted to read 18,000 words of notes on Professor McGonagal’s backstory, you’ll be able to do that too.