Posted on: June 13, 2012

If you guys love Harry Potter you’re going to love this. Pottermore is a website that let’s fans experience the world of Harry Potter on a whole new level. You get to shop in Diagon Alley. You get to learn how to make potions.

I had a blast on this site. Not only do I get to live the adventure again, but I also get a more hands on experience. I’ve met Hagrid, I rode the Hogwarts Express, I got to use the Mirror of Erised, etc. I’m already done with Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone now I have to wait for the Chamber of Secrets.

It was interesting discovering new things.

For example, when I went to Ollivander’s to get my wand, I got Vine and Unicorn, eleven and a half inches, slightly yielding. I was curious what my wand said about me so I check on the links for wands woods and wands cores and read some of Ollivander’s notes, who believed that wand wood has an almost human powers of perception and preferences.

Vine-The druids considered anything with a woody stem as a tree, and vine makes of such a special nature that I have been happy to continue their ancient tradition. Vine wands are among the less common types, and I have been intrigued to notice that their owners are nearly always those wizards or witches who seek a greater purpose, who have a vision beyond the ordinary and who frequently astound those who think they know best. Vine wands seem strongly attracted by personalities with hidden depths, and I have found them more sensitive than any other when it comes to instantly detecting a prospective match. Reliable sources claim that these wands can emit magical effects upon the mere entrance into their room of a suitable owner, and I have twice observed the phenomenon in my own shop.

Unicorn-Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.

Also, another thing I found interesting was the house I was sorted in. I answered every question honestly and I was surprised to find myself in Ravenclaw. I thought for sure I would end up in Gryffindor or at least Hufflepuff.

At first I didn’t think I belong in Ravenclaw because they’re suppose to the brainiacs of the school. After all the house motto is “wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure”, but than I read the welcoming letter and I got a better idea of what a Ravenclaw really was.

“It’s not unusual to find twenty people standing outside the common room door, all trying to work out the answer to the day’s question together. This is a great way to meet fellow Ravenclaws from other years, and to learn from them.”

“Another cool thing about Ravenclaw is that our people are the most individual, some might even call them eccentrics. But geniuses are often out of step with ordinary folk, and unlike some other houses we could mention, we think you’ve got the right to wear what you like, believe what you want, and say what you feel. We aren’t put off by people who march to a different tune; on the contrary, we value them!”

What the letter said made a lot sense. I’ve always been a bit different. Ravenclaw doesn’t automatically mean you are an egghead. I mean, look at Luna Lovegood. She wears radish earrings and a cork necklace to keep the Nargles away. Luna maybe odd but she’s very wise and not afraid to be herself, which is why she’s one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter universe. Someone once told me that a smart person seeks knowledge, while a wise person puts that knowledge to good use. I guess the Sorting Hat knew what it was doing when it put me in Ravenclaw.

As I wait for them to post up book two, I’m practicing my spells and my potions. Who knew that making a cure for boils could be so hard?

But with anything involving Harry Potter and JK Rowling, it’s worth it in the end.



3 Responses to "Pottermore"

I’ve been in Pottermore since April and I still can’t make one potion. It really is very difficult! But then again, I’ve never played any sort of video games or computer games. My hand eye coordination is clearly lacking.

I got into Pottermore when it first opened, back when it was still available for beta testers. I only used it for a few days then abandoned it altogether, mostly because I was busy with work and whatnot. It’s a nifty site, but for some reason it wasn’t enough to hold my interest. Maybe I’ll go back someday.

Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

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