Aug 072011

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Attention Harry Potter fandom and J.K. Rowling followers – Pottermore will now be opening its gates to you magical individuals out there that were clever enough to solve the 7 quill clues. As one of those individuals who managed to do so herself, I am beyond pleased to have this opportunity and share it with those who still wait patiently at the gates. We cannot all storm the virtual grounds of Pottermore all at once and it will take time for each of us to receive our acceptance letters for the beta. I have managed to discover some interesting details that may shed light on when that may be and will share them in just a moment.

During the 7 day marathon of clue solving, page flipping, and pulling all nighters with fellow Potter fans – I noticed some very intriguing patterns. From Day 1-7 of the challenge, I set my money on a great group of folks known as Team Portkey. This team is made up of the clever witches and wizards known as Becca, Deyvn, Shrima, Quin, and several other honorable fandom members. Yours truly hung around in their livestream and shared the revelations that their hosts as well as the 100+ other chatters discovered day after day.

Each time consistently I noticed that those who followed Dragonbloggers or attended the Team Portkey livestreams were most likely the first group of the day. The second closest group would probably be those who relied on Pottermore notifier pages or Twitter accounts that deployed info via texts and tweets. The fansites and Potter forums experienced a much more noticeable delay in sharing clues.  According to the update times on our Pottermore: The Magical Quill Clues Await You post – Dragonblogger was often 5-20 minutes earlier than the prior sources I just mentioned.

Regardless of how soon one discovered the quill it really boils down to what day you scored a spot. Much speculation has been surrounding when certain days will be permitted into Pottermore. By chance I did manage to stumble across a solid formula that was shared thanks to PottermoreBetas* (see calculations at end of article) on Twitter about possible entrance dates. Here are the potential early access dates, remember these are educated guesses:

August 22, 2011, 8:00 PM PST

You can now read our extensive review about the experience here: Pottermore Beta Review: Early Thoughts on J.K. Rowling’s Interactive Experience.

August 15, 2011, 7:55 AM PST
Reports coming in at a rapid pace that Pottermore welcome emails are being delivered at this very second. Update: View our NEW article for the full scoop, audio narration of the insider experience, and screenshot of email here.

August 13, 2011, 10:14 PM PST Update
Popular Pottermore Tumblr blogger earthtopotter – the admin behind the Pottermore Watch blog – posts details of an early invitation they supposedly received from Pottermore itself. Earthtopotter notes that it was sent from a domain but is still unsure of its legitimacy.  Earthtopotter is also concerned if this is an email spoofing attempt that is trying to gain access to their account through this common scam technique.  More details can be found here.

August 12, 2011, 4:07 PM PST Update
Reports have come in that French Pottermore users have supposedly received an email like the one pictured below – indicating that early access to Pottermore may open up on August 15.  This coincides with the English language email which stated mid-August.  Could this mean come Monday, Day 1 quill finders may get their email?!

Further Evidence
Google the phrase: Pottermore “15 août”… countless French forums pop up that discuss Pottermore in relation to this date.

August 12, 2011, 11:27 AM PST Update…
We have put together a vlog overviewing everything we know about Pottermore thus far and the journey we took to get there.
► Click Here to Watch

August 10, 2011, 10:24 AM PST Update… staffer Persian Poetess has received a new email from Pottermore!

As the picture above indicates the Welcome Emails will be sent out between mid-August and the end of September.  To summarize what we know so far watch the vlog for details.

August 10, 2011, 9:26 AM PST Update…
There have been a high volume of tweets with screenshots revealing emails confirming access to Pottermore in mid-August.  So far there has been no pattern as to how the emails have been received and it has not been based on what clue day you entered. The only thing in common is that all mention mid-August as the time of entry. There is also a new post on the Pottermore Insider mentioning that the emails are about to be sent:

If you didn’t manage to find The Magical Quill and register for the Beta, please don’t worry; Pottermore will be open to all in October. However, if you did manage to register for an early access place you will soon receive a ‘selected for early entry’ email.

Educated Guesses Per PottermoreBeta’s Calculation (NOT OFFICIAL)

Day 1 August 8-14, Day 2 August 15-21, Day 3 August 22-28, Day 4 August 29-September 4, Day 5 September 5-11, Day 6 September 12-18, Day 7 September 19-25

Don’t those numbers just thrill you? To think – those of you who signed up early are possibly days away of being sorted by the sorting hat…well not quite. In fact many sources say you are going to be starting at the root of the Harry Potter books, which is the Dursleys! Soon you will take your journey to Hogwarts and discover fun facts along the way. You can find a more detailed outline of what awaits by reading our past article Pottermore: Harry Potter Lives On.

Stick with us to watch how the Pottermore experience unfolds. While J.K. Rowling and associates are very guarded about what is revealed about Pottermore, so far it seems describing the details are completely permitted. Just as you stepped into the magical world of Potter in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone, upheld the honor of the Order of the Phoenix, and wondered at the power of the Deathly Hallows – relive the adventure and find out things you never knew before thanks to Dragonblogger and Pottermore.

Those of you who have entry to the experience tell us – what do you look forward to the most?

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Calculations Credit: PottermoreBetas (Picture)

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Mitra Faridian first joined the site in 2011 under the handle “Persian Poetess.” Since then she has become one of Dragonblogger’s most passionate videographers. She is a regular on the Dragonblogger YouTube channel and has produced several high quality video game and product reviews. Her gaming and entertainment taste is very eclectic and she’s always open to a fun new virtual experience. Email her at the following address: mitra [at]
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  • I’ve been waiting for this, but i think i’ll wait a little longer because betas and me don’t really get along. Had some ugly experiences and i don’t want to ruin this one too. Best things in life deserve a little waiting.

    • Persian Poetess

      I understand the hesitation around betas. Pottermore is going to be such a huge thing that there are bound to be some big old bugs and snags. I have a good feeling though and am willing to take a shot and enjoy the experience.

  • I hope this isn’t true. It’s not fair to people who weren’t allowed to stay up late to sign up on the first day. It should be random.

    • Persian Poetess

      As I stated in the article these are speculation and potential dates based on some interesting mathematical guess work. However, the Pottermore Insider themselves stated this would be a first come, first serve basis. I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of lottery system is deployed but I believe it still will be based on clue day. The good news is that they’re going to open the gates to everyone unrestricted once October comes.

    • fan

      ..but it wouldn’t be fair to those that got in on day 1 to get their welcome emails late, either..

    • Diana

      I understand what you mean but remember that the questions on earlier days were harder. So wouldn’t it be somewhat fair since they went through a harder challenge for them to get in first? Granted if you weren’t allowed on, you weren’t allowed on which isn’t fair to you but still.

  • Annemieke

    I look forward to the official sorting made by J.K Rowling her self!! It will be interesting to see what house i’m truly in, instead of just saying i’m in Gryffindor all the time! 🙂

    • Persian Poetess

      Yes, the questions I’ve seen are far from the expected. Like one had to do with which color box would you choose if its lying on the ground. One was as simple as a coin toss between heads and tails :P.

  • Hello Persian,
    Thank you for sharing those day 1 until day 7 now we know what is the month of your welcome email…

  • Samantha

    I disagree with you, Sarah. While it isn’t fair that people couldn’t stay up, randomizing it isn’t fair either, to those of us who stayed up and waited for hours, despite being exhausted.

    • Persian Poetess

      Yes several people, myself included, diligently kept tabs on Pottermore to get in as soon as possible. Not everyone had that privilege though, so those people do have my sympathy. Even though I got in on Day 1, I still haven’t seen my welcome owl! So we all need to sit tight and enjoy the ride.

      • Samantha

        Yeah same here! I got in within 2 minutes of it opening! I want my letter 🙁

  • Nikki

    I am definitely looking forward to the Sorting Hat and Wand Selection–but everything else just sounds like a bloody adventure! Whoo! And not only are we reliving the story in an interactive way, new material will be introduced and it’s just so OMG YES IT’S STILL NOT OVER. Gladly, this project should last for years and if Jo feels the need be to make… supposedly ANOTHER project ;D (I read the Terms & Conditions and they said they may innovate a couple new thingers) then by golly… best thing to ever happen to a Harry Potter fan. Those of the digital generation are just so fortunate.

    • Persian Poetess

      I’m very intrigued about what new revelations she might share. I lean slightly toward Ravenclaw so I would like to know more about the house. The books were predominantly Gryffindor/Slytherin. However, if I do end up a Gryff, I won’t mind either :).

  • briant

    nice!! but yeah.. maybe I’ll wait just a little bit longer too.. 😉

  • I can’t wait! <3

  • I’m very excited about getting a wand and being sorted!!!! I’ve never been a Beta Tester before so I’m hoping for the best! I might make a new account once pottermore is officially up and running to the public though. 🙂 EXCITED <3 <3 <3

    • Persian Poetess

      It seems like a very exciting process. Just remember though that betas can be buggy. As long as you have patience with the snags, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the ride ;).

      • I’m sure I’ll enjoy Pottermore with or without bugs. 🙂 thanks for the heads up though! If it froze or something I’d probably freak out, but now I know it’s probably just a bug. 😉

  • I love this Pottermore tips! Please give us more!

    • Persian Poetess

      Its our pleasure Ron :). The moment something of interest comes up regarding Pottermore we’ll try to cover it. Stick around in the comments or follow our staff account @dragonbloggers to be notified of new Pottermore stuff. We tweet new articles about it usually the moment they are released.

  • I like HarryPotter but I don’t take myself as a crazy fan because there are younger people at home whom I feel are more suitable. JK Rowling is a great writer but I never read anything from her before. Its good to see the young artists growing up into fine gents and ladies.

  • Midge

    I registered on day 4 and received my second email at 17.34 BST today  I’m so so so excited

    • Persian Poetess

      Congratulations Midge! Hopefully we will all get our welcome emails shortly. The moment I do I will update the post and write a new one about the process.

  • hi i don’t think those dates work for the days the clues are released. My sister entered on day six and got her welcome email on the 10th aug and i registered on day 4 and got mine today the 12 aug. So perhaps they are doing in age order or just completley randomly…….i dunno.

    • Persian Poetess

      This article was written before the congratulations email was sent. As of this moment the most solid dates we know are between mid-August and September. If we can track down something firmer we will post it here. The timestamps at the top show when the article contains new information.

    • Richard101

      i entered day 7 and got mine that day, and today… which im baffled at.

  • Richard101

    I got in on the last day of the Quill Challenge… Yes the last… well I only heard about it on the 6th day. However to my disappointment, on visiting the site, it said 6th day registration closed. Yeah so anyway I got in the last day, by getting the quill on the warnerbros page with the parseltongue translator. And registered blah blah blah… all well so far.

    Well it got a bit weird after that, I received the email confirming I was magical on my registration… and then was able to login, it said I was one of the lucky few. A few days passed after the challenge was over, and I could no longer logon. I was getting very confused until today, when I received this email…

    You have been selected for early entry into Pottermore!

    We’re really excited to confirm that you are one of the lucky people selected for early entry into Pottermore, ahead of when it is open-to-all in October, to help us add finishing touches!

    We will activate your account between mid-August and the end of September, so keep checking your inbox for our Welcome email. When this arrives you will be able to enter Pottermore. In the meantime, you can check the Pottermore Insider for all the latest news, updates and announcements.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Pottermore.

    Please see our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy for more information.

    This email was sent by Pottermore Limited (reg. No. 06979090). Registered in England and Wales.
    Registered office: Devonshire House, 1 Devonshire Street, London W1W 5DR.

    Harry Potter and Pottermore Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling

    I have now received about 3 OR 4 EMAILS now… and honestly I don’t know what they’re telling me. Its as if theyve reworded the last email. I got one like the above on getting the quill.

    WTF does all this mean, what have I received??!?

    • Richard101

      I got in day 7 so does this not blow everyones ideas of when we get in out of the water… then again I don’t know exactly what kinds of emails ive received!

      PS I LOVE THE TICKBOX… confirm you are NOT a spammer.. I LOLED. (completely irrelevant yes, but i thought i should add i found it funny)

      • Persian Poetess

        That little tickbox saves us a world of trouble :). Glad you found it funny.

    • Persian Poetess

      The selected for early entry mail confirms that your spot is secure. There is one more message you should keep your eye on. It is the welcome email that activates your account.

      • Richard101

        but i dont understand.. ive received the one at the top of this blog twice… one straight after registering and one today.. both said exactly same thing? So ive got over 3-4 emails in total 2 which told me same thing about a week apart. The site when i logged in said i would get a welcome email in two-three weeks and that was last week???? :/ hmmmmm….. when i get the welcome ill let you know… imagine if i got it soon that would wreck everyones idea on when people think people would get in. I hope this Pottermore is all its cracked up to be…. and to be honest day 7 had the easiest question ever like…. How many deathly hallows x 7 :L so im happy anyway… only prob i hate my username quillcastle108 :/ horrible. best of bad bunch.

        • Persian Poetess

          Wow thats bizarre. You’d only get multiple emails if you managed to get more than 1 account into Pottermore but you said you only got in on the last day. Could be a minor bug in their mass emailing script. For now sit tight, if I or one of our readers receives a legitimate welcome email, we’ll update the post.

  • Hi Dragonblogger. I noticed that you were talking about different livestreams and sites that helped people to get in. One I think you should also mention is the Pottermore Experience Chatroom because this helped get every single person who was on it each day into pottermore early. Everyone who needed to get in was able get in within minutes of the clue posting. The chat helped a lot of people (including me) and I hope it can get mentioned. Thanks!

    • Persian Poetess

      Hi there, I linked your name to the forums related to it because we don’t typically allow urls in comments themselves. Looks like a nice community! So we’re allowing it to be linked to in the comments. Who knows, maybe I’ll pay a visit myself :).

  • Robert @ Fish Mounts

    Man, this post has a boatload of comments on it. Also see a lot of ads for Progressive insurance on here. I’m going to click on one and see about changing my car insurance over. 😉 Kudos to the webmaster here.

    We’ve been waiting a while to see this. Glad to see it’s coming out. I see they are going to have eBooks and audio books coming available. I’ll bet they will sell a ton of these on there. Lots of people I know are big fans.

    • Google AdSense must have for some reason matched whatever content in article with Progressive, funny I don’t see those same ads when I hit it.

  • Robert @ Fish Mounts

    I only see one Progessive ad now. Before it was two. I am seeing ads for and 1 gig of storage and another one for some kind of pop-up domination and increasing conversions or some stuff. Normally I have AdBlock Plus installed and enabled but not on the computer I am at this moment, so I see all the ads now as intended by the Adsense.

  • jane

    i can’t access my account… CharmRiver118 this is my account and i can’t open it even though i changed the password help….