Surely you’ve heard about Pottermore, right? Well, I’ve seen enthusiasts excited for the new information Rowling’s going to share, I’ve seen E-Book lovers excited over the possibilities this lends to the future of reading digitally, and I’ve seen complaints from people on every side because it’s not what they wanted. But you know what I haven’t heard? Anyone talk about how awesome it’s going to be for those of us Potterphiles with small kids.
What? That didn’t seem obvious?
Here’s the thing. Harry Potter is a huge part of our life in this house. We have parties, do midnight movies, own all the DVDs and have built in the lexicon into our daily conversations. Early on I had to decide if I was going to let Nikki in on the world before reading the books, or try to shield her from it until she read the books. I decided shielding her would be impossible, so she has seen all the movies and we talk the world of Potter all the time. Now, I’m constantly reminding her that the books are better and that she’ll get to learn new stuff when she reads them, but I was always worried she wouldn’t be motivated.
This is how SHE is going to read the books. Via Pottermore. And it will be interactive. How awesome is that? When she reads about Harry being sorted? She’ll get to be sorted too. And when Harry goes to Diagon Alley to buy school supplies? She’ll get money from Gringotts too and will get to spend it. She now has all the motivation in the world to read the books, because she gets to PARTICIPATE.
Oh, and of course I’ll be re-reading that way them too. Duh.
It’s going to be a slow reveal, with the first book coming out in 2011 and Chamber of Secrets in 2012. In theory, she could be reading them as they come out. Just like E and I did. And she and I will be experiencing it together. JUST LIKE E AND I DID. This is a dream come true for me, as a Mom who desperately wants her daughter to love Potter as much as she does. Does any of this mean she WILL love it? Eh. Who knows. She’s often stubborn and just wants to do opposite of what I want JUST BECAUSE. But she already loves the world of Harry Potter, she randomly shouts spells and often says, “BLOODY HELL!” I’m hoping she won’t fight the pull and hopefully Pottermore will be something we can enjoy together.
I can’t wait.