The Sorted Details

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I am cool. I have an early invitation to Pottermore. A friend signed me up a couple of months ago. You wish you had friends like that. Actually, you should. She’s awesome. Here’s the fun part. Early admittance didn’t actually mean we could get into the site early. We still had to wait for our letter to arrive (via email, not owl) in order to fully access all the features. But mine arrived this morning. I got in early. The site isn’t open to everyone until October, which is, um Saturday. . So I guess that means I rock, but only a little more than the average person. Having received notification that I am just to the right of ordinary, I logged in. Or I tried to.

Now, I’m not here to offer any spoilers or anything. I am pretty sure there were Terms of Service that I agreed to. I know I must have promised not to tell anyone anything cool about the site. Since I’m in the cool-kid club and got in early and all. If I violate the terms, a mountain troll will probably poop on my lawn. So call me the secret keeper. I say nothing about what I see. Except this:

They’re beta-testing the site, and I hope someone over there is taking notes. I can’t get in. Once I’m in, I can’t stay in. And if I stay in, I am not sure how to get where I am going. And once I am there, it takes me forever to figure out how to get where I have been. Nothing makes sense. Kind of like Facebook. Pottermore is the new social network for geeks.

I have no idea what I am doing, and I can’t find a tutorial. Not sure how to see the stuff I want to see. I know people have been sorted into houses because I have been subjected to them via my Twitter feed for the last two weeks. But how do I get there? I want to be sorted, too, but every time I think I have moved a bit forward, I get kicked off the site. The servers can’t handle the volume of users without suddenly shutting people out. I have not been able to stay on for longer than a minute and a half yet, and it’s only open to a million people so far.

It’s a total time-suck. The precious hour I wasted messing about on the site getting absolutely nowhere was time I need to spend writing. Or cleaning. Or eating. Or all three. I spent significantly more time trying to log in than I actually did exploring. I found the whole mess to be tedious and frustrating. I may actually have yelled at my computer once. Okay, twice. An entire hour of my life I will never get back.

So my user name is WolfsbaneNight8. I’ll be back on again the moment I can. Look me up, and we can be friends! Yes, I know. I have a problem. You don’t need to point it out, but thanks.

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18 thoughts on “The Sorted Details

  1. I got in. I have made it to chapter 5. I am at arriving at Diagon Alley and can not get any further. The next page is locked and I have no idea why. I have no clue what I need to do to get to the next page.

    I added you. I am FireboltMist201

  2. Elizabeth, zoom in on the page to pick your school supplies list off the ground. That will unlock Gringott’s for you. :)

    Ms Cliche, I’m done with the first (only so far) book. You need help, just ask. There is no tutorial. I accidentally found out that double clicking zooms you in and you find things/see more animations/unlock new content that way.

    Click, click, click some more…until they restrict access again and it crashes.

    (btw, potions made me yell at my screen. Verge of tears, frustrated yelling. “WHY CAN’T YOU JUST TELL ME WHAT IM SUPPOSED TO DO?!”)

  3. Thank you essjay. I read on the comments on the site that I has to zoom in. I was using zoom in under view at the top of the browser window and was getting no where. I had no idea about the double clicking to zoom in. Now I guess I need to go back and do that on all of the pages I have already done and see what I missed.

  4. There’s some interesting stuff about Vernon and Petunia’s early relationship, as well as young Minerva that really shouldn’t be missed. I keep moving my cursor over the whole screen to make sure I’m not missing anything.

    <— NoxAccio200 :)

    • If I had sense, I would leave well enough alone for the next 3 months while they work the bugs out. But if I actually had sense, I’d be in Ravenclaw and not Gryffindor. Yes, I really do have a problem.

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