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Pottermore Insider Answers Questions About Beta Testing and Welcome E-Mails

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Stephanie_J
August 25, 2011, 03:35 PM

A new blog post has gone up on the Pottermore Insider following the latest batch of welcome e-mails which were sent out today.

Several frequently asked questions about the beta process are covered in this latest update as well as the timeline for receiving welcome e-mails. The Insider also denies the rumor that welcome letters will be sent out sooner to those who have been friended by other Pottermore users.

Beta phases are fluid and it’s important to watch and see how a site reacts to increasing amounts of users and activity.

Every time more people are added to Pottermore, we take a pause and look at how the site is responding to see if everything is working as we expect it to and whether we need to make changes before we let more people into Pottermore.

We are planning on giving more people early access over the next week or so and then we will pause sending Welcome emails for a while so that we can see how things are going.

Unfortunately, we can’t create a schedule to share, as we need to respond to what we learn with each group of new users. That’s also why there are gaps between the batches of Welcome emails; it all depends on what we’re learning from those who are currently on the site.

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339 Comments

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29 Points

Ugh!! I really want that email!!!!

Posted by PotterWings333 on August 29, 2011, 09:46 PM report to moderator
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Headmistress: One cool thing about your family members being sorted into different houses: you get to learn info on each of those houses. Otherwise, you’d just know about Gryffindor, and really, we know loads about it already from the books. This way you can share your info and learn more, maybe?

Posted by junkgirl190 on August 29, 2011, 11:07 PM report to moderator
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1636 Points

@Lady Hawke I wasn’t insulting her, and neither were the others, if that’s what you’re getting at. We only expressed our opinions and I helped her with the questions she had. This thread is getting very off topic - we’re starting to argue over nothing. This is about our love for Harry Potter, not about a contest to see who’s the better fan..

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 30, 2011, 12:09 AM report to moderator
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…@ And I’m sorry if our opinions sounded a little harsh, but like I said before in an earlier post here, we’re just a little hyped up on this whole Pottermore email thing. We want our emails bad, and might of taken a little of our frustration out on Headmistriss.

This should clear up and misunderstandings here, I hope. Back to what we should be talking about….like….

WHERE’S MY EMAIL, JO??? :’C

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 30, 2011, 12:12 AM report to moderator
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441 Points

I agree with S Palms. Let’s not argue and get beck to talking about Harry Potter!

DIfferent note, I find it interesting that Welcome Emails were sent out today, but the PM Insider didn’t mention anything. I hope this doesn’t mean they’re going back to not letting us know when emails will be sent. Anyone have an update on how many Hogwarts students there currently are?

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 30, 2011, 12:13 AM report to moderator
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@purplehogwarts
As of today, 30th of august, 7:38 (french time) : 118 558 !
The number of students in each house (Gryff : 29608, Ravenclaw : 29832, Hufflepuff : 29697 and Slytherin : 29421) are getting more even by the way. Ravenclaw does not stand apart as it used to in the beginning.
And I totally agree on the feedback thing Headmistress is talking about. I also was really disappointed about its lack of interactivity.
Hope to see you there very soon ^^

Posted by Noz on August 30, 2011, 02:05 AM report to moderator
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441 Points

Thanks for the update, Noz!!

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 30, 2011, 02:47 AM report to moderator
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… Still, the way you see yourself may not be the way you are, and do not mistake the way you want to be with the way you really are. Doesn’t matter how involved you are in how and what you want to be, even sincerely; that still doesn’t alter what you really are.

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 04:04 AM report to moderator
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purplehogwarts: Yesterday was a Bank Holiday in the UK, so they were probably doing the minimum necessary to enable the accounts. There will probably be a double message after today’s accounts are enabled.

Posted by roonwit on August 30, 2011, 04:49 AM report to moderator
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@ roonwit Someone on Twitter just said that PM reached 12% from 1 mil

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 04:52 AM report to moderator
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12% they are supposed to be reaching 40% at least!

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 05:25 AM report to moderator
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@ mencia It’s an increasing flow, not a steady one… And oh, god, I want my mail!

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 05:29 AM report to moderator
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so do I :(

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 05:44 AM report to moderator
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@ mencia Almost feel to tired to wait anymore – not disappointed, but depressed.

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 05:46 AM report to moderator
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@ cb160 I can’t say I’m depressed but I have given up hope of receiving mine anytime soon. that still doesn’t stop me from checking my mail everytime I hear word of a batch being send out sigh I really hope we will get them soon, really soon

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 06:08 AM report to moderator
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