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15 June 2011 @ 09:40 pm
POTTERMORE  
POTTERMORE?!


WHAT DOES IT MEANNNNN?! (so bright, so vivid)

My top guess is some kind of Harry Potter social networking community, considering the website seems to imply that it is a website coming soon. Maybe? Which would be exciting, and it would be AWESOME if we had a cohesive way to keep the fandom together in a Jo-approved kind of way. However:

1) I don't see how this would be more exciting than jkrowling.com in its heyday.
2) The big HP fansites are already great and effective, and I think Jo knows this.
3) The prospect of having to interact with all Harry Potter fans, and not just my fandom bubble, is kind of horrifying/squicky to me. I know, still snobby thanks to the Quill after all these years, but in a different way now? I'd probably be like "WHY ARE YOU ALL SO YOUNG? WHY ARE YOU ALL SO AWKWARD?" which is how I feel about a lot of HP fandom things sometimes.

Honestly, nothing would have been more exciting than a Harry Potter prequel. But that's not happening anytime soon.

However, it is SO NICE AND EXCITING to have Jo stir up the fandom again. Nothing matches the excitement I get from new HP fandom buzz. And I love that it was a riddle/hunt, just like the old days on JKR.com. Like likeafox was saying, I don't think that's happened since we were in high school. God, when did we get so old?


THEORIES? THOUGHTS?
 
 
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Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I think Jo knows this

This is exactly why I can't figure out what the heck this is. Honestly, I don't know what to feel. I was really, really excited when I first heard about it but ... I don't know anymore. It's really difficult for me to imagine that this is actually an idea that Jo came up with (unless it is an online encyclopedia), and not an idea from Warner Bros to keep the HP franchise alive and profitable.

And, yes, nothing would be as exciting as a prequel. Or as any book in the HP verse, really, even if it were about the next generation. I find it really hard to believe that Jo herself thinks we'll find whatever this is as exciting as a new book.

The prospect of having to interact with all Harry Potter fans, and not just my fandom bubble, is kind of horrifying/squicky to me.

I'm LOLing right now, but IT'S SO TRUE. It's not even about the age of new fans or about our specific SQ bubble ... I just really hate most fandoms outside of LJ. And HP is not exactly a small fandom; it's not as if we needed this official site to bring us together. I'm perfectly happy interacting with the sizeable number of HP fans that are on LJ!
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: zefron postertalimeeka on June 16th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, I think it's definitely not a WB thing. This has the flavor of JK Rowling and her PR team ALL OVER IT with the clues and the style of the website and the surprise timing. Plus, Jo's signiture is on the website. To me, that means 110% Jo approved. Her signature is on nothing except her own books and her own website.
Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Hm. Yeah, those are all good points. :)

It's just ... I'm not sure exactly. I'm just so thrown by the actual content (or, at least, the leaked pictures) and the "equally exciting" line. The set-up, like you said, has JK all over it (which I love, btw. Her clues are the greatest). And I suppose the site does as well since, like you pointed out, it has her signature. I'll just be very disappointed if it turns out to be a social network or an MMORPG (like some people are suggesting), because I would think Jo would know neither of those things are remotely comparable to a new book.
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: sunlit daystalimeeka on June 16th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
I think that if it is a super in depth MMORPG, then it will actually be super exciting! But nothing is ever on par with a new book.
Victoria Bloomvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
It definitely would be very exciting! But it's not something I can see Jo coming up with. The set-up here seems to suggest that this is an idea directly from JKR and while I can see her supporting it and giving plenty of information about the WW to the programmers, I have trouble imagining her being the driving force behind an MMORPG.

I don't know. I'm so confused right now.
Jolocked_door998 on June 16th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
One of the screencaps on ONTD has a picture of an encyclopedia... but I would rather have a physical book to hold. :|
Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Supposedly the pictures are fakes. I don't know, though. I mean, the style is really consistent with Jo's site and it's not like some troll could whip those up in an hour. So ... I have no clue what to think at this point.

But, yes, I'd much rather have a physical book. :(
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: window to the pasttalimeeka on June 16th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
I'm sure Jo would too...and so would her publishers.
robobitchou: ron - i heart ronlikeafox on June 16th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
All the coordinates so far lead to quidditch related things, so obviously JK Rowling has invented a real flying broom, and is personally organizing the first ever Real Live Quidditch league. I for one am excited to try out for beater for my soon to be founded local team. :)

Seriously, though. I have absolutely no idea. Honestly, the idea of an HP social networking site, while horrifying in many regards, would also be... idk. Kind of awesome. Just as a way to get back into fandom, even. I would have to try really hard not to troll all the mortifying tiny fans on it, but I would totally use it.

I really have no clue. I'd kill for a prequel, almost don't want any sequels at this point because, 1) they could quite possibly just be more of the epilogue and I couldn't deal with the fan bitching about that and 2) I've sort of developed a ridiculously involved head canon for the children and would be weirdly depressed if JKR wrote about them and went against that in any way. And sadly, she can't actually read my mind. (Or maybe that's a good thing. Um.... because of all the gay things. with her characters. alsdkj)

LET'S DISECT THE CLUES. COME ON PEOPLE, BREAK OUT YOUR OLD SCHOOL NOVEL LENGTH POSTS ABOUT THE SYMBOLOGY OF THE COORDINATES!
Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
I've sort of developed a ridiculously involved head canon for the children and would be weirdly depressed if JKR wrote about them and went against that in any way.

I think it's the opposite for me -- I have way more headcanon about MWPP than about the next gen -- but I know exactly what you mean. Honestly, that's why as much as I would kill for a new novel, prequel or sequel, I'd rather have an encyclopedia or any Wizarding World book (Hogwarts, A History, please!).
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: a little bit of love and wartalimeeka on June 16th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, Prequel >>>> Sequel. I'd be so terrified that a sequel would ruin the series, and kick it out of classics status. It would be really hard for fans to accept a sequel in general, and it would just seem lame. However, we are all interested in a prequel, and that would just add to the enjoyment of the main series!
Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Somebody pointed this out on ONTD:

POTTER Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Experience?

Thoughts?

A MMORPG would be great. But, again, not as good as a book.
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: 1 2 3talimeeka on June 16th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
THIS SOUNDS ON TARGET. That would be SO COOL, if it was like a second life type thing? OMG.
author_by_night: kaylee train job by hobbitseekerauthor_by_night on June 16th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I'd probably be like "WHY ARE YOU ALL SO YOUNG? WHY ARE YOU ALL SO AWKWARD?" which is how I feel about a lot of HP fandom things sometimes.

You know, when I first got into HP fandom, a bunch of people about my age at the time - thirteen-sixteen - and myself started posting to this forum intended for adult fans. They... were not thrilled about us being there, and were not shy about making it clear we weren't really welcome. Whatever, we were there, and I thought they ought to get over.

About a year ago, I found this new HP community that I was initially excited about (I'm not going to say which one because I'm about to be nasty about it). Well, as much as I wanted to post, one in five comments went something like this:

"Ron's biggest failing as a character is not being the outsider, but rather..."

And four in five comments went something like this:

"ZOMG THIS IS A .GIF OF ALAN RICKMAN ISN'T IT HOT?"

"OMG I LUV SIRIUS"

"ne1 no y...."

"THIS IS A DAVID THEWLIS .GIF!"

And I have to wonder if that's how we (the younger fans) were back in 2001. And if we were, no wonder the older fans didn't want us there. Now, I do remember being able to carry on an in-depth conversation and not particularly liking all the "(insert actor here) is hot!" discussion that dominated everything else, but I might have been the exception.

But I'm not sure if it's just that I happened on young fans, or if fandom's younger because so many of the older members moved on. And maybe my generation of internet users were just as annoying, but there's also the fact that fifteen year olds today are almost on a different internet. So... I dunno. I agree that it's annoying though.

Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: little potterstalimeeka on June 16th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Thinking back to when I was a kid though, I don't think I did much of that. I'm sure my comments weren't quite as insightful as the others, but I remember striving to be smart on the Quill forums etc when I was 14.

Of course, I'm probably being very hypocritical.
author_by_night: kaylee train job by hobbitseekerauthor_by_night on June 16th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Thinking back to when I was a kid though, I don't think I did much of that

I knew you back then, and you definitely didn't. I don't think I did much of that either, but I can't remember if the other teens at the boards I went to did or didn't.

And Sugar Quill really made it clear it was a place for intelligent, worthwhile speculation and discussion. The mods reinforced that. Not all communities do - I've complained to some mods and admins before and was pretty much told to get over it or leave.

I have to be fair, though, because not only is it absolutely true that not all teen fans are like that (as demonstrated by you and I), but adults can be like that as well. I can think of one community specifically where people talked like that and I'd go to their profiles to find out they were in their twenties and thirties. As another SQ friend pointed out once, I think Sugar Quill spoiled us a bit, because conversations were so focused and in-depth.

Then again, even at SQ there were a few people who still acted silly in ways that got annoying, whether they were fourteen or forty year old fans.
Jolocked_door998 on June 16th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
1. The prospect of having to interact with all Harry Potter fans, and not just my fandom bubble, is kind of horrifying/squicky to me. I know, still snobby thanks to the Quill after all these years, but in a different way now? I'd probably be like "WHY ARE YOU ALL SO YOUNG? WHY ARE YOU ALL SO AWKWARD?" which is how I feel about a lot of HP fandom things sometimes.

I'm about to begin writing a paper on interpretive communities for my media criticism class - naturally, I'm going to discuss the Quill. Can I use your hilarious quote? :)

2. If the website turns out to be a Second Life type thing, I don't think I'll ever leave my house again. XD So addictive.

Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: could have had yearstalimeeka on June 16th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Of course, I'd be flattered! Send me your paper when you're done, I'd be interested to read it!

It would be the best/worst thing ever. I would totally lose my real life.
farting_norafarting_nora on June 16th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
My favorite thing for this to be would be a collection of short stories taking place in the HP universe written by JK Rowling.

Anything from things happening in the marauder days, the founding of hogwarts, the sorting of Albus Severus, and other things outside the time frame of the books, to missing scenes and alternate points of view to things that happened in the books.

I know it is really unlikely, but I want it
Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 16th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
I really love that idea. ♥ I'd still love for it to be an encyclopedia or Hogwarts, A History, but your idea would be an absolutely wonderful way to get a glimpse into all these different things that I've wondered about. And it is just so much more magical reading about them in the context of an actual story, rather than just an encyclopedia entry titled, for instance, "Potter, Albus Severus."
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: a little bit of love and wartalimeeka on June 20th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
I want Hogwarts, A History so, so badly.
that's the modern age for you, cats and kittens!greensweaterlj on June 16th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
If it's the roleplaying thing can we all make an account and just set up a nice dorky separate building and not let anyone tiny or big in.
Jolocked_door998 on June 16th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yes please. We need our own little snobby corner to play in.
Victoria Bloom: [[BtVS]] - Buffyvictorialupin on June 17th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
It should be a sub. A magical submarine.
Chief Opposer of Filth: hp: 1 2 3talimeeka on June 20th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Hm, why do I feel like someone's done that before? ;)
binged banged boomed: nerd birdsheepinbox on June 22nd, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling roommate situations may switch around a bit.

Let'sdoitman.
Chief Opposer of Filthtalimeeka on June 23rd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I feel like all my roommates have abandoned sub.

Oh wait, just looked it up. Abbey, Eve (Dusty), and...Pickle P. Well! That's much better than I thought!