Common Sense Media says

Engaging virtual world brings Harry Potter to life.

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Similar to the books and films, Pottermore underscores the importance of friendship and working together (like earning points for your Hogwarts house).

Violence

The story discusses the death of Harry's parents and features creatures like ghosts and trolls that could be scary for younger kids.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

At the end of each chapter, there's a link to the Pottermore store, where visitors can buy eBooks and digital audiobooks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Visitors must register with a name and email address to use the site. (A parent's email is required for users under 13.) Profile names are generated by the site, so no personal information is made public.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Harry Potter virtual world leads kids on an interactive journey through Harry's story. Kids need to register with a name and email address to use Pottermore, but they're assigned a user name so no personal information is revealed. Users can comment on each chapter, but the site has strict guidelines about what's acceptable. It's easy to see how kids could get sucked into Pottermore and spend a lot of time there.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • measurement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The beautifully illustrated Pottermore brims with places to explore and people to meet. Exclusive thoughts from J.K. Rowling are interspersed throughout. A magical site for Harry Potter fans.

Learning Approach

By presenting some challenging tasks, Pottermore underscores the value of practicing and rewards kids with "house points" and new content once they succeed. 

Support

Some challenges may take practice to complete. An "extra help" feature would help younger kids stay engaged through more difficult tasks.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • measurement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Kids can learn to use their reading comprehension and investigative skills in order to complete tasks and advance the story. Some of Pottermore's tasks (like mixing potions) are challenging enough that kids will have to read closely, pay attention to details, and carefully follow instructions in order to move ahead. Some challenges may take practice to complete. An "extra help" feature would help younger kids stay engaged through more difficult tasks. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids who've always wanted to step into Harry Potter's shoes can a taste of life at Hogwarts with Pottermore, a virtual world that leads us through the story of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (and, coming soon, its sequels). Kids make their way through each chapter by clicking through the story and searching scenes for objects, eventually enrolling in Hogwarts. Then, it's off to join a house, brew potions, and cast spells. Along the way, kids can learn about the people, places, and objects that make up Harry's world.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The beautifully illustrated Pottermore brims with places to explore and people to meet, serving as an excellent complement to the books and films. Thoughts from J.K. Rowling interspersed throughout the virtual world give fans the exclusive story on her inspirations and often provide a whimsical touch. (For example, have you noticed that the wizards don't use the metric system, despite being British? Rowling explains why.) Some of the activities can be a bit challenging to the point of frustration; it can be easy to miss a key object and difficult to cook up a potion. But overall, Pottermore is truly a magical world.

Families can talk about...

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written byJulia from Sweden May 20, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

nice

No purchases can be made inside the wizarding world, but a "neighbour" site sells virtual books for e-book readers.
The art is excellent and non of the characters' faces are shown, so as not to spoil anything. Potions is wayyyyy too hard, but that's the way it is for Harry, too.
I can live with that since everything is seen from Harry's perspective, you are supposed to use pottermore along with the books.

I miss PM's and interpersonal communication. You are supposed to collect items, but this looks a lot like stealing to me sometimes. But kids know it's wrong to take what isn't yours.

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old Written bybookworm456 June 7, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

A Beautiful, Magical,Clean Experience

Pottermore is a interactive website where it takes you through the chapters of your favorite Harry Potter books! You start out in at the dreaded Dursley's home and travel through the chapters until you get to Diagon Alley where you can buy school supplies for your year at Hogwarts. Then, you take a quiz to chose your wand and you will buy your pet,which is your in-game avatar. When you arrive at Hogwarts you take a quiz to sort you in your house. (Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Syltherin, and Gryffindor.) Once you are sorted your journey begins.Your adventure begins! Travel through chapter finding hidden, object and the story behind building, students, teachers, and much more things around Hogwarts! You can brew potions and duel other students at Hogwarts from all over the world! Overall, it's a bloody good website!

What other families should know
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byKid at Heart June 14, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Good on-line game for Harry Potter lovers...

This is a fun, free, extension of the Harry Potter world. It appears to be very safe, with fully protected identities of users and restrictions about comments that can be made. The consumerism is really just about J K Rowlings and Harry Potter. There have not been any ads within the game.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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