What parents need to know
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'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?
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.