The official Pottermore Insider blog revealed that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets may open very soon, though more details will be revealed next week.
We’re excited to announce that the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are coming very soon to Pottermore.
We will reveal more about this next week here on the Pottermore Insider, as well as the Pottermore Gateway and the new Pottermore house noticeboards.
The blog, which announced that the House Cup will take place this Thursday, July 5, updated with which chapters were recently worked on for the second installment of the series on J.K. Rowling's interactive website.
Monday 25 June
Chamber of Secrets update:
This week, we’re finalising artwork for Chapter Seven, Mudbloods and Murmurs, and Chapter Fifteen, Aragog.
Julian Thomas, Pottermore's chief technical officer, recently commented on
J.K. Rowling's interactive website and how the team learned to accommodate for
the high traffic the website sought, using Microsoft's Azure as a cloud
provider, in a new report in The Seattle Times.
Thomas commented on how traffic on the site would spike once the second installment of the series, Chamber of Secrets, would open to the public, and noted that it would be "sometime this summer."
Do note that this summer ranges from anywhere from the end of June to all the way at the end of September, so it could be weeks to months away. We will have an actual opening date once Pottermore reveals it. The Pottermore Insider blog already announced that it is currently working on artwork for chapters of the book's moments on the site.
Thomas anticipates more such peaks occurring when new content is added: Such as when content for the second book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," launches. Thomas did not give a specific date for that but said it would be sometime this summer.
Pottermore.com will also be translated into more languages, including "some Far Eastern languages that will be announced shortly," he said, and Pottermore will also appear on more mobile devices in all sorts of forms.
Sony announced at the E3 convention this week that a new Harry Potter’s Book of Spells will be released for the Playstation Move system, as part of an augmented reality pop-up book. It will be the first of Sony's Wonderbooks series; a demo was shown at the gaming expo, which revealed this, according to Forbes. The book is set for a late 2012 release.
In a little demo, the player accidentally summoned a dragon which burned the book – the player had to use his hands to wipe the soot off of the book. The book will also have little pop-up stories showing the discovery of Harry Potter icons like “Wingardiuam Leviosa.”
This fist book published for the Wonderbook will be a Harry Potter’s Book of Spells, an interactive spellbook that will let people flip through the pages and learn various spells from the Harry Potter universe. The player takes on the role of a student from Hogwarts, gradually putting together a suite of spells from the books.
A better idea of what the Wonderbook system will be like can be found in the feature below.
Reuters reported today that Harry Potter UK publishers Bloomsbury will release a new three-book box set later this year as part of their marketing plan to boost higher sales. It is unknown if the three books will brand-new and never released, as J.K. Rowling has yet to announce any future publications on the series, or a repackaging of her previous Harry Potter supplementary titles, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Bloomsbury, the publisher of the "Harry Potter" series by author JK Rowling, also said it was counting on a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series, and a non-fiction account of spies in World War II to support sales in the coming year.
Although author J.K. Rowling stated on her newly-launched official website last month that she was currently in the process of writing the Harry Potter encyclopaedia, she updated this month with a bit of a change in plans regarding the future of the comprehensive text for the series.
What about the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia?
Updated May 2012
J.K. Rowling: I have been enjoying sharing information about Harry’s world on Pottermore for free, and don’t have any firm plans to publish it in book form.
This is what Rowling said of the progress last month:
What about the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia?
J.K. Rowling: For a long time I have been promising an encyclopaedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now – some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity