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CynicElle
09-29-2011, 07:04 PM
I probably shouldn't admit that I spent a good bit of time the other day going through angsty YouTube videos from people who were totally :drama: because they didn't get sorted into the House they wanted. :lol:

Honestly, though, don't feel too bad if you didn't get early access. The site's been down more than it's been up this week, and even when it's up, there's not that much to do once you've been sorted and gone through all the chapters. (I do love the extra notes from JK Rowling and the artwork on the chapters.) Brewing potions is the only way to earn house points and it's beyond :mad: -- you have to wait more than an hour for them to brew and more often than not, they don't work and you have to start all over again. Maybe it'll be more fun when they get wizarding duels working again, although I can't imagine how that's going to work when the site clearly can't handle the traffic it's getting now.

But that being said, if you're in Pottermore and want to add me, I'm VineNox187.

nerdycool
09-29-2011, 07:30 PM
I'm disappointed that I missed the beta. I didn't pay enough attention to what it was about, so I didn't sign up. Now that I see the fun folks are having, I'm feeling very much like a muggle. :drama:Me too. Oh well... at least now I know how to influence the sorting a little, so when the time comes when us mere Muggles are allowed in, we'll be ready. Although I'm curious to see what I'd be if I didn't throw the sorting. If liking water makes one a Slytherin, I guess that's what I'd be. So we'll see.

FigureSpins
09-29-2011, 08:04 PM
Brewing potions is the only way to earn house points Well, once you've collected all the herbs, galleons, chocolate frog cards, etc. potions are the only way to earn points until they manage to get the duels back online.

That's why I said to only collect the things you need before the sorting, because you can go back to the earlier chapters and earn points for collecting those items. For example, you NEED to find your shopping list and buy the things that are on it to finish that chapter and get to Hogwarts to be sorted. You can always go back to the Hogwarts Express chapter to pick up Dumbledore's CF card and get a point or two. If you collect the card when you are on the train, pre-sorting, you get no points.

That's the advantage of NOT being in the Beta test: you get the benefit of others' experiences. (Okay, it's cheating, but it's strategic cheating.)


Maybe it'll be more fun when they get wizarding duels working again, although I can't imagine how that's going to work when the site clearly can't handle the traffic it's getting now.

ITA - I've been underwhelmed by the planning for internet traffic at every step of this project.


Me too. Oh well... at least now I know how to influence the sorting a little, so when the time comes when us mere Muggles are allowed in, we'll be ready. Although I'm curious to see what I'd be if I didn't throw the sorting. If liking water makes one a Slytherin, I guess that's what I'd be. So we'll see.

Let me know - I'm sure it's a combination of the answers you give - I think there are 10 questions in total and three of them made me think of water.


ETA: DD is my roomie in Slytherin, lol.

centerstage01
09-30-2011, 05:03 AM
Hooray! I'm in Ravenclaw!

Although I actually got a choice between that and Hufflepuff. Is that normal? I liked Hufflepuff, but in the end went with Ravenclaw by the slimmest margin: the description of their common room in Book 7. LOL I'm a sucker for a view.

Lara
09-30-2011, 05:22 AM
Wait a few days and you too can enter the Wizarding World of Pottermore. My kids' email only came a few days ago, so all the online stalking I did wasn't really necessary. At this late stage, there are no real bugs to be worked out, other than traffic issues.

I suspect, however, that the system will be overwhelmed by traffic for the first week, at least. Pottermore has often had the "too many people" problem. They've underestimated demand throughout this whole launch, so I wouldn't expect someone to wave a magic wand and make that problem disappear.


ETA: I know it's Gryffindor, but it was late at night and now I can't make the correction.

I checked out of curiosity earlier this week and got that "overwhelming traffic" message too. Then when it finally came up I saw it wasn't open to the public yet.

If this is just those who found the magic quill, I don't know how the servers are going to deal with a general opening. :yikes:

CynicElle
09-30-2011, 11:25 AM
Hooray! I'm in Ravenclaw!

Although I actually got a choice between that and Hufflepuff. Is that normal? I liked Hufflepuff, but in the end went with Ravenclaw by the slimmest margin: the description of their common room in Book 7. LOL I'm a sucker for a view.

Oooh, you got a Hatstall. Some people get that if the sorting hat can't decide between two houses.

rfisher
09-30-2011, 12:40 PM
I don't think the Slytherins necessarily *like* water. It's that their common room is in a dungeon under the lake.

FigureSpins
09-30-2011, 01:41 PM
Well, Salazar liked water - his Chamber of Secrets involved water and the entrance was in a loo.

When Harry and Ron visit the Slytherin Common Room (CoS), it's described as being in an underground chamber with stone walls. No mention of the underwater windows that are found in the Pottermore version. I don't remember reading anything in the books that said it was "under the lake." The Chamber, yes, but nothing about the Common Room. Do you remember which book contained that information?

I do think the Pottermore houses are based on elements and water = Slytherin.

NinjaTurtles
09-30-2011, 02:03 PM
I don't remember reading anything in the books that said it was "under the lake." The Chamber, yes, but nothing about the Common Room. Do you remember which book contained that information?


It's in Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron use Polyjuice Potion to enter the Slytherin Common Room as Crabbe and Goyle; the green light/glow is explained by being under the lake. Harry also reiterates the description in Deathly Hallows to the Snatchers when posing as "Vernon Dudley".

FigureSpins
09-30-2011, 02:45 PM
It's in Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron use Polyjuice Potion to enter the Slytherin Common Room as Crabbe and Goyle; the green light/glow is explained by being under the lake.
Nope, not in the US edition. The entrance is in the dungeons, with the door set into a blank stone wall. The only interior description is this:

"The Slytherin common room was a long, low underground room with rough stone walls and ceiling from which round, greenish lamps were hanging on chains."

However, JK Rowling revealed this in a 2005 Mugglenet/Leaky Cauldron interview:

"It is the tradition to have four houses, but in this case, I wanted them to correspond roughly to the four elements. So Gryffindor is fire, Ravenclaw is air, Hufflepuff is earth, and Slytherin is water, hence the fact that their common room is under the lake."

I guessed wrong about the Ravenclaw and Gryffindor elements in my previous post, sorry.


The Chamber of Secrets is described as being a "gloomy, green" color - maybe that's what you're thinking of?

FigureSpins
09-30-2011, 05:06 PM
Bad news - Pottermore is extending the Beta period through the end of October. Muggles who want to register might have to wait weeks or months to get access when it does open up to the public. The store doesn't open until 2012.

http://insider.pottermore.com/2011/09/beta-and-beyond.html

I think they underestimated the scope of this project and just can't get the resources / bug fixes into place fast enough without throwing galleons and galleons at the problems.

Kruss
09-30-2011, 07:50 PM
Aha, okay, a Muggle I shall remain until the end of October. At least I'm not a Squib...I don't think I am, anyway. :yikes:

(This from the person who refused to read the books, finally caved after 7 came out, tore through all 7, and, well, yeah.) :slinkaway

FigureSpins
09-30-2011, 07:57 PM
Mischief Managed!

star_gazer11
04-15-2012, 12:07 AM
Now OPEN to the public for registration! :cheer:

Once I have access, 'anything but Slytherin.' Here's hoping I like the house they sort me into.

cygnus
04-15-2012, 06:18 PM
Ravenclaw. I was sorted into Ravenclaw.:cool:

And my wand is 10 3/4 sycamore with phoenix feather core.

It's a cool site, actually, and the commentary from JK Rowling giving background info is interesting. I can see I will spend far too much time here. It should have come out AFTER tax time!