When Pottermore was first launched in 2011, I immediately set up an account. At the time, although it was cool to be sorted into a house (I got Slytherin), there wasn’t actually a lot of information on there that wasn’t available anywhere else, and I considered the ‘potion making’ game a little childish for my liking.
Ergo, I ended up abandoning my account.
Over the years, I caught snatches of Pottermore updates – more unique content, improved user experiences, etc. At some point I can’t exactly place (but it must have been between 3-4 years ago), I remember creating a new Pottermore account, this time being sorted into Ravenclaw.
But, again, I ended up abandoning it. I don’t really remember why. I think I really wanted to be into it, but for some reason, it just didn’t really have much of a hold on me.
However, when I discovered that users could identify their Patronus’ – I decided to give Pottermore another chance. I thought I’d be able to recover my second account, but I must have deleted it or something because it didn’t recognise my email, so I was forced to create my third and (hopefully) final account.
I was sorted into Ravenclaw again, which I have now wholeheartedly embraced as my official Hogwarts House (shout out to my fellow Ravenclaws!). I was pleased to discover that there was a lot more information available than before, and a fresh new design that is easy to navigate.
My Patronus, I discovered, is a Husky – which I was especially excited about. My parents own a Husky/Alaskan Malamute cross called Maia, and I have always had a close bond with her. What’s more, I have a wolf tattoo on my ankle. I know Huskies AREN’T wolves exactly, but they look pretty similar and I think are descendants of the same common ancestor (there’s a link somewhere!).
My Ilvermorny House, which is an American school of witchcraft and wizardry, is Thunderbird. I don’t really know (or care) much about the American expansion brought about by the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. I’m a hardcore fan of the original seven books I grew up with, and although I love all of the extra detail J.K Rowling has revealed on Pottermore, but I’m not really sure about how I feel about Fantastic Beasts (and I HATED Cursed Child – but that’s another blog post for another day).
Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. There’s been a number of BRILLIANT books and franchises that have been ruined over time (think LOTR, Terminator, Alien etc.). I desperately don’t want Harry Potter to be tarnished in this way, but I understand that Harry Potter is now a billion-dollar brand; it’s not really about the original seven books anymore.
Finally, I got to discover my very own wand, which is Dogwood with a Phoenix feather core.
Described as “quirky and mischievous”, Dogwood wands apparently refuse to perform non-verbal spells! Phoenix feather cores are the rarest core type, sometimes acting of their own accord!
My wand sounds like quite a handful, but I guess that reflects in my House and Patronus choices as well. Obviously, I’d make a pretty spunky Witch!
Once I got these exciting discoveries out the way, I realised just how much Pottermore has grown since it’s launch. There is now a wealth of information available about numerous characters, storylines and objects from the Harry Potter universe.
As a fan, I find it really exciting to read all these extracts and add-ons from J.K Rowling herself. There’s so much to read that I can easily spend hours in one evening getting lost in a Harry Potter-rabbit hole. It’s quite literally the best thing for any book lover to have a whole website dedicated to additional insights from their favourite author.
This time, I think I’m going to stay 🙂
Do you have Pottermore? Tell me which house you are in and what your Patronus is in the comments below.