Websites
Birthday Books and Writing Dumbledore's Army Gryffindor Herbology Hogwarts Ministry of Magic and the Wizard's Council Muggles Potions Quidditch Shops and merchants Spells Wizarding Culture

Pottermore

Explore
Characters Locations Magic Canon Events Things Creatures Essays
The Harry Potter Canon

"No author could have asked for a more wonderful, diverse and loyal readership. I'm thrilled to say that I'm now in a position to give you something unique, an online reading experience unlike any other. It's called Pottermore. It's the same story with a few crucial additions. The most important one is you. Just as the experience of reading requires that the imaginations of the author and reader work together to create the story, so Pottermore will be built in part by you, the reader."
-- JK Rowling introduces Pottermore

Pottermore is a website by J. K. Rowling intended to become the permanent online home for Harry Potter. The site opened for a limited beta release in September of 2011 and for the general public in April of 2012. The website as originally conceived was to be a free, online companion to the books.

The site is also intended to be the source for electronic (ebook) versions of the Harry Potter books.

 Original version (September 2011-September 2015)

The Hogwarts Express on PottermoreIn its original format, each chapter of the book was divided into individual scenes which were represented by multi-layered artwork with some limited interactive elements. Links on the page led the user to additional information about the characters, settings, and other details in that scene. A few details also linked to additional material written by Rowling to provide background information not previous revealed, such as biographical details and histories of characters.

The artwork for each scene represented the story as it is described in the books, which often did not agree with the version presented in the film version of the story. Character’s faces were carefully hidden in each image. The artwork was created by AtomHawk Design Ltd.

Second version (as of September 2015)

pottermore_newOn September 22, 2015, the site was completely redesigned to be a visual blog documenting all the new developments in Harry Potter franchise: the Fantastic Beasts film, the upcoming play, and so forth. Some canon information was retained, but the “wall” between book canon and the films was completely discarded. The design changed to accommodate the wide variety of screen sizes on everything from monitors to phones, and to be touch-friendly.

Artwork no longer separated itself from the film version. Images from the films are freely mingled with story-specific images, reflecting the sites change in emphasis from exclusively exploring the books to advertising the various other products in the franchise. The tone of the site also changed to become more of a news site, with reports from the set of the film and from the rehearsals for the play. New material from Rowling was also included, notably the History of Magic in North America, but most of the site was devoted to fansite-style writing.

Interesting facts and notes

The final segments of the last book were added in the spring of 2015.

Changes to the site in 2015 included:

  • elimination of the Inside Pottermore blog, which had been an ongoing source of information about Pottermore
  • elimination of comments and uploading of fan art
  • scaling back of the number of moments presented for books
  • addition of a "timeline" which was actually a republication of the Famous Wizard cards originally created in 2001 by Rowling for the video game series.

Because the artwork for Pottermore is specifically approved by Rowling, it provides the most accurate representation of scenes from the books possible. Many of the scenes show characters and settings differently from the way they are portrayed in the films, but careful reading of the books will show that they Pottermore versions are much more accurate to what Rowling wrote. For that reason, the Lexicon considers the artwork on Pottermore to be tertiary canon (correct unless contradicted by higher levels of canon).

The Lexicon includes material from each version of the Pottermore website, even though some sections are not accessible in the new version. Of particular interest are the extensive Quidditch World Cup section published in the summer of 2014 and the spell details found in the various spell books users found to play the duelling game.

Index of Rowling's canon articles from Pottermore:

* indicates that the item can no longer be found on Pottermore's website.
**indicates that the item was first posted on the New Pottermore

New Writings (sorted alphabetically):
Alchemy
Azkaban
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic
Boggart
Sir Cadogan
**Castelobruxo
Cauldrons
Chamber of Secrets
Clothing
Cokeworth
Colours
Daily Prophet
Dementors and Chocolate
Durmstrang Institute
Marge Dursley
Vernon & Petunia Dursley
Extension Charms
Familiars
Firebolt
Nicolas Flamel
The Floo Network
Floo Powder
Florean Fortescue
Ghost Plots
Ghosts
Gobstones
The Great Lake
Hatstall
**History of Magic in North America
History of the Quidditch World Cup
Hogwarts Express
Hogwarts Ghosts
Hogwarts Portraits
Hogwarts School Subjects
Hufflepuff Common Room
Illness and Disability
**Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Inferi
Professor Kettleburn
King's Cross Station
The Knight Bus
The Leaky Cauldron
Gilderoy Lockhart (soundclips)
Remus Lupin
**Mahoutokoro
Draco Malfoy
The Malfoy Family
The Marauder's Map
Professor McGonagall
Measurements
Ministers for Magic
Mirror of Erised
Naming Seers
Mr Ollivander
Order of Merlin
The Original Forty
Owls
*Patronus Charm
Peeves
Pensieve
The Philosopher's Stone
Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
The Polyjuice Potion
Portkeys
**The Potter Family
Potions
Number Four, Privet Drive
Pure-blood
*Quidditch World Cup (1990-2014)
The Quill of Acceptance and The Book of Admittance
Professor Quirrell
Scottish Rugby
Secret Keeper
Sorting Hat
The Sword of Gryffindor
Technology
*Thestrals
Time-Turner
Toads
Sybill Trelawney
**Uagadou
Dolores Umbridge
Vampires
Wand Cores
Wand Lengths & Flexibility
Wand Woods
Celestina Warbeck
Werewolves
**Wizarding Schools

*Daily Prophet articles:
DISASTROUS OPENING CEREMONY LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP SECURITY (12 April 2014)
NORWAY VERSUS IVORY COAST (Sunday Prophet; 13 April 2014)
NIGERIA VERSUS FIJI (14 May 2014)
BRAZIL VERSUS HAITI (15 May 2014)
USA VERSUS JAMAICA (16 May 2014)
USA VERSUS JAMAICA (Evening Prophet; 16 May 2014)
LIECHTENSTEIN VERSUS CHAD (17 May 2014)
LIECHTENSTEIN VERSUS CHAD (Sunday Prophet; 18 May 2014)
LIECHTENSTEIN VERSUS CHAD (19 May 2014)
BULGARIA VERSUS NEW ZEALAND (20 May 2014)
JAPAN VERSUS POLAND (21 May 2014)
WALES VERSUS GERMANY (22 May 2014)
BRAZIL VERSUS WALES (4 June 2014)
BULGARIA VERSUS NORWAY (6 June 2014)
USA VERSUS LIECHTENSTEIN (8 June 2014)
LATE BREAKING NEWS (8 June 2014)
RETURN OF HANS THE AUGUREY (9 June 2014)
JAPAN VERSUS NIGERIA (10 June 2014)
PLACE YOUR BETS WITH LUDO BAGMAN (2 July 2014)
USA VERSUS BRAZIL (4 July 2014)
USA VERSUS BRAZIL (5 July 2014)
BULGARIA VERSUS JAPAN (6 July 2014)
DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL (8 July 2014)
PLAY-OFF FOR THIRD PLACE (9 July 2014)
QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL (11 July 2014)

*Book extracts:
Curses and Counter-Curses
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1
A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration (screenshot)
One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi (screenshot)
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection (screenshot)

*Spell and Potion books:
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2
Curses and Counter-Curses
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
Magical Drafts and Potions
Moste Potente Potions
Book of Potions

Fact files written by JK. Rowling:
*Sir Cadogan fact file
*Celestina Warbeck fact file
**Dementors fact file
Dolores Umbridge fact file
*Gilderoy Lockhart fact file
Remus Lupin fact file
*Professor Kettleburn fact file
*Draco Malfoy fact file
Minerva Mcgonagall fact file
Garrick Ollivander fact file
Quirinus Quirrell fact file
**Horace Slughorn fact file
Sybill Trelawney fact file

Others:
Sorting Hat Quiz
 and House welcome messages
Ollivanders Bespoke Wand Selector
**
Ilvermorney Sorting Quiz
*Timeline of the Wizarding World
*New Books

 

Characters Introduced

Other canon
Pottermore
Author
Publication
Abbreviation Pm
Canonicity Secondary Canon

Commentary

The new design creates some canon issues for the Lexicon. Obviously the new writing by Rowling is canon. However, it's difficult to determine the canon level of some of the other facts given. For example, if Sirius Black's death is listed as a date which doesn't agree with the facts in the book, is that date canon? If it was given in her original writing, the answer would be yes, and we note the inconsistency and move on. But what about the dates in the character profiles? Do those dates come from Rowling? We have no way of knowing.

Pensieve (Comments)

Tags: Rowling's writing

Timeline
The Harry Potter Canon