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CEO of Pottermore Charlie Redmayne has been on a speaking tour about the site lately. We’ve learned that Pottermore has a promising future, and today he’s added a bit more to get us excited.

In an article noting that the site now has three million users, The Guardian spoke to Redmayne about the community issues:

Redmayne also acknowledged issues with Pottermore’s community and promised change – although everything will continue to be moderated. “The community elements are too restrictive at the moment and we will be easing them up. Within a community, you need to be able to communicate,” he said. “In the next few weeks we will enable people to communicate more, but to do so in a completely safe environment.”

We hope these involve being able to see real names, more chat-like elements, etc.

He also updated everyone on Chamber of Secrets and promised that it will be better than Sorcerer’s Stone. He even backtracked a little bit on his previous comments about the book arriving in the “next few weeks:”

The site will also become more interactive, he promised, revealing that work is currently underway on launching the second book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “It won’t be the next couple of weeks but we’re working to get it live as soon as possible,” he said. “What is going to become a given is that there will be a lot more interaction added. When book two goes online – and we’re working on that at the moment – it will be a real step up from the stuff in book one. There’ll be more from Jo, and more interactivity. And we will grow this over the seven books – you will see it becoming a broader and broader and richer and richer experience,” he said.

Good times are ahead for Pottermore, it seems!

  • Hermione Granger

    I actually don’t want this to turn into some kind of social media thing. If I want to interact with other fans, I come to places like Hypable and MuggleNet. I think Pottermore should be more about the experience of going through and discovering the books again. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if they got rid of the ‘friends’ part altogether. On myHogwarts they force you to automatically become friends with random people, and anyone can message you. I’m not even a minor but this makes me very uncomfortable. I think interaction with personal information should be saved for websites like Facebook, where I actually know everyone I’m ‘friends’ with.

    • Greenballcrew

       You sound like you spend a lot time at the library.

      • Zack

        Is that a bad thing? If you are implying it is, shut your trap. If we wanted this to be like Facebook, we’d GO to Facebook.

        • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

          The reply was to someone with the username Hermione Granger…
          I really shouldn’t have to explain it more then that.

    • Hermione06

      I totally agree except for the friends part…. I only add people I know (like in person have talked to them) I like seeing where they’re at and reading about their wands and finding what house they’re in…. but TOTALLY agree about the social media aspect of it- it’s fine where it’s at!

      • Hermione Granger

        I agree with you, but I’m just saying I don’t want them to make it so they can see our actual names. It takes away a bit of the mystique, and it I just don’t want people to, you know, stalk me. Haha :)

        • Hermione06

          haha! yeah, agreed! I like being able to add “nickname”‘s to people I already know, not them knowing my name 

    • Alex

      I totally agree with you “hermione”
      Rowling has said that she wanted an enhancement of the READING experience.

      I don’t mind the “games” in pottermore- they’re immersive and a lot of fun, if frustrating at times 

      but chat? communication? that should be for fan run sites ONLY. 

      they should try to stop pandering to the “fan” part and focus more on the “potter” part.

      also, personally I think they don’t moderate good enough. I seen Loads of things pass the radar. (bitter shipping, character bashing, “the house I got Sucks!/hufflepuff are losers”) pictures in the wrong categories (what is a picture of Snape doing in the Dumbledore page? or copyrighted pictures of the movies *which are under Warner not Sony” doing in the galleries in the first place??)

      i’m a list bit relieved that he does say they won’t lift All the moderations/kid friendly stuff.

      frustrated thought- about him backtracking. I know some things can change unexpectedly but then they should wait until they’re absolutely sure of a approximate date for release- not this back and forth thing. which is very off-putting. 

    • Jessie

      I completely agree with you!  I am not a minor either but whenever I have been on the site, and someone has requested me as a friend, I get kind of irritated because I am just trying to experience the site, not look for friends who could be in fifth grade for all I know!  

  • krislintz

    Well. Its about time. This makes me wonder about the timeline of the rest of the books. At the moment, I’m not expecting PoA to come out until Fall/Winter 2013… thought that might a bit of an exaggeration, I dont have my hopes up.

  • Alex

    also Andrew- stop hoping for them to let us use real names!! 

    the made up usernames is the whole point behind the kid-friendly SAFE environment. 

    • Laura

      Plus, I have a facebook. I don’t want another one. Harry Potter is personal to me, I don’t need to interact with my friends all of the time.

    • Glaciusx

      You know, the pre-made username thing is really stupid. They COULD have let us make up our own and pre-approve them, but nooo. That would be too logical. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.landeen Kevin Landeen

    I just wish the role playing in the great hall, and at least the Gryffindor common room would ease up… That’s pretty much what the comments have turned into. It is not so much about the books anymore, but about role playing.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKZIG7MXV2IMZZ3JDKGSNMJ2RE Chris

      I agree. That’s also kind of what happened to MuggleSpace (‘member that?!) and why I stopped going on there. Not that role play isn’t fun, but I don’t enjoy doing it all the time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.landeen Kevin Landeen

        Exactly. There is a time and a place for it, but the point of Pottermore wasn’t to be an role playing site, at least as I understood it. During the beta it wasn’t so. It was about discussing the books, house unity, discussing the new info, etc, not just role playing…

    • Phlossy

       There’s a lot of that in the Slytherin common room too. :/  I wish we either had a specific role play space or a message-board style system that specific threads could be dedicated to role play. Personally, I don’t role play. I also find the comments boards to be completely ineffective.

    • LGray1983

      For me, I stopped checking my common room when it became about assigning nicknames for the other members. Why do we need nicknames when we already have Pottermore names? Not only is that confusing, but it comes across as very clique-ish to me…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKZIG7MXV2IMZZ3JDKGSNMJ2RE Chris

    This CEO really seems to be shaping Pottermore up! Good job Mr. Redmayne

  • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

    I am finally getting excited about Pottermore again.

  • Hagrid’s Coat

    broader and broader and richer and richer!?! well, just as long as it’s not darker…

  • HarryHungerAvatar12

    Yes… Can’t wait for Chamber of Secret’s!!! It will not come over the next couple of weeks but I hope it will come on in summer of after June 8 because that’s when my summer vacation comes.  

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  • Matthewhpg

    It better come out soon, I begin summer break next week and it is going to be so boring… 

    • Guest

      our break doesn’t start for another month! can i go to your school?

  • Celithrile

    That does sound promising, looking forward to it :)
    On the other hand – anyone surprised about the “it won’t be the next couple of weeks BUT” comment? This is becoming somewhat of a running gag now :D

  • Plat

    Wow it really sounds like it’s gonna be better and better as the books move along! When it first opened I thought they’d release a book every few months, and they would each be like the first. But what makes it seem more exciting is that they will be more interactive as they release! Really excited to see COS, just hope it comes at least by June!

  • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Franki94

    I WANT CHAMBER OF SECRETS NOW. *throws a hissy feet*

  • Springbud89

    People are going to start to get bored with the site if they don’t open the Chamber Of Secrets soon:(

    • Liderc

      Imagine getting in Beta, we were bored after 2 days. 

  • belac889

    How about a flat out Hogwarts you can run around in and do whatever you want

    • Alex

      “How about a flat out Hogwarts you can run around in”

      um… the PC and Wii games already have that. 

      • Liderc

        He probably meant a GOOD game =P  Unlike the disasters that EA released. 

        • Glaciusx

          Hey! SS, COS, POA, OOTP, and HBP were really good games! The other ones, however…. >__>

    • Glaciusx

      Like an RPG? I would actually love that. The thought of making my own character and getting to do my own thing around Hogwarts is just too cool. 

      • http://twitter.com/Fantasymoviepod Fantasymoviepodcast

        Creating an avatar with some set ‘witch/wizard’ templates would be neat.

  • Jacob

    the chamber will open… :)

  • kate

    words that stand out to me: MORE CONTENT FROM JO

  • LGray1983

    “Within a community, you need to be able to communicate.”
    Not trying to be mean, but that line made me laugh. 
    I understand what he’s saying, though.

  • Glaciusx

    I’m really glad they’re listening to what we have to say. SS was really bland and the interaction was a bit disappointing. I hope they make dueling and potions a bit better, too.

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