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pottermore? potterfail.

FYI: Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, I address the latest Pottermore update there. :)

So now that Pottermore is due to open to the public any day now (the site only says “Open to all in October”), I figured it’s now safe to post my thoughts on the site now that it’s been two months since beta testing opened.

Okay, okay, I’m totally aware that others have been posting their opinions already, but saying “I’ve been too lazy to write anything detailed about it for two months” doesn’t sound as good. xD And, truth be told, I’ve hardly been logging in at all. This is due to three main problems:

1. Feedback sucks.
2. Not enough beta time.
3. Lack of working content post-exploration.

one I don’t know if the Pottermore team ever consulted anyone on what to do for their feedback system, but either that consultant sucks or the Pottermore team never consulted anyone in the first place. There’s absolutely no place to write a comment directly telling the team what’s wrong – all you can do is rate the page on a scale of 1-10.

Yes, seriously. Apparently they take this “rating” and if it’s low, they go and check out the page to see if there are any bugs. Honestly, with a site this expansive (and considering this is BETA TESTING), you’d think they’d want all of the detailed feedback they can get. I mean, how long is “Diagon Alley” going to say “Daigon Alley”?

two This site is nowhere near ready to “open to all” in October. The Pottermore team has only just now sent out the last 500,000 or so beta testing emails, and that was because they promised us we’d all get in before October and they needed to hustle. I think they were doing the right thing by letting in users in small groups and waiting a few days to see how the site changed. Now that there’s suddenly half a million new users poking around, the site has been down constantly. In fact, today is the first day I’ve been able to log in in almost a week.

Honestly, this site needs about six to ten months of beta testing, not two. It’s breaking under the pressure of just one million users – what’s gonna happen when the rest of the world starts signing up? If I were the Pottermore team, I’d be worried.

three Potions and Dueling, the two “extracurriculars” if you will, are nearly always broken when I try and use them. I’ve yet to complete a full spell, duel with a friend, or properly brew a potion – and not because I’m not doing it right. (This is where being able to give direct feedback would be awesome. What do I do if my potion is stuck on 100% for three weeks?) Also, Potion ingredients are expensive. Sure, while you’re exploring the book you can pick up a spare Galleon here and there, and you start off with about 500 Galleons, but there’s no way to earn more. Rewards only come in the form of House points.

Once you finish exploring the first book — which is amazingly fun, don’t get me wrong – and with Potions and Dueling constantly on the fritz, there’s simply nothing else to do on the site. It’s a shame, because after you get your wand and are Sorted, the novelty ends there. Really, I’ve only been logging in every now and again to accept a friend request and add nicknames to friends I already have so I can tell them all apart. I mean, what’s the point of trying to do anything else? I either can’t log on, can’t get anything to work, and have no way to tell any team members what’s wrong. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and I defended the site initially, but at this point all I can do is shrug my shoulders and admit defeat. Pottermore is kind of a bust. It’s amazing that the site was reportedly in the works for a few years and yet it still needs so much work.

Is it worth signing up for when it opens to the public in October? I’d like to say yes, because getting a wand and being Sorted is extremely fun. Like, ridiculously fun. But otherwise? You’ll probably get bored and abandon your account, which will inevitably be deleted. (Pottermore’s Terms & Conditions state that accounts that haven’t been used in 6+ months will be terminated.)

It sucks, because I was truly looking forward to the site and really did try to find the good qualities it. But honestly, I think it would’ve worked better as an online encyclopedia with just the Sorting and wand quizzes on there for fun. Of course, this is all my own opinion and who knows what’s going to happen once the site opens to all. Try it out and see for yourself!

Now, here’s hoping this head cold that’s been plaguing me for over a week is on its way out. Bleh.

ETA: So since I drafted this post, Pottermore has announced they’re extending the beta period and non-beta members who sign up will, like the magic quill challenge to get into the beta program, be let in in “waves.” Again, their ridiculousness astounds me. How the hell is a parent going to tell their child “Yes, sweetie, you registered but you can’t play on the site right now. No, I don’t have a good reason why.” Did the Pottermore team never go to a release party or a movie premiere? This won’t go over well.

And LOL at “We didn’t realize Dueling would be so popular.” It crashed after the second day and hasn’t worked since, what are you talking about?


star wars/affiliates

So I finished Return of the Jedi yesterday, and I may have teared up a bit. Maybe.

Overall, I’m really happy that I’ve now seen all of the movies in this wonderful film series. George Lucas did a kick-ass job with the original trilogy, and I don’t really hate the prequel movies as much since I know the end result is so awesome. (Kinda like the Harry Potter film series. Great as a whole, even if there’s certain films THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED that I don’t care for.) I’m learning not to beat myself up too hard over not having seen these films before this year, because 1) that’d be going against the point of this blog, and 2) it doesn’t matter when I saw the films, but that I’ve seen them and enjoyed them at some point in my life. That’s what’s important! And honestly, I don’t think I would’ve truly appreciated them had I watched them all the way through when I was younger. (Up until now I’d only seen bits and pieces of the original trilogy and The Phantom Menace.)

I will say, it was extremely jarring seeing Hayden Christensen appear at the very end of Return of the Jedi, and even though I understand why they wanted to tie everything back in with the prequel trilogy…it just didn’t feel right. When discussing it with The Boyfriend, he made a great point that I wholeheartedly agree with: they should’ve left the original actor in, because it would’ve represented how Anakin would’ve aged had he not been corrupted by the dark side. Having young Anakin there was just really off-putting in an otherwise amazing ending.

On a different note, I wanted to draw your attention to my lovely links/affiliates page. These are blogs that have affiliated with me, or who don’t know my own blog exists but I like theirs a lot. You should probably check them out, because they’re all nerdy and awesome and I want to show them a little love today. :)

Thanks again for reading and showing support for my little blog. I truly appreciate every page view, and don’t ever be afraid to comment! I’d love to hear from all of you!


Okay, so back in the day I used to shun my inner geek. However, when it came to the internet there was no hiding anything. That’s right, I’m a part of a prestigious group of people who were a part of a social networking site pre-MySpace. That’s right, pre-MySpace. I know, it’s crazy!

Of course, Facebook is now Disneyland and MySpace is that junky, deserted traveling carnival where creepy middle-aged guys hang out and smoke. Still, I remember clubs, badges (you think Farmville is addicting?), and best of all…TAGBOOKS! That’s right, before Facebook introduced their questions feature, there were tagbooks. Strangers could ask you questions, multiple people could answer, and it was amazing. It even led to an actual book!

Confession time: I was only about 12 or 13 when I had a Bolt account, which was…well, not exactly in line with their policies. *wiggles eyebrows* A friend of mine convinced me to sign up and we had a ball. It was also the original message boards for American Idol, and people used screen names that usually xlOoKeDlikEtHiSx. Oh, and it gave me a leg up in the world of HTML/CSS coding, one of my early geeky hobbies. Those were the days, man. Those were the days.

Even when I was trying to hide it, I was always an internet geek. :-)


In the age of iPhones, World of Warcraft and Facebook…does anyone still remember Neopets?

*crickets chirping*

Just me, then? …Okay.

I can’t even remember when I started playing Neopets. However, over the years I’ve started and quit the game with multiple accounts. I remember my first pets were an Aisha and a Poogle (back before they were uber-hard to attain). I had another account with a green Uni that I had planned to paint Island. Nearly two years ago I started a completely new account, this time with multiple pets. I still have that account, though I’ve gotten incredibly lazy with it. :X

Still, I have that same goal of attaining an Island Uni. Why? I have no idea, I just always thought it was an awesome color paired with an awesome pet. And I desperately want a Chomby. THEY ARE SO CUTES!!

I also remember being a member of the Soup Faerie Helpers guild, which was massive. The website is still up, though it’s been inactive for ages.

So, does anyone besides me still log in every now and again? And not just in December to nab some sweet Advent Calendar prizes? Tell me about your goals, the largest amount Neopoints you ever saved, your favorite pets…and if you ever achieved any of your Neopets goals! And of course, if you want to be Neofriends feel free to add me. :)

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