Now, Harry Potter Casts His Spell Online

Now, Harry Potter Casts His Spell Online
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Now, Harry Potter Casts His Spell Online

LONDON: Harry Potter’s adventures are going digital. Author J K Rowling announced on Thursday that her seven Potter novels will be sold as e-books starting in October — ending the boy wizard’s status as one of the highest-profile holdouts against digital publishing.

Author J K Rowling announced on Thursday
that her seven Potter novels will be sold as
e-books starting in October. (AFP Photo)

The magical stories that conquered the world in print form will be available as audiobooks and e-books in multiple languages through a new website, “Pottermore” . Rowling also has written 18,000 words of new Potter material for the interactive site, which promises to immerse users in her world of wizards, combining elements of computer games, social networking and an online store. Rowling says the site includes “information I have been hoarding for years” about the books’ characters and settings. “Pottermore” has been the subject of intense speculation among Potter fans since it appeared on the internet with the words “coming soon” . The project unveiled in London lets Potter fans delve into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sections let users shop for wands in Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts from the imaginary Platform 9 3/4 at London’s King’s Cross train station and be sorted into Hogwarts school houses by the perceptive Sorting Hat.

Along the way are wand fights, games and new information about characters beloved around the world, including Harry’s reviled relatives, the Dursleys.

The site goes live July 31, when 1 million registered users will be chosen to help flesh out the online world. It will be open to all users from October, in languages including English, French, German and Spanish.