Pottermore shares an inside look at the making of a Moment

Today the Pottermore Insider shared a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Pottermore Moment.

Using Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban‘s ‘The Magical Menagerie’ (Chapter 4, Moment 2), they provided a step-by-step look of the making of the Moment.

In the post, they described how the Pottermore team chooses which parts of the book to adapt for the site.

Before we get into rat tonic and transforming rabbits, let’s start at the beginning – how the Moments for each book are selected. In order to provide a faithful companion to the reading experience without replicating each and every passage from the books, we select key or interesting scenes from the stories to depict on Pottermore.com.

Each potential scene is weighed against various criteria, from its relative importance in the narrative to how it might look when visualised and whether it lends itself to the inclusion of interactive features and content. We also like to highlight scenes that were omitted from the films, or those where the film depiction differs from the books.

With its cage-lined walls and the ‘squeaking, squawking, jabbering or hissing’ of their inhabitants, the Magical Menagerie Moment was selected because it is described so vividly in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It provided an opportunity to introduce a new location and a narrative moment that was not shown in the film. It is also our first introduction to Crookshanks.

They also shared this about the upcoming chapters:

We hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at how the Magical Menagerie Moment came into being. Instalment two of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is currently in development and we are following the same process to ensure that the Moments are both fictionally accurate and fun to explore and re-visit.

You can view the inside look here.


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