The Seattle Times picked up on a story that we previously reported, and their coverage of it included much more interesting information from the CTO, including one particularly eye-catching comment; CHAMBER OF SECRETS WILL BE RELEASED THIS SUMMER.
Here are some more highlights:
Still, “we found when we opened up to the world that the architecture wasn’t enough to accommodate the massive demand,” said Julian Thomas, Pottermore’s chief technical officer.
When the beta version launched, and hundreds of thousands of people wanted in — especially at peak times such as when new content was added — some of the rich features had to be turned off in order to keep the website working, Thomas said.
A peak day for Pottermore — such as during the period when the site first launched — means about 110 million page impressions.
Thomas anticipates more such peaks occurring when new content is added: Such as when content for the second book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” launches. Thomas did not give a specific date for that but said it would be sometime this summer.
Pottermore.com will also be translated into more languages, including “some Far Eastern languages that will be announced shortly,” he said, and Pottermore will also appear on more mobile devices in all sorts of forms.
One example: The just-announced “Book of Spells,” a partnership between Rowling and Sony in which users can learn about spells in the Harry Potter books via Sony’s PlayStation 3 Move.
First off, it reveals a lot but still keeps questions unanswered. At least we have a tentative release for Chamber of Secrets: SUMMER. Hopefully that means it will be soon! Also, which “rich features” were turned off in order to keep the site running? Are they features that we have already seen? Again, another Pottermore executive explains that they are aiming for Pottermore to be available in all forms and more languages. Hopefully we will see that soon too.
The Pottermore Insider was updated again today to announce that they were now finished working in the studio for the audio and are currently editing the sounds. They also revealed that they were finishing off the artwork for chapter three this week, along with tweaking chapter sixteen’s artwork.
Chamber of Secrets update: Last week, we recorded audio for the Chamber of Secrets Moments. We’re really pleased with how things went and are now editing the sounds. As well as finishing off Chapter Three, The Burrow, we’re currently tweaking the artwork for Chapter Sixteen, The Chamber of Secrets.
Still, they did not announce any release date for the book. They seem to be making a lot of progress, and very quickly, if they finished audio for eighteen chapters in just one week. At this rate, I think Chamber of Secrets will be available online around late fall, which isn’t much of a wait. After all, we did wait for seven books for ten years.
Earlier today, the nominations for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs*) were announced by rising British stars Dan Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger.
As anticipated, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was nominated in the four following categories: (including the teams responsible for the work)
Production Design- Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Sound- James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivene
Special Visual Effects- Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vicker
Make Up and Hair- Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
‘Deathly Hallows – Part 2‘ was originally longlisted for seven additional categories, but did not get the nomination. These categories include: Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Alan Rickman), Editing, Cinematography, Costume Design, and Original Music.
The BAFTAs will occur on the Sunday 12 February at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, England. They will be hosted by Stephen Fry, and will be broadcast live exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD with a red carpet show prior to the event, which will be shown on BBC Three.
In case you are interested, you can see the full list of the BAFTA nominees here. We were a bit surprised with some of the results, as we thought ‘Potter’ really earned to be nominated for some. Tell us in the comments below if you think we have a chance at grabbing any of them.
*the BAFTAs are equivalent to America’s Academy Awards