Anything with the Harry Potter brand slapped on it will surely cause a stampede of fans rushing to the new product a la “Black Friday at Wal-Mart” (if not stronger). There are the books, of course, but along with that, J.K. Rowling has earned a fortune with all the other things this 7-book saga has created. Some examples include films, music, costumes, all kinds of school supplies, collectibles, etc. The list goes on and on, but what is this “Pottermore” that’s showed up on the interwebs?
Many were hoping for some kind of magical book that succeeded the 7 others, but J.K. Rowling’s spokesperson states it will not be an 8th piece of literature. J.K. Rowling purchased this domain name 2 years ago. The addition of owls and “Coming Soon” sign, however, have appeared in conjunction with the cool-looking update to her YouTube page. Whatever this thing is, an announcement is coming soon. Next Wednesday at 8 PM PST, to be exact (according to the YouTube page).
You may be asking why the hell we’re posting about this on an Android website. Well, simply because a secret tipster from Gawker.com claims to have inside information that proves this “new Harry Potter thing” will actually be a smartphone. Potterphone?
Not much is specified, but the tipster mentions this phone will be manufactured by a company that isn’t a big player “anymore.” Due to the rumor, we can conclude this phone will not be iOS or BlackBerry related. What other platform would be better than Android for a project like this? Android is the most customizable, open and optimized mobile platform there is. And if this rumor is true, odds are that it’ll be an Android phone.
You want more evidence? This tipster claims Pottermore isn’t just about a smartphone, but also involves a “portal for additional content for smartphones,” leading us to believe this appstore-like “portal” will not support only J.K. Rowling’s hypothetical device, but other smartphones as well. Third-party app stores are not well accepted by other platforms and are definitely not supported (at least not officially).
Our beloved Taylor mentions it would probably make more sense if this were to be a Nook Color-like device where you could get all the Harry Potter-related content you could ever imagine. A tablet would allow you to comfortably read the books and maybe a news section, watch the movies, play games, etc. It would simply be ideal. But, this is just speculating and daydreaming. The tipster does mention it will be a smartphone though. We’ll keep options open, but focus on a possible smartphone for now.
That said, this will probably be a phone with aesthetics that match the stereotypical Harry Potter look. Who knows? There might even be a design for each of the four houses. But as you may assume, the device might also be destined to have a customized UI. This could go either way, depending on how it is done; but, the fact is that most Android fans prefer Vanilla Android.
This phone is not meant for Android enthusiasts, though. It’s meant for those eager Harry Potter lovers we all know. Yes, those who dress up to watch the movies at the theater. The ones who make huge lines at midnight to get the newest book and finish it overnight, before they go to school. Will it sell? Yes, it probably will. And it will sell very well, just like every other Harry Potter product. Stay tuned for more news about the phone (or lack thereof) in 6 days.
Since we’re all excited about naming the now “unnamed MotoBlur,” why don’t we take a hit at this possible Harry Potter UI? What do you guys think it would be called? Let’s see what Android and Harry Potter fans can come up with!
Thursday has finally arrives, and as promised, J.K. Rowling did the Pottermore announcement. Sadly (or gladly, depending on your opinion) Gawker’s secret tipster was not right about the “Potterphone.”
Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.
Come back on 31st July to find out how you can get the chance to enter Pottermore early.J.K. RowlingPottermore
The actual news may not be as exciting as a phone or tablet would have been, and it seems like critics are actually quite disappointed about this announcement. We won’t go into more details about this, as the topic no longer relates to our site, but you can check out the Pottermore site for more details.