Pottermore has finally opened its gates, allowing Harry Potter fans to enter the previously forbidden and potentially forboding Web site.
Initially available for just a select number of users, the site is now inviting anyone to register to gain access. The process may be slow, however. A Pottermore insider blog explained that it plans to activate a steady stream of registrations but said that people may not get access right away
Potter fans can currently find both e-books and audiobooks of all seven books in the series.
But full access to the site will offer more, including interactive tours of locations mentioned in the books and the virtual tools needed to practice your magical arts.
To gain access, you'll first need to conjure up the site's registration page. You'll need to reveal various details about yourself, including your birth date, your country, your name and e-mail address, a password, and check marks next to all the Harry Potter books you've read and films you've seen.
Your name is then added to a list of magical folk, joining Harry himself, best friends Ron and Hermione, and even arch-nemesis Draco Malfoy. The site then provides a username for you to select from a small list. An e-mail then confirms your registration and promises full access once your account has been verified.
Once you've officially passed through the gates, you'll be sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses and be chosen by your wand. The site is also promising exclusive writing from author J.K. Rowling and new features over the coming weeks and months.