Pottermore Password Problems Plague Muggles After J.K Rowling Releases 'Harry Potter' Story

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British author JK Rowling is slowly moving away from Potter as she announced on Friday that her latest series will surpass Potter in the number of books. London June 23, 2011. Reuters

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Muggles everywhere rejoiced Tuesday when it was announced “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling published a new short story involving her most famous characters. The excitement overwhelmed the “Harry Potter” website Pottermore where it appeared exclusively at first.

At first, people had to log into their Pottermore account to read the story, but it wasn’t long before various news sites (who presumably had their own accounts) released the full 1,500-word story on their own sites, like Today.com.

The enthusiasm among fans of the fictitious wizard world crashed the the website at first, Mashable reported Tuesday, but it was running again by 9:30 a.m. Though the site was working, there were still some issues. 

Since the story was released onto Pottermore first, many people began to sign up for their own accounts. To protect the identity of minors, the Harry Potter fan site creates a username for each individual with fun, unusual names like BlunderJinx or MuggleMoss, which are common in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Twitter users from around the world began to comment about signing up for Pottermore, with some people experiencing further problems even after the site was back up. One thing users don’t want to do is forget their password. Even though Pottermore has a system to retrieve overlooked passwords, the site was slow to send the correct ones back to users, probably because of the level of traffic.

Hopefully the buggy issues with the site remain fixed because there are rumors Rowling will post another story July 31, Harry Potter’s birthday, presumably to Pottermore again. In the new short story, character Rita Skeeter says, "“But let us not be severe. Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography: Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st.”

Many netizens urged others to visit Pottermore, a Harry Potter website that allows Muggles to be magical. Check out some of their posts below:

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