Pottermore Now Giving Fans the ‘Hogwarts Experience’
Harry Potter fans can now fly through the grounds of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like they never have before. J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore just launched a free, 360-degree digital experience allowing visitors to explore the legendary wizarding school, including the Quidditch pitch and the Forbidden Forest, as well as learn a few fun facts.
In the Hogwarts Experience, there are 100 different clickable hotspots that reveal little details about that particular point — it could be anything from notable events from history that have taken place in that area or just some interesting trivia about the famous magical school.
The September 1 launch of the Hogwarts Experience coincides with the first official day of school in which young witches and wizards begin take their next steps to learning and honing their skills.
“We’ve seen many interpretations of Hogwarts – from the artwork in the illustrated editions of the books to the eight feature films from Warner Bros.,” Henriette Stuart-Reckling, Pottermore’s global digital director, said in announcing the feature. She goes on to say that the Hogwarts Experience is “a unique, mobile-first experience using bespoke visual assets allowing anyone to ‘visit’ Hogwarts on-the-go.”
There are three main areas to visit: the exterior of the castle, the Forbidden Forest (including Hagrid’s hut) and the Quidditch pitch. The Hogwarts Experience is free to registered users of Pottermore, and it is available across most devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs.