“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
Pottermore and Warner Bros. announced Saturday a new, joint relationship to release Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts content online under one roof, called Wizarding World Digital.
The news came in a statement from Pottermore, which detailed that all quizzes, features, and articles will be moved over to WizardingWorld.com around May 15, and that Wizarding World Digital will be managing both sites from then on, including Pottermore.com.
“Be on the lookout for even more digital experiences brought to you by Wizarding World Digital – a new joint venture between Pottermore and Warner Bros.,” the statement read. “We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to…”
Pottermore chairman and J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, told The Bookseller that it had been intended for a while to bring the rights-holders together. Pottermore, which was created in 2012 to specifically publish the Harry Potter e-books, digital audio books, and form its online presence – including its famous Sorting Hat Quiz – always had limited access to the content from the films, as they were produced by Warner Bros.
“This venture will widen and deepen what we have been able to do on Pottermore so far. There’s no reason now why we won’t be able to do something because there’s a rights issue. The only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available,” Blair said.
The Wizarding World website states that it is, “the magical universe that encompasses Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and an expanding range of characters, stories, experiences and products derived from them, as well as new projects inspired by this magical universe.”
It has not been released what new content will be coming once Pottermore switches their main content over to Wizarding World, but it is noted that they will share more in the near future. There is a possibility that Pottermore will remain solely an online store to sell its e-books and digital audio books, but no further details have been announced.
For more on the latest news in the Harry Potter world, check out our hands-on preview of the new Harry Potter Wizards Unite mobile game, which is already available to play in Australia and New Zealand under open beta. Also read about the apparent leaked Harry Potter RPG game that had fans freaking out across the globe last October.
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Jessie Wade is a Ravenclaw-news writer for IGN and is as curious as Ollivander to see what the new site is about. Chat with her on Twitter @jessieannwade about anything Wizarding World.