POTTERMORE Does Not Have Liftoff

J.K. Rowling’s interactive site Pottermore.com was supposed to launch to the general public on Oct. 15, but problems in handling traffic have kept the site exclusive to Beta users and even they suffered for a few days last week when the site was taken down to fix some hardware glitches.

USA Today book editor Dierdre Donahue is a Beta user and has found the experience frustrating. Rather than making her a fan of the Web site, she says it’s made her want to reread the print books.

Meanwhile, JK Rowling has made headlines by saying she nearly killed off Harry’s friend Ron Weasley midway through the series.

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