'Harry Potter' fans continue to wait for the public release of Pottermore.com

By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated November 18, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

If only the webmaster could just cast a spell. Pottermore.com, the J.K. Rowling-assisted Harry Potter website, was supposed to open to the public in October, but the site is still in beta testing a month later, with access limited to its current one million invitees. It also went down for maintenance for three days starting Nov. 2, and the Pottermore Shop — which will eventually sell the ebook versions of the novels — has been delayed until the first half of next year. Fans may be chomping at the bit, but some believe it’s better to be safe than sorry. Says Edward Drogos of fansite The Leaky Cauldron: ”Harry Potter is just so popular that you have to be ready for millions of people wanting to access the site at once, so I think [the delay] will be worth it in the long run.”