Owls Gather on Pottermore: Is J.K. Rowling Bringing out an Android Smartphone?

June 17, 2011
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    About six days from now, J.K. Rowling will be revealing a mysterious new Harry Potter thing on the Pottermore website. Rowling registered the domain a couple of years ago and has recently updated it with a tease ad regarding an upcoming “gathering of the owls.”

    The upcoming “thing” is not a sequel to the Harry Potter series. Stone Hill Salt, Rowling’s PR company, told The Bookseller, “It is not another Harry Potter book but we cannot reveal any more at this stage, fans will have to keep an eye on the website. It will be launching soon.” On June 22 (Wednesday) at 8:00 PM, to be exact.

    Considering that Rowling admitted to BBC News last February that she’s got a lot of things going on at the same time and that she’s writing hard, it’s possible that Pottermore will be all about an entirely new book. But, then again, maybe not.

    Gawker, however, received an anonymous tip saying that the upcoming Rowling announcement will be all about a branded smartphone. The tipster, according to Gizmodo, said Rowling is partnering with a phone maker that’s no longer one of the big players. The tipster also said Pottermore will also be a content portal for smartphones.

    A quick search through the United States Patent Office’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) revealed six applications for the “Pottermore” trademark. All six applications belong to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and have been made with the following intentions for use:

    1. Providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network
    2. Entertainment services
    3. On-line retail store services
    4. Toys and sporting goods
    5. Printed matter and paper goods
    6. Prerecorded audio tapes, audio-video tapes, audio video cassettes, audio video discs, and digital versatile discs

    Granting Gizmodo’s and Gawker’s tipster wasn’t pulling anyone’s leg, and on the basis of what Android Authority uncovered on TESS, we can make the following guesses for what Pottermore just might turn out to be: an Android smartphone that is irrevocably cursed with “Imperio” and has the following characteristics:

    • responds to “Alohomora” for magical access to digital content on the Pottermore site, as well as Potter goods in the online store;
    • instantly downloads content or makes purchases with the simple murmur of “Accio”;
    • gives recommended content to the smartphone owner through “Legilimens”;
    • and more spell-binding features.

    Why do we think Rowling’s smartphone will pick Android as its OS? One very compelling reason: owners of Android smartphones can make their phones do their bidding (Praise be opensource!), provided they know the right spells, charms, incantations, and curses–and provided that phone manufacturers and mobile carriers don’t cast hexes, impediment charms, and other restrictive enchantments upon the device.

    These are wild conjectures, of course, but we are sure that if Rowling’s mysterious revelation turns out to be exactly what we predicted, it will cast a global “Expecto Patronum” on many Harry Potter fans worldwide.

    Your turn to guess now. What is your guess?

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