Pottermore Addition

Badges arrive on Pottermore

Did you spot the new Pottermore Badges that arrived on Pottermore this Tuesday? Did you like them and have you unlocked all the available ones already?
Badges are a new, fun and rewarding addition, which we hope students will enjoy acquiring as they explore Pottermore.
Currently, three Pottermore Badges are available – the Explorer, Discoverer and Scarlet Engine. More Badges will be coming in the near future so keep a look out and make them a part of your Badge collection.
You can view the Badges on your profile page, where you will be able to see the ones you have been awarded, or learn how to get your next Badge, by hovering over the Badge name and following the instructions.
In the meantime, let us know what you think of the new Badges, which ones you’ve collected and if there are any you’d like to see become available in the future.
You can tell us your ideas and thoughts by commenting in the Great Hall, your common rooms, or on Twitter and our new Facebook page.

Posted by Pottermore Editor on Wednesday, July 25, 2012
So, I’m a little late in posting this, but to be honest, the new Pottermore feature kind of slipped my mind! They aren’t very impressive yet, in my opinion, especially as they don’t really tell people anything that they don’t already know. When someone looks at your profile, they can tell from where your avatar is that you’ve completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and can therefore assume you’ve checked out the special content.
I think that badges are quite a good idea, but should be earned differently – for example, a badge for getting 144 in dueling (still a daydream for me 😦 ). Or a badge for getting all your gnomes over the tree stump when de-gnoming. Or badges which indicate how many potions you’ve brewed – markers like 50, 100, 150 or something. Things that you really have to work for, not just a way of saying that you’ve been on all of the chapters online so far.
But those are just my humble thoughts. What are yours?
On another note, being somewhat of a computer jumper, I have had the pleasure of exploring Pottermore on all sorts platforms – laptops, home computers like DELL and Mac, notebooks, school computers and library computers. And I have realised that there really is a difference. When using older programmes, or slower computers, everything is just a little (or a lot) sluggish – the computer takes a few seconds to recognise how many mistletoe berries you’ve dropped in the mortar, or that you’ve turned the cauldron fire off. Which may not seem like a big thing, but little delays such as this wreck potions and cause dueling scores to lower. So, if you go on Pottermore with a slow-loading computer, try to update your programmes – you’ll get a shock when you next try a potion – the ingredients follow the mouse, without a 3 second gap in between clicks!
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