No Harry Potter E-books Until 2012

The Observer has spent a small amount of time tooling around the Beta version of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s digital fantasmagoria, which is currently open to a select one million users. We’ll fill you in with more details later but so far our exploration of the site has been a somewhat uneventful experience (but then we remember that it was designed for 9-year-olds.)

Also, after we filled out a quiz and were assigned a wand made of a wood most often favored by practitioners of the Dark Arts we were too scared to proceed to the sorting hat. What if it puts us in Slytherin? We’ll keep you posted.

J.K. Rowling initially intended the site to be fully operational by the end of this month, but a recent update has announced that the Pottermore shop, where e-book versions of Harry Potter will be sold exclusively, will not open until some time in the first half of 2012.