Monday, 29 July 2013

A new Signed-in Homepage coming to

We’re excited to reveal that when the concluding chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are released on there will be a brand new Homepage waiting for you to discover.

The Signed-in Homepage includes a new way to follow the Moments of Harry’s story (the Story Navigator) and a new Map featuring areas where you can find and access all of the activities you regularly like to take part in, such as brewing potions, challenging students to duels, or shopping in Diagon Alley.

Exploring Harry’s story

To explore Harry’s story you’ll use the new Story Navigator, which we explained here on the Insider previously. You can scroll through the available books on, browse through thumbnails of the Moments, and click on the ones you want to explore in full.

Enjoying your own journey

A new Map features all the locations and activities from Hogwarts and beyond that you currently enjoy as part of your own journey. To access them you’ll simply need to click on your desired location on the Map. As evolves we will be adding even more locations and activities to the Map for you to discover and enjoy.

The shops in Diagon Alley and locations from Hogwarts, such as your common room and the Great Hall, will now be accessed from the new Map. This image shows just part of your new Homepage – you’ll need to sign in to to see the full effect.

Your profile summary 

You will be able to access all of your locations and activities from the Map, so the new slim-line Top Bar will display a summary of your profile and your recent activity. As you collect items from the Moments you will see them being added to your Trunk in real time, and the most recent Badge you have collected will appear here along with your Owl Notifications and your House Crest (once you’ve been through the Sorting Ceremony).

Updates, information and suggestions for you 

To the right-hand side of your screen you’ll find the new Side Bar containing updates and information so you don’t miss out on anything new.  When you’re exploring a Moment from Harry’s story the Side Bar will house the ‘Read About’ content as well as a new ‘Related Moments’ feature, which will showcase thumbnails of Moments that include similar characters, locations or themes to the Moment you are currently exploring. Combined with the new commenting features, this will provide you with even more opportunity to locate and discuss your favourite things about the Harry Potter series.

The new Homepage may be difficult to imagine fully without being able to sign in and explore it for yourself, but rest assured the wait is almost over.   Once the concluding chapters are released on, there will be on-screen guidance to help familiarise you with the new Homepage.

As grows we will continue to evolve the site to provide the best possible experience for all those who want to enjoy this unique gift from J.K. Rowling.