updated 06/23/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/23/2011 AT 10:15 AM ET
Harry Potter fans won’t be getting an eighth novel, but they are getting the next best thing: a brand-new Web site from J.K. Rowling herself that extends the Potter world into all sorts of digital experiences.
The site, Pottermore, enhances the reading of the seven novels by featuring newly commissioned illustrations and interactive “moments” that follow the action in the books.
“I wanted to pull it back to the reading, to the literary and story experience … I’ve had a lot to do with virtually every aspect of it,” the author, 45, told reporters in London, according to Reuters.
The free site will launch in October but is accepting email addresses now for alerts on how to register.