A Finder’s Guide to Chapters 1-4 in Pottermore’s Chamber of Secrets (spoilers!)

Thanks to Slytherin’s victory in the House Cup, I had the opportunity yesterday to explore the first four chapters of Chamber of Secrets on Pottermore. Today, everybody else has the same opportunity.

I compiled the list below based on my own exploration. If there’s anything that you find that is not on this list, or if there is anything else noteworthy that I have failed to mention, please let me know in the Comments below so that I can make the list complete. Thank you!

I will use the conventions I’ve seen used elsewhere when discussing Pottermore zoom levels:

  • Zoom 1 = the original zoom level.
  • Zoom 2 = zoom in one level from Zoom 1.
  • Zoom 3 = zoom in two levels from Zoom 1.
  • Zoom OUT 2 = zoom out one level from Zoom 1.
  • Zoom OUT 3 = zoom out two levels from Zoom 1.


Chapter 1, Scene 1 (“The Magic Word”)

  • Collect flower heads from the flower bed next to the door (Zoom 1). This goes into your Potions ingredients.
  • Get through the door at Number 4 Privet Drive by just zooming in one level to Zoom 2. The cupboard under the stairs will be locked until you find all the items in Chapter 4, Scene 4. But do return. There will be some items to collect from the cupboard later on.
  • Collect Jar of Honey from the kitchen counter (Zoom 3). This goes into your Potions ingredients.
  • Collect Cornelius Agrippa Chocolate Frog Card from the shelf in the cupboard under the stairs (Zoom 2 – AFTER you have found the hair pin in Chapter 4, Scene 4. The hair pin unlocks the door, but it will already be open when you come back here after finding the hair pin).
  • Collect Bertie Bott’s Sprout-flavoured Bean from the shelf in the cupboard under the stairs (Zoom 2 – AFTER you have found the hair pin in Chapter 4, Scene 4).
  • When you click on the forward arrow to get to the next scene, the house zooms back out to the Dursleys’ front doorstep. It’s a very nice effect.

Chapter 1, Scene 2 (“Two Enormous Green Eyes”)

  • There’s really not much happening at Zoom 1. You can listen to the bird and neighborhood noises and watch Harry sit on the bench. But not a lot more.
  • You can open the door to the shed at Zoom 2. You can get the lawnmower to start, the bicycle bell to sound… and you can even collect a pair of pruning sheers. These will go into your trunk, but I’m not really sure why you’ll want them when you go to Hogwarts. Perhaps they will be useful for Sprout’s Herbology class?
  • Collect Dried nettles from the wheelbarrow (Zoom 3). This goes into your Potions ingredients.
  • Collect Rose thorns on the left side of the flower bed (Zoom 3). This goes into your Potions ingredients.

Notice that at the end of Chapter 1, we have already found 4 ingredients that can be used in Potions. I’m already wondering what new Potions we’ll learn in CoS and where we might be able to use these ingredients!

Chapter 2, Scene 1 (“Dobby the House-Elf”)

  • There doesn’t seem to be much in this scene. However, you can find the Newt Scamander Chocolate Frog Card on Harry’s bed (Zoom 2).
  • You can also wiggle Dobby’s ear (Zoom 2) – which will probably get the kids to giggle.
  • I do not believe there is a Zoom 3 level in this scene.

Chapter 2, Scene 2 (“Aunt Petunia’s Pudding”)

  • It’s a Mini-Game! You have to keep the pudding afloat for 14 seconds by clicking it continuously. The first time you succeed, you will be awarded a Bertie Bott’s Sugared Violet-Flavoured Bean and 1 House point. (Of course, you also get 1 House point for all items you collect).
  • You might not want to look much while you’re clicking the pudding, but you CAN see Dobby on top of the kitchen cabinet to the right, getting ready to make that pudding go SPLAT! Kids will probably enjoy this game… and get an extra treat from seeing Dobby.

Chapter 3, Scene 1 (“Harry’s Escape”)

  • Now it gets fun! You can unlock new JKR content on the Wizarding World’s relationship to Technology by clicking anywhere in the vicinity of Harry or the Flying Ford Anglia. This is a must-read!
  • But the fun doesn’t stop there. You’ll find quickly that you cannot zoom IN. But you can zoom OUT! This is the first time Pottermore has used a zoom OUT feature. And in this scene, there’s a lot that you can find when you zoom out.
  • Collect the Bertie Bott Chocolate Frog Card on the floor by the overturned chair/light (Zoom OUT 2).
  • Collect 4 separate Bertie Bott’s Beans (all on Zoom OUT 2): one is to the left of where the Chocolate Frog Card is found, one is on the bed, one is on the bookshelf above the bed, and one is to the left of Harry’s left foot on the chest. (A special thanks to Kristen in the Comments for pointing out the bean by Harry’s foot.)
  • See Uncle Vernon and make him RAWR at Zoom OUT 3!!!

Chapter 3, Scene 2 (“The Weasleys'”)

  • Again, there’s not really a lot to see in this scene. However, take a look at the Anglia’s license plate. Yes. They really DID! ;)
  • You also get a good view of the Burrow at Zoom 3… and you can collect some Horklump juice from the Burrow’s Garden (Zoom 3). That will prove handy for Potions!

Chapter 3, Scene 3 (“De-gnoming the Garden”)

  • We’ve all read about how to de-gnome a garden. Well, Pottermore has turned it in to another Mini-Game! In this game, you have to toss 4 gnomes out of the garden in the time allotted. It’s a bit tricky because if you don’t let go of your gnome at the right moment, it can smack the hedge, land in the water, or hit a wall! You get a bonus if you send the gnome beyond the tree trunk. I’ve gotten past the tree trunk a few times. My best throw is 12-point-something. My best number of gnomes thrown is 7. :)
  • The first time you have successfully tossed 4 gnomes out of the Garden, you will be rewarded by receiving a copy of Gilderoy Lockhart’s Guide to Household Pests and 1 House point. After the first time, you are just playing for the fun of it.

Chapter 4, Scene 1 (“Letters from School”)

  • And yet another Mini-Game! In this one, you need to click on the envelopes in the correct order so that you will move the coffee cup far enough to reveal your school shopping list (which sits underneath the cup). Pottermore gives hints on the correct order for the envelopes, but I just drew a map and experimented. Your reward for successfully completing this game is that you will find your shopping list… and get a new deposit of Galleons in your Gringotts account!
  • In this scene, you can also read a letter from Hermione. It’s on the table to the left of the coffee cup, near the bacon.

Chapter 4, Scene 2 (“Floo Powder”)

  • There’s only Zoom 1 in this scene, but there’s plenty of stuff to find.
  • The Floo Powder is in the pot at the left side of the mantelpiece. Drag some Floo Powder into the fireplace! You collect the Floo powder for your trunk (pretty useful for sneaking in to the Floo network at Hogwarts, I think), but even better, you have a gorgeous green light filling the room. It’s really neat to collect items by the green light… and there are plenty of items to collect in this scene!
  • Collect a Scullery Key and Fire Tongs for your trunk.
  • Collect several books from the mantelpiece: Enchantment in Baking, One Minute Feasts – It’s Magic, and Charm Your Cheese.
  • Collect the Chocolate Frog Card for Ignatia Wildsmith (inventor of Floo Powder) by looking in the clothes hamper.
  • I wish that we would go through the fireplace to get to Borgin and Burkes just like Harry does, but we don’t. We just click the forward arrow key. :(
  • UNLOCK “Floo Powder” (JKR-Exclusive content) (“It’s two Sickles a scoop, people”)

Chapter 4, Scene 3 (“Borgin and Burkes”)

  • Well, here’s a spooky store! What about those torture devices hanging from the ceiling? {{{shudder}}}
  • At least we can “borrow” 5 Galleons from the cash drawer under bell on the B&B counter (Zoom 1).
  • Collect a mask from the wall of masks (Zoom 2). This goes into your trunk and will presumably be useful if you need to mask yourself for a “darker” sort of adventure.
  • Collect some Dragon Liver above the hand in the display (Zoom 3). This will go into your Potions ingredients.
  • Read the new JKR content about Draco Malfoy! This content was not available last night when I wrote this post, but it’s available now. Just look for the feather next to the content. I don’t think you actually have to do anything special in order to unlock it. (A special thanks to Ani in the comments for letting me know about the new Draco content!)

Chapter 4, Scene 4 (“Lucius Malfoy”)

  • There’s some awesome stuff in this scene! First, you probably want to unlock the new JKR content on the Malfoy family! Just click on Lucius (Zoom 2). I’ll talk more about this information in a later post, but there’s some astonishing historical information about the Malfoys here.
  • Collect Peppermint from the shopper’s shopping basket (Zoom 1). This will go into your Potions ingredients.
  • Collect a Hair pin from the braid of the woman next to the woman with the shopping basket (I believe this is also at Zoom 1). This Hair pin unlocks the cupboard under the stairs in Chapter 1, Scene 1. When you finish this scene, you can go back there and collect the items that were previously locked up.
  • Collect Encyclopedia of Toadstools, which is next to Lucius (Zoom 2).
  • Collect Magical Me from the display window (Zoom 2).
  • Collect the Miranda Goshawk Chocolate Frog Card from the bookshelf in back of what looks like Arthur Weasley (Zoom 2).

So… what have we learned from all this exploration?

Well, aside from getting some first-hand experience in how to de-gnome a garden, the main thing we’ve learned is that Harry’s possessions are as untidy as his black messy hair! He leaves Chocolate Frog Cards, Bertie Bott’s Beans, and just about anything else lying around! It’s enough to drive Aunt Petunia crazy! But I’m no neat freak, so it hardly bothers me. :)

We also get a lot of new Potions ingredients – including everyday items like Peppermint, Honey, Rose Thorns, and Flower Heads. I can hardly wait to see how they’re used and which Potions will use them!

77 responses to “A Finder’s Guide to Chapters 1-4 in Pottermore’s Chamber of Secrets (spoilers!)

  1. In Chapter 3 Scene 1, there’s an additional Bertie Bott’s bean beside Harry’s foot on the chest – I think there are 4 total in the scene. This is a great guide, thank you so much!

  2. Thanks for the handy guide! It will be interesting to see the new Potions, and which of our new spells we will eventually be allowed to use. Being a Slytherin, I of course had to check whether I would be able to learn and use them immediately. Alas, the site designers thought of that one. I hope the Disarming Charm is one of them because I want to learn that one.

    • Yes, I can hardly wait to see what we are ultimately able to use. I’m guessing that Expelliarmus will become available as soon as we reach the Dueling Club chapter… but not before then.

      I’m hoping we also get to brew Polyjuice Potion! But I’m wondering about all the Peppermint, Honey, and Flowers!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I found a few things that I missed when I went through it on my own, especially the beans in Harry’s bedroom. (I had only found one.)

    In chapter 4, moment 3, there’s some information about Draco (a short profile, like there was for Quirrell in book 1). I saw some comments elsewhere from Slytherins saying it was not available yesterday, but now it’s up. I don’t even think I unlocked it. It was just there, but that quill thing indicating new content was next to it when I clicked on the character list for that moment.

    Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for all your hard work blogging! How many items are in our trunks now with all the new things from CoS? I have 37 objects, 16 chocolate frog cards and 28 books. Am I missing anything?

    • Well, I’ve got some Objects that I bought in Diagon Alley (like a Moon Chart), so the number of my Objects is not anything to go by. ;)

      But I’ve currently got 44 Objects in my trunk, 17 Chocolate Frog Cards, and 29 Books (including the 2nd year books just purchased from Flourish & Blotts).

      • Thanks so much, I might have to go through to see if I’ve found/bought everything! I’m really glad you are back blogging, I’ve missed reading your thoughts and comments!

    • I believe it’s 155 Galleons. Let me see if I made note of it…

      LOL. It’s one of the few things I did NOT make note of. I remember that it was a weird amount… and kind of disappointing (I was hoping for another 500G!). But since I still had over 350G from PS/SS, I came out with over 500G when the new amount was added to the old.

      Anyway, 155G is the amount that sticks in my mind.

  5. Thank you. This is wonderful. Also, I would like to tell you that you can now buy your books at the Diagon Alley. :)

    • To zoom in, you just need to use the forward and back arrow keys on your keyboard. If that’s not working, you should try to update Flash or change browsers. I use Firefox. I hear Google Chrome also works really well.

  6. Hi, do you happen to know how many objects, books, and chocolate frog cards we should have by the end of chapter 4 (including items from both books as well as all bought things)?

    So far I have 38 objects, 16 chocolate frog cards, and 28 books.

      • I am missing a card and for the life of me cannot figure out which one! Can you list your cards you have? I had 11 after the first book and found 5 so far in CoS.

      • Actually if you look at the gold button in the lower-right corner there is a little symbol of a speaker with curved lines next to it. If you click on it then it becomes an x and the sound turns off. Thanks so much for the guide! I found that I missed a lot of stuff! :D

  7. WHY do you have to succeed in degnoming the stupid freaking garden in order to move on? I’ve been trying for almost an hour and I CANNOT do it! SO FRUSTRATED.

    • Also, if you only let the gnome go around in a circle twice, it works much more easily than if they build up a lot of speed. Throwing from the left side of the garden is also easier than throwing from the right, simply because it’s easier to miss the wall. i spent three days on it before i got even one over… i hope that helps!

  8. In chapter 3 part 2 if you move your mouse over the burrow near Ron’s room smoke comes from the chimney, and if you move it over the sun you hear a rooster crow. I know they’re not findable items, but still fun to look out for :)

  9. So glad you posted this. I was flying through the chapters trying to zoom in but unable and then I got to the de gnoming scene and nothing happened but people were talking about it. By checking your post I was able to find out I missed a ton of stuff. I was able to download a different browser and find everything. thanks!

    • I’m glad my info helped you find stuff! Those of us who did the Beta discovered that browsers are a huge issue on Pottermore, as is having a recent update of Flash. Changing browsers and updating Flash will clear up probably about 90% of all serious Pottermore issues.

  10. For what it’s worth, you can ring the counter and door bell @ Borgin and Burkes. It was wonderful to (almost) see the Malfoy men coming through the door. Thanks for the help!

  11. In Ch 1 Scene 2 @ Zoom 3 if you click the hedge – anywhere seems to work – the glowing green eyes appear! They’re in the dark-ish space close to the tree. HOWEVER when I go back and try to do it again, they don’t seem to appear a second time even after closing my browser and starting again. But I swear the eyes are real!

    There is another bean in Ch 3 Scene 1 @ Zoom OUT 2 – hover over the lamp to light it and a bean appears balanced on the rungs of the chair – it only shows up while the light is on so you have to move quickly. I think it was Toast flavoured if that matters for anything.

    Thanks so much for these recaps/cheat sheets – they really come in handy for double checking that I’ve found everything!

    • That’s cool with the eyes. I got them to appear one time (thanks to your instructions), but – like you – not since.

      I think I already got the bean. I do have a toast-flavored bean, and I remember finding something next to the chair. Did I not include it in the guide? (I’ll have to take a look! LOL!).

      Anyway, I’m glad the guides help! But thank you also for the additional help!

    • Oh gosh. I’m trying to remember! LOL.

      Have you worked with the zoom levels? If it’s the scene I’m thinking of, then try zooming OUT instead of IN. I believe I included correct zoom levels in the Finder’s Guide. :)

  12. hey so i have a quick question! i am at the end of chapter four in the second book. its taking me forever and i keep going back to the previous chapters to find if i missed anything (which according to you i havent) so what do i need to do to go on to the next chapter? please help!

  13. For some reason I am not getting access to the new Draco Malfoy information. Have you heard anything about how to get access to it?

  14. I can only find 16 of the Chocolate Frog cards… 11 from Philosopher’s Stone and 5 from Chamber of Secrets…. but yet you say 17. Oh dear, what shall I do?

  15. Can’t get the hairpin! It’s too close to “Places” so if I move my mouse over it the “Places” tab automatically opens up.

  16. The pattern for the envelopes, as mentioned, follows the order in which the breakfast things are mentioned in the book. The first and last are the clean envelope in the center, and the envelope directly above that which has two crumbs on it. The middle four are as follows, first, the one underneath the porridge bowl, second is the one littered in bread crumbs, third is the one with a marmalade smear, and the fourth is the one with two globs of butter in it.

  17. I cannot get into Borgin and Burke’s! I opened the floo! Collected all the books, and even got the Chocolate Frog card…. And the scullery key. But i cannot get the fire tongs! I clicked on them and all :( Thanks for the help btw!

  18. If the ingredients which I collected from scenes are used and finished in potions and I go back to recollect them then Will I earn New House Points?

  19. Great guide, but it seems that in Chapter 3, Scene 1 of CoS, you can only turn on the lamp on the floor once to collect the hidden bertie bott bean and the chocolate frog card. Once the lamp turns off, you can’t turn it on again to collect the items. I found this out the hard way and it was a real bummer. :( I’ll never get the Bertie Bott card or the toast flavoured bean now…

    I’m SpellQuill10869 of Hufflepuff, btw, if anyone wants to add me. I’ll be friends with people from any house. (:

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