Pottermore, PoA Chapter 7 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 6: THE BOGGART IN THE WARDROBE

Scene 1 (“Riddikulus”)

  • UNLOCK “Boggart” (JKR-Exclusive Content). I especially enjoy the list of famous boggarts.
  • CAST THE RIDDIKULUS SPELL! This is really fun! You can reload the page to get different boggarts. You need to double-click or zoom in to get the Riddikulus spell. Riddikulus is a slow-moving spell, so even most novice spell-casters can probably cast it.
  • Here are the different boggarts:
    • Ghostly-singing lady boggart (Banshee?). Riddikulus makes her face shrivel and robs her of her voice.
    • Ghastly, bloody mummy boggart. Riddikilus splats him on the ground and takes off his head.
    • Severed-hand boggart, which crawls across the floor. Riddikulus immobilizes it… I think.
    • Giant tarantula (or is that acromantula) boggart. Riddikulus makes it shrivel up.
    • Snape-coming-out-of-the-darkened-wardbrobe boggart. Well… you know what Riddikulus does here. ;)

Snape boggart after the spell renders it Riddikulus…

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using 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.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 6 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 6: TALONS AND TEA LEAVES

Scene 1 (“Sir Cadogan”)

  • It doesn’t really make sense to discuss Zoom levels in this scene, because you can move the frame so many times. So I’ll just talk about double-clicking and zooming in.
    • UNLOCK “Sir Cadogan” (JKR-Exclusive Content) by clicking on his picture frame. (This should be fun, as I’ve always loved the crazy knight!). And OMG! He was a friend of Merlin’s! And a member of the Round Table!
    • Hover your cursor to get Sir Cadogan’s visor to lift up, to get his pony to whinny, and to get his sword to move.
    • Double-click or zoom in start moving with Sir Cadogan from his own picture to other pictures. First stop: a brick wall to the left. You can hear Sir Cadogan’s armor clanking as he runs towards the next picture.
    • Double-click or zoom in again to go left to a portrait of some high class ladies seemingly shocked at Sir Cadogan’s appearance in their frame. (Pottermore is definitely making me want to read PoA again… because I’d love to re-read the Portrait of Sir Cadogan’s adventures in this scene). The sighing and other sounds the ladies are making are just a tad… embarrassing.
    • Double-click or zoom in again to go left to a lamp on the brick wall.
    • Double-click or zoom in again to go left to a portrait of chanting monks.
    • Double-click or zoom in again to get Sir Cadogan to enter the monk’s frame. Hover your cursor over him to get him to wave.

Scene 2 (“Divination”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • Nice artwork. I’m not finding anything at the moment, though, to collect.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Move your cursor to make Trelawney’s teapot sing.
    • Hover your cursor to make objects on the right wall move.
    • COLLECT an Exploding Snap Pack of cards.
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Cassandra Vablatsky (the seer who authored Unfogging the Future, our 3rd year Divination text).
    • COLLECT – surprise! – a tea cup!
    • COLLECT the book Xylomancy (on the art of divination by twigs). It’s in among the books. (Thanks Anonymous, inglenook17, Jobelle, Ritwik, Dunja, and  WrAcKsPuRt!)

Scene 3 (“Hagrid’s First Lesson”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • Hover your to get the Hippogriffs in the foreground to move. Draco and company are to the right. Harry and company are to the left.
    • COLLECT Knotgrass (next to Ron’s foot). (Thanks, Ritwik and Annie!)
  • Zoom 2:
    • Hover your cursor to get the Hippogriff in the background to flap his wings.
    • UNLOCK “Professor Kettleburn” (JKR-Exclusive Content). And if you thought Hagrid was reckless with Magical Creatures… just wait till you read up on this guy!
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Norvel Twonk (who died saving a Muggle child from a Manticore). This one is very hard to find. It’s next to the satchels lying on the ground. (Thanks, frenchie!)

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using 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.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 5 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 5: THE DEMENTOR

Scene 1 (“Professor R.J. Lupin”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • It’s raining outside the Hogwarts Express. You can see a Dementor facing off with Remus Lupin through the window to the car.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Hover cursor over Lupin’s left hand to get him to conjure flames and illuminate the scene.
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Sausage-Flavoured Bean. (Thanks, frenchie, Rubix Cube, and Jerri!)
      (It’s back of Lupin, next to the lamp)

If there is anything else to be found or done in the scene, I haven’t discovered it so far. Perhaps they will add a reading from the audiobook at some point in the future (as they’ve done for some of the “empty” scenes in PS/SS).

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using 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.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 4 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 4: THE LEAKY CAULDRON

Scene 1 (“Monster Book of Monsters”)

No zooms in this scene. But we do get the Shopping List for third year and go shopping in Diagon Alley.

Here are the new books to acquire:

  • The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3
  • Unfogging the Future (for Divination class)
  • Intermediate Transfiguration
  • Monster Book of Monsters (for Care of Magical Creatures)

And it’s SNOWING in Diagon Alley!

But we still can’t get in to Quality Quidditch Supplies or Florian Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor or Madam Malkin’s… and on the South-Side, only Ollivander’s is open.

When you’ve finished your shopping, you can go back to the beginning of the Monster Book of Monsters scene, without having your shopping list get in the way.

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT The Invisible Book of Invisibility (it’s the black space on the book shelf in the rear). (Thanks, Annie and frenchie!)
    • COLLECT The Philosophy of the Mundane: Why the Muggles Prefer Not to Know, by Professor Mortimus Egg. (Thanks again, Annie and frenchie!)

Scene 2 (“The Magical Menagerie”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • Hover your cursor to get a rabbit to turn into a hat! (and back again)… or to get large purple toads to “ribbit”… or to make the turtle/tortoise to move its head… or to get a big black bird to beat its wings and cry out (is that a raven?). With all the stuff you can do with the cursor, it’s interesting to note that you cannot make Crookshanks move on Ron’s shoulders.
      By the way, did anybody else think that it looks like a basket of Tribbles to the left of the rabbit? Or have I just been watching the Star Trek trailer a little too much?
    • Hover your cursor to get a bird to move its wings and cry out. Is that a raven?
    • COLLECT a tub of dead blowflies.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Hover your cursor over Crookshanks to get Crookshanks to hiss and Scabbers to leap from the counter and run off into the shop.
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT Rat Tonic.
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Gulliver Pokeby (expert on magical birds and writer of the song “Why I Didn’t Die When The Augrey Cried”). (Thanks, Rubix Cube!) This one is very hard to find. It’s in the bottom right.

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using 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.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 3 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 3: THE KNIGHT BUS

Scene 1 (“Magnolia Crescent”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Blenheim Stalk (expert on Muggles/Muggle awareness of magic, and author of the book Muggles Who Notice)
  • Zoom 2:
    • Hover cursor over Harry’s wand to see it light up and reveal the eyes of the “Grim” (aka Padfoot). Those eyes are actually pretty scary.
    • COLLECT Flower Heads
    • If you move your cursor to the back left of Harry, you can see the top of the Monster book move.

Scene 2 (“Inside the Knight Bus”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • Hover your cursor to get a sleeper to snore and a suitcase and a walking stick to fall. You can also make an object move on the floor, but I’m not sure right now what the object is.
    • COLLECT the walking stick.
    • CLOSER LOOK at “Black Still At Large” – a really neat-looking newspaper article on the hunt for Sirius Black, escapee from Azkaban. It’s been a few years since I’ve read PoA, so I find it particularly entertaining to read the description of Black as “possibly the most infamous prisoner ever to be held in Azkaban fortress” (nah, Bellatrix LeStrange is no trouble!), and of a gun as “a kind of metal wand that Muggles use to kill each other.”
    • UNLOCK “The Knight Bus” (JKR-Exclusive Content). I particularly enjoyed the comments on drink spillage and pureblood-fanatic outrage. Then, of course, there’s JKR own comment on the naming conventions she used.
  • Zoom 2 (double-click):
    • Makes the Knight bus move.
    • At first, I thought that another double-click makes the Knight Bus tilt, but I think it just tilts at random times, or maybe as a result of hovering the cursor. Whatever, the bus tilts left and it tilts right. :) Anyway, I did enjoy seeing what it looks like to ride the Knight Bus when there are NO shrunken heads talking up a blue streak.
    • COLLECT Galleons. Yes, those things that looks like balls rolling when the Knight Bus tilts are actually Galleons. You can collect then if you click fast enough. I’ve collected 2, but there’s a third that rolls from the left side across the foreground. I haven’t been able to catch that one yet.

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using 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.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 2 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 2: AUNT MARGE’S BIG MISTAKE

Scene 1 (“Aunt Marge”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

Ripper is one ugly, mean looking dog, isn’t he? The noise Vernon Dursley makes sounds almost as animalistic.

  • Zoom 1:
    • UNLOCK “Aunt Marge” (JKR-Exclusive Content). It includes information on the driving force behind the nasty way Marge treats people, plus a note from JKR on her attitude toward bulldogs.
      You can unlock the content by clicking on the glass that’s been tipped over on the floor.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Moves the scene upwards to see blown-up Aunt Marge. There’s nothing to find here, but you can make Marge (and the plates) move by hovering your cursor. There are also a lot of interesting popping noises here – not to mention the frightened noise Marge makes. I particularly like the sounds the plates make as you move your cursor over them. I wonder what software synthesizer they used to make/process that sound. ;)

    Key to Zoom Levels:
    I am using 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.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 1 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 1: OWL POST

Scene 1 (“Harry’s Birthday”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

First off, I had the headphones connected to the computer when I opened this scene (but did not have them placed on my head), so I didn’t make the connection between Pottermore and the squeaking and scratching noises I was hearing. I thought they were coming from some mouse or bird that had accidentally found its way into the room. That didn’t quite make sense, though, because my black cat (Severus, of course) was calmly sleeping on top of his kitty condo.

If it had been a live animal, he would have been all over the place… and so would his black/white sister (Minerva). It was only then that I realized… the noise must be coming from Pottermore!

Here’s what my cats REALLY act like when there’s a bird nearby…

So… back to finding stuff on Pottermore…

  • Zoom 1:
    • I haven’t found anything yet. But I did enjoy listening to Hedwig hooting and watching the Monster Book of Monsters struggle against the belt that Harry bound it with.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Tiny Brass Compass (near the Monster book). It makes a useful companion for long journeys by broom.
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Edgar Stroulger (inventor of the Sneakoscope).
    • COLLECT a Galleon lying on top of the books on the shelf. (Thanks, Annie!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at McGonnagall’s note announcing the coming school year and attaching the permission note to visit Hogsmeade.
    • CLOSER LOOK at Hagrid’s birthday note.
    • CLOSER LOOK at the Daily Prophet article on Arthur Weasley winning the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw. (Thanks Z.J. Malik!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Ron’s letter to Harry from the Weasleys’ summer holiday in Egypt. (Thanks Z.J. Malik!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Ron’s birthday note to Harry about the Sneakoscope. (Thanks Z.J. Malik!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Hermione’s letter to Harry from her holiday in France.

    Information I enjoyed in the Sidebar:
    The contents of the Broomstick Servicing Kit (Hermione’s birthday gift to Harry) and the behavior of the Sneakoscope (Ron’s birthday gift).

    Key to Zoom Levels:
    I am using 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.