Pottermore’s New Layout: Completion Bars (and replenishable points?)

In the new layout, there’s a completion bar at the bottom of each scene. When the completion bar moves all the way to the right, you have collected everything – AND performed every animated action – that you can perform in that scene. So yeah, in order to complete a scene all the way, you will probably also need to hover your cursor and make things happen… like make plaster fall from the walls or cause a spider spin from the top of some curtains or make a Hinkypunk move.

What I found this afternoon, though, is that when I went back in to some of the scenes I’d completed a couple of days ago, the completion bar was no longer full. And items that I had previously collected were right there to be collected again. And yes, I got House Points for them a second time – without having lost any House Points from the other day!

This makes me wonder if Pottermore has added new ways to gain House Points or if this is just a glitch that they will fix when they find out about it. ;)

We’ve always known that you can replenish your Potions ingredients after you’ve used them up. But you didn’t get points for them a second time. And in this instance, I had NOT used up ingredients. I got to collect items I’d already collected and earn new points GRATIS!

So now, I’ve scrolled all the way back to the opening scene in PS/SS on Privet Drive and guess what… ALL of my completion bars in the earlier books are empty. I’m pretty sure that I still have the collectibles in my trunk. But there’s a possibility that I may get to collect the collectibles agaon – FOR POINTS. At any rate, I’m sure going to try! I’ll let you know how I fare.

UPDATE: No replenishable items to collect so far in the earlier chapters. No alarm clock, no postcard, nothing. So it looks like we don’t get a shot at those points a second time. :(

UPDATE 2: Here’s some information on the new layout from the Pottermore Insider: http://insider.pottermore.com/2013/07/whats-new-on-pottermore.html

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 22 (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. Judging by the new completion bar, I do appear to missing items from both scenes. :(

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

CHAPTER 22: OWL POST AGAIN

Scene 1 (“Professor Lupin’s Office”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Hover cursor to make the door to Lupin’s cabinet open and shut. Once it’s open…
    • COLLECT an empty inkpot.
    • COLLECT a chocolate bar.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT a roller.
    • COLLECT an old quill.
    • UNLOCK “Remus Lupin” (JKR-exclusive content).
    • Use cursor to unroll a scroll and knock a candle from its sconce. (Thanks, Let’s Call Me Lily… I knew about the scroll but not the candle).

Scene 2 (“Back to London”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Riding on the Hogwarts Express.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Double-click makes you enter the compartment.
    • Use cursor to open and shut the window.
    • Hover cursor to make Pig hoot and Crookshanks purr and move his tail.
    • COLLECT a Pumpkin Pasty.
    • COLLECT Exploding Bonbons.
    • COLLECT a Gobstone. (Be quick! It’s hard to catch!).
    • COLLECT a Galleon from the rack above Crookshanks. (Thanks, Madam Pince!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Sirius’ letter to Harry.
    • CLOSER LOOK at Sirius Black’s note giving Harry permission to visit Hogsmeade.

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 21 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. Apparently, I found everything, so…

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

CHAPTER 21: HERMIONE’S SECRET

Scene 1 (“Time Turner”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Now that’s some awesome animation! I’ve never envisioned the Time Turner looking like that before!
  • Zoom 2:
    • Double-click and the doors open, and we see the jewels for the different Houses moving backwards.
    • UNLOCK “Time Turner” (JKR-exclusive content). We learn a lot more about the limitations of time travel in the Harry Potter universe, and JKR reveals why she destroyed the entire stock of Time Turners during the Battle in the Dept. of Mysteries. NOTE: Rowling’s problem arose because she used the “time paradox” trope of time travel. However, since Time Travel itself is a convention, time paradox is not the only way in which Time Travel can play out. But it’s the best trope to use if you need to change the past!
    • COLLECT 5 Galleons.
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Cheese-Flavoured Bean.
    • COLLECT Montrose Magpies badge at base of Ravenclaw statue. (Thanks, Ramona!)

Scene 2 (“Buckbeak’s Rescue”)

Hmmm… this looks an awful lot like “The Committee.” ;)

  • Zoom 1:
    • But since this is the same scene through the Time Turner, there’s new stuff to collect!
    • COLLECT Unicorn Tail Hair.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Hover cursor to get Buckbeak to move his head.
    • COLLECT Dried Billywig Stings.
    • COLLECT a Galleon

Scene 3 (“Prongs”)

Thanks to Let’s Call Me Lily for helping me straighten out the Zooms…

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT a Murlap Tentacle (known for their healing properties).
  • Zoom 2:
    • UNLOCK “Patronus” (JKR-exclusive content).
    • COLLECT Tubeworms.
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT Slimy Seaweed.

Scene 4 (“Sirius and Buckbeak Escape”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Hover cursor to make Buckbeak flap his wings.
    • COLLECT a Galleon.
    • COLLECT an Owl Treat.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Hesper Starkey Chocolate Frog Card. (She studied the phases of the moon in Potions making).
    • Move cursor over top of tower to make an owl fly and ring a bell.

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 20 (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 20: THE DEMENTOR’S KISS

Scene 1 (“Full Moon”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • UNLOCK “Werewolves” (JKR-exclusive content). This is fascinating content and well-worth reading – particularly the bits about the Ministry’s various werewolf offices and what happens when werewolves mate in werewolf form.
    • Hover cursor to make manacles jump.
    • COLLECT Dittany.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Use cursor to make Were-Lupin and Animagus-Sirius bite at each other’s muzzles and snarl even louder.
    • COLLECT Wormwood.
    • COLLECT Monkshood. (I guess we’re making the Draught of Living Death!)

Scene 2 (“The Lake Shore”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Harry faces off with the Dementors. Nothing to do here.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Tubeworms
    • COLLECT Spine of Lionfish
    • COLLECT a Pebble (No Potions use, but apparently useful as a paperweight)
    • In the Comments, Let’s Call Me Lily adds: “To fill the bar, click on Harry’s wand in moment 2 – it will kinda spark and tinkle :) Very like a Patronus, 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 19 (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 definitely 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 19: THE SERVANT OF LORD VOLDEMORT

Scene 1 (“Peter’s Transformation”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Hold Scabbers in the air and listen to him squeal.
  • Zoom 2:
    • When you double click, Scabbers turns into Wormtail (and man, he looks older than his 33/34 years!)
    • COLLECT scarab beetle bodies from the plaster heap in back of Wormtail, on the Sirius side.
    • COLLECT bat wings from the wall where the plaster is falling
    • COLLECT spider legs from the plaster heap on the Lupin side of Wormtail.

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 18 (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. According to my magic completion bar, I have found everything in this chapter!

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

CHAPTER 18: MOONY, WORMTAIL, PADFOOT AND PRONGS

Scene 1 (“Lupin’s Tale”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Just a single zoom again. Nothing to collect. You can, however, listen to Lupin’s story about the Marauders transforming into Animagi. If you hover your cursor, you can also make Padfoot sniff in kind of a snarly way.
    • In the Comments, Let’s Call Me Lily adds: “You can also make them twitch their ears, wriggle Lupin’s snout and make Prongs shift on his feet.” To which I would reply: “Yeah, I know. And you can even make Wormtail appear! on Lupin’s far side. But what I DIDN’T know when I wrote up this chapter was that those mouse movements MATTERED for moving the completion bar!” Anyway, for those of you who wishing to complete the chapter, be sure to do the hover your cursor and interact with the Marauders in their Animagus and Werewolf forms. :)

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 17 (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. According to my magic new completion bar, though, I have found everything in this chapter!

So here’s what I found (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 17: CAT, RAT AND DOG

Scene 1 (“The Shadow of the Whomping Willow”)

This scene has only one zoom level, but the artwork is, again, wonderful. I think “great artwork” is going to be a recurring theme in talking about the new scenes.

  • Zoom 1:
    • Illuminate the scene by hovering cursor over Harry’s wand. Can see Ron disappearing into the Whomping Willow.
    • Click on the Invisibility Cloak between Harry and Hermione to make it disappear. (Thanks, Ritwik!).
    • Make Whomping Willow branches move with  your cursor.
    • From the roots of the Whomping Willow…
      • COLLECT Leaping Toadstool.
      • COLLECT Asphodel.
      • COLLECT Fluxweed

Scene 2 (“The Man in the Shadows”)

This scene takes us, for the first time ever, inside the Shrieking Shack. I think we’re going to be spending a few chapters here. :)

  • Zoom 1:
    • UNLOCK Secret Keeper (interesting that we click on Sirius to get this info).
    • Hover cursor to make candles glow brighter.
    • When cursor passes far wall, plaster and other building materials fall on the floor.
    • COLLECT black beetle eyes from the plaster heap on the floor.
    • COLLECT woodlice from the wall in back of the plaster heap.
    • COLLECT mushrooms from the side wall of the Shack.
    • Hover cursor over the middle of the bed at the top where the curtain parts to make a spider spin down. (Thanks, Let’s Call Me Lily!)

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.