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 16 (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 16: PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY’S PREDICTION

Scene 1 (“Exam Time”)

Not long ago, I was challenged to write a fanfic using Lupin’s “Obstacle Course” concept. :) This makes it all the more exciting to see the beautiful Pottermore artwork for this scene. Still, I’m not getting everything right. The nifty new “completion bar” at the bottom of the scene tells me that I must have missed something. So I’m hoping you will help me find it.

  • Zoom 1:
    • With your cursor, you can make the Grindylow swim around its pool in the foreground.
    • COLLECT Knotgrass – at bass of the tank in which the Grindylow is swimming.
    • COLLECT Leeches – in the pool to the right of the Grindylow’s tank. (Thanks, Let’s Call Me Lily and Ritwik!)
  • Zoom 2:
    • The Red Caps are out in force! They will pop out of their holes with little prompting, but your cursor can help determine which ones pop out when.
    • COLLECT Horned Slugs – from the marshy area to the left back.
  • Zoom 3:
    • Your cursor can make the wispy Hinkypunk appear, holding his lantern to lead you astray.
    • COLLECT Fluxweed in the marshy area towards the back – by what I assume to be the boggart’s cabinet.

Okay, so now… I’m STILL missing something in this scene! (And yeah, I’ve had the Hinkypunk all along, so I’m not sure what I haven’t got or haven’t done).

Scene 2 (“The Committee”)

My completion bar is all the way full in this scene, so I know I found everything. This is actually one of the more disturbing scenes in PoA. I’m just glad Pottermore gave us plenty of activity to distract us… and that Hermione had her trusty Time Turner handy!

One thing that I learned as I went along with the new layout is that mouse movements (i.e., various actions) contribute as much to chapter completion as collecting things do. Since the old layout didn’t give us a completion bar, I didn’t realize this when I was first working with the completion bar in Chapter 16. At any rate, my completion bar for Scene 2 is full, but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily took note of everything necessary in order to make it full.

In the Comments, Ritwik asks: “in moment 2 how can your be filled when you didn’t shake the trees and let the crows fly and why didn’t you touch buckbeak’s ear”? And the truth is… I don’t know. I probably did all those things and didn’t say anything about them when I did them. So anyway, if your completion bar is not full in Scene 2, you might try shaking the trees to get the crows to fly and you might try touching Buckbeak’s ear. And actually, I do seem to vaguely recall doing those things when I first went through this scene!

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT Tilly Toke Chocolate Frog Card. She saved Muggle lives when a dragon swooped down on a beach.
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Aubergine-Flavoured Bean.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Valerian Springs.
    • COLLECT Dried Nettles.
    • Make the door to Hagrid’s shack shake with your cursor.

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 12 (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 12: THE PATRONUS

Scene 1 (“Expecto Patronum”)

Nice to finally see a scene that is named after this blog! ;)

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT the Chocolate Frog Card for Andros the Invincible (an ancient Greek Wizard who is supposed to have produced a gigantic Patronus) – in the drawer of the first desk to the left in back of Lupin.
    • UNLOCK “Dementors and Chocolate” (JKR-Exclusive Content) – on the desk in front of where Harry is sitting. There’s not really much content there though.
  • Zoom 2:
    • Move cursor towards Lupin to lock up the boggart.
    • COLLECT 5 galleons – by opening the door to the shelves to the left.
    • COLLECT a Bertie Bott’s Pumpkin-Flavoured Bean – from the drawer to the desk next to the desk with the Chocolate Frog card.

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.

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.

WARNING: THIS IS A HIGHLY SPOILERIFIC POST! DO NOT READ BETWEEN THE SPOILER GIFs IF YOU INTEND TO EXPLORE THE NEW CHAPTERS WITHOUT ASSISTANCE!

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!