Pottermore, CoS Chapter 13 (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 13: THE VERY SECRET DIARY

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

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Soap-Flavoured Bean (from floor)
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Leaping Toadstool (from floor)
  • Zoom 3: CLOSER LOOK at Tom Riddle’s Diary

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

  • Zoom 1: See the Great Hall through the Doors
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Vomit-Flavoured Bean
    • COLLECT 3 separate Valentine’s Day Cards from 2 different tables
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Strawberry-Flavoured Bean
    • COLLECT 5 Galleons (and I unlocked a Galleon-collecting badge!)
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT Rose Oil (in front of Lockhart)

Scene 3 (“Into the Diary”)

Click on the number 13 on the page. It opens a new scene, with Riddle and Hagrid. I don’t think there’s anything to collect here, but if you move in to Zoom 2, you can see Aragog struggling to get out of the crate.

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, CoS 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 POLYJUICE POTION

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

  • Zoom 1: I didn’t find anything. :(
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Dragon Blood on desk
    • COLLECT Lemon Sherbet on desk
  • Zoom 3: On Mouseover, can make Fawkes cry, can move scales, can get a light to shine behind the door to the cabinet

Scene 2 (“The Potion is Ready”)

  • Only 1 Zoom Level. So at Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT Lacewing Flies
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Overcooked Cabbage-Flavoured Bean
    • UNLOCK “Polyjuice Potion” (JKR-Exclusive content)
    • Clicking on the cups makes them fizz (I think you can do this only one time for each cup, and then you have to re-load the scene)

Scene 3 (“The Slytherin Common Room”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

Okay, I’m a Slytherin, and I did not need to use Polyjuice to open the door to the Slytherin Common Room. What about those of you who are NOT Slytherins? Did you have to use Polyjuice? If so, can you use the Comments to describe the process (step-by-step) that you had to go through to gain access to Slytherin? Thanks!

  • Zoom 1: See brick wall.
    • Double-click to see Slytherin Common Room through an opening in the brick wall.
  • Zoom 2 – Enter the Slytherin Common Room.
    • COLLECT Montague Knightly Chocolate Frog (in drawer below Chess table). Can also make chess pieces move on mouseover.
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT book Nature’s Nobility: A Wizarding Genealogy (on couch).
    • CLOSER LOOK at Daily Prophet article concerning enquiry into Arthur Weasley’s enchanting of a Muggle car.
    • COLLECT 5 Galleons from the Mantelpiece. (Thanks Annie!)

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 First Look at Pottermore’s Chamber of Secrets (spoilers!)

Okay, so I’ve gone through the first four chapters of CoS on Pottermore and found everything that I could find. So far, there are no new potions or spells (though that could change as soon as we are able to purchase our new books). But there are plenty of opportunities to get some easy points.

Here are a few of my observations:

1. There are more opportunities to play interactive mini-games – and these are games that the children should enjoy.

In Chapter 2, Scene 2 (“Aunt Petunia’s Pudding”), you’ll get to float Aunt Petunia’s pudding for 14 seconds by clicking it continuously. You will even be able to see Dobby on top of the kitchen cabinet getting ready to splat the pudding on the floor! The first time you successfully float the pudding, you will be rewarded with a Bertie Bott’s bean – and 1 House point.

In Chapter 3, Scene 3 (“De-Gnoming the Garden”), you’ll get to toss gnomes beyond the garden wall. The first time you successfully de-gnome the garden within the specified amount of time, you will be rewarded with a book by Gilderoy Lockhart (Gilderoy Lockhart’s Guide to Household Pests) – and 1 House point.

In Chapter 4, Scene 1 (“Letters from School”), you’ll have to arrange envelopes on the kitchen table in the right order so that you can find your school shopping list.

In Chapter 4, Scene 2 (“Floo Powder”), you’ll drag Floo Powder into the Fireplace… and see the whole room turn an awesome Slytherin green! ;)

The Pudding and the De-Gnoming should be especially suited to kids, but they are also pretty entertaining for adults.

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2. Pottermore is making more sophisticated use of the interface.

Chapter 1, Scene 1 (“The Magic Word”) – You have to zoom in to get past the door to Privet Drive. You also have to collect an item from Chapter 4, Scene 4 (“Lucius Malfoy”) in order to pick the lock to the cupboard under the stairs (found in this scene). So you have to go to the last of scene before coming back to this first scene in order to collect the items found in the cupboard. This forward-backward movement is something that I don’t recall Pottermore doing in PS/SS.

Chapter 3, Scene 1 (“Harry’s escape”) – After unlocking the new JKR content on Technology, you have to zoom OUT in order to find items to collect. We’ve never had to zoom OUT before, but you can probably expect that there will be several scenes in CoS that will use this technique. In this scene, by the way, there are two zoom OUT levels, and the second one is very amusing. :)

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3. There is some outstanding new JKR content.

Do you want more details about the often strained relationship between Wizards and Muggle technology? Have you always wanted to know more about Malfoy Family history? Well, here’s your chance.

JKR has written two new pieces of exclusive content that give us some rather extensive – and often surprising – information. What we learn about the Malfoy family is particularly delicious… and more than a bit shocking!

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4. There are plenty of new items to collect (or otherwise acquire).

Here are some of them (and if I’ve missed any, please let me know!):

POTIONS INGREDIENTS
Flower heads
Jar of Honey
Dried nettles
Rose thorns
Horklump juice
Dragon Liver
Peppermint

CHOCOLATE FROG CARDS
Cornelius Agrippa
Newt Scamander
Bertie Bott
Ignatia Wildsmith
Miranda Goshawk

BOOKS
Gilderoy Lockhart’s Guide to Household Pests
Enchantment in Baking
One-Minute Feasts – It’s Magic
Charm Your Cheese
Encyclopedia of Toadstools
Magical Me

OBJECTS
Pruning shears
Scullery Key
Floo Powder
Fire Tongs
Mask
Hairpin

BERTIE BOTTS BEANS
Sprout-flavored bean
Sugared-violet bean
Chocolate-flavored bean
Toast-flavored bean
Pepper-flavored bean
Baked Bean-flavored bean

MONEY
5 Galleons lying around (in addition to new Galleons deposited in Gringott’s account)

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When everybody else has access tomorrow, I will offer more details on where to find things and at what zoom level.

If anyone has questions, I will be happy to answer them in the comments section below. :)