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.
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. :)
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!
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!):
Jar of Honey
CHOCOLATE FROG CARDS
Gilderoy Lockhart’s Guide to Household Pests
Enchantment in Baking
One-Minute Feasts – It’s Magic
Charm Your Cheese
Encyclopedia of Toadstools
BERTIE BOTTS BEANS
Baked Bean-flavored bean
5 Galleons lying around (in addition to new Galleons deposited in Gringott’s account)
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. :)