Pottermore, Cos 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!)…


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

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT Herpo the Foul Chocolate Frog Card
    • CLOSER LOOK at information on the Basilisk
  • Zoom 2: Anybody find anything?
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT Castor Oil
    • COLLECT 5 Galleons (have to open door first though)

Scene 2 (“The Entrance to the Chamber”)

  • Zoom 2: In the sink with two faucets, click (or multi-click) on the left faucet handle. It spins around and finally reveals the drainage pipe leading into the Chamber of Secrets. (Thanks, allegra!)

Scene 3 (“Two Entwined Serpents”)

Only one Zoom level: See two entwined serpents. You can get the Chamber to open by clicking on the light on Harry’s wand (or the serpent’s eyes, or I hear the door itself). Anyway, once you’ve gotten the Chamber to open, you automatically UNLOCK the “The Chamber of Secrets” (JKR-exclusive content).

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.

Harry Potter Re-Read: Let’s Open the Chamber of Secrets!

So… now that the first few chapters of CoS are available on Pottermore, it’s time for us to re-start the HP re-read by opening the Chamber of Secrets. When the next batch of chapters are published, I will take a bit of time off from the re-read to discuss the new Pottermore material but will quickly return to the re-read.

I plan to publish my first re-read post on Monday. I hope to see you then!

ETA: You can find the first re-read post here.

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.


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!):

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

Cornelius Agrippa
Newt Scamander
Bertie Bott
Ignatia Wildsmith
Miranda Goshawk

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

Pruning shears
Scullery Key
Floo Powder
Fire Tongs

Sprout-flavored bean
Sugared-violet bean
Chocolate-flavored bean
Toast-flavored bean
Pepper-flavored bean
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. :)

The Chamber of Secrets (partially) Opens…

Well, the first four chapters of the Chamber of Secrets opened this morning on Pottermore for members of Slytherin House. And of course, that means that they will open tomorrow for EVERYBODY!

I wrote in my most recent post that I will be reporting about the new content on the day that CoS opened to Slytherin. However, Pottermore is up to its usual coding problems. Some Slytherins who have been on Pottermore since the Beta cannot currently access CoS, while some Slytherins who just joined yesterday can.

Unfortunately, I was one of the Slytherin Betas who could not access it. However, a friend of mine told me a nice workaround, so I just gained access. I’ll post my friend’s workaround here for any Slytherins who are still having trouble gaining access (this should work tomorrow for anybody else who is having trouble getting in to CoS):

SLYTHERINS: If you go to the very end of PS/SS and click the arrow at the end of the chapter to get you back to the Gateway and then click the snake icon for CoS, you should find that CoS has now entry points.

So, now I’m going to go explore the first four chapters of CoS and report back in my next post… in between these lovely spoiler tags: