Pottermore, CoS Chapter 14 (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 14: CORNELIUS FUDGE

Scene 1 (“Another Attack”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1: I’m not seeing anything to collect or discover at this zoom.
  • Zoom 2:
    • UNLOCK “Ghosts” (JKR-exclusive content. Click on the partition, separating Nearly Headless Nick from the petrified students)
    • COLLECT 5 Galleons from the drawer in the table next to Nearly Headless Nick. (Thanks, Let’s call me Lily!)
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT a bottle of SKELE-GRO
    • COLLECT Bezoar (there’s often one of these hanging around in the Hospital Wing. ;) )
    • COLLECT Salamander’s Blood (Thanks, Zara!)

Scene 2 (“Dumbledore is Suspended”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1: See the pumpkin patch outside Hagrid’s cottage. I’m not finding anything to collect or discover here.
  • Zoom OUT 2:
    • COLLECT Dried Billywig Stings (lots of these around Hagrid’s, aren’t there?)
    • COLLECT Flesh-Eating Slug Repellant
  • Zoom OUT 3:
    • COLLECT Infusion of Wormwood
    • COLLECT Dried Nettles (another standard collectable if you hang out at Hagrid’s)
    • COLLECT Key from the floor inside Hagrid’s hut (but you have to be quick before the door shuts!) (Thanks, FeatherElm!)

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 9 (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 9: THE WRITING ON THE WALL

Scene 1 (“The Legend of the Chamber of Secrets”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – UNLOCK “Hogwarts Ghosts” (Exclusive JKR Content) – and make chalk puff off the erasers in Professor Binns’ classroom
  • Zoom-OUT 2:
    • COLLECT Great Wizarding Events of the 20th Century (what’s that doing on Professor Binns’ desk? LOL)
    • COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Sardine-Flavoured Bean
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Liver and Tripe-Flavoured Bean (Thanks, Bizzby23, dj1, Sarah!)
  • Zoom-OUT 3:
    • COLLECT a Galleon
    • COLLECT a Quill (that’s got to be Hermione there, with her hand up!) – you can also flip the pages in her book
    • COLLECT ‘The Medieval Assembly of Wizards’ homework scroll

Scene 2 (“Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – Enjoy the disgusting grime of the mirror and the rust of the faucets. The scene has wonderful grunge artwork, but I’m not finding anything else to do in this scene so far – and I’ve tried both zooming and double-clicking and hovering my mouse. The faucet definitely drips though. ;)
  • ETA UPDATE!!! – Clean the mirror by dragging your cursor across it. Now you can zoom.
  • Zoom 2 – I’m not seeing anything to Collect here, but the grunge artwork is still pretty amazing.
  • Zoom 3:
    • COLLECT Leeches.
    • Move cursor to make water puddle around one of the lavatories.
    • Move cursor to make Myrtle moan.
  • Double-click after Zoom 3 to move back and make the bathroom door open. You can see Myrtle if you go back to Zoom 3 with the door open.
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Galleon (center stall after the door opens). (Thanks Bizzyb23, Kronus, christy, BloodCrimson11937, Yael, Sarah, Steph!)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Bertie Bott’s Bogey-Flavoured Bean (right stall – Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom). (Thanks Bizzyb23, Kronus, Zara, bean collector, Kathy, Steph!)

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 8 (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 8: THE DEATHDAY PARTY

Scene 1 (“Nearly Headless Nick’s Party”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – You are invited to enter. :)
  • Zoom 2 – Watch the ghosts dance, and listen to the ghost music (very eerie and cool)
  • Zoom 3:
    • UNLOCK “Peeves” (Exclusive JKR Content)
    • COLLECT a Jet Black Candle
    • COLLECT a Galleon

Scene 2 (“Enemies of the Heir Beware”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • From the Comments – COLLECT the hair of a Slytherin student! (Thank you, christy, itsmeas, Becky Abel!)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT a Licorice Wand (in the middle of the group of Slytherin students to the left). (Thank you, BloodCrimson11937, itsmeas, Rob!)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum (towards the left of the Slytherin students). (Thank you, BloodCrimson11937, Steph, WolfsbaneKey15329, matt kenny, drakangel614, Annelucy! Special thanks to Steph and drakangel614 for the very precise directions!!!)
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT five Galleons
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Cauldron Cake near Hermione’s foot. (Thanks, Yuka!)
    • Get the torches to burn brighter and illuminate the writing on the wall

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 Happy Potter Halloween

October 31 is without question the most important single calendar day in the Harry Potter series. Voldemort murdered Harry’s parents on October 31. And significant events occur on each of Harry’s first four Halloweens at Hogwarts.

Months ago, I wrote a post when the PS/SS re-read reached Harry Potter’s first Halloween Feast. Here’s a recap of that recap:

Halloween 1981. Probably the most important event in the series occurs on this Halloween – the murder of James and Lily Potter. With their murder, Harry Potter was orphaned, he acquired his scar (which is not merely a scar – but a piece of Voldemort’s soul), and as a result he became the “Chosen One” – the only one capable of destroying Voldemort.

But in addition to the impact on Harry, the deaths of Lily and James compelled a despairing Severus Snape to devote the remainder of his life to helping Dumbledore protect the Potter boy… and drove Wormtail to frame Harry’s godfather Sirius for the “murder of Peter Pettigrew” and a street filled with Muggles. Basically, this is the day that changed the lives of several of the major players.

Halloween 1991. Ten years after his parents’ murder, Harry spends his first Halloween at Hogwarts. At this point in the series, there’s no indication that Harry is aware that his parents’ deaths occurred on October 31. The Halloween Feast, though, is ruined by Quirrell’s famous “Troll in the Dungeons” announcement. Harry and Ron save Hermione from the troll, who has gone into the girl’s bathroom – thus starting the Trio’s friendship.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to keep an eye on Quirrell and head him off at the Philosopher’s Stone, Severus Snape goes into the corridor where Fluffy is guarding something. For his efforts, his Fluffy mangles his leg, awakening Harry’s suspicions of Snape.

Halloween 1992. Harry and the Trio are asked by Nearly Headless Nick, the Gryffindor ghost, to come to his 500th Death Day Party. Harry hears a voice (actually, the Basilisk speaking Parseltongue), and the Trio come face-to-face with the first attack by the “Heir of Slytherin.”

Halloween 1993. Harry is not allowed to go to the first Hogsmeade weekend. Instead, he has tea with Professor Lupin. When Snape brings Lupin his Wolfsbane Potion, Snape becomes suspicious of Lupin having Harry alone with him – fearing that Lupin is trying to hand Harry over to his school friend, the escaped “murderer” Sirius Black.

During the Halloween Feast, Sirius attacks the portrait of the Fat Lady, trying to force his way into Gryffindor Tower. In doing so, Sirius ends up wrongly confirming Snape’s suspicions about Lupin. Sirius’ actual co-conspirator is Hermione’s cat!

Halloween 1994. Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, making him the fourth champion in the Triwizard Tournament.

In later years, Halloween is not so clearly delineated. We don’t know exactly what happens on Halloween during the Umbridge era. All we know is that during the weekend after Halloween, Harry and the Weasley twins get a “lifetime ban” from Quidditch. What happens in 1996 and 1997 is something of a mystery.

Harry finally gets a good look at Halloween 1981 on December 24/25, 1997 – after his ill-fated trip to Godric’s Hollow. Nagini’s bite, and Harry’s subsequent delirium, cause him to “see” the attack on through Voldemort’s eyes.

Have a Happy Potter Halloween!

Halloween

I could get snarky and give the following summary of the next couple of chapters:

Quidditch Quidditch Quidditch Quidditch Quidditch
Hermione! Feast! (quirrell) Troll! SNAPE!!!! Hermione! Troll!!!!! McGonnagall-SNAPE!!!!!!!!!!-(quirrell)
Quidditch Quidditch Quidditch Quidditch Quidditch
Bucking Broomstick (quirrell) SNAPE!!!!!!!!!!!! Hermione!!!
Quidditch! Snitch! Caught!

But I won’t. Instead, let’s talk about Halloween.

Halloween 1981. Probably the most important event in the series occurs on this Halloween – the murder of James and Lily Potter. With their murder, Harry Potter was orphaned, he acquired his scar (which is not merely a scar – but a piece of Voldemort’s soul), and as a result he became the “Chosen One” – the only one capable of destroying Voldemort.

But in addition to the impact on Harry, the deaths of Lily and James compelled a despairing Severus Snape to devote the remainder of his life to helping Dumbledore protect the Potter boy… and drove Wormtail to frame Harry’s godfather Sirius for the “murder of Peter Pettigrew” and a street filled with Muggles. Basically, this is the day that changed the lives of several of the major players.

Halloween 1991. Ten years after his parents’ murder, Harry spends his first Halloween at Hogwarts. At this point in the series, there’s no indication that Harry is aware that his parents’ deaths occurred on October 31. The Halloween Feast, though, is ruined by Quirrell’s famous “Troll in the Dungeons” announcement. Harry and Ron save Hermione from the troll, who has gone into the girl’s bathroom – thus starting the Trio’s friendship.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to keep an eye on Quirrell and head him off at the Philosopher’s Stone, Severus Snape goes into the corridor where Fluffy is guarding something. For his efforts, his Fluffy mangles his leg, awakening Harry’s suspicions of Snape.

Halloween 1992. Harry and the Trio are asked by Nearly Headless Nick, the Gryffindor ghost, to come to his 500th Death Day Party. Harry hears a voice (actually, the Basilisk speaking Parseltongue), and the Trio come face-to-face with the first attack by the “Heir of Slytherin.”

Halloween 1993. Harry is not allowed to go to the first Hogsmeade weekend. Instead, he has tea with Professor Lupin. When Snape brings Lupin his Wolfsbane Potion, Snape becomes suspicious of Lupin having Harry alone with him – fearing that Lupin is trying to hand Harry over to his school friend, the escaped “murderer” Sirius Black.

During the Halloween Feast, Sirius attacks the portrait of the Fat Lady, trying to force his way into Gryffindor Tower. In doing so, Sirius ends up wrongly confirming Snape’s suspicions about Lupin. Sirius’ actual co-conspirator is Hermione’s cat!

Halloween 1994. Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, making him the fourth champion in the Triwizard Tournament.

In later years, Halloween is not so clearly delineated. We don’t know exactly what happens on Halloween during the Umbridge era. All we know is that during the weekend after Halloween, Harry and the Weasley twins get a “lifetime ban” from Quidditch. What happens in 1996 and 1997 is something of a mystery.

Harry finally gets a good look at Halloween 1981 on December 24/25, 1997 – after his ill-fated trip to Godric’s Hollow. Nagini’s bite, and Harry’s subsequent delirium, cause him to “see” the attack on through Voldemort’s eyes.

So… why Halloween?