Pottermore Releases PoA, Chapters 8-15

This morning, Pottermore released Chapters 8-15 of The Prisoner of Azkaban. My guess is that these long-awaited chapters were pushed back to give Sony an opportunity to promote its PS3 version of Pottermore.

Whatever the case, I teach a 3-hour class tonight, so I will take the new chapters in chunks. I’m going to get a little bit of work done this morning. Then I’ll explore (and post) on as many chapters as I can before I have to get back to my work. I’ll try to finish up the exploration after I return from class tonight.

As always, I welcome you to use the comments threads to let all of us know about anything we missed. You will be credited in the main post once I find what you mentioned.

Looks like we’ll be having some fun today!

Pottermore Releases Prisoner of Azkaban… and my semester is over!

I am so sorry to have been silent for so long. I have 23 comments in the moderation queue… and I will get to them as quickly as I can.

Just so you know… I have been engaging in a non-stop grading marathon for the past couple of months. I had about 50 students in my face-to-face classes and another 30 or so in my online classes. And I teach writing and literature. There’s just no way to relegate the grading to a scantron. :( I actually have to read the papers… and give them some thought… and comment on them. Today is literally my first free day.

Anyway, that is the long-way round of saying that I’m back – at least during the semester break and the early part of the new term, before it goes mega-crazy once again. And maybe it won’t go mega-crazy next term. I have fewer hours to spend on campus. But of course, I will be teaching an 8-week class (so that part of the term will be nuts), and I’ll be taking an online class as well. So we’ll see.

I’ll be back in a little while to share what I find in the Prisoner of Azkaban chapters. And I’ll release a bunch of comments from moderation limbo. :)

Well, it’s good to be back. And it’s good to be starting in on the book where we learn how to say… Expecto Patronum!



Pottermore Releases Chapters 12-18

Pottermore has released the final chapters of CoS.

I have a couple of classes to teach today, but I should be back here by late afternoon to start exploring. I’ll use the same format that I did for the last batch of chapters – write a post for each chapter, and update the posts when commenters let me know of things I didn’t find.

All commenters who help out will receive credit in the updated post.

Should be fun! See you this afternoon!

Thank you, Commenters!

I just wanted to thank all the commenters who have pointed out various items I’ve missed in Chapters 5-11. It took me awhile to approve all the comments, but they should be visible now.

I’ll be going back into Pottermore in a little while, finding all the stuff I missed, and adding items and locations to the posts!


Pottermore, CoS Chapter 5 (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 (“Flying to Hogwarts”) – only 1 zoom, but lots of double-clicks

  • Before first double-click – Click on King’s Cross to read special JKR-exclusive content on King’s Cross Station.
  • Double-click to get the car to move forward.
    • On first double-click (car in clouds), can COLLECT a Squashed dragonfly from the hood.
    • On second double-click (car in countryside above the traintracks), can COLLECT root of Aconite from the countryside
    • On third double-click (car back into the clouds), nothing to collect
    • On fourth double-click (car in hilly country above lakes and train), nothing to collect
    • On fifth double-click (car moves out of frame), can COLLECT Valerian Sprigs; can COLLECT Sprig of Lavendar

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

  • Zoom 1 – Double-click repeatedly to get the Whomping Willow to hit the windshield of the car, eventually the car starts and moves backward to…
  • Zoom-OUT 2:
    • COLLECT Joscelind Wadcock Card on dashboard
    • COLLECT a Toffee from the dashboard
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Fluxweed outside the Ford Anglia, to the right. (Thank you, Let’s Call Me Lily!)

Scene 3 (Snape’s office)
OMG! He’s got sandwiches on his desk!!! And The Daily Prophet!
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – you can make some of the “repulsive things” in jars swim and make noises.
  • Zoom 2 – COLLECT Eel’s Eyes (next to unicorn horn). Be sure to read the description!**
  • Zoom 2 – COLLECT Spine of Lionfish.
  • Zoom 2 after you have successfully brewed Swelling Solution:
    • COLLECT Bicorn Horn from Snape’s private stores
    • COLLECT Boomslang Skin from Snape’s private stores

**Eel’s Eyes: Medieval presciption for curing spattergroit: stand naked at the full moon in a barrel of Eel’s Eyes with a liver of toad bound tightly to the throat!

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.


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!

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. :)