Pottermore, PoA Chapter 15 (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 10: THE QUIDDITCH FINAL

Scene 1 (“Gryffindor Wins the Cup”)

  • Zoom 1:
    • Nice artwork with Harry lifting the Quidditch Cup, banners waving, and streamers coming down.
    • COLLECT binoculars from the Gryffindor female in back of the waving Gryffindor arm.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT 5 Galleons – from the stands to the right.
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Leopoldina Smethwyck (the first British witch to referee Quidditch) – from further down the field past the waving banner to the left.

Okay… so where is the Wolfsbane Dust Chocolate Frog Card that I’m hearing about?

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 10 (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 10: THE ROGUE BLUDGER

Scene 1 (“Moste Potent Potions”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – COLLECT Moste Potent Potions. (I hope this means we get to learn how to do Polyjuice Potion!).
  • Zoom-OUT 2:
    • Make the desk drawer open
    • COLLECT a Bertie Bott’s Curry-Flavoured Bean
    • COLLECT the Beatrix Bloxom Chocolate Frog Card (author of The Toadstool Tales, which were banned because they caused nausea and vomiting – presumably because they were so… well… read it yourself) :)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT a Bertie Bott’s Cocoanut-Flavoured Bean. (Thanks, Let’s Call Me Lily!)

Scene 2 (“Harry’s Broken Arm”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – Sets the scene.
  • Zoom 2 (and additional zooms) – Move Harry closer by zooming or double-clicking repeatedly
  • COLLECT “Draco Malfoy” (JKR Exclusive Content). I’m not sure at what Zoom level you find this one because I collected originally collected it on Slytherin’s prize day and so it was already open for me.

Scene 3 (“Colin is Petrified”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – Nice eerie night-time scene in the Hospital Wing.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Poppy heads
    • COLLECT the Merwyn the Malicious Chocolate Frog Card
    • COLLECT a Sponge
    • Move cursor around to make the film in Colin Creevey’s camera – in Dumbledore’s hands – sizzle. (Thanks hc and Jerri for reminding me that the thing Dumbledore is holding is Colin’s camera!)

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 7 (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 7: MUDBLOODS AND MURMERS

Scene 1 (“Quidditch Practice”) – only 1 zoom
Watch Ron spit up slugs. YUCK!!! Some slugs move.

  • UNLOCK “Pure-Blood” (Exclusive JKR content)
  • CLICK for a closer look at Professor Snape’s letter (and handwriting!) giving Slytherin permission to use the pitch to train the new seeker.
  • COLLECT Knotgrass.
  • As Marina pointed out in the Comments, you can also COLLECT a Horned Slug. I think you need to wait a minute, though, before it shows up as collectible (at least that’s how it worked for me). :)
  • As Let’s Call Me Lily pointed out in the Comments, you can also COLLECT a Chocolate Frog Card next to the Slytherin boy’s foot. (I actually found this while showing my husband the scene, but thanks again Let’s Call Me Lily!). The Card is for Bowman Wright, metal charmer and inventor of the Golden Snitch.

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

  • Zoom 1:
    • COLLECT a Signed Photo of Gilderoy Lockhart!!!!! (and hear him laugh)
    • COLLECT a bottle of Lilac ink
    • COLLECT a Peacock Quill
    • Make applause sound, hear Lockhart laugh, make one of the paintings move
    • Double-click to make day turn to night, to make it turn later (and see the envelopes pile higher)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT a Chocolate Frog Card next to Lockhart’s foot. (Thanks, christy!). The card is for Bridget Wenlock, the great Hufflepuff Arithmancer who discovered the magical properties of the Number 7.

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.

Expecto Patronum! Stands against the Pottermore Cheaters

Yesterday, ElmBlade43 posted about Pottermore and Cheating on her Blog of a Pottermore Beta. Expecto Patronum! stands in solidarity with Elm in the campaign against cheating on Pottermore.

In addition to the blatant example that Elm cites, I have seen numerous attempts to use the Great Hall as a place to coordinate efforts to help or hurt another House. During the run-up to the Inaugural House Cup, I witnessed some “Ravenclaws” and “Hufflepuffs” announce in the Great Hall that they were giving easy duels to Gryffindor to help in the battle against Slytherin. As a dueler, I have personally seen some “Ravenclaws” and “Gryffindors” whose accounts were obviously set up with the intent to help Slytherin. And I have heard from Gryffindor duelers that they have seen “Slytherins” obviously helping Gryffindor. All this in addition to the “Slytherin” accounts set up with intent to blow up cauldrons and lose the House points.

Because the cheating is so widespread, I personally think that it all evens out in the end – without giving any single House an advantage. However, I do believe it diminishes the experience. When the top Hufflepuff – HUFFLEPUFF!!! – is bragging in his own House Common Room (and on Twitter) that he is using scripts not only to duel all day but to toss 1000 gnomes out of the Weasley garden in a single De-Gnoming, something is broken in the Pottermore experience. But when the Slytherin Common Room becomes Ground Zero in the battle against cheating, then something kind of wonderful is happening.

Pottermore needs to tighten security, identify scripts, keep a closer watch on the Great Hall, and ban the cheaters. Ironic, I think, that it’s Slytherin leading the campaign. But let’s stand together in this, regardless of House.

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:

SPOILERS EXPECTO PATRONUM STYLE!!!

Enjoy!

Slytherin Wins House Cup… and a Special Prize

Yes, Slytherin won the Inaugural House Cup. And yes, I know I’ve been away for a wee bit. But that changes… and soon!

The prize Slytherin won with the House Cup is a 24-hour head start on the first few chapters of Chamber of Secrets. So on the day Slytherin gains access, I will give you updates on what you can look forward to seeing in those first few chapters of CoS.

And the next day – i.e., the day when everybody can gain access – I will re-start the HP series re-read, with Chamber of Secrets plus the new information from Pottermore.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to recommend my friend ElmBlade’s excellent Blog of a Pottermore Beta for a more focused discussion of how to do stuff (and find stuff) on Pottermore. When CoS opens, I will also be providing info on how to do the new stuff, but I will be learning in real time, just as you will. Elm will most likely provide the expert’s eye view shortly afterward. ;)

Anyway, it’s great to be back.

So… what are you hoping to see in CoS?

I’m hoping that we will get new background information on Lucius Malfoy, Gilderoy Lockhart, and the Four Founders (including the row between Godric and Salazar). Background info on Molly and Arthur Weasley would also be good, but we might not get that until GoF or OotP, when Dumbledore reinstitutes the Order of the Phoenix.

I’m also hoping that we will learn how to cast Expelliarmus and Serpensortia, that we will learn how to brew Polyjuice Potion, and that we will learn enough Parseltongue to open the Chamber of Secrets.

How about you?

Troll… from the Dungeon!

Oooops! I guess I really meant THIS kind of troll…

Yes, it has happened. Death-Eater-wannabe roleplay has invaded Pottermore. And it started in the Dungeon.

At first, it was a minor and occasional annoyance. But when Slytherin effectively banished all the “mudblood” talk from the Common Room, it migrated to the Great Hall. And it wasn’t even clever. I mean, “Die, Mudblood scum hahahaha”?

It was a troll. From the Dungeon. No self-respecting Slytherin would show up in the Great Hall with ZERO House points and launch into such literacy-challenged tirades. Even Malfoy would first have earned some emeralds!

Consequently, a large number of non-trollish Slytherins led the charge to vanquish the troll and clean up the Great Hall… showing, I suppose, that Slytherin solidarity sometimes takes second place to the Greater (Slytherin) Good. After all, we need the good will of the other Houses in order to win the House Cup! (And, of course, most of us just don’t hold with the anti-Muggleborn nonsense!). Which brings me to my main point…

As a result of this incident, a Ravenclaw friend told me of some Death Eater roleplay coming out of the myHogwarts Beta. But those DE wannabes have actually put a little bit of thought into their position. For them, the Wizarding Community remains in essentially the same position as that of the Jews in Nazi Germany. Here is a bit of their argument:

Could one not argue that Witches and Wizards, as a race, were treated the same as the jews, and were, and still are well within their rights to battle muggles and supporters of muggles until the days when witches and wizards are free to walk across this planet as themselves?

To which I reply:

It’s true that the DE hatred of of Muggles and Muggleborns originated in the centuries-long genocidal campaign of Muggles to wipe out all Wizards. But that is still no justification for the MEANS the DEs used to redress the wrong. If we use the analogy of Jews in Hitler’s Germany, Voldemort merely reversed the roles… and attempted to turn the Muggles and Muggleborns into the Jews.

Salazar Slytherin’s suspicions of Muggleborns resulted from fear. He thought they were potential spies who would place loyalty to their Muggle families ahead of loyalty to the Wizarding community. Given that the Muggles were at that time engaged in genocide, his fear was not entirely unfounded.

The problem (quite apart from Salazar’s Basilisk!) is that even after centuries of proof that Muggleborns were loyal to the Wizarding community, some Purebloods maintained their fear and suspicion of Muggleborns.

Regarding the Muggles themselves, it seems to me that the Wizarding community was faced with two options: non-confrontation and invisibility OR deciding to organize an effort to wipe the Muggles out. IMO, the Statute of Secrecy was as much about the virtue of the Wizarding community (i.e., deciding not to counter one genocide with another genocide) as it was about self-protection. In other words, it was as much about protecing the Muggles as it was about protecting the Wizards. IMO it is one of the most extraordinary feats of moral heroism imaginable.

However, after centuries of persecution it is hardly surprising that not all Wizards were on board for it. Hence, Dumbledore’s flirtation with Wizarding dominance. Hence, the appeal of Voldemort to many Pureblood families. One of the key attractions of the Wizarding dominance ideology was that Wizards would no longer have to hide. Also, my assumption is that the Purebloods are the ones whose ancestors suffered most under the Muggles… and were the least inclined to forgive.

So the DE wannabe argument itself is not entirely out of left field. However, there is never any justification for genocide, even in its incipient rather than fully realized form. And there is never any justification for the use of dark magic. So Voldemort’s entire project was fundamentally flawed at its base.

CCS

Thoughts?