This morning, Pottermore quietly went down and came back up with some changes. The biggest of these being that they added five more bits of unlockable “New from J.K. Rowling” information to the first book. More subtle was the return of friend locations on the Pottermore Gateway and the reversal of the tab order on the Common Room and Great Hall comment boards. I am particularly glad for the latter, as it had slowly became tiresome having to click on “Comments” EVERY time I refreshed in the Common Room.
Pottermore gave a vague statement on Twitter about the update, and did not bother to post anything on the Insider, instead the link in the tweet simply takes you to the Pottermore home page.
You can now visit the library on Pottermore and read excerpts from selected books bit.ly/L5kOet—
Pottermore (@pottermore) May 16, 2012
The first question that leapt to my mind was “Which library?” The answer as it turned out was all three. New clickable books can be found in all three moments in the first book that took place in the library. Below you will find a table describing each books location and links to the library it is in.
It actually took me a while to find all five. I don’t even want to admit to you how long I spent scanning shelves in the Harry Becomes an Outcast moment. Finally I relented and asked in the common room about the last missing book. (Thanks Midnight Nettle!)
Locations below the cut…
|One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi||Zoom twice. It is standing upright on the table by the far window|
|A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration||Zoom once and scan the shelves midway on the left in focus shelves. This one has a very small window where it is activated and it is close to right edge of the shelf, near the twisted wood frame.|
|The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection||Zoom twice and scan shelves to the top left of the back wall. Almost to the ceiling|
|Curses and Counter-Curses||Zoom twice and scan the tall skinny book shelves to the left of the window. It’s fairly high up.|
|The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1)||Behind and to the right of Ron’s chair.|
(If you are still completely lost at finding these books check out this entry on the Life of Cowie for visual help!)
It’s not a LOT of new information, but it was a request from a lot of users to be able to read some of the books and I think they were using what little writing Rowling had given them on the subject to give us something to hunt for again.
It worked, kept me occupied for a couple of hours searching book shelves like Hermione.
What do you all think of the changes? Or are we all just waiting for Chamber of Secrets to open?
Got a lot of Ask Elm questions in the queue, so tomorrow evening I will be posting Ask Elm (Vol 7). If you have a question check out Ask Elm in the top menu of this blog.
Keep Calm and Potter on.