Ravenclaw Wins the House Cup!   Leave a comment

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I may have given up playing, but I am still proud to announce that our house finally won the House Cup! We had been aiming for this since Pottermore started. Congratulations to Ravenclaw!

Posted March 31, 2014 by kitpotter in Uncategorized

Next Chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban   Leave a comment

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The next eight chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is out. I enjoyed it, even if as I have mentioned in my previous article, I hoped there were more to it.

There are new things, however. It was a nice surprise to hear audio clips in scenes where there was no interaction. I was surprised and pleased about it. I usually listen to the Harry Potter audio books at work and it’s great especially when you don’t have time to sit down and read.

My favorite chapters are here as well. The Marauder’s Map, in particular. I have always wondered what happened to the map after the fake Moody borrowed it from Harry and thanks to JK Rowling’s new content, I found out that Harry got it back when fake Moody’s office was empty. I also found out how they were able to plot the map of Hogwarts being an animagi and with the help of the Invisibility Cloak. I also thought that from the time of James, Sirius, Remus and Peter, the map came into different hands before being confiscated by Filch and finally beinb stolen by the twins. It was in fact confiscated from the four of them and stayed in Filch’s drawer for the next, I dunno, couple of decades probably, before the twins got it. I do wonder, still, how the twins discovered how it works. Maybe a bit more insight? Anyway, I especially loved how they visualized the entrance to the secret passage from the statue of the humpbacked, one-eyed witch. And the witch’s name is Gunhilda of Gorsemoor. She developed a cure for Dragon pox according to the chocolate frog. The visit to the Honeydukes was a treat. How I wish I could grab all those sweets! Makes me want to get myself some chocolates and candies next time I’m out shopping.

I also liked Peeves’s drawing in the Flight of the Fat Lady. He was making laughing sounds and sitting on top of the student’s head. I think he stole that scene from the Fat Lady.

The details on the dementors is amazing. You can see their bony hands and the sounds they are making will give you the creeps. Add the background of thunders and you get a really scary moment there.

I am not content though with the chapter on the Three Broomsticks. I hoped they brought us inside, at least. It was cold outside, to be honest. And that snowball I picked will surely melt in my trunk.

The Patronus charm is also inteoduced of course. There’s a scene in the classroom where Professor Lupin was teaching Harry. I can’t wait till book 5 to finally discover what form my Patronus would look like. Even now, I hope that Pottermore will make sure that we each get to know the shape of our Patronuses.

Harry’s head afloat in front of the shrieking shack was wicked fun as well. You can see Draco and his friends running away from fright. I am also glad that they incorporated what the map said to Professor Snape when he tried to discover its secret. Snape gets to be called for his abnormally large nose, an ugly git, an idiot and a slimeball. Hahaha! That never fails to give me a good laugh everytime I read that part. I can only imagine how Snape hated them. Then fate later on decided that he should save Harry out of his love for Lily. Then he threw some floo powder to summon Lupin and it was a very nice scene.

Last is the Quidditch finals which Gryffindor finally won! It was a very happy moment.

Favorite Scene   Leave a comment

Aside from the Marauder’s Map, this is one of my favorite scenes – at the time that Professor Snape was still considered as the bane in Harry’s life rather than his protector.

Boggart Snape

Neville’s worst fear, Professor Snape, wearing his grandmother’s clothes and hat and clutching a red handbag.

2012 in review   Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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Posted December 31, 2012 by kitpotter in Commentary

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban   Leave a comment

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favorite. I’ve been looking forward to this since Pottermore opened.

Unfortunately, Pottermore did not live up to my expectations.

Let me first cite the good points. In terms of graphics and animations, this book is even better. The visualization of the scenes were great. I love the scene where we banish the boggart. On my first try, it was a mummy and when I returned for a second run, it was a giant spider. I suppose it changes every time. I also liked the scene with the Knight Bus where you have to catch the galleons as it tilts from left to right.. Though, there’s still a room for improvement there.

Now, let’s get to the bad points. First, there were very few moments in each chapter and there’s hardly anything to do. There is almost no interaction except during the part where you banish the boggart (which was cool!). There is also hardly anything to pick up or collect. I only managed to earn a total of 16 house points. Now, I’m not sure if that is the same for everyone. There is a possibility I may have missed on an item or two.

There were five new information to uncover – Aunt Marge, The Knight Bus, Professor Kettleburn, Sir Cadogan and Boggart. These new information were a treat but honestly, there’s not really much to learn about them.

In short, in terms of content, I wasn’t really satisfied. I find myself going back through the chapters hoping I missed something but unfortunately, that was all there was to it.

Things I hoped they could have done:
* Access to Knockturn Alley – actually I was hoping this was opened back in Chamber of Secrets when Harry accidentally ended up there when he travelled to Diagon Alley using Floo Powder
* Opened the Florean Fortesque Ice Cream Parlour – because that’s where Harry did his homework
* An interactive scene when Harry blew up his aunt
* Harry’s room in The Leaky Cauldron during his stay
* More items to collect besides Bertie Bott’s Every Flavoured Bean
* An interactive game with the Monster Book of Monsters
* An interaction with the Hippogriff or with Harry flying Buckbeak
* New spells and potions
* More valuable content or new information – though I suppose this is J.K. Rowling’s call

These are just a few, I suppose. But they would have made a difference.

Still, there are more chapters coming and I’m still keeping my fingers crossed. Maybe somewhere out there is a redeeming chapter. They better not blotch my favorite scenes with the time turner.

Gryffindor Wins the Cup   Leave a comment

I can just imagine Lee Jordan announcing the winners in a Quidditch game or Dumbledore awarding the House Cup at the end of the school year.  Anyway, congratulations!  *turns away and cries for a moment*

Posted November 21, 2012 by kitpotter in The Journey

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My Last Hurray for CoS   Leave a comment

Alas, I had to end my Pottermore session.  And so before the 2nd Pottermore House Cup is awarded, here is my last hurray.   Once more, I just want to preserve the achievements I made so far.

My Total House Points:

My Dueling Points:

 

My Potions and Collections:

 

My Badges:

 

I will try harder next time! Let’s keep our fingers crossed, Ravens! I’m still hoping for a miracle however far-fetched it may seem.