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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.

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Polyjuice Potion   11 comments

Polyjuice Potion

The recent changes in Pottermore made brewing so much harder.  Not so much in the sense of following the step by step process, rather in heating the potions.  The new Swelling Solution and the Polyjuice Potion – Part 1 requires you to heat the potion in low heat for a 20-30 seconds.  And trust me, it is the longest 20-30 seconds of your life. I literally had to stop breathing.  Add to that when times are glitchy for Pottermore and even if you press on off or low fire, it doesn’t work and before you realize it, your cauldron has burnt or you have failed to brew the potion.  Unfortunately, you will have to brew the Swelling Solution to access Professor Snape’s private storage.  Unless you do so, you cannot acquire the necessary ingredients to brew the Polyjuice Potion – Part 1.  And you can’t proceed to Part 2 either without successfully completing Part 1.

By some sheer luck, I was able to brew the Swelling Solution last month after a series of failure. Once. I haven’t been successful brewing another. Then I started trying the Polyjuice Potion – Part 1and have been unsuccessful until today.  You can imagine my joy when I finally got it right.  Like I said, I stopped breathing for 30 seconds while I was heating it for 30 seconds. When I tried again, I failed once more.

So, I said, “What the heck?” I went to try my luck on Polyjuice Potion – Part 2.  Thankfully, this one had to be heated on high temperature.  Though unlike the previous way of brewing, it can be pretty nerve-wracking because the change in temperature is so fast.  I still had to hold my breath and focus with all my might because one wrong move and I’m a goner.  I would have to recollect all the ingredients one by once from each chapter which takes time.

The hardest part is waiting for 18 hours.  Oh, yes.  Polyjuice Potion takes 18 hours in a copper cauldron to brew.  It might be more on a pewter or bronze cauldrons.  So my brewing started at 7:27 AM and when I counted 18 hours, it’s 1:27 AM.  Imagine, I had to wake up in the middle of the night to check my potion.

And so finally, after much frustration, I was able to brew both parts of the Polyjuice Potion.  I might try my luck again, but in the meantime, I’ll savour my success.  I do hope it is not a requirement in the future chapters to brew another set in order to proceed.  Because if they add more pressure into an already complicated brewing process — no, heating process, then I doubt that many students will persevere.  Especially for those who have been having a hard time even before.

My only question here is why make it so complicated.  I’m sure that there are students that are really young who will not have enough skills to do this.  18 hours is a long time, for one thing.

I do hope Pottermore would see through this dilemma.  I’m glad they made some changes to improve the site.  But some changes – especially with heating on low temperatures and the meter is running so fast, I doubt I’d be patient enough.  I might try to brew at least one of each potion like I did today.  But honestly, ever since I’ve been continually failing, I haven’t brewed the old potions not once.  It’s just causing me too much stress.

Waiting for the House Cup Winner   1 comment

The day has come, July 5th, although, the announcement has yet to be made.  I am unsure what time zone the winner would be announced but a thick air of tension has been hanging in the air.

One of the concerns almost everyone is concerned about is if Pottermore would pull a Dumbledore.  For those who did not read the books or watched the films, that means the win would be defaulted to Gryffindor.  Second concern is the house points.  Will the points reset or are the points going to be carried over?  Though, in my opinion, it seems more logical for the points to be reset to have an equal footing with everyone at the start of Chamber of Secrets.   However, at the same time, it would feel like losing something important since those points were hard earned by each and every one.

Since these questions can only be answered once the House Cup is awarded, I decided that just in case the points are reset, I would like to keep a memory of my them and my achievements.  A small contribution they may be, but it was a memorable one.  All those sleepless days earning points at the height of the beta testing period, getting frustrated when Pottermore goes into maintenance and you have a potion brewing, dueling for the first time… all these were a memory associated with my house points.

So here are my final scores and the potions I brewed:

My House Points

My final duel challenge before the House Cup. I was lucky because I rarely get a score this high. Thank goodness it was my last and I get to record it.

All the potions I brewed. Some of which I have gifted.

 

Now, I think I am ready for the awarding of the House Cup.  I have preserved them in my memory so I think I can move on.

Pottermore, anytime now is good.  🙂

 

Ravenclaws for the Cup   2 comments

For the past several weeks, Ravenclaws and Slytherins have been constantly vying for the number one position in the bid for the House Cup.  Last week, I’ve spent several hours to boost my 145 house points to 260.  But it was a long weekend.  Unfortunately, I had to work on weekdays and I can only brew 3-4 potions in a day.  Yesterday, I was only able to brew 2 potions as my eyes are literally closing in on me.  I’ve been so sleepy at work and would not be surprised if I get reprimanded one of these days for a sloppy work done.

Yesterday, we were still leading by 40 points at least.  Now, however, we’re 5 points behind as of this writing.  It has been a never-ending struggle.  It makes it a lot more fun and challenging, though sometimes, I really wish we can get a good lead where we can’t be outrun just to get some rest.

Anyway, the weekend is here and I will definitely be helping out my house.  I’m gonna be brewing non-stop.  Or at least, until I can no longer move a muscle.  I currently have 290 house points and a potion is currently brewing at 87%.  My target is to reach 400 house points before this weekend comes to end.  I really want to reach at least Top 100.  Not necessarily the Top 20.  But somewhere in Top 100 would make me content.  So right now, I’m at the 700th position.  Still a long way to go. Oooh! I can hear the bell ringing!  My potion should be done!

Posted September 10, 2011 by kitpotter in The Journey

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Brewed Potions   2 comments

I was finally able to brew at least one of the six potions available.  Whew!  The Forgetfulness Potion and the Sleeping Draught were definitely the hardest.  Right now, I’m just brewing the ones with the shortest brewing time since Slytherin caught up with us and we need to regain our lead.  I’ll try the harder ones again once we’re back on top. Thank heavens it’s a long weekend from work so I can brew, brew and brew.  =)

Posted September 4, 2011 by kitpotter in The Journey

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Potions   Leave a comment

‘You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making,’ he began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but they caught every word — like Professor McGonagall, Snape had the gift of keeping a class silent without effort. ‘As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even put a stopper on death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.’

 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hermione brewing a Polyjuice Potion in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I would have liked to experience all the subjects taught in Hogwarts but I have to admit that Potions is the subject I was looking forward to the most.  And I am glad that we have Potions.

I loved how Professor Snape described potion-making.  He has a certain way with stringing words together and make it sound so captivating. I don’t think one could be a full-fledged witch or wizard without having to concoct one.

It definitely isn’t easy but that makes it more challenging and appealing.

Inside Pottermore   Leave a comment

At the moment, the site has been down for about an hour or so.  Now that it is back, I can’t seem to brew any potion.  It’s not a big deal as I understand that it is still on beta stage.  What irritates me though is that I can’t contribute to the house points and after moving from 2000th place, I’m almost about to reach 1000th, I will slip down the ladder again.

In the meantime, while I am unable to brew potions, I’ll just write about my thoughts on Pottermore.

Firstly, I need to get this out of my system – it’s just great! It isn’t perfect but I love it.  And I maybe speaking on a biased point of view because I doubt there would be anything about Harry Potter and his world that I would never like. So there, I got it out. This was definitely worth the wait.  I felt I reached rock bottom when my Welcome Email did not arrive last Thursday.  Getting it on a Friday night was even better.  I’ve got all weekend to enjoy the site – though now, it’s not working quite right. But that’s beside the point.  When it was working well, I am simply enchanted.

The graphics is just amazing.  The detail that was put into each and every moment in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is just top notch. It’s exactly the way I imagined Diagon Alley and Hogwarts, as well as Harry’s cupboard under the stairs. There is something in that cupboard though that I know I have yet to discover.

The additional information that JK Rowling did not include in the books are such a welcome treat.  It’s like we already have a cake in the form of the seven novels, and now we get to have an ice cream to top it off.  I think I had tears threatening to fall when I read Professor McGonagall’s background story. The wandlore is definitely one of my favorite new information that JK Rowling provided.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to be satisfied just yet.  There’s still a lot I want to know. I hoped there will be more information about the students, the professors and of course, our Houses.

So let’s get to the items I wished they could improve on.

First on my list is the background music and sound effect.  It will add more feeling and depth to the story.  It may be distracting for some, but it can have an on/off option if they prefer not to have it.

Potions is great.  It is a bit hard at the beginning but after a few practice rounds, I finally got the hang of it.  However, we’ll have to purchase the ingredients and when we burn the cauldrons, we need to buy new ones.  Now, that is a bit tricky.  It is not easy to brew the potions, especially the complicated ones.  One would probably burn more than a cauldron or two.  And we only get 500 galleons.  We can get additional galleons as we proceed with each chapter but once we got them all, we no longer have a way to earn them anymore.  On the Help site, it says, once we used up all the galleons, the next allowance will be provided on the next term – when Chamber of Secrets is out.  I don’t know if Harry, Ron and Hermione bought their ingredients before.  I knew they bought the cauldrons and the supplies they will need but I always thought that the ingredients all came from the student cupboard.  And if we use up the galleons way before Chamber of Secrets, there is nothing else left to do except Wizard Duel – which by the way, has never worked properly.  So I think they should either lower the prices or give us more galleons.  The timer for making the potions is also quite fast.  I wish they could allow more timeframe for that.  I can understand that brewing can take at least an hour but 1 or 2 minutes to concoct the potion before it brews is just frustrating. It’s like there’s a tick tock ringing in my ears every time.

Wizard Duel – I have never been able to duel at all.  It has, since my entrance, been under system maintenance.  So I guess, I can hardly comment on this except that hopefully it will work so that we can finally see how it goes.  I’ve tried the practice rounds and so far, I’ve no problems with that.  Maybe this is a bit more complicated as this involves two players.

Unfortunately, we can only do Potions and Wizard Duel.  I was really looking forward to Transfiguration and Charms.  Now that I think of it, it would also be cool if they have Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.  The PC-DVD, PS2 Games and even mobile games has these subjects.  So I am quite confident that they can include more interactive games based on the subjects and some tasks that we can do to earn more house points.  And I was so looking forward to Quidditch.  I hate to admit that I am quite disappointed that the most significant detail that defined Harry’s world is excluded.  Oh sure! We had a chance to catch a snitch.  But it’s just the snitch moving and it’s not really hard to catch.  The Wizard Chess would also be a wonderful addition and Gobstones too.

Now that we have also been sorted into different houses, I was also looking forward to getting more information about the House we are in.  A lot has been complaining that they do not want the house they were sorted into.  I think mostly, we have all formed such close affinity to Gryffindor because Harry himself was in that house.  Others, who are confident of their traits, see themselves in a certain house but ended in a completely different house are also dissatisfied. I also wanted to be in Gryffindor but after reading the information on Ravenclaw, I knew that the Sorting Hat put me in the correct house.  However, I still find it lacking.  I want more.  Maybe we can also explore our own common rooms and dormitories.  It will surely encourage those who did not want the house they were placed. We’d also like to explore the whole castle, the lake, Hagrid’s Hut and the Forbidden Forest.

Another thing on my list is communication.  We can only leave comments on the dashboard but we cannot send messages to friends.  I know this is mostly for protection of those who are underage but hopefully they can just add age restriction and allow those who are of age to communicate.

I guess that covers my list for now of the things I hope Pottermore could address.  Whether these can be achieved is completely in their hands.  I just hope the next book would come quickly.  This waiting game is surely exhausting and completely gets on everybody’s nerves.