Page editor: Belinda Hobbs
When you first enter the site, it is a view of her rather messy desk
Random household noises can be heard in the background, including passing
traffic and a barking dog. See the Sounds
page for detailed descriptions of what you hear as you navigate around
The watch shows the current
time (from your computer's system).
A butterfly flies in and lands on the keyboard. It is orange
during the day and turns brown (a moth) after dark. Tickle it with the
cursor it flies off. (Before the March 9th update, it was blue.)
Next to the keyboard is a switch that turns the light off. During
the day it seems to turn on a desk lamp (or the computer monitor) that
shines on the cell phone.
(For other day to night changes around the site see the
The keyboard is not clickable, but the
cell phone is! (See Scrapbook
entry here for instructions.) If the screen is left idle after several
minutes the phone will ring. Click on the green "talk" button
to answer it and hear a lady's voice (Jo?) say "Hello. Hello? Is anyone
there?" as the screen counts 1 to 5 seconds, then a click as it hangs up.
(You may need to turn your volume up in order to hear it.)
A spider crawls onto the newspaper. Click on it and it disappears.
(See the Potion recipe #1
entry to learn why.)
There are 5 Portkeys:(See
the separate entries for each Portkey.)
Click on a Portkey
to be transported to another room.
In the bottom right corner of the screen is a "Help?" tab. Clicking
on this tab brings up a explanation of the Portkeys
and the Dark Mark spoiler warning. This tab is always there and does
not change when passing between Portkey
a Binder Clip "Fan Sites" (formerly a gold key)
a Hairbrush "Extra Stuff"
(formerly a tea cup)
a pair of Eyeglasses "Links"
(formerly a ball point pen)
a pink Rubber Eraser "?" (The
Secret Door) (formely a navy hair elastic)
a blue Pencil sharpener "Rubbish Bin" (formerly a gum wrapper
Sept. 16, 2004})
On March 9, 2006 the Help menu changed to say the DarkMark spoiler
warning is for Half-Blood Prince. It applied to Order of the Phoenix
From the launch of the site until December 25, 2005 there was
a notepad containing a Welcome message,
in which she invited us all to call her Jo... and warned us to watch out
Peeves. Read an archive of
this message on the Diary page.
On Dec 14, 2004 the Welcome message was edited to say book seven instead
of book six.
On Christmas 2005 the notepad was replaced with the current Diary
notebook, which she plans to use as a "blog" to share everyday
type updates that do not qualify as real news. Read an archive of
past postings on the Diary page.
Clickable desktop items: (See the separate
pages for each one.)
Clicking on these items will open them in this same screen.
F.A.Q." the puddle of paperclips and
a thumbtack turn into a question mark when your cursor passes over
them, and becomes a link. When you click it, owl post delivers 3 pieces
of mail and 2 brown feathers onto the desk. Now the paperclips form an
X when the cursor touches them, and becomes an Exit link. They will stay
in the question mark or X shape until you pass the cursor over them again,
then they fall back to a puddle.
"News" newspaper called
"Rumours" a tabloid
"Biography" a journal
"Wizard of the Month" calendar
"Diary" a notebook (scroll only)
If the desktop screen is left unattended for about
5 minutes PEEVES shows up!
See the Peeves' antics page for
full descriptions of all his mischief and
the Watch entry for more.
Move your cursor around the image below and click on an item for more information.