The Trip to the Zoo is the second moment in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2, The Vanishing Glass.


The snake suddenly opened its beady eyes. Slowly, very slowly, it raised its head until its eyes were on a level with Harry's…


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This moment has 3 zoom levels.

Zoom 1

  • The lights in the exhibit flicker when you put your mouse on it

Zoom 2

  • In the exhibit on the right side, a newt moves up along the tree when moving your mouse over it

Zoom 3

  • Hovering over the snake causes it to move up and the glass to vanish
  • The sign to the right of the snake can be clicked on for a closer look

Closer look

Boa Constrictor


This specimen was bred in the zoo.

Boa constrictors can grow up to four metres long. They eat anything they set their sights on including birds, pigs and monkeys. They do this by grabbing their prey, wrapping their bodies around their victims until they suffocate, and finally swallowing them whole.

Don't worry, we keep the boa constrictors in our zoo well fed!


The flickering light makes a ticking sound and echoing footsteps can be heard. There is also the continuous sound of running water.

See also

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The Boy Who Lived
Number Four, Privet Drive
Something Peculiar is Happening
Harry is Delivered
The Vanishing Glass
The Cupboard Under the Stairs
The Trip to the Zoo
The Letters from No One
Harry Receives a Mysterious Letter
The Hut on the Rock
The Keeper of the Keys
Hagrid Arrives
Harry Receives His Letter at Last
Diagon Alley
Arriving at Diagon Alley
Harry and Hagrid Visit Gringotts

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