Back in July, we reported on a tip regarding a Harry Potter-themed Minecraft server called "Dumbledore’s Army." It was due to open in August of 2013 but was pushed forward to December. At the beginning of 2014, we were granted VIP access by the creators and given a tour of the server.
Having only played Minecraft a few times, we had no idea what to expect. The video that had been posted in July gave us a tiny glimpse into the world created for Dumbledore’s Army, but it truly does not do the actual server justice.
The design of the world is absolutely amazing and very extensive. From Privet Drive to The Burrow and Shell Cottage, to our favorite area of game, the Great Hall, virtually every location from the HP universe is there, and every moment in the game is astounding. When we were escorted to the Great Hall as part of the tour, it literally gave us chills. Not one detail was missed, in our opinion, including the theme music from the movies, which was merely icing on the cake.
Here’s the really great part, as if there weren’t already a lot to look forward to. This isn’t just a regular Minecraft server. In this game, you can go to classes, ride the Gringotts carts to get to your own vault, learn potions and spells, including learning how to Apparate, play Quidditch, and interact with other fans of the Harry Potter world. One section of the game that is not yet open to the public so far is the Ministry of Magic, but you can bet that when it does open, it will knock your socks off. We were lucky enough to get a tour of the MoM, and just like Hogwarts, the level of detail and the amount of work the creators had to put into this just boggles the mind. Take a look at some of the other screenshots from the game below:
The server officially opened to the public on December 22, 2013, and now hosts over 2,000 forum members. It’s clear that in the small amount of time they’ve been up and running they’ve made an impression on the HP universe.
If you want to experience something truly unique, you should sign up to be a part of Dumbledore’s Army. You’re missing out if you don’t! To further entice you, here is the official trailer of the server.
A huge thank you goes to Trent (screen name Felixx61) and his team of professors for giving us such a warm welcome into the DA and an enjoyable tour of the server.
With the BAFTA Games Awards coming up on March 5th, nominations have been announced, and Harry Potter is in the running. The PlayStation 3 game that is. J.K. Rowling's interactive game, Wonderbook: Book of Spells has been nominated in the 'Game Innovation 2013' category. The game is a virtual textbook that assists players with spell practice, and bringing stories to life with an easy turn of a page.
The Game Awards are being held in London next month. This is an exciting nomination for the PlayStation and London Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe team.
Have you played the Book of Spells? What is your favorite aspect of the game? Let us know!
As part of a promotion for the release of the PlayStation 3 game Wonderbook: Book of Spells, out just last week, the Pottermore Insider blog is hosting four mini-games for fans to play. The first game, a short quiz on wizard values, is available to play now, and three other games will be released in the coming weeks: on November 21st you can learn to cast a “Water-Making Spell,” on November 28th you can learn to cast a “Fire-Making Spell,” and on December 5th you can learn to cast a “Revealing Charm.”
Book of Spells is an interactive game that lets you feel as if you are learning spells at Hogwarts.
Do these mini-games on Pottermore make you any more excited to test it out? Let us know in the comments below!
Wonderbook: Book of Spells, featuring new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, is available today in the US and on Friday 16th in the UK, as well as in other territories throughout the week. ‘Book of Spells’ comes to life as you read, allowing you to cast spells with your PlayStation Move Motion Controller, which becomes your own magic wand. In the world of Harry Potter, Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells is 200 years old, and is traditionally kept in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library.
Book of Spells is the first product to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore™, a unique online experience from J.K. Rowling built around the Harry Potter books. Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience.
Discover the magic. Wonderbook takes augmented reality to spectacular new places with an intuitive and easy to use book. Tilting, rotating, or simply turning the pages bring stories to life all around you like never before.
Learn the art of spell-casting. Chapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practise 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way - as well as House Points - just like a student at Hogwarts.
Original content from J.K. Rowling. From the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells reveals new and exciting content by the world’s best-loved author. Offering backstories to the famous spells, valuable lessons and brand new creatures, student wizards can unlock more writing with every chapter test.
To find out more and purchase this new and exciting game, head on over to the Wonderbook: Book of Spells website right here.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Eurocom today announced the North American release of Harry Potter for Kinect. Available exclusively on Kinect™ for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the game allows players to join Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on an extraordinary and magical adventure through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and beyond.
Harry Potter for Kinect gives players the opportunity to play as some of their favorite characters from the Harry Potter series – and, utilizing the face scanning technology available only through Kinect for Xbox 360, the ability to create a wizard or witch character in their likeness, allowing players themselves to become active participants in the game.
Using Kinect controller-free and voice recognition technology, players can cast spells at opponents, repel Dementors, battle Death Eaters, duck to avoid the wild branches of the Whomping Willow, swim alongside Grindylows in the lake, and dodge dangerous Bludgers during a Quidditch match.
Harry Potter for Kinect, which is based on all eight Harry Potter films, gives players the opportunity to relive some of the movies’ most memorable moments, from being Sorted at Hogwarts to confronting He Who Must Not Be Named in a climactic final battle. Additionally, players can take on their opponents in competitive mini-games, or join forces with family and friends in co-op gameplay.
On a related note:
Earlier this summer, videogame publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment partnered with Zooppa to hold a contest inviting all musically-inclined Harry Potter fans to create their own original, fantasy-inspired music track for the Harry Potter for Kinect videogame trailer.
The winner for the contest has been chosen: Sam Dillard of Texas. In addition to his music being featured in the trailer, Sam also won $7,000 in cash prize. Listen for Sam’s music in the trailer, which was released this morning on the game’s release date.
Harry Potter for Kinect is now available for the suggested retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). The game is rated E10+, appropriate for everyone 10 years and older. For more information about Harry Potter for Kinect, visit harrypotterforkinect.com.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title to be published, which uses the innovative new Playstation 3 peripheral and will transform the world around you with the next step in reading and augmented reality gaming. It is also the first product to result from Sony's partnership with Pottermore.
Featuring exclusive new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, Wonderbook: Book of Spells comes to life as you read, allowing you to cast spells with your PlayStation Move Motion Controller which becomes your own magic wand. Go on a fantastic journey to read and learn the secrets of wizardry and the art of spell-casting, just like a student at Hogwarts, when it is released in November 2012 in Europe and December 2012 in North America. Wonderbook: Book of Spells will also be coming to other countries and regions following this window.
Andrew House, President and Group CEO of SCE said, “We believe that Wonderbook: Book of Spells represents the next revolution in story-telling and are excited that PlayStation technologies are able to bring even more of the world of Harry Potter to life in exciting new ways.”
Book of Spells is presented as being written by Miranda Goshawk over two hundred years ago, and can be found in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. It is an advanced textbook for students, which will assist them on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard.
Released in November 2012, Wonderbook: Book of Spells provides students with a safe environment in which to read, discover, learn and practise spells they already know and love, such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, as well as discover mischievous notes and spells scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students. In addition to humorous anecdotal facts relating to the spells, J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum that leads you through the experience, providing insight into what makes a successful witch or wizard, and inviting fans to journey through the book and unlock new tales at the end of each chapter rewarding students for their successful spell-casting.
As for the all-new Playstation 3 chasis: it has a brand new look with a sleek, and VERY glossy facelift that will now make the perfect entertainment hub for your family room. It also has functions included for catch up TV and BBC Sports App, as it holds the exclusive rights to streaming hours of sports from Wimbledon to Formula One, as well as allowing the streaming from LoveFilm and Netflix. This will make the perfect family Christmas Package this year with the combined Paystation 3 hub and the Wonderbook: Book of Spells.
Will you be adding the Wonderbook: Book of Spells to your gaming collection? Let us know in the comments below.