Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ultimate Edition DVDs


Review by Andrew Sims Admittedly, I was weary of these Ultimate Edition DVDs when they were announced by Warner Brothers. Would they truly be “ultimate” edition DVDs? As I said on MuggleCast, “ultimate” means nothing can be better – so they aren’t allowed to release new editions after these! I received copies of the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets editions today. We’ve seen the covers and insides of the boxes, but opening them up for myself got me really excited. Made of sturdy material, the boxes and the contents within are definitely great collectors items for any Potter fan. Each Ultimate Edition comes with two oversized “Character Cards” and a full-color book with various pictures, artwork, concept sketches, and more. The most important part of each edition – the film itself – was encased in a 4-sided box holding the film, an extended version of the film, a bonus features disc, a documentary disc, and a disc with a digital copy for your iPod, iPhone, Zune, etc. What makes each Ultimate Edition truly special is the included 8-part documentary titled “Creating the World of Harry Potter”. One part of the documentary will be placed onto each Ultimate Edition. Sorcerer’s ... Read More »

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Video Game

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Use the links below to read different reviews: Nintendojo (Final Rating: 7.9/10) Read More »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for Game Boy Advance


Review by Gerald Villoria The recently released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone games are based on the blockbuster movie, which in turn is based on J.K. Rowling’s novel starring a young wizard. As the introduction cuts through its series of still images and background text, you will learn that Harry Potter is a child left orphaned in the care of cruel Muggle (non-magical human) parents. Upon receiving an admissions letter, Harry leaves home with a friendly giant and makes his way to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While undergoing magical instruction, Harry will be challenged to compete in the Wizards’ sport of Quidditch, and foil the plot of the evil wizard Voldemort. The enjoyable plot has been translated into an adventure game for the Game Boy Advance, where as Harry you will cross deadly chasms, collect pumpkin pasties and chocolate frogs, and knock many a pesky gnome unconscious. Harry Potter for the GBA is definitely a good-looking game, featuring very well-animated sprites and environments that show off some truly impressive textures. As Harry explores the corridors of Hogwarts, you can notice his cape flapping nicely and marvel at the complex animation of his spellcasting gestures. Enemies, collectible items, ... Read More »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone PC Game

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Review by Zhao Longsun Out of all the Harry Potter games that have been released, the PC version definitely has the edge graphically, if you were looking for the classic 3D platformer this is the game for you. After watching the opening to game, which is quite effectively done with a graphical and textual story about Harry’s early days you are thrown right into the main entrance hall to Hogwarts and a chat with Dumbledore. Hogwarts looks great, not so much maybe as in realism, but in detail and small touches like the paintings hanging on the walls and the suits of armor moving. The characters are quite well voiced and look pretty much as you’d expect them, the fact that the lips don’t move is a bit of a let-down, but to be honest you can’t expect miracles. The gameplay is moderately good, you spend most of your time mastering new spells and then putting them into use in various tasks. When learning the spells you’ll be given a template and you draw over it by clicking and holding the left mouse button, then after you’ve done it to the best of your ability you are put into a ... Read More »

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” PC game

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Harry Potter's a huge phenomenon. If you've never heard of The Boy Who Lived then you probably are in a cupboard under the stairs with your broomstick shoved in your ears. The stories of the young magician have spawned countless tie-ins and licensing deals, and this game (and the recently released movie) are just the latest in a long line of cross-merchandized products. But does that make it a good game? Read More »

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7”

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The crew over at TT Games brings a touch to the Harry Potter series that previously hadn't been seen on gaming consoles. While Electronic Arts has created a corporate carbon copy of the movie adaptations, it is evident that you have true Potter fans behind the scenes of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Read More »

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection (UK)

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My first thoughts on receiving the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection were that this box set is just as magical as the name would suggest. Complete with 36 DVDs, this set is any Harry Potter fan's dream, packed full of extras, artworks, and memorabilia. Read More »

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection (US)

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Complete with 31 discs and over 37 hours of special features, the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection provides fans the most complete and in-depth look at the series to date. The 19-lb. box set is the largest ever released by Warner Bros., and it is clear that the same kind of creativity, time, and energy that went into creating the films are also represented in this collection. Read More »

The D-Box experience: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”


I survived the Battle of Hogwarts. I was attacked, thrashed, doused, and nearly burned to death by Fiendfyre, but I survived. And I did it all while never leaving the comfort of my cinema chair. Read More »

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack (Disc 2)

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Upon opening the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 combo pack, a choice had to be made. Which disc would be played first? There is the first disc, sure to include Warner Bros.'s second iteration of "Maximum Movie Mode" in a Potter film, and the second disc, simply labeled "Bonus Features." I chose the second disc. Read More »

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack (Disc 1)

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After completing a review for Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack, which is the bonus features disc, I knew that there was one feature for sure to be on the first disc: "Maximum Movie Mode." I was surprised, upon searching the menus, however, to see that there were some more features on the first disc as well. Read More »

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” video game

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This is my personal review of the latest game, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from EA Games, and it doesn't necessarily mean you'll have the same opinion or that everyone else that works for the site will either. That being said, I would advise anyone interested in purchasing the game to change their mind and save their money. Read More »

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Toronto

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After watching an enthralling, climatic montage of movie clips from the first six Harry Potter films on a row of eight large screens, the group of us knew that experiencing the Harry Potter exhibition first-hand would quickly become one of the most unforgettable events we would ever participate in. Read More »

“Chester and the Unbearable Burden – Parts 1 & 2”

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The play (Chester and the Unbearable Burden - Parts 1 & 2 at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago, Illinois) opens on that fateful night, when the fate of a few were forever twined. Quickly it becomes clear that there are elements of both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in the story of Chester. It's a blend, I must say, that is done tastefully. Read More »

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Singapore

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Boasting artifacts directly from the sets of all eight films, the exhibition's first Asian stop has something extra in store for fans here — all the Horcruxes have been collected and are on display, with the exception of Harry, of course, as Robin Stapley (Creative Director of Harry Potter: The Exhibition) would have you know. Read More »

The Tasty, Pasty World of Harry Potter

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This is the second of three reports to be published stemming from a recent visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL where several Harry Potter fansites were invited to partake in some behind-the-scenes special events. Although that report answered long-standing questions about the most anticipated ride in the park, I feel that this report details what will be the Wizarding World's knockout punch to fans and non-fans everywhere: the food. Read More »

Review: “CBGB”, starring Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint

You can still watch CBGB on DIRECTV until October 2. If you have DIRECTV you can watch it for a nominal fee. Even if you don't, the movie hits theaters on October 11. Read More »

Review: The Joe Moses Showses Tour

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This past weekend, I was given the privilege of attending The Joe Moses Showses in Boston. This is the first time The Joe Moses Showses (previously known as The Joe Moses One-Man Showses or JMOMS) has been on tour and guest stars Curt Mega (Glee) and Tessa Netting (Billy Elliot) – as well as a wide range of other special guests along the way! It’s a brand new show created especially for tour, so even if you’ve been to a JMOMS show in the past, it’s definitely worth seeing this time! The show was an approximately one hour long production featuring a mix of parodies, improv, original sketch comedy, and music. The Joe Moses Showses is an interactive experience, and as fans in the audience, you feel very much appreciated and part of the show being performed in front of you. Each show satisfies the interests of a wide range of fandoms, including references to Doctor Who, Star Trek, superheroes, Harry Potter, StarKid, and an absurd (“That’s absurd!”) man with black hair and a long dress… just to name a few. As part of the show is improv, you never know what other fandom references will be thrown into the ... Read More »

Pottermore at PlayStation Home Review


Review by Kat Miller and Eric Scull Introduction Kat: Pottermore, everybody’s favorite (or not so favorite), online book companion to the Harry Potter series, recently announced that they would be expanding into online social gaming, via Sony’s PlayStation Home network. PlayStation® Home is a unique online gaming community that allows players from all over the world to not only play games virtually together, but also interact and chat as easily as making a phone call. Eric: Some people may not be familiar with PlayStation® Home. A couple of my friends that have had PlayStation 3’s for a while have yet to try it. I first logged in about two months ago because I was interested in the idea of an Internet hub for gamers, different from stuffy forums or stodgy chat rooms. Well, PlayStation® Home didn’t disappoint me, and is actually altogether very neat and exciting. In short, you create a character (an avatar) that may or may not resemble you as closely as you would like. There are several “hub spaces” which are environments that you can visit, where everyone else who is logged on to PlayStation® Home – at that time, and in your region – will also ... Read More »

Deathly Hallows- Part 1 Blu-ray Combo Pack review

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is not a hard sell for Potter fans. It’s a fan’s duty to pick up each one of the DVDs in the franchise as soon as it’s released. We all know that the films have fantastic replay value, and we all look forward to having a complete set of eight films by the end of this year. It’s worth noting that the DVD sets have changed over the years. As we reported the other day, big special features weren’t included with the DVDs until Prisoner of Azkaban’s release. Over the years the producers have told us that it has become increasingly important to include enticing special features as to provide consumers with a more convincing sell. So it comes as no surprise that the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 set includes many nice features. Easily the most interesting feature is the Maximum Movie Mode, which is an enhanced commentary of sorts. Throughout the movie you’ll see various cast and crew members share interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits, and most of these are aided by great additional visuals. It’s a fun way to watch the movie again because you’re bound to learn new information. One of our favorite ... Read More »