While video games may not work at Hogwarts, they have given gamers a way to experience the magic of Harry Potter. From the Gameboy Color to the Kinect there are many ways gamers can relive the movies, learn spells, play Quidditch, and join the trio on their adventures.
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Over the years, other minor video games have been released as companions to the Harry Potter series. Many of these are no longer available.
Players are able to create their own unique characters with the opportunity to customize further using in-app currency and gems. Starting as a student in Year 1, players choose a House, attend classes taught by Hogwarts professors, and progress through their years at Hogwarts. Players choose their own responses to in-app characters that can ultimately change the course of the game. Each lesson and side quest requires a certain amount of stars that can be gained by tapping on highlighted items. Each task then requires energy to be completed. Once a player’s energy bar is depleted, they must wait four minutes per lighting bolt of energy to regenerate or else spend gems to replenish their energy immediately.
The player can use Essence of Dittany to gain an extra life and Dragon Fire to fly faster. They may also target opponents with the Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus) and dodge spells from Death Eaters. Successful hits can score anywhere from 50 to 500 points, and players could post their scores to Facebook. You can still play the game here. Reviews of the game were fairly positive, especially as a marketing strategy for the film.
The player must successfully complete the activities associated with a particular year before moving on to the next. Each gameplay activity is set up through establishing clips from the films, with narration. Up to four players can participate, and the first player to complete each activity for all three years will be allowed to play a bonus activity and will win the game. 14 activities are featured in this game. The game had more positive reviews than its predecessor.
Harry Potter: Spells is an iPod game published on the Apple App store on November 15, 2009. The player is invited to Hogwarts, gets a wand, and is Sorted into one of the four Houses by the Sorting Hat. There are 23 spells to learn in three different difficulty levels. If you do the spells right, you earn House points. If you learn enough spells, you can participate in an online wizard duel.
New spell packs became available through the App Store. On the free version, you only learn Alohomora, Expelliarmus, and Petrificus Totalus. In paid versions, you learn those three in addition to Aguamenti, Avada Kedavra, Confringo, Confundo, Crucio, Episkey, Expecto Patronum, Finite Incantatem, Imperio, Incendio, Lumos, Morsmordre, Oppungo, Orchideous, Protego, Reparo, Sectumsempra, Serpensortia, Stupefy, and Wingardium Leviosa. Reviews of the app were fairly positive.
Harry Potter Interactive DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge is a DVD game where the player attends Years 1–3 of Hogwarts. It was released on December 11, 2007, and was followed by a sequel. It was developed by Warner Bros. and published by Scope Seven. Your remote control acts like your magic wand, and there are bonus clips from the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix films.
One to four players can participate, each choosing their skill level. You master tasks, collect House points, and win Quidditch World Cup tickets. Challenges include moving staircases, the Whomping Willow, and wizard duels. Jim Dale, the voice of the US audiobooks, acts as the narrator. The game had very negative reviews.
Harry Potter: Find Scabbers is an old mobile game from 2005 where you had to catch Scabbers, Ron Weasley’s pet rat and Peter Pettigrew in disguise. There are also several enemies like Dementors and spiders. The rat scrambled around a series of mazes that are full of locked doors and beasts. In order to get through the door, Harry needed to scoop up keys that correspond with the desired door. The beasts could be frozen with a blast from the wand. You could also collect Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. Reviews of this game were negative.