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.
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.
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, Petrificus Totalus, and Expelliarmus. In paid versions, you learn those three in addition to Avada Kedavra, Confringo, Incendio, Morsmordre, Oppungo, Sectumsempra, Serpensortia, Stupefy, Crucio, Imperio, Aguamenti, Finite Incantatem, Protego, Confundo, Expecto Patronum, Lumos, Orchideous, Reparo, Wingardium Leviosa, and Episkey. Reviews on the app were fairly positive.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Motorbike Escape was a free online video game released by Warner Bros in November 2010, before the release of the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 film. In the game, you play as Harry Potter flying alongside Hagrid to the Burrow on Sirius Black’s enchanted motorbike. You cast spells against the Death Eaters, much like in the film and book when the Death Eaters attack “The Seven Potters.”
The player can use the Essence of Dittany to gain an extra life and the Dragon Fire to fly faster. They may also target opponents with 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 on the game were fairly positive, especially as a marketing strategy for the film.
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 followed with 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 Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix films.
1-4 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.
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 reviews for this game were more positive than its predecessor.