Author J.K. Rowling has partnered with Sony to bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life in a new, interactive format via Playstation Home. Playstation Home is a free, virtual 3D social gaming platform that can be accessed by players that have connected their Playstation console to the Internet.
Rowling’s “Pottermore” website allows users to explore the Harry Potter books in-depth, learn behind-the-scenes details of the stories, read NEW content from the author, purchase audio, eBooks and merchandise as well as play games to compete for the Pottermore House Cup. Users are issued a custom name for privacy and posts are monitored for child safety. Answer some questions from The Sorting Hat to be placed in your Hogwart’s house and have your wand chosen for you, drag and drop ingredients to create potions or do battle with other Hogwart’s students via a few keystrokes pressed in a specific order.
By linking your Pottermore account to Playstation Home, you can make friends with other members of your Hogwart’s house and move yourself further along the story by trading cards or teaming up for “Book Herding”. Upon arrival to Diagon Alley, your avatar will receive a free school uniform to wear while exploring the shops and interacting with other players. Hop aboard Hogwart’s Express and test your knowledge of Harry Potter trivia against other players or challenge each other to a Wizard’s Duel. Or, just hang out and chat with other Potter nerds! While the experience is free, additional items and accessories are available for purchase through the Sony Playstation Store to enhance your Pottermore experience. Payment can be made either by credit card or Playstation Gift Card.
Its clear to see that thirteen years after the first book was published, the Harry Potter stories still have a loyal following. Kudos to J.K. Rowling for finding ways to not only keep the stories fresh, but for creating new worlds to draw in new fans. The graphics and wonderfully detailed and will become even richer as more public spaces become available for exploration.