Calling all Pottermore users: The Pottermore Guide App is right for you!

The Potion page as it appears in the app.

The Potion page as it appears in the app.

A handy app for Pottermore players who demand 100% completion rate

In November 2013, Pottermore was made available for tablets and smartphones. The mobile version added a whole new level of excitement for fans who can’t get enough of the game and want to play while on the bus or taking a little break from work.

With the release of Pottermore for mobile came the development of a simple game guide for players. It’s not an official release by J.K. Rowling or Sony but it’s a pretty good app for those who want to fill their progress bar in the game quickly. For those who do not have a lot of time to search for every spider or dust cloud in the game, here’s the Pottermore Guide app for you.

The Pottermore Guide App

Finding items in the game can sometimes be exhausting, as players of Pottermore need to explore every nook and cranny in order to find things that will fill up their progress bar. Thankfully, the Pottermore Guide App is there for players who are stuck in the game. All players need to do is select a book and a chapter in order to find the information they’re looking for. Screenshots of in-game items and the locations where players can find them are also included in the app for easier hunting. Apart from being a handy item checklist, The Pottermore Guide also gives players hints on how to progress further in the game, whether it’s finding hidden Hinkypunks or solving gnome problems in the garden.

Don’t worry about running the app on the background all the time, as it doesn’t take a lot of juice out of the battery. The Pottermore Guide is only available for Android phones and that means programs that don’t close automatically. Gaming site Pocket Fruity warns first-time Android users to keep their apps in check since many of them drain the battery very quickly even when they’re only running on the background. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with this app.

The Pottermore Guide App has a complete checklist for the first 5 books, and is currently up to date with some Moments for book 6. This is a contributed post. Though our fan website, Pottermore News, endorses the Pottermore Guide App, the app has not received official endorsement from J.K. Rowling, Pottermore, or all related companies and peoples. 

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Explore the Hogwarts Library and step inside the Forbidden Forest on Pottermore for PlayStation Home

Play Wizard Chess on Pottermore at PlayStation Home

Play Wizard Chess on Pottermore at PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home has added new locations and capabilities to Pottermore at PlayStation Home, including the Hogwarts Library and the Forbidden Forest, in its third update of the game.

The new areas are advertised in a trailer released by Sony; “Seek out and piece together hidden pages of text in the library” or “Battle against your opponent in Wizard Chess”, as shown and presented in the preview. All the new games seem like a lot of fun, so if you have a PlayStation, be sure to download Pottermore at PlayStation Home. You can watch the new trailer right here.

The official Sony blog writes:

If it were up to you, if there was a single ‘something new’ to be built within the world of Pottermore at PlayStation Home, what would you choose? Would you like to read a book in the majestic Hogwarts library? Fly on a broomstick? Enter the treacherous Forbidden Forest? Brave an underground chessboard chamber for a giant game of wizard chess? Luckily, you won’t need to choose because we’ve gone ahead and built the lot!

As we said before, this is a lot like a Harry Potter MMoRPG, and probably the closest you’re going to get to one. You need a PlayStation 3 console and to have downloaded PlayStation Home to play Pottermore.

Thanks to AlphaZone 4 and the PlayStation community forum for finding this. We’re expect the Insider will be announcing this soon, too.

Image courtesy of Sony.

Sony to release Harry Potter ‘Book of Potions’ for Wonderbook — updated with pictures and trailer

Screenshot 2013-06-11 at 04.29.01 PMSony announced today that they will be releasing a new Harry Potter-related story for Wonderbook, the augmented reality game for PlayStation, called The Book of Potions.

Evidently a follow-up to last year’s successful Book of SpellsBook of Potions will “allow players to try their hand at potion-making under the guidance of Zygmunt Budge, a new character created by JK Rowling for the game.” The game was developed by Sony with Pottermore and can be played exclusively using PlayStation 3, the motion-detecting PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye.

The Book of Potions will be available for purchase this holiday season. Last year, the Book of Spells was very successful, selling 1 million copies. It is likely that Book of Potions will enjoy the same success.

It would also be interesting to note that there is no word on whether or not the Wonderbook will be able for play on the newly-announced PlayStation 4. It likely will be, but we will have to wait and see.

UPDATE: Sony has also released a trailer for Book of Potions. The game looks very cool, and much like the Book of Spells. Check it out here. If you can, watch it in HD. The scenes from the games are absolutely stunning.

According to the trailer, players will learn how to brew powerful potions and compete for the “elusive” Golden Cauldron in an “entirely new creation by J.K. Rowling”.

Here are some stills from the video:

From the trailer of Book of Potions

 

From the trailer of Book of Potions

From the trailer of Book of Potions

From the trailer of Book of Potions

Will you be buying the Book of Potions? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

Pottermore on PlayStation Home adds new Hogwarts locations

Hufflepuff Common Room on Pottermore on PS Home.

Hufflepuff Common Room on Pottermore on PS Home.

The Pottermore Insider has announced the release of new locations on Pottermore on PlayStation Home.

With this release, users can explore Hogwarts, and all that entails with it. According to the Insider, if you’ve been sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses on Pottermore.com and you’ve linked your account with your PSN ID, “you can now step inside the Great Hall where you will be able view your own Sorting Ceremony beneath the enchanted ceiling and floating candles.” Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?!

Along with this, users can now enter their House Common Rooms and meet and socialize with other members of their house. A new mini-game has also been introduced; with Charms, players can “master the art of levitation”. In the game, players will “levitate a feather and guide it through maze after maze of enchanted obstacles.” You have to beat the clock for maximum points!

Finally, users can now purchase their very own house in Hogsmeade and choose from a wide collection of furniture items to decorate their “wizarding abode” in their own unique way. Unfortunately, these items have to be purchased with Muggle money, not galleons (no word on any exact prices just yet).

These all sound like very fun new features, and we hope players enjoy!

What do you think about the new capabilities? Do you play Pottermore on PlayStation Home? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

Pottermore at PlayStation Home now available

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Explore Diagon Alley on Pottermore at PlayStation Home.

As previously reported, through the partnership between Sony and Pottermore, Pottermore would be available on PlayStation Home, PlayStation® 3’s “free virtual 3D gaming platform.” Today the Pottermore Insider announced that the interactive online experience is now available to play at PlayStation Home.

From the Insider post:

We’re very excited to announce that Pottermore at PlayStation Home is now available, so you can step inside Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express as your own customisable avatar.

You will also be able to enjoy four exclusive mini-games. Aboard the Hogwarts Express, approach the shady looking character at the end of the train carriage to take part in an illicit Wizard’s Duel.

Enter into one of the compartments and challenge your friends to a Pottermore quiz to test your knowledge.

As well as this, you can collect and share Pottermore Trading Cards throughout Pottermore at PlayStation Home, and round up enchanted books in the Book Herding mini-game.

You can see pictures of all these in action and a trailer for the game on the Insider.

Pottermore also reiterated what they said in their announcement post, in that they have two separate teams working on the experience for PlayStation Home and the online experience at Pottermore.com. They also discussed the future of the game by saying, “This experience will evolve over time to include more locations, new purchasable items and additional mini-games. As usual, you’ll be the first to know about any updates here on the Insider.

Will you be using Pottermore on PlayStation Home? Have you tried it out already today? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Press Release: Pottermore Extends into Social Gaming Platform Playstation Home

The following is the press release announcing the extension of Pottermore into the social gaming platform Playstation Home.

POTTERMORE EXTENDS INTO SOCIAL GAMING PLATFORM PLAYSTATION®HOME

Pottermore from J.K. Rowling is delighted to announce a new way to experience more from the world of Harry Potter™, in the shape of Pottermore at PlayStation Home – Sony’s unique online gaming community for PlayStation 3. Pottermore’s latest innovation enables fans to step inside some of the most well-known locations from the Harry Potter stories and explore them as an avatar.

The first release of Pottermore at PlayStation Home, in April, will enable users to actually step inside Diagon Alley™ and board the Hogwarts™ Express. In these environments, they can experience the mayhem of Book Herding, test their knowledge with a Pottermore quiz, share and collect Pottermore Trading Cards, and take part in an illicit Wizard’s Duel in a re-working of the popular Pottermore.com mini-game. To immerse their avatar even more in the experience, users can purchase a companion from a choice of 14 owls, cats and toads, and shop for outfits from house robes to more casual wizard attire. For those who wish to link their Pottermore.com account with their PlayStation Network ID, additional interactive content and spaces will be accessible.

Pottermore and the development team at Sony have worked incredibly closely on this latest collaboration to ensure that the beautifully illustrated Moments on Pottermore.com were authentically transitioned into the virtual 3D gaming platform.

Charlie Redmayne, CEO of Pottermore comments: “Pottermore reaches across multiple digital platforms, and Sony’s partnership has allowed us to forge this exciting connection with PlayStation Home, creating the most immersive experience possible within that space and giving users wonderful new ways to explore locations from the Harry Potter stories. Following the successful launch of Wonderbook: Book of Spells, this is another example of the creative collaborations Pottermore is developing to bring the world of Harry Potter even more ingeniously to life.”

The Pottermore Insider has also released a trailer for the game. You can view it here. Read the full Insider announcement here.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells from J.K. Rowling now available

Wonderbook: Book of Spells is now available in stores in the US and UK

Wonderbook: Book of Spells hit store shelves this week, the first product to result from the Sony and Pottermore partnership. It is also the first game for Wonderbook, a new product by Sony for Playstation 3 that brings books to life in an augmented-reality experience.

In Book of Spells players can read and discover new content from J.K. Rowling on the spells in the world of Harry Potter, such as Incendio and Wingardium Leviosa. Players will have a chance to cast these spells and others with the PlayStation Move Motion Controller, which acts as your own magic wand.

Each chapter of the book includes new spells to practice and learn. Once they have mastered the spell, players will move on through the journey and onto the next chapter. New writing from J.K. Rowling will be available to unlock at the end of every chapter.

In the Wizarding World, Book of Spells is a spell book written by Miranda Goshawk over two hundred years ago. It can found in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. According to the Sony website for the game, the advanced textbook will assist students on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard.

On the Insider, Pottermore explained that players have the option to link your Pottermore account with the game to personalize the experience. If you choose to link your account, you’ll belong to the house that you were Sorted into on Pottermore. You’ll also be able to use your own Ollivander wand that chose you.

In promotion with the game, Pottermore announced that some mini-activities will be available online for users to “prepare for Book of Spells“. Over the next few weeks, they will be releasing the games online. On Wednesday, November 21, users will be able to learn the “Water-Making Spell”, discover the “Fire-Making Spell” on Wednesday, November 28, and explore the Revealing Charm on Wednesday, December 5. They all look pretty exciting, and personally I can’t wait to try them out!

Wonderbook: Book of Spells is available now in the US and UK, priced at $39.99. Learn more about the Wonderbook and Book of Spells right here.