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Tonight at its E3 conference in Los Angeles, Sony announced Wonderbook: Book of Spells – a game made in collaboration with J.K. Rowling.

A live demo was given during the conference, and you use your Playstation Wonderbook device and Move controller to cast and learn new spells. Sony says “new writing” from J.K. Rowling is included.

Within the game you learn the history of spells, like the discovery of Wingardium Leviosa. During the demo, we saw a stage set up in the game where we can visually see how ancient wizards discovered the spell.

“The Book” is peppered with these stories.

Also in the demo the player learned how to make the fire-making spells.

This story is developing and we expect Sony will release video and/or photos online soon. The important takeaway is that this does indeed appear to be brand new information from J.K. Rowling — we’d almost call it Enyclopedia-like.

The live demo stars only you, the player, and you can gain house points as you work your magic.

Said J.K. Rowling:

Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook. I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other. We’ll have more to share before it’s launch this Holiday.

“Past the chapter tests to unlock a series of beautiful poems, each revealing a witty tale of a Hogwarts student that did not live up to expectations. ‘Book of Spells’ lives up to expectations never been seen before. This is truly an amazing collaboration with J.K. Rowling,” said Sony’s keynote speaker.

As you may know, Pottermore has been made in close partnership with Sony, and the electronics company said that Book of Spells is the next phase of the partnership.

UPDATE: The official trailer… (thanks, TDADC!)

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Louie Schuth

    I guess I’ll be upgrading my PS3 to include Move.

  • Delena

    So does this mean you have to have a playstation to get certain JKR information? That doesn’t seem fair… It’s cool, but yeah, I’m not planing on getting a video game system for one game. 

  • Sonora St Clair

    Darn it, now I have to get a Playstation…

  • American Moth


  • Guest

    How much is Move? I have been pondering on getting it but for me this is a deal breaker. The trailer to me didnt look that great but it is new info and I am a Potter fan so…

  • Eduardo C.

    I will suck

  • http://twitter.com/Speech_Geek Gabby

    Rowling, why must you do this ME ALL THE DANG TIME???

  • Matthewhpg


  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    So absolutely getting this.

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy

    THis would be better if it were an actual book. 

  • Pixie

    And what about those people who don’t own a playstation or cannot afford one? You don’t expect me to blow up my money on a playstation video game system simply for this. I expected JKR and Sony to be much more astute than this.

  • Me

    What. The actual. F***. Can we not just have an encyclopedia? Some people won’t even be able to get this. Not cool.

  • Gary65

    I have never ever lost my temper with JKR(she is an amazing author and never gave me any reason to). Today, that comes to an end. WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO THINK SONY SUCKS AND DON’T LIKE TO PLAY THEIR GAMES??????? Is this coming out on Wii U or 360? What about the people who dislike gaming altogether?

    JK, I love you and have a huge amount of respect for but, for Christ’s sake, retreat for 2 years after Casual Vacancy comes out, stop pussy-footing around and write the damn book.

    I want this new information as much as everyone else but I refuse to fork over the best part of 250 quid to a company I hate just to get access to it.

    Ugh :(

  • Natalia

    But Jooooooo I don’t haaaaave a playstation :(

    Nor, might I say, do many other readers.
    I’m kinda sad that this is game-exclusive content. I hope it ends up online somewhere, perhaps the lexicon?(Also, Dudley threw his playstation out the window. Not very relevant to anything, just sayin’)

  • Leigh

    This is one of the first things that Jo has done that I really don’t like.  I don’t want to play a game, and I don’t want a playstation.  Just give me a damn encyclopedia!

  • Jack

    It’s not an encyclopedia, it’s a spell book game where you preform spells. If you don’t have a playstation and don’t want to buy one, quit complaining. You’re really not missing anything, and I’m sure a full synopsis of any new information will be online as soon as the game comes out, especially on the Harry potter wikia.

  • http://www.liamnicholson.co.uk Liam Nicholson

    Jeez, some of you sound so damn spoiled, it’s unbelievable. ME ME ME I CANT PLAY SO WHY SHOULD ANYONE ELSE BE ABLE TO?
    You know, there are probably plenty of JK Rowling fans who don’t have regular (if any) internet access, and so are excluded from Pottermore, but I bet none of you thought of that did you? Seriously, get over it. It’s not like the new information will be anything major, and I’m sure it’ll all end up on Pottermore anyway for everyone to read about.

    • Delena

      And those people who don’t have the correct internet access to get onto Pottermore can complain all they want- that’s fine. They feel left out- they have the right to complain. And with this, it’s the same idea. It’s just annoying that it’s so exclusive. And all new information is major, no matter how small. We’re not saying no one else should get to play it, it’s just kind of a let down that it’s not offered for more gaming systems so that more people can read that info. I hope that new info will end up on Pottermore, but you never know, maybe it won’t.

    • Hermione Granger

      But they do have the right to complain! If I didn’t have internet access I’d be so pissed that only certain people got this new experience. That’s another reason why so many people want an encyclopedia–then anyone can buy it (or if they’re so poor they can’t they can check it out of the library).

    • Mia

      Well, Pottermore is free for anyone. If you don’t have internet access, go to the library. They may have limited access, but it’s still free access (besides the gas they’re using). 

    • Mad

      Like everyone else said, anyway a lot more people have internet, therefore pottermore is largely more accessible and people have the right to complain if they are unable to access it. However, not everyone has the money to buy these gaming products or even likes video games. And it’s hardly spoiled, in fact those that continue to buy these kinds of products just because they can are the spoiled ones. We just want books because that way, people have the ability to see it all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636033419 Maritere Domínguez


  • nova

    well, I guess we’re starting to see some of the effects of Sony’s participation in  Pottermore…

  • http://twitter.com/_tracey Tracey Wong
  • Kavitha

    What. This seems kind of cool. I don’t have a Playstation, but I’m sure the information will end up somewhere. I’m still crossing my fingers for a real Encyclopedia…although the prospects don’t look too great.

  • Sam

    Well, we have a Playstation at home but it’s a PS2, not this “Move” thing… I just know that I won’t be buying this game. Even if I did have it, I doubt I would buy it just because I am not into playing video games any more. I was when I was younger (Crash Bandicoot & Spyro were the best!) but now I am not. My boyfriend even bought me Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 when it came out and I still have not finished it. Gaming is just not for me. I will be on the lookout for the new material if someone puts it online, though!

  • AshQuill

    So right as I finished reading this, it started pouring outside. Hmmm…..

  • J_meyer_335

    Frustration.  I just want the encyclopedia in BOOK form!

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    That trailer shows/says NOTHING about what Book of Spells is. What the hell…

    • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

      They have a 7 minute demo. Just Google it or go to youtube.com/ignentertainment and they have it. :P

    • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

      Here it goes, the demo… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOC8a0_cHuk
      It looks beautiful but borring!

  • Adrs


  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone


    • Lauren


  • grapes9h5

    I SO wish this was actually cool. THe idea is really cool. The stories are really cool (of course) but the presentation and gameplay look bad.

  • Glaciusx


  • Dreamer

    I would totally pay to get this information… IF IT WERE IN THE FORM OF AN ENCYCLOPEDIA! I don’t have a lot of money. I don’t have a playstation. I don’t like video games. just release the info online please (or if you really need money make a ridiculously expensive encyclopedia). To those of you saying we have no right to complain, we do, just like you have the right to complain about our complaining. It’s not that I don’t think everyone should get the info cuz I can’t, it’s that I think we’re being ripped off as fans. It’d be nice to have the info available to everyone, just like the books are available to everyone!

  • Tomas


  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    Who said ANYTHING about this replacing an encyclopedia? It’s a game where you can learn how to cast spells (the live demo was way glitchy, anyway). Just because YOU don’t have a PS3 doesn’t mean they can’t make new technology for the people who do. Jesus christ you are all acting ridiculous. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY IT/DON’T HAVE A PS3, IT’S NOT FOR YOU. Jo has already confirmed she’s writing the encyclopedia so chill the fuck out.

    • ERICdude

      Might want to take your own advice…

    • Mia

      actually, she retracted her statement and no plans are set in stone… 

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      It’s replacing an Encyclopedia in that Rowling is putting brand new Potter information in a video game rather than in a book — where we all want it.

      • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

        It’s not as if she’s delving into character back stories, foundings of places the the HP universe, or family trees. She tells how one spell was discovered from what we know so far, and that’s pretty much it.

  • Isak

    Ok, the Harry Potter Spells App for Playstation. Big deal.
    The only Harry Potter games out there to be considered as worthwhile are the Lego games, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

  • :)

    As if I’d buy a Move.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer


  • Plat

    “…reading experience like no other.”
    “New writing from jk rowling.”
    Hmm now where have I heard that before?

  • Lauren

    i just think Jo is doing a bit too much with new information all over the place. If we had one nice big thick solid book then it would all be so much easier :(

  • GleeHaterExceptForDarrenCriss

    i just waant an encyclopedia!!!

  • Mad

    I just read Andrew’s article. SO ANGRY about this!

  • Bernardotriana


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Wells/1130513697 Seth Wells

    meh, u need the motion controller and the eye camera and u have to buy the spells? no ty 

    • jozefd14

      first i was considering getting the new harry potter game coming out for the XBOX 360 kinect because i don’t have an XBOX. Now that Sony has introduced their new game, it is too much about competition and money..

      • Mia

        don’t get the harry potter kinect game. i didn’t enjoy it. 

        • jozefd14

          i thought it hasn’t come out yet.. it’s like a game with all 8 years at hogwarts

  • http://twitter.com/Patruce Patricia Kelly

    I haven’t read all the comments, but let me add to what everyone else has probably already said: I have to pay how much to read this new information?! We already have a PS3, but not all the extra bits we’d have to buy. Also, wasn’t the point of Pottermore that it was free, that we didn’t have to pay. Sure, I’d pay for an Encyclopedia, especially since the proceeds would go to charity, but I highly doubt any of the profits here would go to charity. Disappointed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531808242 Courtney Gibson

    eh, i’ll just wait until they have it at best buy where they will probably have it set up and i can mess around with it until i’ve done everything i can. 

  • http://twitter.com/Jazmyne92 Jasmine

    This looks expensive lol

  • http://twitter.com/lookalivesteph Stephanie

    Why is it so difficult to just get an encyclopedia? All of this extra stuff is useless and  disappointing. I feel like they are catering more towards the 12 year old fans with this stuff. Not the 20 year olds who have grown up with the series, and don’t want to waste their time and money on this.

  • Jessie

    This sounds really awesome, but, seeing as I don’t have a playstation, I guess I’ll just have to miss out on all the new info UNTIL JO FINDS A WAY TO GET THIS TO EVERYBODY, like a book! Imagine that! But I do wish I could have it.

  • Allison Shannon

    This really does make me angry, and I’m sitting here thinking, ‘WHYYYYYY IS JK DOING THIS? Does she not understand her fan-base?’ Then it occurred to me she may have had to sign some kind of agreement with Sony so Pottermore could be free. If Pottermore was free, Sony needs another way to make money off of Harry Potter. I am NOT buying this.


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  • helayna

    pleeeeaaas bring it out on ether the Wii or xbox or even better both apart from this one i can’t fined any good games for ps3 so i refuse to buy a hole new console just for one game, i am looking at buying the xbox but there are loads of games on that one that look good of cores it proffer them all to be on Wii as that is what i already have we cant all afford a new consoles , i also believe you should look more it to making your games more transferable like ps1 and 2 that way we don’t need to horde a load of old consoles just because we still like playing the old games pleas be more economical and work with us not against us we will buy your products if you make it easeyer for us

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