When it comes to video games surrounding the Harry Potter series, we’ve generally had to put up with dull, not true to the story games. Harry Potter for Kinect is neither of these things.

Harry Potter fans have long clamored for a game that gives them the same feeling of magic that they got while reading the books and watching the films. The makers of Harry Potter for Kinect were able to acheive this.

Harry Potter for Kinect is not meant to be a game that follows the story of the books in any way, shape or form. The game, meant for real Harry Potter fans, is meant as a supplement to the prior knowledge of the series. It doesn’t give a detailed story. In fact, it moves very quickly. The game has between three and five levels for each of the seven books.

One of the best parts of Harry Potter for Kinect is that even though it only touches on certain parts of the story, it highlights the little things. For example, fans will enjoy doing things such as jamming their wands up the troll’s nose, burning Professor Quirrell’s face with their hands, and many more that we want you to experience for yourself.

Harry Potter for Kinect has a wide variety of levels. Some of the various activities you’ll find yourself doing in the different levels are brewing potions, learning new spells with various professors, dueling, potting mandrakes, playing quidditch, fighting Death Eaters, and so many more. One of our favorite levels comes in The Deathly Hallows. There is a level where you have to control the Gringotts cart as Griphook leads you down into the Lestranges’ vault. It’s a far different level than any of the others, and it is quite enjoyable.

For some reason, the difficulty of the levels doesn’t increase with the difficulty of the task being performed. For example, in The Chamber of Secrets, fighting the basilisk is not as daunting of a task as potting mandrakes. This is a little frustrating while playing the game.

An important element of Harry Potter for Kinect is that it is, of course, a Kinect game. This is far different from most of the other Harry Potter games that have ever hit the market, seeing as your body is the controller. As anyone would attest, this is only an issue when having no controller makes the game hard to play because the game isn’t responding as you think it should. For the most part, this is not an issue in this game. There were a few times that we had a hard time getting some spells to fire, but it wasn’t a big issue because it didn’t happen that often.

Another element of Harry Potter for Kinect being a Kinect game is that these games were designed to not only entertain, but also to make the players get up and move. The amount of physical activity varied from level to level. While some of the levels didn’t call for much more than simple arm movements, some of the levels called for an intense workout. Everybody we played with was definitely feeling tired at one time or another.

The majority of Harry Potter for Kinect, and all of the main story, is a solo-player game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun playing it with friends. As stated in the previous paragraph, the game can be quite tiring at times and this is a great game to trade back and forth on. Kinect makes it simple for one person to jump in with no hassle recalibrating.

Harry Potter for Kinect Quidditch

A great element of Harry Potter for Kinect is that it is loaded with humor. The game is really funny. You won’t find any of the characters telling jokes, but they do have some ridiculous quotes.

When reviewing a game like this, it needs to be remembered what this game is meant to do. It’s not meant to be a groundbreaking game in any way. It’s supposed to be a really fun game that allows you to literally be some of your favorite Harry Potter characters, and that’s exactly what it does.

Our only qualm with the game is that it is pretty short. With only five maximum moments from each book, there’s a lot missing and you get through the game at a fairly quick rate. There is quite a bit of extra material, but we would have loved to have more of the story that we know and love. There’s so much that could have been there that is missing.

Grade: A-

Rated: E 10+ (for animated blood, comic mischief, and fantasy violence)

Will you be buying ‘Harry Potter for Kinect’?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!