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)

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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

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If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?