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Warner Debuts 'Potter' Interactive DVD Game

8 Oct, 2007 By: Billy Gil

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Warner Home Video (WHV) on Dec. 11 will allow Harry Potter enthusiasts to enlist themselves in Harry Potter's Hogwarts school of magic with the release of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Challenge, the studio's first interactive DVD game, at $24.98. Orders are due Nov. 6.

The release of the DVD game is timed to the Dec. 11 release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the series, on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD and a limited edition giftset (available in all three video formats).

The game is appropriate for most ages with options to select difficulty, according to Warner. It allows players either to choose a house at Hogwarts, or to be sorted into one by the game, and to attend class, take part in extracurricular activities and engage in year-end challenges over the course of three years at the school.

The game works by using a DVD remote to move across Hogwarts and avoid hazards. It's primarily based upon the first three books and films, with some scenes taken from the fourth and fifth books and films.

“It is a privilege for WHV to be able to develop this revolutionary interactive DVD game that showcases one of the most successful franchises spanning the globe,” said Amit Desai, WHV VP, kids and sports marketing. “Our goal with our interactive DVD titles is to bring more family-friendly characters to life in a hands-on interactive way that is fun for all.”

Extras in the game include “chance clips,” which are random video and audio clips from the five released “Harry Potter” films that assign or take away points from players according to which clip is found, as well as the “wizard duel” bonus activity, which players can encounter after completing three years at Hogwarts, winning at lease one House Cup and scoring the most points in the school over all three years.

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