Harry Potter for Kinect is a video game, developed by Eurocom and published by Warner Bros. Interactive. It was released on 9 October, 2012. It is for the Xbox 360 system, requiring the use of the Kinect accessory.
Harry Potter for Kinect includes content based on all eight titles in the Harry Potter film series. The game includes multiplayer features. The use of the Kinect accessory allows players to use spells via physical gestures and call out spell names out loud. There is also an option for players to scan their faces, allowing them to create their own unique wizard or witch to navigate through the game.
- For the first time, create a witch or wizard character in your likeness that will become part of the gameplay through Kinect's scanning technology.
- Experience unforgettable moments from all eight films - from having your wand choose you at Ollivanders and being Sorted as a first-year student at Hogwarts, to battling You-Know-Who in a climactic wizard battle.
- Cast spells at your opponents by performing the proper casting manoeuvres and calling out spell names utilising Kinect's controller-free and voice recognition capabilities.
- Hone your casting, brewing and duelling skills (among others) in class to unlock even more lessons and challenges.
- Challenge a friend in competitive mini-games, or join forces against a mutual opponent in co-op games.
Differences between the game and film series
First Year - Sorting Hat
Professor Flitwick 's and Dumbledore's look-a-likes are from later films. Dumbledore is Michael Gambon's version of the character, which came in the third film. First two movies Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris. Also Professor Flitwick's younger version came in third film.
- Hermione Granger doesn't do the spell correctly, Harry does.
- Seamus Finnigan doesn't blow up his feather.
- Quirrell doesn't jinx Harry's broom.
- Harry catches the Snitch normally in his hand, not in his mouth like in the film.
The Philosopher's Stone Chamber
- In the film, when Harry touches Quirrell, he turned into stone and crumples into dust. In the game, he doesn't turn into stone. Harry doesn't get knocked out. He just grabs the stone and walks off.
- In the film, the pixies lift up Neville Longbottom by his ears. In the game, the pixies lift him by his arms. Also they lift him twice after being hit by books and Neville runs and leaves the classroom.
- Neville Longbottom doesn't faint.
- Draco Malfoy doesn't cast a snake from out of his wand.
- In the film, neither duelling student knew or cast "Stupefy" or "Protego".
- In the film, Fawkes drops the Sorting Hat to Harry Potter and flies away. Then he comes back and blinds the Basilisk. In the game, Fawkes drops the Sorting Hat to Harry then blinds the Basilisk. Meanwhile, Harry pulls out the Sword of Godric Gryffindor from the hat.
- In the film, the Basilisk is seen chasing Harry all around the Chamber of Secrets whereas in the book, Harry's fight against the Basilisk occurs quickly and neatly. In the game and like the book, Harry never climbs up the statue nor does he go into the statue.
- Remus Lupin nor Severus Snape go to the Shrieking Shack to join Sirius and the others.
- In the film, Harry never helped turn Scabbers back into Peter.
Triwizard Tournament Second Task
- In this game, the Grindylows never catch and try to drag Harry down in the end, he ascends with the others.
Triwizard Tournament Third Task
- Harry and Cedric never find the bewitched Viktor Krum.
Harry vs. Voldemort Duel
- During the duel, Harry's and Voldemort's wands connect more than once.
- Only Harry returns with the Cup instead of him and Cedric Diggory's body.
- Diggory's spirit does not appear, nor does he ask Harry to take his body back to his father.
Department of Mysteries Death Eater Duel
- None of Harry's friends other than Sirius appear in this level.
- Bellatrix doesn't kill Sirius, she instead flees with Lucius.
Dumbledore vs. Voldemort Duel
- Voldemort never possesses Harry, instead he flees.
Quidditch Match - Keeper
- Ron's broom uses the Nimbus 2000 model in the game, rather than a normal broom.
The Locket Horcrux
- Harry is not pulled underwater when Dumbledore casts the wall of fire.
Snape vs. Harry Duel
- Harry is at Hagrid's hut first instead of Snape.
- Harry does not cast Sectumsempra.
- Harry guesses Snape is the Half-Blood Prince instead of Snape admitting it to him.
- Harry still has his original wand model as opposed to Draco's from the film.
Harry Potter for Kinect received mixed reviews, being essentially a collection of mini-games based on clips from the Harry Potter films. As of 23 November, 2012, the title had an overall 2.6/5 from user reviews on Amazon.com, with one reviewer calling the game "no fun" and another describing it as "very frustrating so far." As of 27 March, this score had risen to an overall 3.6/5, with a total of 28 reviews posted. The title had a 56/100 at Metacritic, with five reviewers giving a negative rating, three positive and three mixed, with one of the mixed reviews stating that "The quickly changing gameplay, short length, and active tiring controls seem to be built for someone with a lot of energy and a short attention span." Only one user had given the game a review, a positive one, but the game had a positive score of 7.7/10 with six user ratings.
Notes and references
|J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series|
|Philosopher's Stone||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Chamber of Secrets||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Prisoner of Azkaban||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Goblet of Fire||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Order of the Phoenix||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Half-Blood Prince||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Deathly Hallows||book||film 1||game 1||film soundtrack 1||game soundtrack 1|
|film 2||game 2||film soundtrack 2||game soundtrack 2|
|Fantastic Beasts (film series)|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||book||screenplay||film||soundtrack||game|
|The Crimes of Grindelwald||screenplay||film||soundtrack|
|Fantastic Beasts 3||film|
|Fantastic Beasts 4||film|
|Fantastic Beasts 5||film|