my ideal harry potter game


So recently, I’ve been on this app called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Screenshot of my flying lesson with Madam Hooch.

So far, it really hasn’t been terrible. In fact, there’s some cool aspects of it (learning wand movements, picking up random bits of trivia from other characters’ dialogues) and a fairly engaging storyline, but sadly, it wasn’t what I expected, either. I really like the graphics and the fact that you can create a personalised avatar, plus the quests are usually quite interesting. Also, the fact that you can sometimes find ways to interact with background objects in the environment is pretty cute. I appreciate that they put a lot of effort into creating this whole thing, and since it’s only a Beta version for now I’m sure a lot of improvements will be made.

Honestly these little pop quizzes that come up are so stressful??

Its main drawback (and probably main moneymaking point) is that it requires you to spend energy to complete tasks. I’m sure a lot of us are familiar with that style of game. Complete just 1 quest and you’ll be totally drained, meaning you’re basically powerless to take any other meaningful action for a long time after. Currently my energy replenishes at a rate of 0.25 units/min (meaning it takes 4 min to replenish 1 full unit), so you can imagine the wait time to get just 10 units back. And I’m sorry, but even with my current lifestyle (unemployed and doing nothing but waiting for the results of my Uni applications) I just don’t have the time or patience to wander around a digital castle for hours. Honestly, that’s the most off-putting bit of an otherwise pretty good game.

Meet Roan! In a very ideal world, this is me! I ended up going with Slytherin because it’s my Pottermore house, although I’ve always wished I was a Ravenclaw.

Unfortunately, however, I haven’t yet come across a Harry Potter game on either the computer or the phone (which are the only two platforms I have to access games on) that really tickles my fancy.

Actually, scratch that. I did, years ago, when Pottermore was still in its original form. Back when you could chat with your fellow housemates, get points for your house, buy a pet, duel, collect ingredients to brew potions, kind of attend lessons… that was as close to my ideal as I have ever gotten.

My current Patronus and wand.
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Love how every wood is important and special in some way. I think I read through the entire “compendium” (I guess you could call it) of wand woods in one very long sitting.

I guess J.K. Rowling had a good reason for revamping it so much, and yes, the whole thing with the Patronus and Ilvermorny houses is cool, but I really miss that feeling of actually being an active student of Hogwarts. 

My ideal Harry Potter game is something of a cross between the old Pottermore, the current Hogwarts Mystery and- now hear me out– Yandere Simulator.

I would love to be able to create a personalised avatar complete with name, which is something we couldn’t do on old Pottermore. Instead of a point-and-click style adventure, I’d like to be able to wander around in first person perspective, collecting items and speaking to NPCs. Am I just describing every first person adventure game at this point

I also really liked being able to visit Diagon Alley and purchase all my school supplies, including a pet (which I would like to name) and a wand. The wand quiz is brilliant, but if there were something afterwards that allowed us to wave the wand around that would be really cool.

After being assigned to our houses via Sorting Hat, I’d love to be able to chat with other players, perhaps in the Common Room. Having a bed and bedside drawer to store items we find could be cool too. Also, a common notice board on which one could pin notices or pictures would be cool.

I would also like to not see the usual troupe of “Oh, Snape hates me I am special student blah blah” because it’s just everywhere. I think a more refreshing storyline would be that you come into the school as a normal student, then distinguish yourself by the actions you take throughout the school years (which seems to be the way Hogwarts Mystery is set up). If there was an option to choose whether you were from a wizarding family or a Muggle family at the start, that could somehow affect the way the game went, who you met, what you learnt etc.

I’d also like to be able to join clubs, especially if they could make the Duelling Club a thing again. Students could duel either against the computers or other players and level up their skills/earn House Points from there. As one goes through the game and collects spells, the duelling could be arranged such that each wizard has to recall and draw certain wand movements on the screen to cast the spell. The greater the difficulty, the more complicated the wand movement. There could be different levels of duelling:

  1. Beginner
    Player can simply click on the names of spells to cast them.
  2. Advanced
    Player must make the wand movements from memory of with the help of an encyclopedia which they can refer to if they have time during the duel.

I’m pretty sure some kind of duelling gaming subculture would develop if this were a thing, with actual world championships and such.

If the library could have digital copies of the textbooks mentioned in the series, that would be a dream come true (well, they could at least have abridged versions). Students could choose to study and take tests to boost certain skills they have or their reputation with teachers. This could be a way of allowing a student to develop a “talent” for certain subjects, which could be useful as the game progresses and also affect the way the game progresses.

Speaking of “reputation”, this is why I mentioned Yandere Simulator which has a similar mechanic. The way a player’s story unfolds could be affected by their “standing” in the school, which teachers like them, which students like them, and which people don’t.

That’s probably most of what I wanted to say, and it’s 0126 right now, so goodnight!

EDIT: Also if students were each given a personalisable notebook at the start where entries appeared whenever the student witnessed something happening/did something important (Outlast camcorder style) it would be a good way of injecting both trivia and essential information into the game.


shows that should really be a lot more popular // A Series of Unfortunate Events

I’ve recently got a Netflix account and let me tell you it is absolutely wrecking my sleep cycle. On a good note, though, I’ve discovered some bomb shows- an occurrence which has prompted me to reorganise and revive my very dead fandom tumblr account.

I really want these shows to have a wider audience, so I’ll do my small part by sharing them with anyone who happens on this account.

The first one I’m going to talk about is: A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Klaus, Violet and Sunny Baudelaire and narrator Lemony Snicket

Short summary: The adventures of three of the world’s most unfortunate children.

Longer ramble: I definitely have a taste for highly improbable, slightly absurdist and/or very whimsical children’s adventure stories (The Secret Benedict Society, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Girl Who Could Fly, The Mixed-Up Files of Miss Basil E. Frankweiler) and this show fits the bill. It’s based off the book series of the same name, and features the Baudelaire children who are described as incredibly unfortunate. Violet, the eldest, is an extremely skilled inventor/engineer/mechanic, while Klaus, the middle child, is described by Wikipedia as “an extraordinary speed reader with a first-class eidetic memory [or photographic memory]”. Sunny, the baby, has an extraordinarily strong set of teeth and is also highly intelligent. Orphaned by a mysterious fire, the children are shuttled from foster home to foster home, chased by the vicious Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris!) and his gang of unemployed actors who are after their family’s enormous fortune. The title is honestly the best summary for the show. On a side note, the show is really beautifully shot and has a lot of subtle references to literary works, other shows, famous people etc. which makes it even more of a treat to watch. If you don’t skip the introduction songs (sung by Neil Patrick Harris!), another little “Easter egg” (by the way, Ready Player One did not come up to my expectations) is that the lyrics are actually changed for each specific episode!

Malina and Louis
They are 15 and 16. Fifteen and sixteen! Their friendship is so adorable truly. Picture is from Malina’s instagram (@malinaweissman and @louis.hynes)

I stan these kids very hard. The final season is only coming out next year, which I am so upset about but I have resigned myself to waiting.

If I had to let my future kids watch a childhood show, I’d honestly probably put this one high on the list. It would be lovely to see more diversity in this series (well, when would it ever not be lovely?), but as it is I think it’s a must-watch.

Now, if a rich person wants to gift me the series (thirteen books) I am more than willing to accept. Drop me a note. We can discuss 🙂