J.K. Rowling puts magic in PlayStation interactive book

Jun 05, 2012
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is putting the magic in a "Book of Spells" that uses augmented reality to make ink-and-paper works interactive using PlayStation 3 videogame consoles.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is putting the magic in a "Book of Spells" that uses augmented reality to make ink-and-paper works interactive using PlayStation 3 videogame consoles.

Sony Computer Entertainment chief Andrew House said that the Japanese entertainment titan was collaborating with Rowling and her online Pottermore world on the first title in what will be a vast "Wonderbooks" library.

"This takes you on a journey of learning magic, like a student at Hogwarts," he said, referring to the fictional school of sorcery from Harry Potter .

"Welcome to the re-invention of the storybook."

Players used PlayStation Move motion-sensing controllers as wands as they flipped through pages of the book and learned spells.

PlayStation put students into on-screen scenes that then tested their abilities to set things ablaze or levitate objects in settings reminiscent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

"Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spell book," Rowling said in a message shared by House at a press event in Los Angeles on the eve of the premier E3 videogame show in Los Angeles.

Moonbot Studios, which won an Academy Award for best animated short film for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," will add a classic noir style detective book titled Diggs Nightcrawler to the Wonderbooks library, according to Sony.

"We are working with some of the world's best developers and authors to make a broad library of content," House said.

"Imagine walking with dinosaurs or sailing the seven seas to explore an atlas."

Explore further: Download woes and HealthKit flaw bite iPhone software

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Harry Potter website adds Google magic

Jul 21, 2011

Author J.K. Rowling's website devoted to fictional wizard Harry Potter will feature a bit of Google magic when it debuts later this year in the United States, according to the Internet titan.

Harry Potter goes digital with e-books

Jun 23, 2011

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling on Thursday took her lucrative boy wizard into the digital age, revealing that his adventures will now be sold as e-books through a website that contains new material.

Dinosaur named after Hogwarts School

May 22, 2006

A new dinosaur species -- Dracorex hogwartsia -- named in honor of author J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books, went on display Monday in Indianapolis.

Recommended for you

Where's the app for an earthquake warning?

17 hours ago

Among the many things the Bay Area learned from the recent shaker near Napa is that the University of California, Berkeley's earthquake warning system does indeed work for the handful of people who receive its messages, but ...

Hit 'Just Dance' game goes mobile Sept. 25

Sep 18, 2014

Smartphone lovers will get to show off moves almost anywhere with the Sept. 25 release of a free "Just Dance Now" game tuned for mobile Internet lifestyles.

Indie game developers sprouting at Tokyo Game Show

Sep 18, 2014

Nestled among the industry giants at the Tokyo Game Show Thursday are a growing number of small and independent games developers from Asia and Europe, all hoping they are sitting on the next Minecraft.

Review: Ambitious 'Destiny' lacks imagination

Sep 18, 2014

Midway through "Destiny," the new science fiction epic from "Halo" creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero's desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars.

User comments : 0