JK Rowling might have turned to an adult readership for her new novel The Casual Vacancy, but the boy wizard Harry Potter is still exerting a spell over the author who has collaborated on the interactive Book of Spells for Sony’s Playstation 3.
Rowling called the augmented reality game, the first for Sony’s new book-shaped peripheral device the Wonderbook, “the closest a Muggle can come to a real spell book”. Out this Christmas, it allows players to discover and practise spells such as incendio, expelliarmus and wingardium leviosa — using the move controller as their wand — while stumbling across notes and facts scribbled into the margins of the book by previous Hogwarts students.
Rowling has written original Potter content for Sony, including back stories for the spells and the creation of new creatures for the Potter world. Described as the advanced textbook written by Miranda Goshawk over 200 years ago and kept in the restricted section of the Hogwarts library, the Book of Spells, said Sony, “will assist students on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard”.
“I’ve loved working with Sony's creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life,” said Rowling. “This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.”