Okay so JKR and sony are going to be releasing a ‘new Harry Potter book’. But before you get too excited here’s the skinny on the ‘Book of Spells’.

The book is a game for the Playstation 3 where players interact and learn spells. The games ‘utilizes the PS Eye and PS Move’s augmented reality capabilities’. There will be more information and new content about magic and the spells we’ve seen in the HP books, including how wizards first discovered spells like Wingardium Leviosa

Okay, so all this sounds pretty cool… the down side for me, and I assume a bunch of fans of the HP universe, is that you need a PS3. I’m not a gamer and I don’t plan on rushing out and picking up a PS3. I think new content is awesome and I can’t wait for it to spread across the internet but I would have much preferred JKR to release the long expected (and wished for) encyclopaedia.  

Here’s what J.K. Rowling said about making the ‘Book Of Spells’:

[The] Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook. I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other. We’ll have more to share before it’s launch this Holiday

This is just my opinion but I think the series should be left as it is and not stretched quite this far. With the exception of LEGO Harry Potter I’ve never been overly taken with the Potter games and I don’t want this one to turn out to be super lame. 

What I’d like to see happen to the Harry Potter Franchise is this: 

I love the new white covers, and I think rereleasing the series is a good idea. If I were the publishers I would do a full redesign (everything, new covers, new chapter art, a complete overhaul) and release an anniversary collection. That way they could start attracting new readers. This June marks the 15 year anniversary, so plan for a relaunch commemorating the 20th.

Release another supplementary book, not a video game. nuff said.

This is just a personal dream but I would love for a critical, or scholarly edition to be released. JKR has all these notes on the making of the series, including name origins and meaning, ghosts plots and new content. I think it would be mind-blowingly amazing if all the books were released with authors notes and commentary.

My final advice for the Harry Potter franchise is this: let the hype fade. Harry Potter is amazing because of the books. None of the fans need to be bought with games. As much as this sucks, I think the franchise should be allowed to die down. There will always be fans of the Harry Potter books and I think the best plan is to let is become a classic, which it will do naturally because it’s fantastic. Don’t keep forcing hype, let it fade, make room for something new, and then in a few years release an anniversary collection.

for more info on the new ‘Book Of Spells' check out these links:

Hypable

Mugglenet

Official Trailer