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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' latest feature returns to the magical world of Harry Potter with a review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest game in the series based on the popular books and movies. Apple's article includes an overview of the game's action, commentary from executive producer Jonathan Bunney, a description of the main characters, and a run down of the various side tasks players will encounter.

Dueling has also returned for The Half-Blood Prince, and Bunney and I later take in a meeting where Harry and Ron battle with their wands for the right to represent Gryffindor’s dueling club. You can now move around while dueling, allowing you to dodge your opponent’s spells while launching some of your own. You won’t have much trouble defeating Ron, as Bunney and I observe, but more intense matches against members of other Hogwarts houses await. (You can also join the flying and potions clubs, letting you practice those skills any time.)

“We’ve rebuilt wizard dueling to make the controls tighter, more fun, and more powerful,” Bunney remarks. “We’re allowing players to see what it would be like to take part in a series of competitions that J.K. Rowling only briefly covers, but everything we do is approved by her, so we and our players know it’s real.”

As Harry and Ron run off in search of further adventures, Bunney and I take a seat in the large hall where the duel took place. Other Gryffindor students mill around, full of excited chatter about the dueling club, and the subject turns to Rowling’s participation in the game’s development. “We send her scripts very early on and get her feedback,” Bunney explains.

He continues: “It’s almost always positive — because we love the fiction — and always constructive. For example, she might recommend that we use a different character because a line or situation may be more fitting for them. And since the movie studio is only about an hour away from the game studio, we get amazing access to their work and regularly share our work with them.”
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Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

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