Kinecto Patronum! Harry Potter for Kinect is Announced

By John Lichman , Updated May 25, 2012 12:57 PM EDT

The Harry Potter franchise hasn't ended yet, it's just taking a disco nap before it comes back to the Xbox.

"Harry Potter for Kinect" covers the entire Potterverse, though the press release is quick to note the "eight films" instead of the seven books, but that's just nitpicking. Using the Kinect, gamers will have the chance to scan their face and create themselves as a Hogwarts student to interact with young Harry over the franchise.

" 'Harry Potter for Kinect will engage Harry Potter fans old and new by bringing them into the wizarding world as truly active participants,'said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 'Kids and parents will enjoy recreating their favourite Harry Potter adventures, from flying a broomstick in a Quidditch match, to battling pixies and duelling other wizards.'

Harry Potter for Kinect gives players the opportunity to experience some of the films' most memorable moments, both as the relevant characters or as their own avatars, including visiting Ollivanders, choosing a house at Hogwarts, and confronting He Who Must Not Be Named in a climactic final battle. Players who master their lessons can also take on their opponents in competitive mini-games, or join forces with family and friends in co-op gameplay."

Players will also be expected to twist and shout their spells, just as if they weren't muggles leaping around in their living room.

"Harry Potter for Kinect" is due out this autumn on the Xbox 360 with Kinect.

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