‘Hogwarts Mystery’ is the Harry Potter you thought you wanted

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It’s been quite awhile since we have gotten any new editions to the universe of “Harry Potter.” Sure, we have had stuff like the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the move “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them,” but it’s not the same. But now it seems you are in luck. There’s a new mobile game out and it’s perfect if you have ever wanted to go to Hogwarts.

Set as a prequel for the franchise, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” is a mobile game that allows the player to create a character and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You are able to learn spells and potions by attending classes, interact with fellow students, and go on adventures. 

In the plot for the game, you attend Hogwarts not to get an education, but rather to find what happened to brother and what’s up with these cursed vaults he tried to open. Your brother ran away after he got expelled from Hogwarts. You know he did something extremely bad because Hogwarts just expel everyone. There’s also some side quest in the game but that’s nothing of importance.

This game is a mix of really good things and just plain bad things. The plot and the concept of the game is something that everyone has wanted for years. It’s fun and will keep you interested in the story is one that keeps you playing the game. The bad part of the game is the gameplay because frankly, it’s just bad. In order to do events, you will need to use energy. You will use up a lot of energy fast to complete these events. The sad part is that you will need to refill energy multiple times just to complete that event. And if you don’t feel like waiting almost an hour then you can just buy more. Yeah, it’s that kind of game.

The characters in the game aren’t really likable but rather annoying. One is literally Chuckie Finster, the school bully looks like Emma Watson if she lost a fight with a very scary lawnmower, and your best friend needs to be kicked. The only likable character is a freaking Hufflepuff. That’s just sad. All the professors you know, love and despise are in the game. There are also some similar faces in the game as well.

“Hogwarts Mystery” is a fun game if you are looking to play it all days with an excessive amount of breaks in between. But overall, it’s a good try but it’s not a very good game. Hopefully, they release an update that will help make it more enjoyable. No one wants to take all day to play a mobile game. Also, please fix all the characters and make them likable.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts


It’s time to bring you a movie review that is for all my people that are cheap and didn’t want to see a movie in the theater but is looking to purchase a movie however you decided to purchase. I’m calling this Too Cheap for Theaters movie review.  Movie theaters are just too expensive. On the first edition, I’ll be telling you about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that way you don’t have to purchase/watch the movie if you don’t want to. You’re welcome.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the ninth films that will take place in the “Harry Potter” Universe. Like the other movies, it’s based off a book created by J.K. Rowling, which was based on a textbook in the universe. It’s like book inception! It’s the first movie to show what the wizarding world is like outside Hogwarts and the UK. Pretty much, if you have only minimal knowledge about “Harry Potter” but haven’t seen any/all of the movies, then you enjoy this film fine without being lost.

The movie follows Newt Scamander and his journey into America during the 1920s. Like all movies, chaos ensues as Newt’s magical Mary Poppin’s suitcase full of magical creatures gets mixed up with a non-magical one. Some of this creatures escape and run ramped through New York City. At the same time as this is happening, a magical wizard/entity is going through the town and causing chaos and destruction that non-magical people are starting to find out about. Newt and his friends become martyrs for these events, due to the amount of creatures escaping and how the attacks started when Newt arrived. They must then prove their innocence and figure out what or who is causing it.

While the movie takes place in the same universe, it’s a totally different movie than the 8 “Harry Potter” movies.  It takes pride in that as well which was rather nice. You really didn’t need to know too much info. The movie even provides the info you would need to understand the movie. So you really could start this movie before watching the HP franchise and still be able to grasp what it’s doing.

I also really liked how it showed us what life is like for magical being in other countries. Like they made up an entirely separate world and everything little detail that one would think of. It’s really refreshing to go into what is a “Harry Potter” movie with no previous knowledge of what occur. It’s literally a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view….get it? Now, I didn’t read the book so I’m not sure what that book is about but I’m guessing it’s just a fake textbook.

The characterization and the plot are something that films seem to struggle with. This movie is very long and builds up slowly to the point where you are sitting there for the first part of the film going “when is it going to get interesting.” There are some things sprinkled in here and there but the lack of holding interest for the first part doesn’t build on them. This also affects the characterization. Most of the characters are introduced in during the first part and because it doesn’t hold the audience’s attention, you don’t really know the character’s beside the basics. It also could be the fact that the characters are really given a chance to shine. Sure, you know what they are trying to accomplish and their motivations for things, but you really don’t know much about them – especially if you look at how thoroughly explained the “Harry Potter” characters were during the first film.

The acting in the movie is rather good. It has a cast of talented actors in it that really tried to bring the characters to life. I have to say, the stand out in the film was Ezra Miller. His character had the least amount of lines due to a silent demeanor and he managed to make himself the standout in scenes where he wasn’t the main character. He could be just standing in the background and he would be the most interesting character on-screen. It could just because he was so silent for most of the film.

Overall, the movie isn’t bad. The movie takes awhile for it to become interesting and to capture interest. The characters could use a little more depth to them but the film has a lot to build on for future sequels, which there will be as this will be its own franchise. I really would like to see more of what and how magic is handled in other areas of the world besides the UK. It’s pretty much if “Doctor Who” met “Harry Potter” and they had a baby. That would be this movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Harry Potter and the Cursed book

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Today, I will be adding Book blogger to my ever-growing collection of blogging hats. Today, I’ll be starting the Pop Project Book Club and it will be way better than Oprah’s freaking book club and it will be way better than Oprah’s because I won’t shove it down your throat.

On the first edition of the Pop Project Book Club, we will be discussing “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” because people are big on that so I will be too (I own all seven books and eight movies). This will be a spoiler free version.

Before we get into the book itself, let’s go over something. It’s not a normal book. It’s pretty much the play script that the actors in London used to read and rehearse with. They didn’t novelize the script at all and it’s written like a script. Which if that is something you don’t like to read, then I would recommend seeing the play.  The book is broken up into two parts with each part having two acts each for a total of four acts.

The 8th book picks up and 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. It follows Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Draco as adults as well as their children as they go to Hogwarts. And like anything in the world of Harry Potter, chaos ensues from there. The plot of the book also uses the plot for from the fourth book in the series “The Goblet of Fire.”

The book isn’t bad but its not up to the standards that the seven before it set. It has it’s moments of goodness but then it slowly goes away. There’s one scene where the book suddenly jumps in years without really letting us know besides a line or two. There’s also a lot of plot problems that slightly doesn’t make any sense. I think that the book would have been performed instead of reading it.

Overall, I say read it if you have read the other seven books but you’re not missing out if you decided to not read it and just look up the summary for it. Like I said, I think that it would be better performed.

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