Dexter and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend the launch of the new PS3 game, The Book of Spells, on Saturday. It was held at a fantastic venue, the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden and we were greeted by a man in wizard-esque outfit being mean to all the kids – it was great! (mean funny, not mean mean.)
There were Playstation 3’s set up all round the main hall with support on how to play the game by a member of the team. We were treated to cupcakes, a old school sweetshop, lots (and lots) of drinks for parents and kids and a story-telling area that was brilliant. Dexter took part and went behind the white screen and acted out the story the man told. When he mentioned ‘Dexter’s Mum’ I was very afraid that the story was going to take a turn for the worse … but thankfully it didn’t and Dexter was great.
The highlight for us, game aside, was the team of actors that dressed up in character costumes. I’m not quite sure what they were meant to be (I’m sure the kids knew,) but there was a knight in armour, a librarian from the Restricted Section at Hogwarts, a French woman in an amazing outfit and a man in a long white wizard coat with lots of guy-liner that I found strangely attractive!
Here’s some blurb from t’interweb to explain exactly what Book of Spells is:
Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience. Written by Miranda Goshawk over two hundred years ago, Book of Spells can be found in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. It is an advanced textbook for students, which will assist them on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard.
Book of Spells provides students with a safe environment in which to read, discover, learn and practise spells they already know and love, such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, as well as discover mischievous notes and spells scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students, and humorous anecdotal facts relating to the spells. J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum that leads you through the experience, providing insight into the values a witch or wizard has to learn, and inviting you to journey through the book to unlock new content, rewarding successful students along the way.
It was a brilliant day out and one that neither Dexter or I will forget in a hurry.
Thanks again to the John Doe team for the invite and a brilliantly executed launch.
We were given a copy of the game to take home with us.