Scene It? Harry Potter app released

Much of the theatrical world is abuzz right now as the 7th feature film about Harry Potter and his adventures just hit the big screen.

I’m not going to pretend to know the characters, the spells, or even the purpose of the saga, but my 8 and 6 year old kids definitely gave me a schooling last night as we went to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.”

Hold tight everyone, there is an Apple technology angle coming, so keep reading…

The good folks at Screenlife, the creators of Scene It?, in my opinion, one of the coolest trivia games out right now, has just announced its new Scene It? Harry Potter app for iPhone and iPod touch as wells as an HD version for iPad. Brilliant timing, Screenlife!

Scene It? Harry Potter takes players on a journey with real movie clips, puzzles, mini-games and questions from the first six films from the Harry Potter series.

“We’re thrilled to add Harry Potter to our roster of Scene It? Apps,” said Steve Banfield, Senior Vice President of Production and Digital Strategy at Screenlife. “The Harry Potter license continues to grow in its overwhelming popularity, and is exactly the type of exciting license we seek when creating fun new games.”

The Scene It? Harry Potter app for iPhone and iPod touch features:

  • 30 distinct quiz sets with 16 different trivia puzzle types and mini-games
  • Numerous video and audio clips, and images pulled directly from the Harry Potter films
  • Single-player mode and a head-to-head multiplayer mode that works over WiFi or Bluetooth (oooh, watch out Nintendo — the DS may have some worthy competition coming from Apple)

The Scene It? Harry Potter HD app for iPad includes all of the above features, plus:

  • HD quality video clips, richer graphics and an upscaled user interface
  • Dynamic motion backgrounds and animations
  • Enhanced puzzles that utilize the iPad’s multi-touch interface
  • Group play — up to four players may play at the same time

The Scene It? Harry Potter iPhone and iPod touch app is available for $1.99 on the App Store, and the HD iPad version is available for $4.99.

My take overall

After watching the latest film last night, I can completely see why people have been drawn into the Harry Potter franchise; there’s a lot of character building and a lot of depth to the storyline — good stuff overall.

For the true fan, those of you that have been wearing the round glasses and casting spells by yelling out Expecto patronum as you walk down the street, you’ll gladly pay for this app and find hours of entertainment from it.

If you’re unaware of what Expecto patronum means — then you’ll probably be frustrated as you won’t be able to answer many of the trivia questions and puzzles included with these apps.

Either way, Screenlife has definitely put their mark on another bit of entertainment that should be wildly successful for them.

James has been in the information technology field for nearly 20 years. He is the founder of HicksNewMedia, a technology consulting firm based in Northern California. He focuses on social media integration, cloud computing and yes, all things Apple (since he worked for Apple for 6 years he's got some good insider information). When not online he's enjoying time with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him online at THE Tech Scoop and Twitter.