Why Isn’t This a (Good) Game Yet? Harry Potter

“Why Isn’t This a Game Yet?” is a series that combines two of my favorite things: video games and great books. I have loved to read even longer than I’ve enjoyed gaming, and while I am not usually interested in novelizations of games, there are many books that I wish were turned into games. In this series, I will share some of these books, and (sometimes with mild spoilers) explain why I think this book would make such a great game.

Yes, I know. Harry Potter has already made his way into video games. But have they been any good? I think not. I’m hoping for a legitimate, AAA Harry Potter game.

For those who live under a rock, the Harry Potter book franchise is one of the best-selling series in history, and popular worldwide. The seven novels follow the story of Harry Potter, a young boy who learns he is a wizard, as he becomes immersed in the wizarding world. With the help of many friends, Harry encounters pure evil in the form of Lord Voldemort, the biggest, baddest dark wizard of them all.

The storyline may sound cheesy, but I assure the uninitiated that these books are not just for kids. Harry Potter is one of those timeless stories that is entertaining to all ages, and for this reason, I am sure it would make a very entertaining video game if done right.

Author J.K. Rowling does many things well in this series, but one of her best skills shown in Harry Potter is the ability to create a world and a culture. The wizarding world in these books is robust, detailed, and believable.

For these reasons, I believe Harry Potter could be well-translated into an RPG or an MMO. While the story of the novels is good, it does not lend itself is well to video games, so perhaps it would be better to stray farther from the story and focus on the world. Players could explore the world and create their own storylines in it. The world of Harry Potter is so well fleshed-out that there would be many interesting ways to experience it.
Harry Potter is a beloved franchise to me, and I do not want it to be ruined by a flop of a game. As a fan, I would not trust this game with just any developer. I would love for a developer like Bioware or Obsidian to tackle this game; I am sure that they would be up to the task.

As always, please give this series a chance if you have any interest. Harry Potter is one of the defining parts of my childhood, and the nostalgia alone of being able to make an avatar in the world of Harry Potter would be enough for me. A great game would be the cherry on top of the sundae.