Dear J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers Entertainment,
Harry Potter, the famous story of The Boy Who Lived. The Boy Who Lived through numerous trials and deadly encounters with giant serpents, flying cars, Whomping Willows, Dementors, fire breathing dragons, Death Eaters and a terrible dark lord known to his world as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but also by his own terrible name, Voldemort. And along the way, he picked up faithful friends, surrogate family, and people who would always support him, despite the difficulty supporting him might bring. One must admit though, that the people who have been the most loyal to him over the years have been the readers and viewers of his adventures. They are his ever present supporters, and have followed him from book to film to game, to play.
However, there is a demographic of his most loyal fan who feel a bit shortchanged. Gamers. Pottermore was something that gamers hoped would be an online game, however it has, for a long time, been described as “a reading experience”. Gamers do not want a reading experience. They want to interact with a tangible, visual experience in a world that can be fully explored. Also, not everyone can afford to go to a theme park, and even the theme park offers a minuscule glance at the world of Harry Potter.
That is also the issue with the games that are already out there. They are direct movie tie-ins, and only show the tiniest glimpse of a much larger world. Also they do not offer a lot of interaction with the environment, or other players. Gamers are social people, explorers, and they love to be able to explore every corner of a world that is possible. They like to go out with friends, and help each other toward goals in quests. They like to chat and engage with world economics and creation. Also, a little PVP competition never hurt anyone.
Also, when one makes an MMO of an already existing world, they delve into the lore of that world in order to make it as real as possible for the player. I always tell people that if they really want to go to Middle Earth, they should play “The Lord of the Rings Online” (A game from Standing Stone games). They have made that world so beautiful and so believable that it has become my only Middle Earth. I can go places, like The Shire, The Lone-Lands, Rivendell, LothLorien, Moria, Rohan, Isengard and now Gondor and even Mordor. I can interact with characters from that world. In fact, recently I ran into some old friends!!
And there are some other interesting people I have run into recently as well, like this guy:
And of course, this guy:
And I took a screenshot of this place because it was so pretty!!
This is the kind of thing we would want with a Harry Potter MMORPG. A full world experience where we can play with our friends, interact with cool people from the universe, and engage, as gamers, with the storyline. This kind of gaming experience is not like the single player experience we have had in the past. It is more inclusive, social, interactive, and fun in general. Also, consider the fact that even before it comes out, it will be a hit. Because there is the built in Harry Potter audience, gamers who play for the sake of playing, competitive gamers, casual gamers, and people who just want to see what it’s all about!! I can tell you, this Ravenclaw wants to do just that!!
Also, considering that it is a game set in the Harry Potter universe, the highest rating you will probably get on an MMO like this is “T” for “Teen”. LOTRO has one of the nicest communities on the web. And I am sure if Warner Brothers Games develops this game, and does as good a job on it, a similar community will probably mosey on over to play. I know this is a tough step, but for all the people who want a more interactive Harry Potter experience, and can’t afford to go to a theme park and have worn out their books and DVDs, this is a great and wonderful thing. Gamers will thank you for it, as will the casual gamer and the Harry Potter fan!!
Thank you so much for reading this, I greatly appreciate it!! I will now ask my followers, friends, and the fans to help me out on this. Using this hashtag, politely ask for what we want. #IWantAHarryPotterMMORPG and maybe we can make this happen. Remember to ask politely, for there is no place for aggression here and we are asking a favor.Thank you all. I hope that some day I can be sorted into Ravenclaw, and take care of magic creatures with Hagrid while working on creating potions and transfiguring bugs into earrings, but eventually letting them go, because they’re doing me a favor!! Thank you!!