Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has launched the Wonderbook: Book of Spells for PlayStation 3 from its London studios. The new PlayStation 3 peripheral is an augmented reality gaming device. It is also the first product to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore, J K Rowling’s free-to-use website that builds an online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.

According to an official statement by the company, Wonderbook: Book of Spells comes to life as you read, allowing you to cast spells with your PlayStation Move Motion Controller, which becomes your own magic wand. You can go on a journey to read and learn the secrets of wizardry and the art of spell-casting, just like a student at Hogwarts.

You can cast spells from the Harry Potter series

Wonderbook: Book of Spells for PlayStation 3 out

In the words of J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, “Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook.  I've loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life.  This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.”

Atrindriya Bose, country head, PlayStation India, said, “We are proud to announce the launch of Wonderbook: Book of Spells today. Magic and wizardry have always had an awe factor with the kids in our country and as pioneers of constant innovation, we at Sony have taken a step forward with the concept of augmented reality and combination of PS3, Move and Eye Camera. Wonderbook: Book of Spells will help captivate a child’s thought process and imagination ability. I am sure the game will be an instant hit with the children and their families”.

In the world of Harry Potter, Book of Spells was written over two hundred years ago by Miranda Goshawk, the author of The Standard Book of Spells series. Unlike those volumes, Book of Spells can only be found in the ‘Restricted Section’ of the Hogwarts library. It is an advanced textbook for students, which assists them on their journey to become accomplished witches or wizards.

Book of Spells provides students with a safe environment to read, discover, learn, and practice spells they already know and love such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa, and Expelliarmus, as well as to discover mischievous notes and spells scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students. In addition to anecdotal facts relating to the spells, J K Rowling has written a conundrum to lead you through the experience, providing insight into what makes a successful witch or wizard, and inviting fans to journey through the book and unlock new tales at the end of each chapter rewarding students for their successful spell-casting.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the list of PlayStation peripherals. Wonderbook is a storytelling vehicle and tool for the imagination, which brings to life a thousand stories in one physical book with a series of adventures and experiences to explore. Wonderbook brings exclusive content to PlayStation 3 owners in new ways using augmented reality technology via PlayStation Eye. With plenty more projects in the works including Walking with Dinosaurs from the BBC, a partnership with Disney and a new detective title, Diggs Nightcrawler, Wonderbook looks set for a future release.

Further information about the game as well as screenshots and videos can be found at the official PlayStation website.

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