The Harry Potter franchise continues to delight and entertain
millions around the globe. Ever since the first book, there has been
one very interesting side-plot involving the sport of Quidditch.
Quidditch can best be described as some sort of hockey-rugby-soccer
hybrid played on brooms. In the books and in the two films,
Quidditch is depicted as very fast and very entertaining. After
reading through many of the books and watching both movies, I found
myself thinking: “Wow, this would make a good video game.” Well,
apparently enough people thought this at EA, because they’re
delivering Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup to virtually
every system this fall.
Ok, so maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading any of the great
Harry Potter books or watching either one of the films. This would
pretty much leave you wondering exactly what Quidditch is. As I said
earlier, it basically is a hybrid of several different sports and is
played on broomsticks. You have a Keeper (goalie if you will) that
guards three hoops. Each team has three Chasers. The job of a Chaser
is to score a goal with the Quaffle through one of the hoops that
the Keeper guards. A goal gives a team 10 points. Each team also has
two Beaters. These are the defensive players who bat around the
Bludgers. Bludgers are used to take out another team’s player.
Finally, each team has one Seeker. The Seeker has to search and
capture the Golden Snitch (a tiny, golden, fast-moving ball).
Capturing the Golden Snitch gives your team 150 points and ends the
match. Got all that? Well, if you didn’t understand a word I wrote,
go pick up a copy of one of the books (preferably the first one) or
rent the two movies. You’ll better understand the game if you do.
You start off competing for the Hogwarts House Cup with one of the
four house teams. These teams are Gryffindor,
Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. Fans of
the series will recognize some of the team players, like Harry
Potter on Gryffindor and Draco Malfoy on Slytherin. The first mode
basically gives you a tutorial, some challenges to overcome, and
then finally compete for the House Cup.
After winning the House Cup, you get to play
the International World Cup Tournament. Think of the World Cup
(soccer) and apply it to Quidditch. If you want to get a better
understanding of this tournament, it occurs in the fourth book
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Many international teams
are present, and players from these teams that appear in the books
(Victor Krum from Bulgaria) are present. Instead of being just a
simple “win-lose” situation in the tournament, you need to score a
certain amount of points in order to move up in the ladder. This
basically forces players to use a certain strategy when playing
matches. It wouldn’t be advantageous to grab the Golden Snitch right
off the bat if you needed 350 points to move up, so it forces
players to actually keep that in mind. Each of the international
teams has unique uniforms and stadiums, as well as different
What would any sport game be without a
multiplayer mode? Thankfully, Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
possesses a multiplayer mode. This does insure a direct
head-to-head competition between two players, but it is not clear if
this means we can have multiplayer tournaments as seen in the FIFA
games. Also thrown in is a Quidditch card system. Collecting cards
unlocks special moves that can be used in matches. One would assume
you gain these cards similar to every EA Sport game out there.
Look for Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
on PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, and PC CD-ROM