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Harry Potter Cast Return to Voice ‘Hogwarts Mystery’ Mobile Game

So, having memorized all of the dialogue for each character across all eight Harry Potter films, you thought you would never again hear any new lines from the Potterverse uttered by the original actors. You were wrong. ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ is a role-playing game set in the Potterverse, and, Variety reports, you will be hearing some pretty familiar voices, while living life as a Hogwarts student through your avatar. 


Dame Maggie Smith, who played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the films, has said  “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus because it is the most exotic.”


Image Via MovieWeb

Image Via MovieWeb


The game will also feature voice-overs from Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madame Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madame Pomfrey) and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch).


The free game has been developed by Jam City and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s game label Portkey Games, which dedicated to Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 


The game is set for release at the end of this month, and will be available via the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. For more information,  go to HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com


Featured Image Via Factinate


We Read Too

New App Allows Readers to Find Writers of Color at the Tap of a Screen!

Software engineer Kaya Thomas designed an absolutely awesome app called We Read Too. It lets readers easily find children’s books by writers of color featuring characters of color. It’s not always easy to find diverse children’s literature, and Thomas noticed this growing up. We Read Too should help future generations read from a wider array of authors.


The app is sleek, colorful, and easy to browse. It allows users to filter by picture, chapter, middle grade, and young adult books. With over 600 books included, the simple browsing system allows parents, teachers, tutors, guardians, and basically all adults help children find books by writers of color, featuring, hopefully, characters that look a little more like them.


Thomas is an Associate Engineer at Slack Technologies (yes, the site you use to send funny memes to your coworkers), but We Read Too is her passion project. It’s available to everybody for free, and that’s how Thomas wants to keep it. Speaking to Apple, Thomas said, “I wanted We Read Too to be accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they could afford to buy a $1 app. I have no intention of ever charging anyone for access to the information.”


We Read Too gives us a reason to be optimistic, as more young readers will now be able to read books by writers of color. Thomas hopes to partner with libraries in the future. If that pans out, then it will help ensure the information she’s gathered is going to the right people. Pick up We Read Too on the App Store and Google Play today!


Feature Image Via We Read Too

To Be or Not To Be

If You Love Reading, You’ll Love These Six iPhone Games

I don’t know about y’all, but when I can’t concentrate enough on whatever I’m reading, I always end up playing some kind of game on my phone. So! We’ve put together six of our favorite bookish iPhone games for when you’re in the reading mood but just don’t have the attention span for a book.


PSA: all of the games below are paid games, ranging from $1.99 to $4.99.


1. To Be or Not To Be



What started out as a choose-your-own-adventure book of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, To Be or Not To Be is now an addicting iPhone game. Play unique adventures as Hamlet, Ophelia, or Hamlet Sr. while learning Shakespearean trivia like what ‘pernicious’ means and the origin of the phrase ‘Till death do us part’. 


You can also:


  • Sensibly bring evil King Claudius to justice in a court of law! Or stuff him into a cannon and then fire him into a wall! IT’S UP TO YOU.
  • Travel through TIME! Fight PIRATES! Kill a guy IN A CHURCH (it’s totally okay, he’s a jerk!)!
  • View the HAML-O-METER at the end of each story to see how well you stuck to the Bard’s vision!


At $4.99, this is one of the most expensive games on our list, but you get what you pay for, right? 


2. Blackbar


Blackbar iphone game

Image via iTunes Store, Blackbar


I love when a developer’s description of their game is all you really need:


Blackbar is a text game: a sci-fi story of a dystopian future told through the medium of word puzzles. Reminiscent of text adventures and interactive fiction, it has a unique mechanic centered around the concept of censorship. Censorship is frustrating, but the human spirit can beat that frustration by turning it into a game.


You receive a series of censored email messages, and it’s up to you to decode the texts. Easy at first, as you progress the missing words become harder to uncover and the game entwines its Orwellian logic around your brain. There’s a story, albeit one more subtle than other games on this list, but so are the graphics: there aren’t any. 


With no graphics and a subtle, weaving storyline, Blackbar is a great escape from your typical mystery/thriller and absolutely worth its $2.99 pricetag.


3. Sorcery!



If you’re interested in medieval fantasy, Sorcery! is a four-part epic adventure that feels like both a table-top roleplaying game and a create-your-own-adventure. The art and illustrations are incredibly beautiful, and the way the game handles combat…well, you’ll be impressed.


Sorcery! is adapted from Steve Jackson’s best-selling gamebook series of the same name, so you can look forward to:


  • Plotting your own journey across a hand-drawn 3D world map
  • Thousands of choices for a fully interactive story
  • Mastering 48 magic spells
  • A unique touch-based sword-dueling, with procedurally-generated descriptions of the actions
  • Outwitting monsters by learning their weaknesses and tells


At $4.99, this is the other most expensive game on the list, but with a tried and true author like Steve Jackson behind the wheel, Sorcery! is a story-heavy game you won’t want to pass up. 


4. Space Age



Space Age is a game of cosmic adventure. Set in the retro-futuristic sci-fi world of 1976, it follows a small but determined band of intergalactic explorers who land on a seemingly uninhabited planet, Kepler-16. They soon discover there’s something both strange and familiar about this alien place… And what happens next is a clash of old and new, a battle of past mistakes and future fallout.


I personally love this game because the gameplay feels like something I would have played on the Gameboy Advance SP, which is still my favorite handheld gaming system because I’m nostalgic and because I’m trying not to spend all my money on video games these days. 


At $1.99, you really don’t have an excuse to not buy this game.


5. Reigns



I found this game a little over a year ago, and let me put it this way, it’s still on the first page of my “games” folder on my phone. Do you like the swiping aspect of Tinder, but don’t want to meet anyone? Great, this one’s for you. 


Sit on the throne as a benevolent (or malevolent) medieval monarch of the modern age and swipe your royal fingers either left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom. Survive the seemingly never-ending gauntlet of requests from your advisors, peasants, allies, and enemies while maintaining balance between the influential factions of your kingdom. But beware; each decision you make might have implications and unfortunate consequences down the road that could put your reign and family’s dynasty at risk!


$2.99 and continuously entertaining because every time you die, whether it be after six months or seventy something years, you take over as the next in line for the throne. Long live the king!


6. Lifeline..



Lifeline.., like Blackbar, is less about the impeccible graphics and more about the text. A real-time sci-fi tale, you’ll receive notifications that move the story onward without you actually being inside the game. If you’re not a fan of games sending you notifications, don’t sweat, there’s no penalty for catching up on the action later. If you like sci-fi, you’ll want to add this to your wish list.


At $1.99, Lifeline.. is a highly rated game with a great concept and a minimalistic feel that we fully recommend.


Featured image via To Be or Not To Be.


These Imagined Literary Texts Are Hilarious, Part II

Reading has a way of making us believe our favorite characters are real. Sometimes we believe they breathe the same air as us, or walk the same ground. But they don’t text (besides in part one, which you can read here).


Some mad geniuses have somehow got into contact with some famous literary figures, though. We’ve collected a few of the funniest ones.


1. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

Text of "Catcher in the Rye"

via Esquire


2. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

Tale of Two Cities text

via The Poke


3. “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Werther text

via Sparknotes


4. “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama

Audacity of Hope text

via Esquire


5. “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables text

via Sparknotes


6. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

Lord of the Flies text

via The Poke


7. “Don Juan” by Lord Byron

Don Juan text

via Sparknotes


Feature image courtesy of Kim Komando.


New Austen Quote App Makes Every Day Sensible

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” Ever need 19th century sass like this in your life? The Jane Austen Centre has just released the perfect solution. The new app, the Jane Austen Daily Quote, gives you a classic Austen line every day of the year. What’s more, the delivery can be set for any time of day—in case you have particular moments when you’re in need of a witty line. 

The app currently comes loaded with 365 beloved lines from the 6 books that comprise Austen’s work: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. Beyond the entertainment value, the Austen Centre also uses the app to promote its museum in Bath, England. Additionally, the app is promoting the Centre’s online store and digital magazine

The Jane Austen Daily Quote app is now available on both the App Store and Google Play Store for free. What’s your favorite Jane Austen quote?

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