Developer: Insight Editions
Price: $12.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

With the conclusion of the Harry Potter film series, there will probably be a huge onset of all kinds of extra features, special box set releases, and more. But the Harry Potter Film Wizardry app for the iPad is probably the coolest of these extras.

I think of the app as a sort of non-disc DVD extra. The app includes stories about what’s gone on behind-the-scenes during the long process of making the eight films, unpublished pictures, and plenty of interviews with actors. The app is split up into sections; each section is one of the movies and an extras section at the end. The size of the app conveys just how much information and media is packed into this app – almost a gigabyte (992 MB)!

Something I complained about in a previous book app that I reviewed was that the videos were from an outside source and, therefore, could’t be viewed unless the iPad was connected to the internet. For us iPad Wi-Fi owners, offline access can often be a make-or-break feature in deciding to buy the app. The media, in this case, is a part of the app, which can be a huge deal when considering to spend $12.99 on an app (which better be perfect for that kind of price).

The extras include obvious items, such as the trailers for each movie, but also cute, fun pages like the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter and the Borgin and Burkes Catalog. Along with the trailers for each movie, each movie has a slideshow of photos (some or all of which are previously unreleased). Overall, for a true Harry Potter fan, this is a must-have! With behind-the-scenes information in the articles, awesome photos, and extras, just think of buying the app as a part of the “deluxe version” of a Harry Potter box set.

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