Half-Blood Prince features the exploration of Hogwarts and casting spells
on objects around the school, similar to its predecessor Order of the
Phoenix. The game also includes multiplayer games, classes, different times
of day, Quidditch, Wizard Duels and Potion making. The Marauder's Map is
included in the game, as further progressing can open parts of the school.
Harry can also call Nearly Headless Nick to show him around the school.
As Dumbledore mentions, the Duelling Club begins. Harry is allowed to duel
freely with students and learn spells from them. The Gryffindor Duelling
Club is located in the Great Hall, while the other houses are in other
places such as the Paved Courtyard, Training Ground, and Transfiguration
As Harry attends Potions class, mixing ingredients to make potions is done
with the Wii Remote or analogue stick. Harry must also join the Potions
Club, which is in the Herbology classroom.
Harry is also named Quidditch Captain. Other members on the team are Ginny
Weasley, Ron Weasley, and Katie Bell. They all participate in try-outs and
in the Quidditch Cup against Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. When
Harry has detention, Ginny is the seeker, while Dean takes her spot. When
Ron is in the hospital, Cormac McLaggen takes his spot on the team.
The Wii version of the game utilises the Wii Remote features as it did in
the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game. which include
brewing potions, wizard dueling and Quidditch. However, it does not support
the new Wii MotionPlus technology which was released in the same month. The
Nintendo DS version includes mini-games such as Gobstones and Exploding
Snap. The game once again utilises the Stylus for wizard duels, potion
making and Quidditch. The PlayStation 3 version includes Dualshock 3
vibration . The PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox 360 versions utilise the same
functions as with the previous game.
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