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Scene It' Harry Potter 2nd Edition combines a cool social interactive board game with Harry Potter movie questions. Now includes images, puzzlers and questions from the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix along with movie clips from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire not available on the First Edition. Includes a themed Flextime game board which enables players to choose the length of gameplay, high-quality Harry Potter themed metal movers, oversized dice, 160 trivia cards, 30 Harry Potter themed House points cards, and a DVD with patented Optreve technology unique to Scene It' so you can play again and again without seeing the same questions.

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      06.12.2011 09:43
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      Enjoy the magic!

      I am a fan of the Scene It games, which are a series of interactive board games that are great for playing in groups. Some of the games in the series are generic movie or music games but many of them are specific to one franchise, such as this Harry Potter one. I'm a massive fan of the books and was delighted to get this as a gift.

      Like most board games, the idea is to get round the board before your opponents in order to win. Along the way you face questions that you must answer correctly to move forward and there are cards that can either help you along your way or move you back. The game is very well themed, from the playing pieces which are little metal statues in the shape of Hedwig (Harry's owl), the Hogwarts Express, a Golden Snitch and the Sorting Hat, to the board itself which is covered with scenes from the movies. The game is very much focussed on the movies rather than the books, which for me is where it falls down. I am very much a book fan and find that the movies are very inaccurate to the books. The thing is though, it has to be based on the films because it is a DVD game which features lots of scenes from the films as well as some bonus footage that you don't see in the films. I suppose as well that basing it on the films is what makes it reach a larger audience - parents will be able to play against their children and people who aren't massive fans will have a chance since a lot of the answers can be found in the clips themselves.

      The board is brightly coloured and will appeal to younger fans of the boy wizard. It is designed so that it folds out and you can play two different game lengths. The shorter one in my opinion though is much too short, lasting only fifteen or twenty minutes I have found and hardly worth the effort of setting up the DVD. The longer game tends to take around twice that time, which is still not very long for a board game, but it will be longer if there is a group of you playing.

      The game is aimed at children aged 8 and up and you can play with two or more players. I think that is probably a fair age range although there are probably younger children who could enjoy the game quite happily. It pretty much depends on whether they enjoy the films as to whether they would enjoy the game. Almost all of the scenes in it come from the films so if they aren't afraid of the darker scenes in the movies they will be fine with this. The questions come in different categories. There are two types of questions that feature the DVD, they are both the same apart from the fact that it is either aimed at just the person whose go it is or every one can attempt to answer and steal play from the person whose go it is. The DVD questions range from film clips to watch with observation style answers, film clips where you have to guess what is said next, film clips where you have to guess who is missing from the still or guess who the character is just from their voice. There are also some with clues to a character and you have to guess who they are in as few clues as possible. The questions are relatively easy for fans and probably fairly easy for those who have just a basic knowledge of the films.

      The other type of questions are the ones just on trivia cards. There are three categories: Hogwarts where players must identify things to do with the magical world associated with Hogwarts; Wizarding World where players must answer a question associated with the magical world outside of Hogwarts; and Muggles where players must answer a question related to the non-magical world. The first two categories are fairly easy questions that young players will enjoy answering. The latter category tends to be questions about the actors who appear in the films and their other work; they are much harder and will be the ones that non fans will have an equal chance of answering.

      The DVD is very easy to set up and once you have done so, you need only your remote control to flip up and down between the different categories. There is an option to select a specific game so that you can guarantee no repeated questions although I'm not sure that is necessary because I have played over twenty times and haven't had a repeated question that I can remember. There is also an option to just play DVD questions one after another so that you don't have to set up the board. This would be ideal if you had a group of people because you can just shout out the answers as you go along - it is aptly named party play.

      This edition is the first edition and only features clips from the first five movies. There has been at least one other edition that I know of since, but I don't think it really affects the game play. It is particularly good for younger fans as the movies included aren't as dark as the later ones so there are no scary clips involved. This also makes it much cheaper than the newer versions. This copy is available in The Works for just £9.99 which is exceptional value. It is available for around £20 in bigger stores like Toys R Us, which is still good value compared to the upwards of £35 price tag of the newer version.

      Overall I would recommend the game because it is very engaging and a lot of fun although the games are very quick and it is based purely on the films rather than the books, which probably won't be a problem unless you are picky like me!

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        31.12.2009 20:49
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        Can be played with any age but no doubt a new edition will be released as each film comes out.

        My son is Harry Potter mad and when we saw this half price for £9.99 he bought it as he had some birthday money left over.
        We had to play straight away when we got home and i'm pleasantly suprised its a good family game because with many games made from films it sells because of the name not the content.
        The game focuses on the first 5 films and includes an interactive DVD and although my parnter hasn't seen them all some of the questions are anagrams and observation of clips.
        There are 2 games a short and a long. A player roles the 2 dice. 1 to move a number of spaces the other to get a catergory of question. Two catergories are on the DVD which uses clips, photos and anagrams to ask questions three of the catergories are questions on a card which could be Hogwarts, Wizarding world or muggle related - these are more for those with a resonable knowledge of the films. The last is house points which really comprises of moving forward backwards or miss a turn.
        Which ever game route you choses, you move round the board and the first person to get to the final cut ring has to answer a question on the DVD to win if not the game continues to a tie-breaker until a player in the final cut ring answers a question correctly and they are the winner.

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          09.12.2009 17:15
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          Good Game

          Spending time together as a family has always been important to me and over the years we have played hundreds of games. However now that my children are 12 and 15 it has become more of a challenge to find things that everyone can play equally. Some games are still just a little beyond our son and obviously if he always loses he gets upset! Most Christmases we like to buy one or two new games which is how we came to buy Scene It? Harry Potter. My son had put it on his Christmas list so I decided it might be worth a try.


          I purchased it in WHSmith last December for about £25. It is currently on sale at Amazon at £20.99 but I am sure I have seen it recently at a cheaper price than this, possibly in Toys R Us.

          ---Presentation---

          The game is packed in a substantial size box. In common with all of the Scene It? Games the title words are large and in yellow and white and the pictures around the outside depict the edition you are buying. The box has a slightly holographic look about it and there are pictures of the very young Harry Potter stars at the bottom. This is the 2nd edition and it has a flash notice saying that it now also includes questions from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Due to the fact it contains a DVD it also has a film censor rating which is PG. The game is suggested for the age range 8 to adult and can be played by two or more players. The game is described as an Interactive Board Game.

          ---What's In The Box?---

          Upon opening the box you are immediately greeted by a round playing board, about 10 inches in diameter. This is what the manufactures refer to as a Flextime Game Board. It opens out to reveal a longer board with images all around the outside.

          The DVD is presented in its own sleeve. This has Optreve Technology which is supposed to randomise the movie clips.

          House Point Cards- round cards that you sometimes need to pick up during game play, they can be a help or a hindrance.

          6 sided die- numbered as a normal die.

          8 sided die-used to decide the type of question you will get.

          Question Cards (160)- stored in a box, very similar in size to Trivial Pursuit cards.

          4 Metal playing pieces(tokens)- the Mirror of Erised, the Goblet of Fire, the Durmstrang ship and the Night Bus.

          ---How Do You Play?---

          The basis of the game is to move around the board on the throw of the die. Questions are asked and answering the question correctly results in rolling again thus moving around the board quicker. The first person to reach the end and answer the Final Cut questions correctly is the winner.

          Rolling the 8-sided die allocates the gameplay category for your turn:

          There are two types of DVD questions-

          My Play- the DVD is activated and My Play selected from the list, a film clip is usually shown and there will be a question to answer at the end, the clips are usually quite long and the questions may be observational or require knowledge of the film. Only the player whose turn it is gets to answer.

          All Play- once again this uses the DVD. Everyone is allowed to answer and the first person with the correct answer gets to go. These questions are probably the most fun, they may be missing objects, voice recognition, anagrams or muddles faces. We have made it a rule that everyone can only give one answer as there was a lot of cheating going on with the kids yelling every character name they could think of!

          There are three categories of question on the cards:

          Hogwarts-questions relating to life at Hogwarts e.g. In the film HP and the Goblet of Fire who teaches the Gryffindor students how to dance for the Yule Ball?

          Wizarding World-questions relating to the rest of the magical world e.g. In HP and the Chamber of Secrets what does Mrs Weasley advise Harry not to forget to do the first time he uses Floo Powder?

          Muggles-questions relating to the non-magical world. These usually relate to the actors and other films they may have appeared in.

          Finally there are two random categories:

          House Points- requires the selection of a house point card and then follow the directions; these are usually to move forward or backwards a certain number of spaces.

          Players Choice - here the player can select their own favourite question category or DVD category.

          Playing the game is very straightforward. Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with board games will have no problems as it is a very simple concept. By folding the Flextime board into a circle the game play becomes shorter as it halves the length of the board. We have never found this necessary as a game does not last very long anyway. With three or four of us playing it probably takes about 40 minutes which I think is perfectly acceptable.

          ---How to Win!---

          Winning the game is not quite as simple as getting to the last square first. There is a section known as the Final Cut. The player moves onto rings ( a little like a bulls-eye) and has to answer special questions, these are usually trickier than the ordinary questions and can require multiple answers. The player then moves toward the "All Play to Win" centre spot, if the player to answer the question is the one in front then they win the game otherwise they have to try again next go. This is quite good as it gives everyone else time to catch up and means less sulking when one player keeps throwing large numbers on the die.

          ---But Is It Any Good?---

          When we first began to play this game we discovered that there were no instructions in the box. This confused us as it stated on the back that there was an instruction sheet. However when we put the DVD in the player we found that there was a "How to Play" section on it which was very clear and easy to follow.

          The DVD is easy to control although I would suggest putting an adult in charge as we find the children sometimes don't pay attention and select the wrong category. The game should randomise the clips so the same clip shouldn't come up too often. If the clip is too familiar you can press "skip" on your remote and it will move on. When we first played this we found that we kept seeing the same few clips and the skip button wouldn't work. This got a bit boring but when we changed our DVD player a couple of months later the problem disappeared so I do wonder whether the old machine couldn't work it properly.

          Obviously this game is based around the films and not the books. This means that my children are at a great advantage over me as they have seen the films far more often than I have. However they really struggle on the Muggles questions as they only know the names of the main actors and are certainly not familiar with other roles they play so this is when I get chance to shine!

          Due to the nature of the All Play questions we usually find that we have a good laugh playing this. It is sometimes so hard to remember an answer when really it is on the tip of your tongue. The children hate the anagrams because I can usually win on those too.

          We have played this game lots of times now but the board still looks new, it has not gone at all tatty. We do find that the 160 question cards are probably not enough. We have certainly had quite a bit of repetition of the questions which can get a bit irritating and the children can find that frustrating because they think the other one is getting an "easy" question. However even if they are only remembering the answer from last time I still think that is good for their brains.

          The DVD contains movie clips from The Philosophers Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire. It does not contain any clips from The Order of The Phoenix, it does have some questions about this film and the box says it does have images as well but I can't recall seeing any. I think that this is rather misleading as the front flash definitely says "Clips and Questions". The lack of these does not bother me at all and certainly doesn't affect my enjoyment of the game but I just think it is badly worded.

          Overall I think this is a great family game. Most of the time the children will win as I have just not seen the movies enough times but I like it when they can win games confidently. I like the fact that the game play is straightforward. I have played some newish games recently that are so complicated that they become boring. Since children love technology in any form they like using the DVD player along with the game. As a parent I enjoy the fact that we are all playing together and talking and laughing which is what games should be all about.

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            12.05.2009 11:54
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            Great family fun

            Being a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I simply had to buy the Scene It DVD game. Featuring hundreds of clips from the Harry Potter movies and thousands of questions about the series, it was my idea of board game heaven - and I wasn't disappointed.

            The thing I love most about this game is the amount of variation where gameplay is concerned. There are so many different types of questions - video clips and question cards as expected - but also 'guess the character by their voice' and 'make a character's name from the shuffling letters' to name but a few.

            My only criticism of the game would be that on a number of occasions the game will play a long video clip from one of the Harry Potter movies and then ask a question irrelevant to it.
            Also in my opinion, the questions asked in order to win the game at the end are a little too simple - or maybe I just know too much!

            I would say this game is an essential for all Harry Potter fans - non-Harry Potter fans can also have a go but may not be able to answer many of the more advanced questions!

            I'm really pleased with Harry Potter Scene It - now I've just got to wait for the 3rd edition!

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            20.03.2009 16:17
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            New take on an old idea. Stops a board game, being a bored game!

            Are your family bored? Then why not get board? The family board game has fallen out of favour in recent years, and I for one think this is a bad thing. I remember when I was a lad, sitting around a table and playing board games, such as Monopoly, or Trivial pursuits. And guess what we did? We talked, and had fun together. Too many families these days, do not make enough time to be together. Its a shame.


            Now, I agree that the selection of board games available, were not strong enough to pull the kids away from their ps2. They became more of a bored game, than a board game. They were boring, tedious and pretty lame. That is, until now.


            We have all seen them. DVD games are becoming increasingly popular. One of the first on the scene, was .... er....scene it. It was basically a game that utilised a DVD to base its question. This DVD contained scenes (hence the name.), from movies on which you had to answer questions. So, in a way the game meshes watching tv, and a board game. The very fact that the game involves watching tv, should be enough to get your kids joining in.


            So, the idea was a good one. Get the family together to play a game. How could it be improved upon? Well, to be fair the original was not as easy for the kids to get involved with, as the questions could be from a series of different movies. Harry potter 'scene it?' was born. In this game, the field of play is levelled, by narrowing the subject matter to a series of films, that the kids will no doubt know, and enjoy.


            Although there are other titles available, for example Pirates of the Caribean, we chose Harry Potter as all the family likes the films. We were able to buy a set, very cheaply. If I remember correctly it was about £10. We chose our night to play, and sat down as a family for the first time in god knows when.


            In the box, is a game board, two die, pieces, trivia cards, buzz cards and a dvd. The board is simple, in the general shape of an oval. You aim to go round the board to the end, which is called final cut. When in final cut, you must then try to answer the challanging end game questions to become the winner. If you get it, you claim the glory. If you don't, you try again on your next turn. Simple. I think that a good family game, should not be too tricky to play. This is easy to pick up, and quick to get started.


            The DVD controls the questions, and you operate it using your DVD remote. You role your dice. One is a normal dice, the other has symbols on it. The normal dice tells you how many squares to move. The other one has symbols on it. The symbols tell you what task to take. You either have to take a my play question, an all play question, a trivia question or a buzz card. My play is a DVD question just for you. Get it right to continue. An all play question is a DVD question, but everyone gets a go at answering. You need to get this one right before the others to continue. A trivia question, is a question read off the trivia cards and does not involve the DVD. Get it right to continue. Buzz is a card that tells you to do something. Similar to a chance card in Monopoly. Your game ends with a buzz card.


            The first time you play, it takes a bit of getting used to. You must learn what the symbols mean, and how to operate the DVD. My advice is to allow an adult to control the DVD, as it keeps a bit of decorum about proceedings. The DVD itself, contains scenes from the movies, and various tasks to complete. Don't worry about duplicates. Even if the DVD chooses the same scene, there are many different questions on each so do not count on it being one you have heard before. Chances are it won't be!


            Fun, and a good talking point, I believe that this is a game that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages. The game is for two or more players, and can be played by anyone. You can take a look around, to see which title suits your family more, but Harry Potter was ideal for us. It obviously makes it better if you like the subject involved. Parents get as much enjoyment as the kids, and it claws them away from the computer. Give it a go. Its cheaper to buy than a KFC, and probably much better for you!


            Reccommended. G

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              12.01.2009 13:44
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              A good game that any Harry Potter fan will love.

              I bought this for my partner's birthday a year ago. She is a big Harry Potter fan and is always bragging about how she knows more about Harry Potter then anyone else so this was the chance to prove it.

              Scene it has many versions in it's collection e.g. movies.

              It comes boxed with a game board, trivia cards, two dice, playing pieces and the dvd. You make your way round a board to the finish line by answering questions based on video clips and sounds. Complete the missing letters, see who is missing from a scene and triumph with your trophy.

              You begin playing by inserting the dvd and setting up the board.
              The board is circular shaped and can be opened up into a long oval. You can either play with the board closed for a short game or open for a longer game. I thought this was a great feature as the short game is so handy for when your a little short of time.

              Once the board is set up you select your pieces, pieces listed at the end for those who want to know.

              You roll both dice and make your move. One of the die is full of numbers and that shows you how far to move your playing piece and the second die shows you what kind of question you will be answering, the option are:

              All play- Use your dvd disk to select an all play question. Everyone can answer this question. If the roller is the first person to answer correctly then they get another turn, if anyone else answers first then play continues to the next player.

              My Play- Use your dvd remote to select a my play question. Only the roller can answer this question. You must get the question correct to roll again.

              Trivia- Answer a question from the enclosed trivia cards the player must get the question correct to roll again.

              Buzz- This is the game's version of a chance card. You read the card and do what it says. Your turn ends on picking up a buzz card.

              You continue play with players progressing around the board untill you come to the end, this is where you enter Final Cut.

              Once you enter the outer ring of final cut you select final cut on your dvd. You then need to answer a series of questions to be declared the winner. Get them right and glory is yours but get them wrong and you have to try all over again on your next turn.

              In general it is a good game and I enjoyed playing it. You definately need the enclosed referance cards the first time you play as you forget what symbol on the dice means what but once you get the hang of it it's a really good game.

              The inclusion of the dvd questions and clips make the game so much more interesting as it can get boring just reading questions of cards.

              I am a fan of the scene it games in general and this is a great example of them.

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              05.01.2009 17:39
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              A must for all Harry Potter fans!

              We recieved the Harry Potter Version 2 Scene It game for Christmas this year, and although we hadn't played the first version of the game, we have both the original 'Lights Camera Action' and the 'Friends' versions, so knew what to expect. We are all big Harry Potter fans, so this game was perfect for us, and we were not let down!

              It is a basic DVD bard game, only with a Harry Potter twist. You watch clips on the DVD, answer questions on the clips, or based on your knowledge of the Harry Potter films. Get the questions correct and you can move your piece round the game board towards the end.
              Obviously there are some extra little bits and bobs to do throughout the game - I thought the 'House Points' cards were a nice little touch, cards which move you forwards or backwards based on situations that 'you' have gotten into at Hogwarts - the kids loved these! But mostly, this is just a nice, easy to follow board game, with a fun mdern twist with the use of the DVD.

              This is definately only a game for Harry Potter fans - we had one player who had only seen one of the films and was completely lost! A game for adults and kids alike though - anyone old enough to know the Harry Potter stories will love this game!

              I believe the only difference between this and the first edition of the game is that the 4th film is now included in the questions. Not really worth upgrading if you already have the first game, but definately worth the money if you're looking for a new take on a family board game!

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              A great family game for Harry Potter fans.

              We have both Harry Potter 'Scene it' games and love them. A word of warning hoever, it's best that you have at least watched the films or you won't get very far in answering any questions ! So you may want to leave it exclusively for the kids if you have no clue about the world of Harry Potter !!

              The box contains the board, the questions, house points cards, dice, category reference cards, the interactive DVD and the game pieces with which to move around the board.

              The interactive DVD is the main part. You roll the dice to reveal how many spaces to move and/or what type of 'question' you will need to answer. There is "my play", "all play", "Wizarding world", "Hogwarts", "Muggles","House Points" and "Player's choice". The interactive DVD is used for "my play" and "all play", plus "player's choice" depending on theor choice of question. "My play" is a question that needs to be answered alone and you have a certin amount of time to do this in. The questions can be puzzles, images, 'what happen's next ?' or general questions about the films or 'scene'. "All play" is the same except that it's a race to be first to answer the question.

              This Second Edition includes scenes/pictures/questions from The Goblet of Fire that were not included in the first edition ( alongside clips the first three films also ) and scenes/pictures/questions concerning The Order of the Phoenix film too.

              "Hogwarts" questions are associated with the magical life at Hogwarts. "Wizarding world" questions are associated with the world of magic outside of Hogwarts. "Muggles" questions are related to the non-magical world ( usually actor/actress related questions etc ) and 'House points' are a way to move the game pieces around the board, forwards or backwards.

              The first person to reach "Stop:All play to win" are now capable of winning the game. From this point they have two ways to win the game. The first is "All play to Win" and if they don't answer the question correctly or be the first to do so, their second option is "Final cut". However, until the very end anyone can win the game if they answer the "All play to win" correctly even if someone has reached the position first but failed in their first attempt.

              It's a great board game for all the family !! Word of warning that it will make you want to watch the films straight afterwards once you've been watching scenes from them !!

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