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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
This app is easy to use, but the functionality is limited. Users choose a category and answer multiple choice questions from that category. Upon answering, the correct answer is displayed, and the screen moves on to the next question. There are 15 questions about facts and figures (i.e., how much money the books and actors made); 12 questions about dates (when the books and movies were released); 12 on mythology and history ("The mythical Hermione was the daughter of which famous woman?"); 12 on word definitions (generally Latin roots of characters' names); 13 on movie details (how much the movies made) and 6 about J.K. Rowling. The app tracks your score for each quiz, but your score cannot be recorded or shared.
Violence & Scariness
There are a few abstract references to death or torture, such as the French meaning of "Voldemort."
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Products & Purchases
The info link from the main menu goes to a page with several advertisements for other apps by the developer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that World of Harry Potter Trivia is a set of 60 multiple choice questions about the Harry Potter movies, but not the story itself. Many of the questions focus on how much money the movies, books, and actors made, what years the books and movies were released, etc. A few questions relate to the origins of the names of characters and spells in mythology or other languages, particularly Latin. The screenshot and description on the iTunes store describes posting quiz results to Facebook, but this functionality is no longer included. The questions only run through the release of the fifth movie and are scattered with typos.
Is It Any Good?
WORLD OF HARRY POTTER TRIVIA is an easy enough app to play, but it likely to disappoint Harry Potter fans. The trivia questions focus on items like box office sales, which might be useful knowledge for Trivial Pursuit someday, but it's not the "what form does Professor Snape's patronus take?" type of how-immersed-in-this-world-are-you? trivia that fans are seeking. The mythology and word origins questions are neat, but it's difficult to find interest in taking the quiz more than once. The typos, which include misspelling a character's name, add to the sense that this app is not by or for true fans.
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