MuggleNet

App review by
Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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App version of MuggleNet website is poorly implemented.

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Ease of Play

The MuggleNet app is a bit difficult to use on the iPhone; while it accesses the MuggleNet website, the in-app browser does not have full browser functionality -- it does not allow for autorotate or pinch/zoom, so the website appears much too large for the iPhone screen. Movie trailers can only be watched in Portrait mode instead of landscape mode.

Violence

The app allows access to the Harry Potter movie trailers, which do show fantasy violence. The trailers are rated appropriate for all audiences.

Sex

The app allows access to movie trailers and other videos related to the Harry Potter series, which does include some scenes of kissing.

Language

The MuggleNet app provides access to the forums, which are closely monitored for offensive materials, but not to the chat rooms, where there could be profanity. However, you can also access comments sections on the site.

Consumerism

The app, along with the MuggleNet website, is ad-supported so there are banner ads across the bottom of the screen. Occasionally there are also video commercials that will play automatically when entering a section of the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MuggleNet is an app that provides access to portions of the MuggleNet website, a fan site for the Harry Potter series. Since it does allow access to movie trailers, there is a bit of violence involved, but the written portions of the site are appropriate for anybody who has read the books. The app is ad-supported so there are banner ads and video commercials that play from time to time.

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Kid, 11 years old May 27, 2011

Magical

sorry for my old review mugglenet your asoume very good for all hp fans

Is it any good?

The MuggleNet website is a good resource for Harry Potter fans, with plenty of news about the books and movies, discussion forums, activities, and videos. The MUGGLENET app provides access to portions of the website. However, the app has several weaknesses that make it hard to use, and it would be preferable to simply access the website using Safari on the iPhone. Sometimes video ads will play automatically, even when the iPod has been turned off.

Mugglenet has three sections: News, Cast, and Videos. The "news" on the site is usually in the form of discussion questions, and the app provides a link to the website to read everyone's answers. However, there is no way in the app to provide your own comments; and since the app doesn't use autorotate or pinch/zoom controls, the website is much too large for the screen and cannot be read easily. Cast allows you to listen to the MuggleCast podcast, and Videos has a small sample of videos, mostly movie trailers. Overall, a frustrating way to access a website.

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