Wizards, witches and magical beasts of all kinds. These are the ingredients of many fantasy games and even more fantasy books. Based on the Harry Potter books; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is making its way to the Microsoft Xbox. Boasting vast interactive environments and all new enemies and spells Harry Potter is back and better than ever. Once again returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft for the second term you can expect to encounter and converse with such characters as Hermione and Ron as well as some new faces from the books.

Picking up from the last book Harry ignores a warning from Dobby the house-elf that disaster will strike if he returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, Harry returns for his second year only to find Dobby’s predictions coming true as students keep turning up petrified! Could Draco Malfoy be to blame or is there a greater evil at work? With the help of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry returns to his classes to learn second-spells that will aid them in their quest.

With an intriguing story, amazing spells and powerful enemies, along with a wide range of mini-games including a revised version of Quidditch; this is a game that can appeal to anyone. If you like adventure games, enjoy the books or the movies or you’re trying to convince your wife that an X-Box will be good for entertaining the kids then this is a game you should keep an eye on.

If that still hasn’t convinced you or you prefer to skim previews here is a feature list direct from the Electronic Arts website:

Explore a richer world - dazzling next generation graphics create an authentic immersive Hogwarts.
Go deeper into Harry's second adventure - greater magic control and advanced second-year spells.
Greater depth - featuring Wizard Duels, Power-Up Spells, Quidditch leagues, and all your favourite characters from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, including the extremely famous and incredibly talented Gilderoy Lockhart.
Take flight - hop on Harry's Nimbus Two Thousand™ and freely explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry comes to life - his internal voice guides the player through the game.[/list]

Watch out for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, coming November 8th 2002 for the Xbox.