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Video comparison: The Harry Potter Minecraft mod is delightfully faithful to the movies

Minecraft modding team The Floo Network spent nearly a half-decade making Witchcraft and Wizardry, a Harry Potter RPG built inside Minecraft. The mod finally went into full release earlier this week, and it looks very impressive—far outstripping expectations for conventional Minecraft mods. But how does it compare to the real thing?

We put together a video matching famous locales in the Harry Potter films to their counterparts in Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the blocky build stands up very well. The scale is impressive—the exterior shots of Hogwarts are striking—but it's the attention to detail that really sells it: Things like the candles floating in the Great Hall, the moving pictures on the walls, and the morphing text on the Daily Prophet. Robbie Coltrane looks a little weird, but I suppose there's only so much you can do with such a round face on a such a square head.

It's a remarkable recreation of a literally magical cinematic setting, and the fact that it's fan-made makes it even more extraordinary. Witchcraft and Wizardry experience requires Java 1.3.2 to play, and is available for free from Planet Minecraft.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.