This topic is to throw the idea out there of a Hogwarts (School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter books and films)MMORPG. I personally feel that this would be a best seller, as proven by recent book and movie sales. It would be available on all consoles, but I believe it would be most fitting on the Wii as I will later prove. Some might say that the Harry Potter fan-base is not the type to play videogames, however I consider myself a hardcore gamer with a Wii and 360. I have played and beaten Zelda, Metroid Prime 3, Halo 3, and countless other games. Yet, I am a huge Harry Potter fan, for I don't read the books just see the films; I know many people feeling the same way as me. So I really feel that sales wouldn't be a problem, as long as it's made correctly.
In the beginning of the game you would be able to create/customize your character almost as you would in Sims titles. You would chose a name, not username, for names could be repeated and wouldn't have to include numbers after your name that makes it look foolish. Then, you would be able to choose if you are a Pure-Blood, Half-Blood, or Muggle-Born. Next, you have your school supplies list and go shopping for them at Diagon Alley until you're ready to enter the school. After meeting in the Great Hall, you will answer a series of questions that will ultimately sort you into one of the four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw. Once you have been sorted, you will be escorted to your house's common room and be able to look around. Soon after this you will be able to pick which classes you want to take and when. You're character will have levels of certain fields like: Spells, Flying, Potions, Charms, Quiditch, etc. Tasks such as being at the top of your class, winning a game of Quiditch, winning a duel (you'll be able to challenge fellow students to duels in the Forbidden Forest), correctly mixing a potion, and etc. will help you level up.
Now that you have settled into Hogwarts, there will be many events and happenings. A Quiditch match could be held every Saturday, and there will be tryouts for each house. If you don't make it, well, better luck next year after you've leveled up some. Yet, you could always play a pickup game on another day. I think each house should have a dueling team (tryout as well), and on every Friday night, houses will duel in matches of 20v20 and even grand 4way duels (20v20v20v20). Both of these events (Quiditch and Dueling) will earn House Points that will count towards getting the House Cup. As holidays pass, special happenings such as balls, dances, and parties will be held. Each house could form their own party on any given date after getting so many students to agree even. Also about twice every semester, students will be able to attend a Hogsmeade weekend. It would be a large thing, because any other time, this area will be closed off. These weekends would be like a vacation and time to let go. Everyone would love to go to Three Broomsticks and have an ale. And shops at Hogsmeade would have rare items, so save up. You would be able to socially interact with other students as well (text-based or using Wii Speak/headset). To add to the depth you could have a love of your life as well and date another student. Actions such as kissing, hugging, high-fiving, fist-jabs, smiling, etc. will be available almost as in Fable 2 (an interaction menu). As time will pass by and seven years pass, you will graduate from Hogwarts (don't worry it wouldn't go to fast). This is when the game will develop and possibly, greatly change.
You have just graduated from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and you have some very important, however not irreversible, choices to make. Will you come back to Hogwarts and become a teacher? Will you join the Ministry of Magic? Will you fight off death eaters? Will you open a shop on Diagon Alley? etc. Or will you choose more than one of these? Who knows? I think you should even be allowed to get married eventually. After time passes, if you stick with your same character this long, you will pass away (hopefully quietly and peacefully). This will not be the only time you can die though, had a bad duel that went terribly wrong? Uh-oh. Failed when trying to fend off Death-Eaters? I feel sorry for you. etc. All of these events could lead to a cruel, early death. However, I'm not saying it would happen easily at all, almost impossible if a well trained/taught Wizard.
Now what would make this a truly superb game on the Wii includes two basic things: 1. Clearly using you're Wii Remote with Wii Motion Plus would be a great feeling, and if developed correctly, could turn out amazing. And: 2. I really think that with a little tweaking/developing/future technology, Wii Speak would be able to understand what spell you say out loud. Not to mention the 360 should be able to use its Project Natal, and who knows the possibilities then. It would be the closet feeling to being a Wizard. And come on, who doesn't want to be a Wizard? Meanwhile on the PS3 and Xbox 360, you would have better graphics.
Some might think that it would be way too crowded, (It really would be). Sooo there would be many worlds in which you could choose from, (for example: world #1 - world #100). Each world would have its max capacity, and once you pick one, that is where you would belong. This way each school would have a fitting number of total students, teachers, and students in each house.
Another major issue is that of time. How fast would each year go? I think after you have attended so many classes each semester and passed each classes exam you would be able to graduate, so ultimately it's up to you when you would want to graduate and how fast you wish to age (some limit each year should exist I feel though). When older and a graduate, you would be able to mix anti-aging potions, hopefully you paid attention in potions class, which would also let you control your own rate of aging.
All in all, I truly feel that this would make for an amazing video game. There's only one problem: not enough people know about the possibilities of this game. If we can get enough support, I think a Hogwarts MMORPG could become a reality. Feel free to let me know how you feel about this.