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The Five Best Harry Potter Games Of All Time

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Our favourite Harry Potter Games (so far?)

Being a muggle sucks, right? No Hogwarts, no broomsticks, no magic.

We’ve all sat and hoped for a half-giant with a thick West Country English accent to appear on our doorstep. Sadly, each year, that possibility seems less and less likely…

But it’s not all bad, muggles! Various game developers (or Defence Against the Dark Non-Magical Life Developers) have created a variety of brilliant Harry Potter-based games, even if the Muggle Studies students of Hogwarts would scoff at these representations of the Wizarding World…

We’ve used our Rememberall to ensure that no great Harry Potter game is forgotten, and thrown away our Quick-Quote quill that Rita Skeeter gave us, all to create the definitive list of Harry Potter great games.

To check out the start of the list all you need to do is swear that you are solemnly up to no good (and maybe click on the next button).

Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Created with the help of J.K. Rowling, SCE London Studios created this augmented reality game for PlayStation 3 in 2012. Book of Spells utilised the Playstation Move controller to allow the player to cast their favourite spells from Harry Potter. Book of Spells provided the outline to follow to cast the spell: just like if you were holding a wand.

Sadly, Book of Spells lacked the depth of gameplay needed to truly be a great Harry Potter game. It did allow for the player to choose their House (Ravenclaw FTW), and to choose their own wand (sorry Ollivander – this time the Wizard chooses the wand), but that was all there really was in terms of story or choice.

Book of Spells allows the player to cast spells in a unique fashion – it may even be the closest a mere muggle can get to using a wand. It taught us how to perfect the swish and flick, but look elsewhere for a deeper Harry Potter journey.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Available for Android and iOS devices since April 2018, Jam City created a Hogwarts before young Harry Potter ever entered the Magical School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is an engaging and fun game, but sadly it’s held back by microtransactions which are almost as excruciating as the Crucio curse.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery allows the player to create their own character and choose their Hogwarts House – not sure how the Sorting Hat feels about that. You can attend classes and learn new spells, explore all the magic that Hogwarts has to offer, and build up friendships with a really diverse range of characters. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is everything that a Harry Potter game should be.

But that energy system… Anyone who has played Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery probably still has nightmares about the Devil’s Snare section, and just how awful running out of energy can be. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery requires energy for pretty much any action needed to complete a section of the game – even daydreaming in a lesson requires energy! Energy builds up over time, or can be bought for muggle money.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a brilliant game, but it can only be fully enjoyed if you’ve got a lot of money stored in Gringotts.

The EA Harry Potter series

EA first released Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, in the same month as the movie’s release. Harry Potter fever was comparable to the fanfare around the Quidditch World Cup final. EA built on this by allowing the player to explore Hogwarts at their own pace, and re-experience the journey of Harry in The Philosopher’s Stone.

Since then EA, developed a film tie-in for each of the Harry Potter movies, each with varying degrees of success. But Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone stands out as the best of the series of games. The Philosopher’s Stone kept the magic of the book (pun intended) better than any other game in the EA Harry Potter series.

The most remarkable gameplay aspect to the Harry Potter EA series was the ability to free-roam around Hogwarts. From the Great Hall, to the Room Requirements, to the Quidditch Field, all was explorable – but of course you’d have to avoid those pesky Prefects during the night. The EA Harry Potter series is worth playing just to explore Hogwarts, and all it has to offer (keep an eye on the staircases, they like to change).

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup

EA has always been known as a developer of great sports games, and in 2003 it combined this with Harry Potter to create a completely unique sporting experience. Quidditch World Cup made the famous wizarding sport a favourite for muggles too, and allowed us to hop onto a broom and chase after the golden snitch.

Quidditch World Cup begins with the player taking control of a Hogwarts House team as they aim to win the Quidditch House Cup for their team. Once that’s completed, you can take control of a national team and and compete against other nations in a knockout stage, until you finally make it to the final and win the Quidditch World Cup.

The gameplay felt smooth and fun. The game automatically switched the player between roles, allowing a decent amount of time to play each position in the team. Sadly, like most EA games based on just one tournament, it did feel quite shallow; once you’d won the World Cup you’d pretty much done all the game had to offer. But, despite this, Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is a unique and brilliant take on the franchise, and is a must-play for any Harry Potter fan.

The Lego Harry Potter series

First released in 2010, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 may well be the peak for Lego-based games. In 2011, Harry Potter: Years 5-7 released and continued the Harry Potter fun, the with the creative twist on gameplay and humour that Lego brought to it.

Lego games are known for their unique comedy style and ability to both parody and praise the movie its based on. This worked perfectly with Harry Potter and brought the franchise to life in ways that had never been done before. The sheer amount of characters included, and lore around Rowling’s franchise, made the Lego Harry Potter series a huge success for fans of both the novels and films.

Lego Harry Potter also included a Hogwarts that was ripe for exploration. It wasn’t quite as realistic as the portrayals in the EA versions, but the added Lego charm made each surprise that bit more enjoyable. Plus, magic worked perfectly in the game by allowing the player to build their own Lego structures using various spells. The Lego Harry Potter series is, without a doubt, the best Harry Potter video game ever made, and is a must-have for all Harry Potter fans.

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