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LEGO Harry Potter game review

The legend continues! While there will be no more Harry Potter books, the series lives on in movies and more important, in games you control.

WBIE for PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PSP, PC. Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older

Graphics: 8.0
Gameplay: 9.0
Sound: 8.5
Replay Value: 8.5
Overall Score: 8.5
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Pros: It’s LEGO! Lots of characters to play; really captures the feel of Potter movies and books.
Cons: No online multiplayer; can’t bring in your avatar to play as a character.

So what’s the deal with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4? If you’ve played LEGO Star Wars, Batman or Indiana Jones, you’ll have a good idea of what’s in store for you.

And it’s all good. Traveller’s Tales, the guys who make the LEGO games based on movies and books, have refined their formula over the years. That means you’re in for another game full of the magic, humor and feeling, this time with Harry Potter and a ton of studs to collect.


Once you get the controller in your hands, you’re ready for wizardry from moment one. While you don’t have wizard’s power until toward the end of the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley level, Hagrid does, and he’ll help you change blocks into springboards and pull heavy chains to open doors. You’ll find strange devices that are only there because they’re cool to ride around on as a diversion, like a street-sweeping thing on stilts with two brooms.

There’s a ton of collecting studs along the way, which help to unlock new characters. In fact, there are about 170 characters, all of whom are playable—when you need them. Early on, you can choose to play as Harry, Hermione or Ron.

If you get enough studs, you’ll become a True Wizard before the end of a level. This rewards you with a gold brick. And gold bricks are cool because they unlock bonus content.


I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed Harry’s world even though I already know it pretty well. In the first level, I wanted to stay in that world until I uncovered everything.

While the game doesn’t break much new ground, the way the environments are presented is really alluring. Candlelit rooms, slightly creepy characters such as goblins, nooks and crannies to explore—all these abound. And the level design seems flawless. The camera angles never mess up.

While there’s beauty in the detailed backgrounds everywhere, I like the sometimes creepy outdoor levels the best. If you do somehow get lost, a ghost trail of studs will appear to lead you back to familiar territory.

Of course, in a LEGO videogame, even when you finish the level, there’s more gameplay in Free Play mode. Here, you can use any character you’ve unlocked to find secret areas.

As you move through the levels, you’ll collect pieces of Hogwarts crests many times along the way. Each completed crest will give you a Super Kit piece. Collect all 24 for a special Super Kit achievement.


There’s a lot more here because the game covers the first four J.K. Rowling books. Check out the Student in Peril missions. These quests require you to save an unfortunate pupil. If you do, you’ll get a gold brick.

You also have the opportunity to create spells when you see Nearly Headless Nick. Take the spell lesson and collect the token to use the new spell, perhaps in the mountain-troll battle in the girls’ restroom. Plus, you can mix potions, which will help if you’re turned into some strange animal. But be careful. If you put the wrong ingredients together, something weird and unexpected might happen.

Some characters have Dig Ability, which lets you look underground for all sorts of stuff. And the Cloak of Invisibility helps you in the direst of situations. Watch out for fire-breathing dragons (who just might burn Harry in the butt)!

Play and fight underwater, compete in the TriWizard Tournament and lock horns with Lord Voldemort in a tombstone-filled graveyard. Slide through giant tunnels and battle massive spiders. Rediscover the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets. And you can use the characters’ pets to play during certain times, like Ron’s rat, Scabbers.

There are thrills every minute. It’s kind of like a jack-in-the-box popping out to delight you constantly.


The one thing I don’t care about is Madame Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. Here, you can customize your character. I’d rather be able to use my Xbox Live avatar instead because it looks a little like me.

Also, there’s no online multiplayer access, which is something that gamemakers should have been doing for years now. There’s no excuse for not adding it. [EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the LEGO Harry Potter folks, online multiplayer for Xbox 360 and PS3 is expected to be available as a patch in the coming months.]

But overall, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a fine game. It’s a great way to relive the movies and books and get ready for The Deathly Hallows movie this fall. With all of its bells and whistles, it’s a small treasure. And you know what J.K. Rowling wrote about treasure, right? She wrote, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

46 Comments on LEGO Harry Potter game review

  1. I cant wait

  2. i beat it but gets REALLY boring when yuo beat teh game

  3. is this game two player story like the other lego games because i might buy it if it is

  4. Once you beat the game, it’s really boring. )-:

  5. I havent gotten it yet but i heard its really cool

  6. The Harry Potter game is cool but why only have 4 movies

  7. Percy Jackson // December 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm // Reply

    When will LEGO Harry Potter years 5 -7 come Out?

  8. Harry Potter is the BEST! Has anyone seen the new Movie?

  9. Do all of you guys like the books or movies??

    Please Reply to me as soon as possible ok????


  11. i just hope time can fly because i want to watch the seventh movie!!!

  12. i just love harry potter. i neeed to watch the sixth but i thinck i just mit love the game. i own injones and it rocks i love it! all of the movies are good but i thick this will be better yet!!!!!

  13. i do not understand the game

  14. What are the cheats for the game on DS? I cant find any.:(

  15. I was going to get both but my parents said no. I got DS which is cool but I still think Wii is better. The Wii version is $50 so I want to make sure the game is as good as it’s reveiws.

  16. the best game i ever had!!!!!!!1!!

  17. Hary potter is the best

  18. It is so fun!

  19. Justice1193 // August 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm // Reply

    wii is better

  20. I havent got the game yet, so which is the game better for? Wii or DS. I heard Wii is better.

  21. i love lego games o->-<

  22. Californiaboy13 // August 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm // Reply

    Games awesome, every one should get it

  23. it looks so good i’m going to get for the wii or the Xbox360 later with my own money.

  24. potterfan1 // August 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm // Reply

    i have this game 4 my ds. it is awesome!

  25. cant wait to get it

  26. Just by reading this review, I can tell this is an awesome game.
    I love Harry Potter and everything that goes with it.

  27. i love this game if you need any walkthroughs go onto bing and look up lego harry potter walkthroughs and the go to the one thats web site is mahalo

  28. I herd it is fun.

  29. i have the game for d.s. o my gosh it is the best game i have ever played! if u love it try all the other lego games.

  30. How about lego World War 2!Imagine a lego version of Iwo Jima. (snicker)

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