J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books hit the pop culture scene like a revolution. And like any true phenomenon, they spawned a series of board games, with some better than others. Here are my picks for the best five board games based on the world of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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It bears more than a passing resemblance to Clue, but Mystery at Hogwarts has just enough originality to warrant its own place in your game collection. A roaming ghost and special die are among the enhancements, and the game works well with the Harry Potter theme. There are secret passages you must find, which makes it different from Clue. You move around a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry board and try to guess which student wizard used which spell and where.
It's designed for two... to six players (it's best with at least three players), ages 8 and above, just the right age group for Harry's entry into Hogwarts. Players enjoy the excellent artwork on the game board, game pieces, and cards.
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Three trivia games have been published for Harry Potter fans. One is filled with 750 questions from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," published by Mattel in 2000. That's quite a book quiz! It can be a great way to encourage a young reader. Another was published with 230 question cards of four difficulty levels from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret" in 2002. That version uses tokens shaped as Quidditch players, with a goal of answering a Golden Snitch... question. Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Edition from USAopoly has 600 questions based on the Harry Potter movies rather than the books. It's a compact game to be played in the car, with a goal of answering 12 questions correctly to win. Any of these games will challenge players to determine who is the most fanatical Potter fan.
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A foam ball floats in mid-air and you must navigate it through a course of obstacles. Sound like magic? Well, maybe it is. But that's really how you play this game - the ball truly does float in the air. It requires batteries to play. There are over 200 different maze combinations to make it unique each time you play. It's for ages 8 and up and can be played solo or with multiple players.
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Clear dice with figures from the Harry Potter universe are the pieces for this clever game. The basic game is pretty simple, but the advanced rules add more meat. It's a two-player game for ages five to adult. It was first issued in 2001 with Harry, Hermione, Hagrid, Snape, Malfoy, and the Sorting Hat.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The starter set is inexpensive, but this is a collectible game, so you may wind up purchasing booster packs. Players cast (toss) the stones, trying to generate good combinations. The most basic game plays a bit like Rock, Paper, Scissors, as spell beats potion, potion beats charm, charm beats spell. More advanced games have additional rules. It was first issued by Mattel in 2001. It's played with two players. The recommended ages are 8 to adult.