JK Rendering: LEGO Harry Potter In Action

By Alec Meer on March 18th, 2010 at 11:49 pm.

Cheery things about videogames, to make people cheery. It’s been a while since the LEGO [insert film franchise here] series tickled our funny bones and our puzzle bones quite as expertly as it once did, but I suspect there’s a lot of energy and creativity being poured into the upcoming Barry Trotter builder-basher. For one thing, the fact that the Potter books are centred around a single location should mean it’s an inherently different prospect to the pick’n'mix environments of Star Wars, Indy and Batman. Free-roaming, perhaps? It is on the record that there’ll be less combat than the previous LEGO games, and Hogwarts really needs to be the exploratory gift that keeps on giving. Oh gosh, look at me pretending I know anything about Harry Potter. It is the one with Violet Elizabeth, isn’t it?

I have no idea if that’s really Robbie Coltrane voicing the Robbie Coltrane character, but it’s definitely the best impersonation of Robbie Coltrane making Scottish grunting noises I’ve ever heard. Also, note this is LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Do you think there’ll be a sequel?

This one’s due in May, by the way.

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42 Comments »

  1. 12kill4 says:

    Nice try Alec, but we all know that when you go home at night you love nothing more than to slip on your magenta wizard’s robe and prance around your living room pointing at things with a knitting needle shouting ‘Ludos Narravito Disonancae!’

    • robrob says:

      Alec puts on his wizard hat and robe…

    • 12kill4 says:

      Oh yea… sorry I must have gotten mixed up between Alec and me dressed up as Alec dressed up as a wizard..

  2. DMcCool says:

    Why are they leaving Baby Hitler on someone’s doorstep?

    (thats really the most constructive comment I can think of)

    • Mr_Day says:

      Sadly, I believed that Hitler’s own youth was some weird version of Harry Potter. Complete with Hagrid tracking him down.

      “You’re a racist, Hitler.”

      “I’m a what?”

      “A racist! And a thumping good’un, I’d wager.”

    • tomeoftom says:

      Mr_Day, you have made my day.

    • Andrew says:

      I wouldnt say baby hitler. More like baby Toht the gestapo agent from raiders of the lost ark

    • Urthman says:

      “So, you go back in time. How do you kill baby Hitler?”

      “Um…I…give him to wizards! Who will send him to a mean nasty family that will lock him in a closet under the stairs and never ever let him practice racism! They won’t even tell him he’s a racist!”

  3. FunkyLlama says:

    Title is punforgivable. :(

  4. El Stevo says:

    The title really is punbelievably bad.

  5. bill says:

    It doesn’t seem as open to the comedy interpretations as the other franchises they’ve tackled… it’s hard to add physical comedy to a scene about flying letters and attacks by owls.

    Sounds like the real Harry too.

  6. Dave says:

    Hermione naked.

    Think about it.

    • JuJuCam says:

      But… she’s plastic… and flat… and has those weird claw hands…

    • Spacewalk says:

      If she was kitchen ware she’d have a moulded grip and a non-stick surface.

  7. Skusey says:

    I though it was puntastic.

  8. DJ Phantoon says:

    Huh. Thought they had already done this.

  9. SmallIvoryKnight says:

    May I just say:

    Ahem.

    Lego Universe Beta Invite. BOOOO YEAH.

    • Mr Labbes says:

      Apart from the playing times, Lego Universe is rather neat. I mean, looking at it while not playing, I don’t think it’s a great game, but it gets a +4 Lego bonus. At least.

    • Vitalis says:

      Played it for a few mins and had absolutely no idea of what was going on. Couldn’t decipher the friends system either…

    • Bobsy says:

      You lucky bastard.

  10. Initialised says:

    I’ve been waiting for this since the first Harry Potter Lego came out. I hope it is all I dreamed of. Will be getting it on the Wii, PS3 or DS unless there is multi-user-single machine play cos both my PCs make PS3 games look blocky and grainy. Looking forward to Lego Universe and Lego Ben Ten as well.

    • Vitalis says:

      You work for Lego/EA/Traveller’s Tales/Warner Bros., right? :p

  11. EvaUnit02 says:

    Also she’d be 11-14 in this game. You plastic brick paedophile.

    • EvaUnit02 says:

      That was in reply to Dave. Dammit RPS’ buggy comment system.

  12. Brulleks says:

    Does ‘years 1-4′ refer to the target demographic?

  13. DanPryce says:

    LEGO 007. That’s all I ask.

    • Irish Al says:

      I had that very thought recently. However trying to incorporate femme fatales and Bond Girls with names like Pussy Galore and Fanny Akimbo and what have you might be difficult considering the target demographic. LEGO 007 would be ace though.

  14. Yanko says:

    Why does Hermione have Lego Frankenstein’s bolts in her head?

    • Mr_Day says:

      I heard that the lazy developers just re-used one of the Princess Leia models from the Star Wars version.

      But I also heard that Bin Laden was found, but because he was in a deck chair between a hopsital, a Chinese Embassy and a nursery, the Americans have no chance of hitting him. So what do I know?

    • Mr_Day says:

      Huh. That comes across as more sarcy and less jokey than intended. Bollocks.

    • Bobsy says:

      “What do I know?”

      That is a question for the ages.

    • Pod says:

      I think it only applies for ages 1-4.

  15. The Colonel says:

    Alternaively, enlist the genius of Einstein to create a time machine allowing you to go BACK in time, shaking hands with ALL KINDS OF WORLD LEADERS INCLUDING HITLER AND KILLTHEMALLALLOWINGYOUTOCREATEAMIGHTYREDEMPIREDESIGNEDTOBRINGABOUTTHETOTALDESTRCUTIONOFALLALLIEDCOUNTRIES!!! Extra crispy…

  16. GCU Speak Softly says:

    Thanks goodness I’m not the only one who hasn’t got a clue about what I’m supposed to be doing in the LEGO Universe! If that game is aimed at kids / casual gamers it’s gonna need a heck of a lot of info dumping!

  17. sana says:

    This is one of the better comment threads on RPS.

  18. Hairbear says:

    I’m a Gryffindor but something in my pants is a Slytherin

  19. Epic Fael says:

    This looks horrible. However, Traveller’s Tales could redeem themselves in my eyes, if – IF – they announce Lego Scooby Doo this year.