Toy That Lives: Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7

By Adam Smith on October 10th, 2011 at 9:39 am.

Ron doesn't kill Dumbledore. I know that.

Like John, I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of Lego Harry Potter’s schoolyard mishaps and I was pleased that Years 5-7 will be available this year on 18th November. A huge part of the early years’ appeal, however, was the use of Hogwarts as a hub world and the later stories, as you could conceivably have avoided discovering, do take the action away from school somewhat. Hopefully this won’t lead to a loss of the exploratory jollity in between the driven narrative sections and will, instead, provide more hubs to wander around. Judging by the trailer below, the more serious the story becomes and the more adultescent it attempts to be, the more ridiculous and entertaining the Lego equivalent becomes. Good. Let’s stop being too earnest about wizards for a while.

For some reason I have images of a Bedknobs and Broomsticks Lego game bouncing around my head. Madness or premonition?

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  1. xavdeman says:

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  2. GallonOfAlan says:

    Hum – looks better than the first one, which I thought involved far too much traipsing around bloody Hogwarts and far too much reliance on puzzles. Mind you, I have never seen a Potter film, or read any of the books, so the whole thing was a bit impenetrable for me. I enjoyed the recent Star Wars one and Pirates a lot more.

  3. Pemptus says:

    The first one was my favourite LEGO game, and I don’t even love Harry Potter all that much. It’s the first one that I stopped playing only once I achieved 100%.

  4. Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

    I would just like to register my slight irritation that RPS automatically mocks any game relating to football whereas fucking Lego Harry fucking Potter prompts some beard-scratching.

    • Alec Meer says:

      And we don’t even *mention* hockey games, rotters we are. It’s almost as if we post about what interests us personally or something.

    • UnravThreads says:

      LEGO = Fun.
      Football = Overpaid tossers performing amateur dramatics.

    • AndrewC says:

      HARRY POTTER = Overpaid tossers performing amateur dramatics.
      FOOTBALL = national sport
      INTERESTS RPS PERSONALLY = Hamster Insertion Simulator 2011 (Real Fur Edition)

    • Tams80 says:

      National sport?! What utter tosh! As if most of the nation even care.
      Football to me = hooligans = I shan’t carry on as it would be inappropriate.

      Now if our national sport was anything like Bhutan’s… then I would happily call it a national sport.

      As for RPS; you’ve already been told.

    • Tavillion says:

      *gasp* It’s almost as if they don’t cover everything that happens in PC land!

      Whatever would we do if they decided *eyes widen* to ignore MY favorite game!

      Oh, right, we’d handle it maturely as a difference of opinion between adults. Or, you know, get angry about it on a blog and subsequently make angry posts insulting their integrity. Tomato tomahto.

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      haha, ‘Overpaid tossers performing amateur dramatics.’ most definitely defines both Harry Potter and football I’m afraid…

      I think an important reason why RPS don’t cover football games is because they aren’t all that interesting *as games* as opposed to football paraphernalia – what does each new addition of fifa add other than updated player stats and a different soundtrack? The games have the same graphics because they’ve already reached the peak of the 360′s ability, the format is the same, the mechanics are similar. If any other form of game is guilty of these things then the RPS writers often, and rightly, criticise it.

    • Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

      Aah! Unintentional mini-shitstorm!

      Sorry, my first post was intended in jest. Victor Meldrew style mock irritation and all that.

      I have no doubts regarding RPS’ integrity, excepting any ‘hull breaches’ which may have occured during the testing of Hamster Insertion Simulator 2011 (Real Fur Edition).

    • PleasingFungus says:

      In these post-Kieron days, I’m am truly concerned about Hamster Insertion Simulator 2011 (Real Fur Edition) getting the coverage it deserves. Please, RPS, won’t you think of the devs?

  5. loGi says:

    The description in the Youtube video didn’t mention a PC version. Hope that’s just a oversight.

    • Tams80 says:

      “Games for Windows”.

    • icupnimpn2 says:

      That could mean xbox nowadays for all I know. Microsoft can’t seem to keep their systems straight.

    • UnravThreads says:

      It’s coming to PC if stores are to be believed.

    • Joshua says:

      This game target’s audience seems to reside mainly on PCs and Wiis, so it be stupid for them not to release it on PC.

  6. Sinkytown says:

    Profoundly mindless kleptomania. I’m sure these Lego games are more harmful to children than Grand Theft Auto.

  7. Sami H says:

    0:56: I swear to god Voldemort’s attack sound has been lifted straight out of Quake 1. Teleport sound effect IIRC.

  8. aircool says:

    Talking of LEGO and videogames… does this remind you of anything?

    http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Alien-Conquest-ByTheme

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