Seven books, eight movies, and a few Broadway spin-offs later, J.K. Rowling’s wonderful wizarding world has been enchanting the muggle realm since 1997. A new generation of Potterheads are now looking for a gateway to Hogwarts, and we’ve rounded up the best Harry Potter games to help them along their way. See our top picks below!
Has the wordsmith in the family worn out your Scrabble board yet? If so, surprise them with Waddington’s Harry Potter Lexicon Go! Word Game. The game dips into the wonderful wizarding world of the boy who lived through the letter tiles you’re being dealt, and every round makes learning vocabulary feel magical. But although the Harry Potter game is meant to be educational, that doesn’t mean there aren’t entertaining twists. The PolyJuice Potion tile transforms into any letter you’d like, and if you’re able to spell “Snitch,” you win the round.
Think you know all there is to know about the wonderful world of Harry Potter? We’ll see about that. USAOPOLY’s Harry Potter Edition of Trivial Pursuit game puts Potterheads to the test with a whopping 600 questions. You’ll be quizzed on topics like The Dark Arts, Hogwarts, Magical Spells and Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, and Animals and Magical Creatures. But as Hermione Granger once learned, books and cleverness will only get you so far. This Harry Potter game relies on knowledge and discretion. Only offer up enough information to respond to the question. The first player to answer 12 questions correctly wins it all.
Hogwarts students had to wait until their 17th birthday to put their name in the Goblet of Fire, but Pressman’s Harry Potter game is open to competitors as young as five years old. Constructed like Trouble, the game board was designed as a Pop ‘N’ Race. Players pop the dice and move their pieces around the board to get to the TriWizard cup before their components. But beware of action spaces that can either help or hurt your game. Your next move could be your last, and you wouldn’t want to end up like Cedric Diggory, would you?
Not every Harry Potter game will require you to rattle off facts and character names from the books you read when you were a kid (thank goodness). Mattel Games’ Uno Harry Potter Card Game is the perfect compromise for kids who can’t get enough of the wizarding world, and parents who’d also like to pay a leisurely visit. There are two magical twists that stand out: A) each card features a photo of your favorite Harry Potter characters, and B) a Sorting Hat Card has been added so that anyone who picks it up, keeps picking from the deck until they get a Gryffindor card. Otherwise, this deck of cards doesn’t deviate too much from traditional Uno gameplay.
Harry built Dumbledor’s Army, now it’s your turn to assemble a rank strong enough to take on the Dark Lord. In this Harry Potter game, players can choose to portray either Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, or Neville Longbottom, though there’s one common goal: to defeat the dark forces threatening the wizarding world. Together you will fight villains, collect spells, magical items, and rally other iconic characters to join the movement. So ready your wands, because Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle goes on for seven games. (If you wanted family time, you got it.)
While The Noble Collection’s Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set is certainly an enchanting collectible, don’t expect the pieces to come alive on the board. (And be glad they don’t — that’s one violent mess you don’t want to clean up or have to explain to your kids.) This miniature recreation of Harry Potter’s famous chess game in The Sorcerer’s Stone features 32 highly detailed chess pieces meant to mirror the ones in the movie. Plus, it’s Warner Bros-approved, so you know this Harry Potter game is as authentic as they come.
Cards Against Humanity meets Harry Potter in this Etsy exclusive Harry Potter game. The only downside to this purchase is that it’s 100% digital, so you’ll have to print and cut the deck on your own. Grunt work aside, this deck of cards is awesome for older generations of muggles looking to tap back into the wizarding world of their childhood.
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is wonderful until it’s not. If your child’s been playing and replaying the films nonstop, to the point where both of you could probably recite the script verbatim, LEGO has your solution. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Building Kit comes with 801 pieces to assemble, so your little witch or warlock will be kept busy for a while. The set also comes equipped with figurines of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Remus Lupin, the Trolley Witch, a Dementor, and Scabbers to keep their imaginations moving once the train is built. Peace and quiet never felt so magical.
Now everyone with a smartphone can tap into their wizarding potential. Available for iOS and Android, Niantic, Inc.’s augmented reality Harry Potter game follows the same format as Pokemon Go. The mobile game brings the wizarding world to life on your screen, and as a member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, it’s up to you to recover various magical artifacts, creatures, people, and memories to keep magic under wraps from the muggles. The game’s been rated E for everyone, but it might as well be rated A for addictive. Make sure to set playing guidelines if you don’t want your kid engrossed in too much screen time.
Need a moment of silence? If your child’s already devoured the Harry Potter book series, set them down with Scholastic’s Harry Potter Coloring Book and a box of Crayola to keep them occupied. See, Mom, Harry Potter games can be low-key. Their imagination will soar with every object they fill in, and you can get sh*t done around the house while they color. Plus, unlike their random doodles on construction paper, these pages are actually masterpieces, with intricate details that can take hours to perfect. In other words: These are drawings you’ll want to hang on the refrigerator for all to see.
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