Even today, it’s quite clear that the fascination for Harry Potter hasn’t waned. After all, there’s so much one can still explore in the Potterverse, not to mention that some fans felt that the Harry Potter franchise left some storylines unresolved.
Fortunately for fans, it is possible to continue to be immersed in the Harry Potter universe through video games, as well as enjoy other games that are outside the franchise, but similar in theme and tone. These games don’t just allow players to relive their favorite movie moments. In some cases, players can even play quidditch, roam around Hogwarts and much more. And while some of these games earned the same high praise across multiple platforms, others ranked in the top 10 in just one.
10 Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone: 65 (PC)
Having been released way back in 2001, this game is, admittedly, one of the oldest ones around. And while it doesn’t have the most advanced game features, many still consider it to be incredibly enjoyable.
In the game, players can experience what it’s like to be a student at Hogwarts. They can take lessons, cast spells, play quidditch, fly around with a broomstick, and even go up against Lord Voldemort. Aside from the PC version, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is also available on PS, PS2, GBA, GC, and Xbox.
9 Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince: 66 (PS3)
In this video game, there are several activities that players can do. For starters, they can join the Gryffindor Dueling Club. One can even choose to start a duel between Harry and Draco Malfoy. It is also possible for players to attend classes with Professor Slughorn and learn how to create some incredible potions.
Aside from all this, one can also choose to try their hand at quidditch, just be sure to avoid committing a foul, as there are 700 ways that this can happen. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also available on PS2, Xbox 360, and PC.
8 Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix: 69 (Wii)
Hogwarts is featured so often in the Harry Potter franchise. Nonetheless, there are still a lot of things that movie fans don’t know about it. For example, its school motto warns students against tickling dragons. Fortunately, this game allows players to return to Hogwarts and explore its grounds extensively.
Even better, one can roam freely without fear of repercussion from Professor McGonagall or Albus Dumbledore. Fans of the books will be happy to know that this game took important details from the novels into account. The game is also available on PC, PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360.
7 Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup: 69 (PC, Xbox)
In Potterverse, quidditch is the main sport, despite all the dangers associated with it (for instance, Harry nearly choked on a snitch). Designed by Electronic Arts, Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup allows players to experience being a leader of one of Hogwart’s houses during the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup.
The player can choose an international team and lead them to victory. The international teams come from Germany, Japan, France, and even Bulgaria, where one can find quidditch star, Viktor Krum. This game is also available on PS2, GC, and GBA.
6 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban: 70 (PS2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban marks the time when Harry encounters Sirius Black for the first time. In this game, players will also be able to unravel the mystery surrounding Sirius and his escape from Azkaban. They can do so while playing as Harry, Hermione, or Ron.
Aside from this, players can also experience flying Buckbeack for themselves. At some point though, they should also be ready to fight, since an encounter with the dementors is inevitable. There are also several mini-games to enjoy here, as well as new spells to discover. The game is also available on PC, GBA, GC, and Xbox.
5 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: 71 (GBA)
Also created by Electronic Arts, this video game boasts of a spellcasting system wherein the players can also use the infamous spell “Accio” to chase down and catch some dynamic living beans. And every time a spell is cast, the game controller shakes in response.
In addition, players can also work to increase Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s powers by using Creature and Collector’s cards. And in case players want to link up, they can engage in co-operative play to combine their powers, cast spells together, and increase their magical abilities. This game is also available on PC, PSP, PS2, GC, DS, and Xbox.
4 LEGO Harry Potter Collection: 73 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
If you ask any Lego fan, there are still plenty of movie franchises that could be adapted into a Lego game (just imagine James Bond or the main characters of Star Trek as Lego figures). Thankfully, there is no waiting needed in the case of Harry Potter since the Lego Harry Potter Collection was already released for the franchise a few years ago.
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection brings together Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 in a single game. Here, players get to play as one of the film’s characters. They can also cast spells, make potions, and participate in several duels.
3 Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets, 77 (PC, GC, Xbox, X360)
In this game, players will be able to get a better idea of what it’s really like to be a young Harry Potter. Here, you can also visit various famous spots in the movie, including Diagon Alley, where players can shop themselves.
Of course, the game also takes players to Hogwarts, where one can experience talking with Moaning Myrtle as Harry. Aside from all this, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets also comes with mini-games, including one where players can help Mrs. Weasley “de-gnome” her garden. This game is also available on PS, PS2, and GBA.
2 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, 80 (PC)
In this Lego game, players get to go on adventures across both wizarding and muggle worlds, either choosing to wander around Privet Drive and Little Whinging or even checking out locations such as Godric’s Hollow, Grimmauld Place, or the Ministry of Magic.
Players also get to chance to perfect their dueling skills and even go up against the Death Eaters. And when they keep playing, they can also unlock even more characters, including Professor Slughorn, Fenrir Greyback, and Bellatrix Lestrange. This game is also available on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, iOS, VITA, and 3DS.
1 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, 87 (iOS)
In this game, players can take part in the stories from the earlier Harry Potter books. There are more than 40 levels to play here and more than 100 characters that one can choose to be.
In the game, players can explore Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and the Forbidden Forest. Players can also attend Hogwarts, where they can learn how to mix some potions or cast some famous spells from the movie. They can also accomplish several tasks for points. This game is also available on PC, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS, and PSP.
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