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Unboxing: LEGO Dimensions Harry Potter Fun Pack Featuring Hermione & Buckbeak
Posted by Megs

Hogwarts’ most diligent student, Hermione Granger, joined the action in LEGO Dimensions on May 9 with the arrival of a brand new Harry Potter Fun Pack! The Fun Pack features a Hermione minifigure with all new enhancements, including Wingardium Leviosa & Lumos. You can order the fun pack for $11.99 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us!

Hermione will reunite with Harry and Ron for the first time in the game to explore locations in Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Buckbeak will join Hermione in the Fun Pack as an epic, rideable character. The Fun Pack will also unlock the Harry Potter Battle Arena for fans to play any of the four Battle Modes.

A preview of gameplay may be watched below:

Warner Bros. Entertainment sent us the Hermione and Buckbeak fun pack as well as a LEGO Dimensions starter pack so we could test out the character! You start off by making sure you’ve downloaded the Harry Potter character update, building Hermione and putting her on the game pad. Then directions to build Buckbeak will appear on your screen and guide you through the process. After you build him you can start to play! Since we don’t have and other Potter characters at the moment we played with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle to defeat the Wicked Witch.

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Thanks to WB for sending the product for us to test out.

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Introducing ‘Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World’ Mobile Game
Posted by Megs

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Get ready for your new favorite mobile game! Today, Warner Bros. Interactive has released a brand new app – Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World!  In this new hidden object game you’ll investigate magical cases as a new recruit with the Ministry of Magic. Search for clues at familiar locations like Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron and Hogsmeade and report to the scene of mysterious incidents with a magical creature at the center of every case.

We were able to preview the game and can tell you that it is really immersive. The game starts out by walking you through your first few steps to help you get the feel of the game. Fans who love playing first person games will enjoy the experience of searching scenes and talking to Ministry officials and witnesses.

You’ll search for identifiers, which help you discover the creature you’re hunting, as well as other clues, and move your way through different scenes looking for hidden objects. Each loading page includes a beautiful notice poster to enjoy while waiting for your next mission.

Fantastic Beasts: Cases of the Wizarding World is available on iOS and Android so everyone can try their hand at some wizarding investigation!

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World enlists fans to join the Ministry of Magic and investigate unexplained happenings that could only be caused by magical creatures. In this hidden object game, players will rise from recruit to top Magizoologist as they unravel mysteries, discover hidden clues, interview witnesses, analyze evidence and cast spells while upholding the International Statue of Secrecy. Atmospheric music, beautifully illustrated enchanted environments and intriguing mysteries draw players into the wizarding world in a new way.

GAME FEATURES:

  • An Experience Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World – Join the Ministry of Magic, cast familiar spells, encounter fantastic creatures and journey to beloved settings such as the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley; Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World offers fans new adventures in the enchanting world of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter.
  • Solve All-New Magical Mysteries – Players take on the role of a new recruit investigating mysterious happenings, and, by finding objects hiding in plain sight, analyzing clues, brewing potions and interviewing wizards, witches and Muggles, protect the creatures of the wizarding world.
  • Meet a New Cast of Wizards and Witches – From an Auror in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to an expert in the history of magical objects, original characters help players solve cases and learn more about the magical creatures they seek.
  • Protect the Fantastic Beasts – As a witch or wizard in the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Beast Division, players will encounter some of the most fascinating mystical beasts – from Nifflers to unicorns, centaurs to dragons – and work to protect them
  • Become Part of a Magical Community – Connecting to Facebook, players can make magic with their friends and unravel the secrets of the wizarding world together. Compare progress against fellow recruits, and even lend a helping hand as they make their way through cases.

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

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Lionel Announces Hogwarts Express Train Set
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter G-Gauge Passenger Train Set

Calling all Harry Potter fans aboard the Hogwarts Express! In anticipation of the upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Lionel is giving fans the chance to take home some magic with Lionel’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Express™ G-Gauge Passenger Set (chocolate frogs not included)!

This easy-to-use set features:

  • G-Gauge steam locomotive and tender
  • Gondola with 3 Hot Chocolate Mix Canisters
  • Center Cupola Caboose
  • A variety of easy-to-assemble track pieces
  • RC remote control

The set is available for a SRP of $149.99 at select Lionel Trains dealers nationwide.

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LEGO Harry Potter Available For PlayStation 4
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. has announced today that the LEGO Harry Potter games are now available on PlayStation 4 in a new bundle, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, which includes LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The set retails for $49.99 and is available NOW!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced the launch of the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Collection, bringing LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 and LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for the first time with both top-selling videogames remastered on one disc.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection unites the creative prowess of LEGO® and the expansive world of Harry Potter with an exciting journey full of spell-casting, potion-making, puzzle-solving, lessons, dueling and much more for players young and old to enjoy. Gamers can now experience the entire LEGO Harry Potter adventure featuring content from seven books and eight films with enhanced graphics, environments, lighting and visual effects, along with two downloadable content (DLC) packs.

“The LEGO Harry Potter Collection is a wonderful opportunity to experience these magical LEGO adventures inspired by such beloved characters and iconic locations,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Through this compilation, players young and old can embark on a light-hearted, humorous and interactive journey through all of the Harry Potter books and films, sure to delight fans and newcomers alike.”

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is based on the first four books and films—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™—allowing fans to experience Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in full LEGO form.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 transports players through the final three books and final four films—Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™—to experience Harry’s last years at Hogwarts™ and his battle against Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil.

This action-packed adventure also offers two DLC packs on disc, including a Character Pack featuring Godric Gryffindor, Harry (Yule Ball), Helga Hufflepuff, Lockhart (Straightjacket), Luna (Lion Head), Peeves, Hermione (Pink Dress), Ron Weasley (Ghoul), Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin, as well as a Spell Pack featuring Cantis, Densaugeo, Ducklifors, Melofors and Tentaclifors.

The LEGO Harry Potter Collection serves as a perfect holiday gift for fans of J.K. Rowling’s ever-expanding Wizarding World eagerly anticipating the upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Consumers can also relive the magic by purchasing the recently released Harry Potter Two-Disc Special Edition, complete with all eight films plus bonus content, available now at participating retailers. The LEGO Harry Potter Collection is rated “E10+” for everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is now available for the PlayStation®4 system at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

 

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Un-boxing: USAopoly’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
 

USAopoly have released a brand new deck building game, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle! Take on the role of Harry, Hermione, Ron or Neville and battle against the Dark Arts to save Hogwarts. Players work together to acquire Items, Allies and Spells to defeat the Villains and win the game. So grab 2-4 friends and get battling! We haven’t had a chance to play the game yet so this is just an un-boxing post.

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
 

There are 7 different games each based on one of the Potter films. As you play you integrate them into one another. For example, when you beat Game 1 you add cards from Game 2, then Game 3 and so on. They increase in difficulty as you add different villains to defeat and locations to save.  As you win each game (by defeating the villains) you add the next set of cards from the following game. Your characters may get stunned and you’ll have to take penalties to continue gameplay. Cards are labeled with the game they’re from so you can easily start from the beginning without getting confused.

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
 

The game is beautifully made and of the best quality. Many games these days skimp on production but each piece of this game has been meticulously designed and in the Potter theme. Included in the box are the gameboard, 7 sets of cards, player boards, villain tokens and chip pieces.

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
 

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The official description is as follows:

The forces of evil are threatening to overrun HOGWARTS™ castle in this new cooperative game! It’s up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. Players take on the role of a HOGWARTS student: Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with his or her own personal deck of cards. To secure the castle from the forces of evil the students must work together to build more powerful decks using iconic Wizarding World characters, spells, and items. Defeat all the villains including He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and win the game!

The box includes:

Game Board – 252 Cards (47 Small, 142 Regular, 63 Oversized) – 4 Dice – 7 Game Boxes – 7 Game Rules – 4 Player Boards – 8 Villain Control Tokens – 70 Chip Pieces (35 Attack, 25 Influence, 4 Health, 2 Shield, 4 More)

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle can be purchased at Warner Brothers Shop, Entertainment Earth, Game Stop, Barnes & Noble, Amazon

Watch the game trailer below:

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Review: USAopoly’s CLUE: Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter Clue
 

USAopoly have re-released CLUE Harry Potter! Previous versions were available in 2008 and 2011 . It features a moving Hogwarts board – super cool – and you could possibly encounter the Dark Mark.

The game requires some assembly due to the movement of the game. You’ll have to separate the house points, suspect and item tokens as well as the wheels for the game board. There are 4 wheels that go with each house that work much like the moving staircases at Hogwarts.

Gameplay is a little different from the classic Clue: you can play as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna or Neville to figure out who attacked a fellow Hogwarts student. Unlike regular Clue, the players are not the suspects, one of the students is selected as the victim before players choose their character. Bellatrix, Draco, Lucius, Umbridge, Peter Pettigrew and Crabbe & Goyle are possible suspects. Players need to figure out WHO did it, WHAT spell or item they used and WHERE the student was attacked.

Harry Potter Clue
 

The Hogwarts die decides if/when you spin one of the wheels (if it lands on a house you spin the wheel for that house.) If the dark mark shows on the wheel or the die you choose a card from the Dark Deck. There are also Help cards that you can pick up if the Hogwarts die lands on the star.

The game is similar to classic Clue because you choose one of each of the mystery cards to put into the CLUE envelope. There will be an item, a suspect and a room. To make a suggestion, players must place the item and suspect tokens in the room they think the attack occurred, while in that room. You can make a suggestion in any room to try and figure out Who, What or Where. You must be in Dumbledore’s Office to make an accusation.

Harry Potter Clue
 

House Points are used in tandem with the Dark Deck and Help Cards. When a Dark card is played you can use a Help card if it protects you from that specific thing. If not, you’ll have to give up House Points! If you run out of House Points, you lose the game!

The game is a little weird at first for those used to the original, non-Harry Potter, Clue but once you get the hang of it and remember to turn the wheels, if necessary, it’s great fun! We loved that it mimicked Hogwarts’ moving staircases. Rather than just changing the characters and locations from the original to Potter characters this feels more in sync with the whole world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Clue

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Gameplay at a Glance:

  1. Roll
  2. Check the Hogwarts die
  3. Move (using the other dice or a secret passage)
  4. Make a suggestion, take a Help card or end your turn
  5. When you’re sure you’ve solved the mystery: Go to Dumbledore’s office to make your accusation.

The official description is as follows:

A fellow student has seemingly vanished from the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – and it is up to you to solve the mysterious disappearance. Playing as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna or Neville,  you must try and discover WHO did it, WHAT spell or item they used and WHERE the student was attacked.  Move around Hogwarts making suggestions…but watch out! Wheels on the board will keep changing revealing secret passages, moving staircases or even the Dark Mark! Protection from the Dark Mark comes from the spells, allies and items provided by the Help Cards. When you’re sure of your facts go to Dumbledore’s office to make your accusation and win the game!

The box includes:

Custom Game Board – 6 Student Cards – 6 Movers – 33 Help cards – 21 Mystery Cards – 1 Notepad – 40 House point tokens – 6 Suspect Tokens – 6 Item Tokens – 1 Envelope – 2 Standard Dice – 1 Hogwarts Die – 4 Wheels – 4 Plastic Rivets – 1 Label Sheet – Instructions

CLUE Harry Potter can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, WBshop.com, BAM!, Calendars.com and Amazon

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