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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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Limited Edition PEZ Harry Potter Collector Set Available in US
Posted by Megs

PEZ Candy, Inc. and  Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the newest addition to the PEZ Collector Set line earlier today: the highly requested PEZ Harry Potter Collector Set. Only 100,000 limited edition sets will be released, with each having its own number indicated on the box.

The Harry Potter Collector Set includes six fan-favorite characters as iconic PEZ dispensers, including namesake Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Lord Voldemort. Each set also includes two six-pack PEZ candies.

“We are very excited to welcome Harry Potter to the line of PEZ Collector Sets. Harry Potter has been a recurring request from fans, young and old, for quite some time,” stated Christian Jegen, CEO/President of PEZ Candy, Inc. “We know this set will be on top of their holiday wish lists!”

The PEZ Harry Potter Collector Set is currently shipping to retailers in the United States and has a retail price of $17.99.

 

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Review & Giveaway: Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
Posted by Megs

The lovely folks over at USAopoly have sent us a copy of their new game, World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, for review. They also provided a second for a giveaway! Sadly it is only open to our fans in North America.  Details on the review are at the bottom of this post, now it’s time for the review.

Comprised of 600 trivia questions that span across the entire Potter universe, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit features 6 categories including: The Dark Arts, HOGWARTS™, Magical Spells & Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, and Animals & Magical Creatures.  Now you can answer questions like, “What is the full name of the driver on the night bus?” from the Magical People category, or questions like “What does Dumbledore conjure to protect himself and Harry from the Inferi in the cave?” from the Dark Arts category.

World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit - USAopoly

The great thing about this game is that it’s portable. It comes in a small triangular shaped box with the cards and a die so you can play anywhere you want. Long road trip ahead? Pack the game! Babysitting some Potter fans? Bring it along and teach them your ways.  Another cool thing is you can use the cards along with your full version of trivial pursuit as well.

Since this is a mini version of the game, it is also completed much quicker than the classic version. There are a few ways to play depending on the speed you want it finished.  I am the Harry Potter genius in my local group of friends so, when we played, it was a little bit one sided. However, even though I was the champion, obviously, everyone really enjoyed the game! We didn’t get through all cards, but there are some that can challenge even the smartest Potter fan.

I can’t wait to play the game with my die-hard Potter friends. Sadly we live all over the country so it may be some time before that happens. But when it does, it will be a battle royale!

And now, the giveaway! The only mandatory entry is leaving your email so we can contact you if you are the winner. Everything else is optional.

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