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Holiday Gaming Gift Guide – Harry Potter Edition

Gifts For Your Favorite Gaming Wizard

If you have a gamer on your list this year, chances are they are a Harry Potter fan as well. It is a good time to be a fan of Potter… from the new Fantastic Beasts movies to the classics and the original book series, there are games out there for all ages and skill levels that they will love. Here is a look at some of the latest and greatest Harry Potter games on the Muggle market.

Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game

Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game
Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game

Face the Challenge of the Triwizard Tournament by racing to the center of the Triwizard Maze! This game features fast-action Pop ‘N’ Race play as you race around the Triwizard hedge maze to capture the Triwizard Cup. But be careful… action spaces cause you to draw a card that can help or hurt your chances. Beware of magical spell cards which could send you back to the start!

Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game, by Pressman Toys, is perfect for the young Harry Potter fans on your list. The classic built-in die popper from the classic Pop ‘N’ Race games is fun to press down on to “roll” the die. Players pop the die and move their playing pieces around the maze, racing to reach home. But what is unique about the Harry Potter version of the game is the Maze Cards. These cards add a twist to the classic gameplay. Will you find a spell to send your opponent to another space on the board, or will a wind gust reveal a shortcut? Cards can help, or hurt, your race through the maze, adding increased excitement and anticipation to the game. 

Game Statistics:

  • 2-4 players
  • Age Range: 5+
  • MSRP: $12.99

Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game

Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game
Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game

Calling all Wizards! Magical beasts have broken loose at Hogwarts. That means you and up to three friends need to save everyone by recapturing these fantastic creatures run amok.

Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game, by Pressman Toys, is an action-packed game. Play as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, or Ginny Weasley. Collect clues to track down creatures both inside and outside Hogwarts! Watch out though, moving from Hogwarts to the grounds nearby can be treacherous and cost you clues and precious time. The dynamic swinging game board adds excitement that leads to hours of fun. Lumos!

Game Statistics:

  • 2-4 players
  • Age Range: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99

Codenames: Harry Potter

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One of the most popular party games today is Codenames. And now there is a Harry Potter version! Codenames: Harry Potter, by USAopoly, is a fun, easy-to-learn cooperative word and picture deduction game for Harry Potter fans of all game levels.

Work your magic as a Member of the Order of the Phoenix with the Death Eaters hot on your trail as you attempt to inform a fellow operative where there are other Members that you must contact. All of them are hidden behind pictures and word Clues that both of you can see… but in order to be discreet, only one word and one number can be spoken to describe their locations. Use only one-word clues to guide guessers to the right spots, or hidden Death Eaters will cost them the win.

Includes 200 code cards and 100 double-sided key cards with Harry Potter themed words like Sorting Hat, Order of the Phoenix, and Diagon Alley. This variety allows for tons of replayability.

Game Statistics:

  • 2+ players
  • Age Range: 11+
  • MSRP: $24.95

 

Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe

This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience… with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items.

Harry Potter Munchkin Deluxe
Harry Potter Munchkin Deluxe

Munchkin is a satirical card game based on the clichés and oddities of Dungeons and Dragons and other role-playing games. Each player starts at level 1 and the winner is the first player to reach level 10. Players can acquire familiar D&D style character classes during the game which determine to some extent the cards they can play.

There are two types of cards – treasure and encounters. Each turn, the current players ‘kicks down the door’ – drawing an encounter card from the deck. Usually, this will involve battling a monster. Monsters have their own levels and players must try and overcome it using the levels, weapons and powers they have acquired during the game or run away. Other players can choose to help the player or hinder by adding extra monsters to the encounter. Defeating a monster will usually result in drawing treasure cards and acquiring levels. Being defeated by a monster results in “bad stuff” which usually involves losing levels and treasure.

In Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, by USAopoly, play as a member of your favorite Hogwarts house and prove your mettle against other witches and wizards. Defeat villains and monsters, and compete against other players to level up for the win!

Game Statistics:

  • 3-6 players
  • Age Range: 11+
  • MSRP: $34.95

 

Fantastic Beasts Perilous Pursuit

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Fantastic Beasts Perilous Pursuit, by USAopoly, is a cooperative dice rolling game. Several of Newt Scamander’s magical beasts have escaped and are running loose in New York City. Players take on the role of Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, and Queenie Goldstein on an exciting adventure as they try to return all the beasts to Newt’s suitcase before they draw the attention on the non-magical community.

12 Beasts have made it from the Wizarding World to Central Park including the trouble-making Niffler, aggressive Graphorn, magical Murtlap, and more! Players press their luck to collect the sets needed in a race to overpower the Beasts and the effects of their damage. To do this they will need to collect sets of dice to take actions that will allow them to shield each other, draw cards, and most importantly, get the beasts back into Newt’s suitcase before havoc ensues. Be sure to keep the Beast Movement Token from getting further away from the suitcase; each move matters to ensure everyone stays safe, or the game is over!

Game Statistics:

  • 2-4 players
  • Age Range: 8+
  • MSRP: $29.95

 

Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition

Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition

Harry Potter fans test their knowledge of all 8 Harry Potter movies with Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition. This is a new, expanded version of the original 600 question Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter that USAopoly released a few years back. This version includes 1800 questions to challenge the ultimate Harry Potter fan. 

As in the classic game of Trivial Pursuit, players move around the board answering questions and collecting “wedges”. Add a Harry Potter twist by using House Mascot movers around the board and answering questions from the epic magical movies. Categories include:

  • Slytherin House, Death Eaters and The Dark Arts
  • Objects & Artifacts
  • Animals, Magical Creatures and Magical Beings
  • Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Muggles
  • Hogwarts, Other Locations and Transportation
  • Spells, Potions and Other Magic

Game Statistics:

  • 2+ players
  • Age Range: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.95

 

Need Other Harry Potter Gift Ideas?

For other non-gaming gift ideas, check out these Gift Ideas for Harry Potter fans!

 


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