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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 is a video game in the

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4

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Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Distributor(s) Time Warner
Series Harry Potter
Engine Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, iOS[1]
Release date(s)
  • NA June 29, 2010
  • EU June 25, 2010
  • AUS June 30, 2010

PlayStation Portable

  • NA June 29, 2010
  • EU August 13, 2010
  • AUS June 30, 2010
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
  • ESRB: E10+
  • OFLC: G-PG
  • PEGI: 7+
Media DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo DS Game Card, UMD
System requirements

Microsoft Windows[show]

Lego Video Game franchise, developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Released in June 2010, the game is based on the Lego Harry Potter line and its storyline covers the first four books and films of the Harry Potter series. The game is available on the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Nintendo DS, Playsation Portable, Microsoft Windows and iOS.


GameplayEdit

Lego Harry Potter's gameplay is similar to that of most previous Lego games, with an emphasis on collecting and exploring. Casting spells is an integral part of the gameplay, with a wide range of spells available for unlocking as the player progresses. As there are many spells available in the game, the player can use the spell wheel to select the spell. Potion-making is another integral feature; potions can help the player complete levels or, if created incorrectly, have adverse side effects such as turning the player into a frog.

Changes to the mechanics of previous games include 'Student in Peril' missions, which are a group of challenges to help a student, and Polyjuice Potion, which allows players to temporarily change one of the player's characters into any other mini-figure unlocked. A major change is to the hub system. The Leaky Cauldron works as a central hub for purchasing unlockable extras and returning to previous levels, while Hogwarts acts as a constantly evolving massive hub with the unlockable characters found by picking up their hidden portraits.

The bigger areas in Hogwarts have led developer Traveller's Tales to improve the overall level design. Also included is another bonus level that allows players to customise the level similar to Lego Indiana Jones 2 The Adventure Continues. If the player is lost in-game, they can follow a trail of Ghost Studs to the next level. These do not count towards the stud total, but will guide the player to the next section of the level. However one of the collectable 'red bricks', found in the courtyard next to herbology, gets the player an 'extra' that makes the ghost studs worth 1,000 each.

Multiplayer ModeEdit

The game employs the two player split-screen technique introduced in Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, but there is no online support for all consoles.

Changes for the Nintendo DS versionEdit

In the Nintendo DS version, several changes were implemented from the versions of the other formats. These include that there is only one hub, the Room of Requirement, but the explorable Hogwarts of the other versions has been removed and both boss battles and spellcasting have been simplified

DevelopmentEdit

DemoEdit

A demo of the game was made available to download from Playstation Network, Xbox Live and PC in June 2010.

TrailersEdit

A teaser trailer was released on the day of the game's official announcement followed by four individually released vignettes, beginning in December 2009. Each vignette focussed on one of the first four years featured in the game. A new trailer was released to coincide with the game's launch. All six trailers are available on the official website.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 81.45% [24]
Metacritic 80/100 [25]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+ [26]
Game Revolution B- [27]
GameSpot 8/10 [28]
IGN 8.5/10 [29]
Official Nintendo Magazine 80% [30]
VideoGamer.com 8/10 [31]

The game has received positive reviews. Official Nintendo Magazine gave the Wii and DS version 80%. Saying that it was "one of the best Harry Potter games ever", but that it lacked originality compared to previous Lego games. Gamespot gave the console versions an 8/10, complimenting the large amount of secrets and charm.IGN praised the game giving it an 8.5, complimenting the new additions to the game, while the PSP version of the game received a 7.0. IGN editor Nicole Tanner awarded it "Best Mindless Fun".



LevelsEdit

The Magic BeginsEdit

The first level played straight away upon starting a new game.

Taking place from the first book and film adaption opening where Harry is escorted to Diagon Alley by Rubeus Hagrid to rally his school supplies.

The level sees him enter Gringotts Wizarding Bank, gains the party member Griphook and take out his fortune from the Gringotts Vault.

CharactersEdit

  • Harry Potter (casual): magic, invisibility cloak, pet, parseltongue, expecto patronum
  • Harry Potter (Hogwarts): magic, invisibility cloak, pet, parseltongue, expecto patronum
  • Harry Potter (Quidditch): magic, invisibility cloak, pet, parseltongue, expecto patronum
  • Harry Potter (Swim Task): magic, invisibility cloak, pet, parseltongue, expecto patronum
  • Harry Potter (Triwizard): magic, invisibility cloak, pet, parseltongue, expecto patronum
  • Ron (casual): magic, pet
  • Ron (Hogwarts): magic, pet
  • Hermione (casual): magic, pet, time-turner
  • Hermione (Hogwarts): magic, pet, time-turner
  • Hagrid: strength, teacher/prefect
  • Prof. Dumbledore: magic, pet, time-turner, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Argus Filch: pet, teacher/prefect
  • Gilderoy Lockhart: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Sirius Black: magic, pet, expecto patronum
  • Madam Hooch: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Madam Pomfrey: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Lupin: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Flitwick: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. McGonagall: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Quirrell: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Moody: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Snape: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Sprout: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Trelawney: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Prof. Binns: ghost, teacher/prefect
  • Moaning Myrtle: ghost
  • Nearly Headless Nick: ghost
  • The Bloody Baron: ghost
  • The Fat Friar: ghost
  • The Grey Lady: ghost
  • James Potter: ghost
  • Lily Potter: ghost
  • Lord Voldemort (ghost): ghost
  • Lord Voldemort (Quirrell): magic, parseltongue, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Lord Voldemort: magic, parseltongue, expecto patronum
  • Barty Crouch Jr.: magic, expecto patronum
  • Barty Crouch Jr. (Death Eater): magic, expecto patronum
  • Michael Corner: magic
  • Crabbe Sr. (Death Eater): magic, strength, expecto patronum
  • Petunia Dursley: nothing
  • Goyle Sr. (Death Eater): magic, strength, expecto patronum
  • Lucius Malfoy: magic, strength, expecto patronum
  • Lucius Malfoy (Death Eater): magic, strength, expecto patronum
  • Peter Pettigrew: magic, pet, expecto patronum
  • Tom Riddle: magic, parseltongue, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Macnair: magic, expecto patronum
  • Macnair (Death Eater): magic, expecto patronum
  • Draco Malfoy (casual): magic
  • Draco Malfoy (Hogwarts): magic
  • Draco Malfoy (Quidditch): magic
  • Gregory Goyle: magic, strength
  • Gregory Goyle (casual): magic, strength
  • Vincent Crabbe: magic, strength
  • Vincent Crabbe (casual): magic, strength
  • Marcus Flint: magic
  • Millicent Bulstrode: magic
  • Amos Diggory: magic, expecto patronum
  • Cedric Diggory (Hogwarts): magic, teacher/prefect
  • Cedric Diggory (Swim Task): magic, teacher/prefect
  • Cedroc Diggory (Triwizard): magic, teacher/prefect
  • Arthur Weasley: magic, pet, expecto patronum
  • Molly Weasley: magic, expecto patronum
  • Percy Weasley (casual): magic, teacher/prefect
  • Percy Weasley (Hogwarts): magic, teacher/prefect
  • Fred Weasley (Hogwarts): magic
  • Fred Weasley (casual): magic
  • George Weasley (Hogwarts): magic
  • George Weasley (casual): magic
  • Ginny Weasley (Hogwarts): magic
  • Ginny Weasley (casual): magic
  • Neville Longbottom: magic, pet
  • Angelina Johnson: magic
  • Anthony Goldstein: magic
  • Cho Chang: magic
  • Oliver Wood: magic
  • Colin Creevey: magic
  • Padma Patil: magic
  • Parvati Patil: magic
  • Deam Thomas: magic
  • Hannah Abbott: magic
  • Susan Bones: magic
  • Seamus Finnigan: magic
  • Katie Bell: magic
  • Lee Jordan: magic
  • Justin Finch-Fletchley: magic
  • Igor Karkaroff: magic, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Madame Maxime: magic, strength, teacher/prefect, expecto patronum
  • Fleur Delacour (Beauxbatons): magic
  • Fleur Delacour (Triwizard): magic
  • Gabrielle Delacour: magic
  • Viktor Krum (Durmstrang): magic, strength
  • Viktor Krum (Triwizard): magic, strength
  • Dobby: goblin
  • Tom the Innkeeper: magic
  • Griphook: goblin
  • Goblin: goblin
  • Dudley Dursley: strength
  • Vernon Dursley: strength
  • Marge Dusley: strength
  • Barty Crouch Sr.: magic, expecto patronum
  • Cornelius Fudge: magic, expecto patronum
  • Rita Skeeter: magic, pet, expecto patronum
  • Stan Shunpike: magic, expecto patronum
  • Ernie Prang: magic, expecto patronum
  • Madam Malkin: magic, expecto patronum
  • Mr. Ollivander: magic, expecto patronum
  • Madam Rosmerta: magic, expecto patronum

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