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Three Classic ‘Harry Potter’ Board Games to Celebrate the Series’ 20th Anniversary

Three Classic ‘Harry Potter’ Board Games to Celebrate the Series’ 20th Anniversary

With the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on June 26th, 1997, Joanne Rowling’s life changed forever. Fantastic for her, of course, but the real magic is in how many readers’ lives were transformed after meeting the boy under the stairs, and visiting Hogwarts for the very first time.

For many fans of the series, life would be completely different without discovering Rowling’s fantastic wizarding world. The Harry Potter books aren’t simple stories to most of us fans, they’re a reflection of so much of what we see in our day to day lives. Reflection is what connects us as humans to the stories that we love, and we’re eventually led to searching for that feeling, that relation elsewhere.

Today, we take a look at some of the earliest Harry Potter board games to see how fans of the series celebrated our favorite Gryffindor when he was just starting out on his adventure.

Harry Potter Halls of Hogwarts

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One of the most memorable moments in the first book of the Potter series is when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are led to the Gryffindor common room and they get a good luck at halls, staircases, and passageways of Hogwarts castle for the first time. In Harry Potter Halls of Hogwarts, your objective is to make it to all of your classes, and back to the starting point, before your classmates. Easier said than done, especially for a Hogwarts student.

Harry Potter Levitating Challenge Game

Back in 2001, when electronics in board games were new and all the rage, Mattel released the Harry Potter Levitating Challenge Game featuring fanciful sound effects and movements to immerse the player in as much magic as possible. The game’s objective is to maneuver a small ping-pong like ball through each challenge in the obstacle course and back into the cauldron. The player with the best score in two out of three rounds wins the game.

Harry Potter Diagon Alley Board Game

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In Harry Potter the Diagon Alley Board Game, players try to collect the school equipment from Harry’s Hogwarts list to fill his trunk, and return to the Leaky Cauldron with all of the items before their opponents. Also published in 2001, this Potter themed tabletop is highly related for both the strategic and fantasy aspects. It’s exciting to imagine exploring Diagon Alley, just as fans did when reading through Rowling’s series.

 

From these classics, Potter games evolved into movied-themed Clue and Monopoly adaptations, and even DVD-based board games, but early, book-themed tabletops were the first to help fans delve deeper into the tale of the boy who lived.

Did you play any of these games during their original release? Or, did you have a different favorite Potter board game that you’d like to revisit? Let’s talk in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @bekahbabble!

Image Credits: Mattel

 

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