With the Harry Potter reinvigorated thanks to the impending release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Cursed Child script (or the play itself if you are one of the lucky few who’s seen it). So it’s no surprise that the fandom has also started to drift back into the world of tabletop gaming.
The team at USAopoly have made a Potter-themed deck-building game, and it looks to be nothing short of delightful. The game, called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a co-operative deck-building game that lets you step inside Hogwarts as one of four heroes from the Rowling novels: Harry, Ron, Hermoine, or Neville. From there, you must go on seven increasingly challenging adventures to protect Hogwarts–and the world–from the looming threats of You-Know-Who, and defeat any other villains lurking in the halls of Hogwarts.
As your character goes through each adventure, they will grow in their magical skills to become an even more knowledgeable and talented witch or wizard. These skills will ultimately help you defeat Voldemort himself. You can gain your skills by using the Alohomora! Card, which allows you to gain influence as you show your wizarding skills, as well as gain Hogwarts Cards which will provide you with useful items, spells, or allies as you complete your journey.
You also start this game with a set of cards unique to your character, so choose wisely at the start of the game. For instance, Harry starts out the game with Hedgwig–an ally who can either attack or heal–and his invisibility cloak, while Neville comes equipped with the frustratingly
unhelpful complicated Remembrall and a mandrake. By using your hero’s items and collecting new items, spells, and allies along the way, you can complete the seven adventures, defeat the Dark Lord, and restore order to the magical and Muggle world.
So maybe you never received your letter to Hogwarts, but at least with this new deck-building game, you get to put yourself right in the middle of the Harry Potter adventuring. The game isn’t on sale just yet, but USAopoly will be releasing more info on the game in the coming days, so stay tuned!
Do you like using the Potter story in a deck-building game, or would you rather see it in a different gaming style? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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