LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Lego potter cover.jpg
European cover art
Basic Information
Video Game
Traveller's Tales, Feral Interactive
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Feral Interactive
Time Warner
Action, Adventure
DVD-ROMBlu-rayWii Optical DiscNintendo DS Game CardUMD
Keyboard, DualShock 3 Controller, Wii Remote
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360 and macOS
Windows XP, Windows Vista
Steam Release(s)
Retail Features
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Content Descriptor(s)
Cartoon Violence and Crude Humor
Technical Information
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues Engine
Retail Minimum Specifications
Operating System(s)
Windows XP
Intel Pentium 4 1.80 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2200+
256 MB (Windows XP)
512 MB {Windows Vista}
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800
ATI Radeon X1300
Graphics RAM
256 MB
Microsoft Windows DirectX
DirectX 9.0c-compatible
Optical Drive
Retail Recommended Specifications
Operating System(s)
Windows Vista
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2900
European Union European Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and macOS
June 252010
PlayStation Portable
August 132010
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360 and macOS
June 292010
Australia Australian Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360 and macOS
June 302010
New Zealand New Zealand Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and macOS
July 22010
Awards | Changelog | Cheats | Codes
Codex | Compatibility | Covers | Credits | DLC | Help
Localization | Manifest | Modding | Patches | Ratings
Reviews | Screenshots | Soundtrack
Videos | Walkthrough
GOG | In-Game | Origin | PlayStation Trophies | Retro
Steam | Xbox Live
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 at SteamDB

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1–4 is a video game in the LEGO video game franchise, developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Released in June 2010,[1][2] 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 Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.[1]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1–4'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, you use the spell wheel to select your 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.[3]

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 your characters into any other mini-figure unlocked.[4] 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.[5]

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 you are lost in-game you can follow a trail of Ghost Studs to the next level. These do not count towards your stud total, but will guide you 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.[6] [7]

Multi-player Mode[edit | edit source]

The game employs the same two-player split-screen technique intro used for LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, but there is no online support for all consoles.[8][9]

Changes for the Nintendo DS version[edit | edit source]

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 spell-casting have been simplified.

Development[edit | edit source]

News of the game's existence was leaked in March 2009,[10] although rumours had been circulating since late 2008.[11] Warner Bros. officially confirmed the game in June 2009 with an estimated release of 2010.[12]

Demo[edit | edit source]

A demo of the game was made available to download from PlayStation Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace in June 2010.

Trailers[edit | edit source]

A teaser trailer was released on the day of the game's official announcement[13] 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.[14]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Review scores
Publication Score B+ [15]
IGN 8.5/10 [16]
Official Nintendo Magazine 80% [17]

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.[17] GameSpot gave the console versions an 8/10, complimenting the large amount of secrets and charm.[18] 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.[16] IGN editor Nicole Tanner awarded it "Best Mindless Fun".[19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Video Game: Harry Potter Home.
  2. LEGO Harry Potter coming soon!. Traveller's Tales (2010-04-26). Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  3. Marchiafava, Jeff (December 2009). "Traveller's Tales spills the beans on the boy wizard's latest adventure". Game Informer (201): pp. 60–61. 
  4. Blum, Matt (2010-07-01). Review: Lego Harry Potter Video Game Has the Movie Magic, Plus Silliness. Wired. Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  6. Ferry (2010-06-25). Lego Harry Potter Walkthrough Videos. VideoGamesBlogger. Retrieved on 2010-06-25
  10. Martin, Liam (2009-03-14). 'Lego Harry Potter' inadvertently confirmed. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  11. Martin, Liam (2008-12-01). Harry Potter to receive Lego makeover?. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  12. Purchese, Robert (2009-06-01). Warner confirms LEGO Harry Potter. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  13. Ishimoto, Moye (2009-06-01). LEGO Harry Potter E3 Trailer. G4tv. Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  14. Lego Harry Potter takes off with launch trailer.
  15. Liang, Alice (2010-06-28). LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PS3). Retrieved on 2010-07-05
  16. 16.0 16.1 Miller, Greg (2010-06-28). LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-07-05
  17. 17.0 17.1 Scullion, Chris (2010-06-27). LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Wii review. Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  18. VanOrd, Kevin (2010-06-25). LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2010-07-05
  19. IGN Staff (August 5, 2010). Our Favorite Games of 2010 (So Far) - Wii Feature at IGN. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-08-09

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