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Are you looking for a fun way to immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter? Look no further than these exciting Harry Potter-themed board games!

Our top pick is the Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Cooperative Deck-Building Game because it allows players to work together and defend the castle against the evil forces of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

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We carefully chose the items in this list with our expertise regarding good times, games, and parties. We’ve tested over 15 Harry Potter-themed board games with groups of kids, teens, and adults, to find the perfect fit for every player. If you want to know more about our process, find out how we picked and tested!

1. Best Overall: Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Cooperative Deck-Building Card Game

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  • Player count: 2-4 players
  • Duration: 30 or 90 minutes and more
  • Ages: for ages 11 and up

Take on the role of your favorite Hogwarts student and save the wizarding world from evil forces! Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle is our top pick because it’s an excellent cooperative deck-building game that will keep everyone entertained for hours.

Why we love it

We love that this board game is cooperative, meaning all players work together to win the game. You can pick between Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom as your character. Each of them has unique abilities that come into play as you battle through the game. Strategizing with your friends as you try to save Hogwarts is a blast!

Another reason why this board game is our top pick is because it is an excellent introduction to the world of deck-building games. For more experienced players, we recommend playing it together with the expansion Monster Book of Monster. It makes the game way more challenging and fun!

We didn’t like that after finishing it for the first time, the game became quite repetitive. Another negative aspect is that playing it with two or three players is way easier than playing it with four.

However, this beautifully designed board game convinced even the non-Harry Potter fans among us. You don’t need any knowledge about the wizarding world to save it! Just beware, there might be spoilers!

How to play

In this cooperative deck-building game, all players work together to save Hogwarts from the forces of evil. The game contains seven adventures, each one harder than the last. In every part, you and your friends must use their skills to collect powerful spells and items and defeat villains such as Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, or Lord Voldemort himself!

Before starting the game, each player chooses a character. Everyone puts their player board, turn order board, hero cards, and hero deck in front of them. All players flip the first five cards of their hero deck, place them below their board, and set their health to ten.

The next step is setting up the game board. You place the location card on the left with the number one on top. Then you shuffle your villains and Dark Arts deck and put both face down next to the location. After that, you mix the Hogwarts deck, face up the first six cards, and the rest of the stack on the right side of the board.

Now flip over the first villain card, determine your first player, and you’re ready to start! Every turn has four steps:

1. Step: Start the Dark Arts Event: At the beginning of your turn, you look at the location card to know how many Dark Arts cards you must reveal. Draw as many cards as you’re supposed to and follow their instructions, e.g., “Add one Dark Arts Token to the location.”

2. Step: Resolve villain abilities: Next, you resolve the villain’s abilities by following the instructions on their card, e.g., “Active hero loses one health token.”

3. Step: Play Hogwarts cards and take Hero actions: Now you can play as many hero cards as you like. During this step, you can collect health, attack, or influence tokens and then use them. You can heal yourself or other players with health tokens, attack the current villain with attack tokens, or buy open Hogwarts cards with influence tokens.

4. Step: End your turn: In this final step, discard your tokens and any remaining cards, draw five new cards, and refill the Hogwarts cards. If you defeat the villain, you move on to the next one. If the villain took over the location, you must also move on to the next one here. This is the case when all dark arts symbols are filled with tokens.

Don’t worry if you get confused with the different steps during the game; they’re printed on your order card!

You win the game whenever you defeat all the villains of your current adventure. However, you lose the game if the villains control all locations.

2. Best Classic: Hasbro Gaming Clue: Wizarding World Harry Potter Edition Mystery Board Game

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  • Player count: 3-5 players
  • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes or more
  • Ages: for ages 8 and up

Who attacked the student, where, and what spell was used? Solve these mysteries as you become a Hogwarts student in the Wizarding World edition of Clue!

Why we love it

We love that this version offers a new twist on the classic Clue game by adding multiple new Harry Potter-inspired features. While solving the crime as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, or Neville, you must deal with moving staircases, House points, and dark marks.

Another thing we love is that the game board is designed like the marauder’s map and is authentic to the wizarding world, with locations such as the Room of Requirement, the Trophy Room, or the Great Hall.

Like every other Clue game, the Harry Potter edition has excellent replayability because it offers a unique solution with a different villain, location, and spell used in every game. With its additional rules and exciting twists, this game is an engaging experience for all Harry Potter fans.

However, this board game didn’t make it to the top of our list because some of the unique rules seem unnecessary and make the game too complicated. Moreover, the brown ink on the brown game board and cards are a poor design choice in terms of readability. Make sure you’re playing in a well-lit room!

We still recommend the board game for all Clue and Harry Potter fans, as it offers an immersive and unique twist on the classic game!

How to play

Take on the role of one of the six characters from the Harry Potter series and try to solve the mystery of the disappearing student. Your goal is to determine which student was targeted, the spell used, and where it happened.

To set up the game, lay out the board and turn the wheels until the word “START” is shown on all of them. Then, separate the Dark Deck and Help cards, shuffle each pile, and place them face down. Give each player a sheet from the notepad, a pencil, one Help card, an identity card, and some Floo powder (FP).

Next, draw one suspect, item, and location card from the Mystery deck, and hide them beneath the Clue cards. Everyone takes turns rolling the die and moving their pieces around Hogwarts in search of clues, trying to deduce who has vanished, the spell used, and where it happened.

On your turn, you can make a suggestion on who, what, and where the mystery might be. If you’re ready to make an accusation, get to The Burrow and name your suspect, item, and room. But be careful! If you’re wrong, you’ll be eliminated from the game.

The first player to correctly guess all three pieces of the mystery wins! With its engaging gameplay and challenging puzzles, this Harry Potter-themed board game is perfect for fans of all ages.

3. Best for Traveling: Hasbro Gaming Trivial Pursuit: Wizarding World Harry Potter Edition

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  • Player count: 2 or more players
  • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes or more
  • Ages: for ages 8 and up

Prove your wizarding knowledge in this Harry Potter version of Trivial Pursuit! This compact, travel-sized edition includes 600 questions about characters, magical objects, spells, and more.

Why we love it

This is our top pick for a Harry Potter-themed traveling board game because it’s compact and portable, making it easy to bring on any trip or vacation. It also includes a wide range of questions about the wizarding world, ensuring hours of gameplay for Harry Potter fans.

We love that this game allows for two or more players, making it perfect for families on the go or Harry Potter fanatics to test their knowledge against friends. It’s also great for any age, from young kids getting into Harry Potter to adult fans who have watched and re-watched the movies.

However, one significant downside might be a dealbreaker for all our book lovers: The questions are all based on the movies. Therefore, some questions are way too easy, and others are - at least according to the books - simply wrong. For example, there’s a question about who got sorted out first by the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which differs in the book compared to the movie.

Another negative aspect is the replay value, as you may find yourself quickly memorizing all the questions and answers. Sure, there are 600 questions included, but avid Harry Potter fans may find themselves breezing through them.

Overall, we still highly recommend this game because of its portability, range of questions, and ability to play with any age group. This is a great pick if you are Potterhead, who’s always on the go!

How to play

Thanks to its compact size, the game setup is easier and quicker than ever. Take the dice and the cards, and you’re ready to go!

After deciding randomly which player goes first, roll the die to see which category of question you must answer. The six categories are The Dark Arts, Hogwarts, Magical Spells and Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, Animals, and Magical Creatures.

If the player answers the question correctly, they get the question card as proof. If they can’t answer correctly, the card returns to the pile. The first player to collect six cards wins the game.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Are you a wizarding expert? Prove your knowledge in our Harry Potter Trivia game!

4. Best for Families: Pressman Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game

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  • Player count: 2 to 4 people
  • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes or more
  • Ages: for ages 8 and up

Oh no, magical beasts have broken loose at Hogwarts and need to be saved! Try to catch these magical creatures before your opponents do with strategy, luck, and a little magic.

Why we love it

We love that you need combined strategy and luck to win this game, making it enjoyable for kids and adults. The gameplay is easy to understand, but with enough elements to keep you on your toes. Players roll the dice, move around Hogwarts, and try to capture magical beasts like the Phoenix, Basilisk, and Hippogriff.

This game stands out because the swinging board offers the unique opportunity to explore Hogwarts’ interior on one side and its ground on the other. The design is true to the Harry Potter universe and includes movie pictures. Unfortunately, besides the board, the game pieces look basic and don’t add much to the overall experience.

Another negative aspect is the lack of challenges and surprises throughout the game. You roll a die, collect cards until you catch a magical beast, and repeat. That’s why we recommend this game for families with younger children. Even though the game is recommended for children aged 8 and up, we’re confident that with adult help, even 6-year-olds can join in the fun.

Overall, Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game is a fun pick for any game night, particularly for families with children just starting to get into the magical world.

How to play

To start the game, players pick a character and place their mover on any passage icon on the game board. Then all roll a die, and the player with the highest number starts!

In each round, players roll the die and move along the board, collecting clue cards to catch one of the magical beasts. To catch a creature, you must have all the right clue cards: Color, size, location, and classification. You get to draw one of those cards if you land on a space with a clue card symbol on it.

If a player lands on a passage icon, they must remove all opponent’s movers who aren’t on passage icons and flip the board. Then you can move those opponents wherever you want and steal one of their clue cards. But beware: If you, for example, take a size card and your opponent has two size cards, they can choose which one they want to give you.

The game is over as soon as one player has managed to catch one magical beast! So sharpen your strategy and be ready for some magical fun!

๐Ÿ‘‰ Do you want to play right now? Check out our Harry Potter-themed Would You Rather game and start the fun!

How we picked and tested

PsyCat Games is built by people who know how to have fun! We’ve been researching parties and games since 2018 and have published 400+ articles on our website. That’s why we’re confident that we know what we’re talking about!

We want you to have the best time possible and not waste your money on a subpar product. That’s why we spend over three months testing over 15 different games with groups of kids, teens, and adults. We’ve ranked the games by the fun factor, player experience, and replayability!

Our raking is subjective, but we’ve tried our best to be as impartial as possible. However, if you stumble upon a Harry Potter board game that you think deserves a spot on our list, please reach out to us! We would love to hear from you.

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