Yesterday evening, rather than doing anything productive with my time that could further my skills in life, I decided to play the videogame Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, the latest property to get a family friendly adaptation from UK-based developer Traveler’s Tales. Maybe you’ve played Lego Star Wars, or Lego Indiana Jones. Both were rather good.
Lego Harry Potter is something I’ve been excited about for a while, though. It isn’t because the game is particularly groundbreaking – it’s solid, but essentially a reskinned version of all the other Lego games – it’s that it offers a rare, comedic take on the Harry Potter universe, taking all the scenes we recognise from the movies and sending them up in its own way.
The whole time I played Lego Harry Potter, I kept thinking, ‘What would JK Rowling say?’ Honestly, I think she’d approve. Hardcore gamers needn’t apply, but anyone with a serious nostalgia fix for Harry Potter (that would be me) will find this up to the task.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is out on Friday on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, DS, PC and PSP.