Harry Potter Themed Board Games
Board Games often have multiple versions to try and cater to fans of different mediums, and Harry Potter is one of the biggest fandoms on the planet. With such a global fanbase, you can find most popular board games that have their own Harry Potter themed version. They make for perfect gifts for fans of the series and add a little extra relatability to the game for fans.
The Harry Potter Phenomenon
Harry Potter first was released in 1997 and has since gone on to create 8 book-to-screen movies, a spin-off movie series, it's own Broadway play and countless other merchandise that could be described as Potty. The Harry Potter brand is so big, the books have been translated into over 80 languages and sold more than 500,000,000 copies, making it the most popular book series in history. Yes- that's five hundred million!
For board games, most Harry Potter themed versions are just rebranded to use the Harry Potter universe. Things like characters, names of places and items get replaced with Harry Potter specific lore. There are some unique Harry Potter games out there, but mostly you'll find the rebranded versions of the game.
Some board games do change up the rules from the classic version to the themed version. They usually add some kind of themed-twist to make the game feel at least a little bit different from playing the classic versions. For example, the Harry Potter Scrabble board game gives you extra points if you come up with Wizarding World words instead. For fans of the original board game, this might be a bit off-putting if not everyone playing is a fan of the actual theme it's based on (not everyone is a huge Harry Potter fan!).
The design and theme of Harry Potter board games is generally very well made. In the case of Harry Potter, these is so much detail to the world that is very easy for board game producers to use existing material already out there- not to mention there are high-production movies created for Harry Potter that they can pick and choose some of the most detailed pieces of the franchise and bundle them into cards or play-pieces.
Even if you're not a fan of the game, a lot of fans really appreciate the details in the game that reminds them of the franchise they do enjoy. It's a great way of getting younger players into games that they wouldn't normally touch, such as Scrabble, and can be a great way to improve social interaction to people who are otherwise glued to their smartphones.
In terms of pricing, you usually have to pay a little bit extra for these themed board games. Monopoly usually sells for around $10 for the classic edition; the Harry Potter version sells for $20.00. Of course, the pricing of board games varies a lot and normally the difference isn't quite so stark. Board Games usually need to get a license for manufacturing themed board games, and with so comes a cost. This is one of the reasons why board games tend to raise the price of the original board game.
Best Harry Potter Board Games
Let's take a look at some of the popular Harry Potter themed board games you can currently buy. They make for great gifts to any Harry Potter fan and still continue to be relevant today as the franchise shows no signs of slowing down.
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This game is perfect for any Harry Potter fan who thinks they know their stuff. The game comes with over 600 different questions on the Harry Potter movie franchise that will make even the most devouted Harry Potter fans think. The game can be played from anywhere as it is super portable and doesn't take up much space. The player who answers the most questions become head student at Hogwarts!
This is a unique Harry Potter board game that isn't just a simple theme revamp. The game is very well designed, contains over 250 beautifully designed cards, dice, game boxes, boards and more. All of the pieces are crafted around the Harry Potter series. This is a game where you'll have to read the rules to get started and setup. In essence, it's a co-op type game where up to 4 players must work together to win the 7 different games that you can play through. There is also an expansion set called Monster Box Of Monsters that adds more cards and challenges to keep the gameplay fresh.
If you've ever wanted to get a friend into Scrabble and they are a Harry Potter fan, this game is perfect for you. It's pretty much the same rules as Scrabble, only it also offers a twist in which you get extra points for coming up with Wizarding World terms. The game is beautifully designed and will make any Harry Potter fan happy to own it.
This game is a themed version of the popular Labyrinth board game. Most of the character art is taken directly from the movies, mainly for the re-skinned cards and characters. Players must navigate the board to find specific characters and then return to their school house to win the game. It has great replay value and can be played with up to 4 players.
This board game is relatively simple to play and plays like the classic Trouble board game. Players must roll the dice by popping the middle bubble. As you move around the board, you will pick up different cards that can hinder or boost your progress to victory. A very simple game to play and easy to get going/setup.
Funko Pop! have literally been involved in every franchise every created and Harry Potter is no exception. Funko Pop! have also released their own board games and you can now play the Harry Potter Funkoverse Strategy Game. Each game comes with two Funko Pop characters, although there are other versions which offer different characters that you can collect. There are many pieces to this game that make it very enjoyable to play with and feel like you're in a Harry Potter game.
This Harry Potter game is all about solving the mysteries of the missing students; you'll unlock secret and hidden areas as you traverse the Hogwarts map. You can play as six different Harry Potter characters, including the trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron. The game can be played up to 3-5 players and each game takes around 30-50 minutes. Most of the artwork is based off the Harry Potter films.