A Muggle’s guide to Harry Potter Games

We went through a phase in our house where everything was about Harry Potter. My kids were big fans and myself and my husband followed suit. We read the books, watched the movies, bought the outfits. We even went on a few holidays where Harry Potter themed destinations played a part. Then we started with the Harry Potter board games!!

Whether you're into card games, trivia games, or other types of games, there is sure to be a Harry Potter-themed game for you. And best of all, you can find something for all ages. So, check out our list of some of the best Harry Potter board games to find exactly what you are looking for!

Here are a few you might like to try.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck building card game. You can explore the world of witchcraft and wizardry with 2-4 players. In Hogwarts Battle, players take on the role of Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville. They learn spells, collect items and recruit allies to fight the villains. They need to defend against dark arts. The goal of the game is for you and your wizard friends to defeat every villain... before they take control over the wizarding world. You begin your journey as a humble first year Hogwart’s student with access only to the simple spells. You also get your loyal pet and some items specific to your character. As you progress through your years at Hogwarts, you unlock new cards. This will help you gain powerful new abilities as you encounter tougher villains.

The Harry Potter A Year At Hogwarts Board Game is another of the favourites. There are different ways to play, you can play a quick game, a classic game or a long game. You can also play in Underage Wizard Mode, Qualified Wizard mode, Team mode or you can play alone. In this game there are different ways to earn points. There are missions which correspond to the books and films in Harry Potter. You can also earn points by playing the greatest game ever – Quidditch!! You can take book cards where you can attend classes. You also have action points which you get for being good in class.  Or helping another student can earn you valuable points! Watch out doing bad actions can lose you points! This game gives you lots of variety and different ways to win.

The Harry Potter Battle Defense Against the Dark Arts Board game is a competitive deck building game for two players. You can collect cards for spells, items and also allies to help you out. You also have hex cards to attack your opponent. In this game there are two dueling wizards. First you get to choose which house you are in... Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin! You can both choose the same house if you can’t decide on different ones. To win you must beat your opponent three times. This means you need to force your opponent to the other side of the playing mat. Each turn takes 5-10 minutes to play.  It can be a fast paced game or a bit slower if the dueling partners are evenly matched. Lots of the characters will be familiar from the books and the movies.

The Harry Potter House Cup Competition  Board Game takes place over 7 rounds. You start by sorting yourself into one of the four houses in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You get your students out into Hogwarts to learn lessons. They complete challenges to win that coveted House Cup. The students have three classes to learn... Charms, Potions, and Defense against the Dark Arts. You win by getting the most points. Points are scored by adding some cool gems into test tubes when you have completed your lessons and challengers. The most gems at the end has the most points. This game is for 2-4 players. It takes around an hour to play and is for ages 11+ (The same age you need to be to get your letter from Hogwarts J)

Munchkin Deluxe: Harry Potter  Board Game is a game of magic, mystery and adventure in the wizarding world for 3-6 players. To start players pick a Hogwarts House. (This is sounding familiar!) Players battle monsters to level up and gain valuable treasure. The goal is very simple you need to get from level 1 all the way up to level 10 before anyone else. To do that you need to open doors and fight the monsters behind them. If a monster is too tough for you, you can ask your friends for help. They can also stab you in the back! If you are able to defeat the monster (and don’t have to run away) you can go up a level and take one of its treasures. This is one of those games where you find out who your friends are….generally not the ones sitting with you at the table.

There are so much more to choose from but we hope you find something on this recommended list which might take your muggle fancy!