Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Updated Hands-On

Going to class has never been this rewarding as we learn the basics to get by in the world of Harry Potter.

While Harry Potter fans are eagerly waiting for the latest movie installment to come out, they can keep themselves busy by revisiting Hogwarts in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. The story is told in typical Traveller's Tale Lego fashion. There's plenty of goofy humor and dialogue that consists primarily of "huh," "oooh," and "hmm" as the yellow-faced characters quickly reenact the first four years of the beloved fantasy series. We've seen and played the game a bit before, but we recently got a preview build so that we could experience Harry's adventure right from the beginning.

Harry just stole his pants.

The magical world that J.K. Rowling created is mimicked here, but with plenty of new additions for you to discover. Through short and to-the-point cutscenes, you'll find out how Harry wound up on the doorstep of his aunt and uncle. With Hagrid's help, you'll immediately be whisked away from your muggle world and will wander the streets of Diagon Alley. Harry doesn't start off with any spells, but you can switch easily between Harry and Hagrid to move forward. You'll find that in most instances you can swap between several characters and use their unique abilities to solve puzzles.

Once you reach Hogwarts, the place is yours to explore, as long as you have the right spells to get past certain areas. The game does a good job of telling you where you need to go, because it's easy to get lost within that intricate network of corridors. Nearly Headless Nick (with his head reattached) will leave a trail of ghostly Lego coins to guide you to class or to other story-driven activities. You're free to wander any area of the school that can be accessed with your current spell list, and as you learn spells, such as lumos and wingardium leviosa to clear vines and put objects together, even more of Hogwarts will be accessible.

In your first year, you'll spend your time going to class to learn the basic spells needed to get by. You'll find yourself taking a potions class with Professor Snape, as well as an herbology class to learn the dos and don'ts when it comes to harmful plants. Each class gives you a brief exercise on how to use a particular spell so that once you've completed the task, you'll gain the new spell. You can shuffle through your spells using the bumper buttons. Using these spells, you can help your fellow students fend off bullies, or you can destroy anything that isn't nailed down to retrieve as many Lego pieces as possible.

What stands out most about Lego Harry Potter when compared to the other Lego games is that almost everything that is in the background can be interacted with in amusing ways. If you misfire a spell and hit another character or even a professor, he or she will respond by casting a spell on you as well, which will not only harm you, but can come with funny results. Whether you're stacking Lego bricks using wingardium leviosa or interacting with animated paintings, the school is full of curious objects that might surprise you--such as hungry furniture.

Using a wand is easier than having to build things manually.

Last time we were able to jump further into the game, where it gets more difficult with trickier platforming sections. However, the pacing at the beginning as well as in the puzzles is fairly easy making it a great cooperative experience when you're paired with a younger player.

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS on June 29.

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omexibricko
omexibricko

its funny how toys, movies, and video games come together for a masterpeice every time

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

Even though I like "darker," "serious," and "more adult" games like TES IV: Oblivion, Mass Effect, Team Fortress 2, BFBC 2 and World of Warcraft, the Lego games never seem to get old. Solid gameplay, cute animations, fun environments -- what more could you want? Keep 'em coming.

MGSsuperfan
MGSsuperfan

me and my mom are harry potter fans, so we rboth waiting for this

mattngc
mattngc

Looking forward to this. Had a lot of fun with lego inde

CJHammers
CJHammers

Im looking forward to this game loved lego starwars

CrusaderX7
CrusaderX7

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kdawg88
kdawg88

Get this: it's Harry Potter.....and it's Lego? Who woulda thought? :P

epure2010
epure2010

I think is not so a big cheese :P Maybe is the same version of Harry Potter Years 1-4 without LEGO pieces :I And the last movie was terrible :(

clintbrew
clintbrew

dunno if i want to get this game or wait until they do Lego Harry Potter the Complete saga which will probly comeout in June 2012 seeing as they bring out 5-7 years (due to the fact that they Split the last film in two parts) next year after Deathly hallows Part 2

Isamu_36
Isamu_36

To me, all the other Lego games were the same with one pervasive boring mechanic in each Lego tittle. This seems to be a little different, I hope so.

HawiianPunch24
HawiianPunch24

it looks like a buy and with legos comedy it probably wont make it childish

archvile_78
archvile_78

@Gelugon_baat: Seeing its a lego game it wouldn't surprise me at all! Now i'm not a Harry Potter fan by any mean but having beaten batman lego all recently and now currently playing Indiana Jones well this game got my interest.

Welshmun
Welshmun

as long as the little kids on gamespot are happy then who cares..

soupa_mario
soupa_mario

Does the above screenshot remind anyone of tetris? Let's hope for a wingardium leviosa lego tetris minigame.

Cougar_914
Cougar_914

Did any body else see the blue LEGO guy on the main page screenshot, and before reading the caption thought oh my god I can't believe they're making Mother F***ing LEGO Avatar?...not that I haven't liked the previous LEGO titles I've played..it just seems like it's starting to become a little overkill. As long as they keep up the quality of Star Wars / Indianna Jones / Batman I'm sure it'll be good. Probably will skip out on this since one I wasn't a big fan of the Potter movies (books were okay) Edit: Just looked at the screenshot again...I guess it was a troll..lol

gashoe13
gashoe13

this preview told me quite literally nothing at all. Thanks, Gamespot.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

LEGO games have a knack to be pretty good. But yeah this one looks ace

bodylotion
bodylotion

When i was a kid i always played with Lego and now as an adult i can still do it without people thinking i'm crazy ;)

Hakud0ushi
Hakud0ushi

LEGO batman was incredible. I can't wait to play this one. Always good to spend some time getting all the stuff.

Imsterminate
Imsterminate

I know I'm far from being a child but Lego games are just amazing! I hope they give it some kind of multiplayer!!!

Tha540Animal
Tha540Animal

Sweet!! Not a die hard Harry Potter fan but I loves me some LEGO!!! XD

Banjo2E
Banjo2E

the first lego games like star wars and then indiana jones were pretty good but now its just getting kinda old

JKMadu619
JKMadu619

I might actually buy this game, I have some money here, and this is on my list of games...

bourne2live
bourne2live

Well lest assured, we know it's gonna be better than the last couple movie tie-ins

jacozardo
jacozardo

the lego games are very entertaining, they seem to get better with every new release.

dipdish
dipdish

I wonder how Severus Snape may respond if Harry accidentally jinxes him. =)

carlandcarl
carlandcarl

No Matter how silly I find them I've enjoyed all the lego games so far, they are easy but it fits well with the game and how it progresses, just good fun and laughs really

the_punkface
the_punkface

@vitz47 you wont regret buying a lego game

the_punkface
the_punkface

sweet! this looks pretty cool. indiana jones didnt have that incredible feeling that lego SW 1 and 2 had, and i hope this one does

avataR_Keyblade
avataR_Keyblade

Loved the books, hated the movies. Hoping this sticks to the books. As of now, pretty excited for this.

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

You know the craziest thing that I did, is that I actually reserved this game for my PS3, I still question myself why...but I have alwayws found myself enjoy the LEGO game series, esp the LEGO Star Wars games

wario96
wario96

harry's a wierdo. pulling down peoples pants

vitz47
vitz47

i never interested in a lego game before, but I`m definitely gonna buy this game....

gunwar
gunwar

Looking forward to this

payne6705
payne6705

I only liked the Harry Potter books the movies were a little hmm how do I put it? dark, depressing, sad. Here when we read the books J.K made a colorful world and the movie made it one step above twilight in terms of clothes and backgrounds. Yet I am actually excited by this it looks promising.

siarhei
siarhei

All right! Another Lego game! Great!

5j3553
5j3553

pity they stopped making harry potter lego sets, i used to love playing with them...

J-man45
J-man45

This game will be awesome lol

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Cool :D - I know my wife and kids are looking forward to this one!!

thekidmrj
thekidmrj

@Funkymonkey I remember the building, but missions? Where?

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

They actually already made a Lego Harry Potter game awhile back. I used to have it, but it was HORRIBLE! Basically you got to use the Harry Potter legos to make stuff and do missions for Lego Dumbledore.

fi3ldsy
fi3ldsy

I've always been a fan of the LEGO games. This one should be good also, even though I haven't really seen the movies or read the books.

Game__Raider
Game__Raider

This might be the first great HP game next to Chamber of Secrets. I can't wait! Definately a day one purchase!

hadisami8
hadisami8

I CANT WAIT FOR THIS GAME! two things i love lego and harry potter , mixed in ONE!