The Long-Awaited Return of Harry Potter Games: A Tale of Hope for the Franchise

Skye Kensington


The Long-Awaited Return of Harry Potter Games: A Tale of Hope for the Franchise

It’s been almost two decades since the magical world of Harry Potter arrived in the gaming world, and yet we’ve been waiting for a truly great game set in the wizarding world. While popular, the first few attempts by EA Games failed to truly capture the magic of J.K. Rowling’s world. Fortunately, the recent release of Hogwarts Legacy and other upcoming plays from Portkey Games indicates that the Harry Potter gaming universe is about to receive a long-needed breath of fresh air.

From the Early Days of Adventure Games to the LEGO Series: A Look Back at the History of Harry Potter 

LEGO Series

When the first play was released in 2001, it was met with a lukewarm response. Published by EA Games, the game was an adventure full of puzzles, spells, and elements of exploration. And while it was enough to satisfy the fandom's hunger for all things Potter-related, it was far from the quality of the books and movies. Unfortunately, the series of plays only got worse from that point on, with the last installment receiving a score of 4/10 and sales dramatically declining.

Fortunately, the LEGO series of plays saved the day. The first play, LEGO Creator, was released in 2001, and it was followed by Years 1-4 in 2010 and Years 5-7 in 2011. These games were widely praised for their humor, characters, atmospheric soundtrack, and a huge open world full of puzzles. The only downside was that these games were not released as separate titles; nevertheless, these plays have become synonymous with the world of Harry Potter.

The Forgotten Games of Kinect and PlayStation Move: A Look at the Forgotten Harry Potter Games

Forgotten Harry Potter Games

In addition to the LEGO games, a few Harry Potter plays were released for Microsoft’s Kinect and PlayStation Move. These plays were released in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and while they didn’t receive as much attention as the LEGO games, they still had their fans. These plays allowed players to learn magic, but unfortunately, they didn’t allow them to play as their favorite characters.

The New Hope of Portkey Games: A Look at the Future of the Harry Potter Gaming Universe

Future of the Harry Potter Gaming Universe

The future of the Harry Potter gaming universe looks brighter than ever before. In 2017, Warner Bros. studio founded the Portkey Games studio. Since then, they have released a number of Harry Potter-themed plays, such as Puzzles and Spells, Wizards Unite, and Hogwarts Mystery. In addition, the highly-anticipated Hogwarts Legacy is set to be released on February 10th, 2021, as well as the Harry Potter Magic Awakened card game later this year.


It's been nearly two decades since the magical world came into gaming reality, and it looks like it's finally time for the franchise to shine. Thanks to upcoming releases from Portkey Games, Harry Potter fans have a lot to be excited about, and it looks like the series will finally get the plays it deserves. Let's hope the upcoming plays do justice to the beloved world of the boy who survived.


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