LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
by Nagflar

Basic Information:
Developer: Traveller's Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
North American Release Date: June 29, 2010
European Release Date: June 25, 2010
Trophies: 20 | 12 | 4 | 1


LEGO Harry Potter brings the usual non-verbal humor and charm of previous LEGO games, but this time, with a piece of Magic, thanks to the Harry Potter series. While 6 of the 8 planned movies had been already released before the game came out, they opted to only include the first 4 in the game, so we'll obviously have a sequel.

Now, lets see if it delivers or not.


The gameplay is practically the same to every previous LEGO game, be it Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Batman. It's main focus is in exploring the environments and using LEGO blocks to get past obstacles by creating different objects. While in Star Wars you used the force to achieve this, here you'll take advantage of your trusty wand, which comes with a couple of spells you'll learn throughout your years in Hogwarts.

If there is something different from previous instalments, is that during the 4 years, you explore Hogwarts and go from one level to another, learning spells or how to create potions in-between, which allows the player to get familiarized with the controls.


Here we can see Harry and the others during one of the few boss battles of the game.

The Singleplayer consist of the first 4 years, each divided in 6 different levels, that, while not completely loyal to neither the movies nor the books, serve their purpose and synthesize the stories well enough, allowing you to understand them (and have a laugh or two each level).

The game obviously begins with you using Harry and being accompanied by different characters you can play as too, but unlike Harry, they are almost never the same (except for a couple of chapters).

The game also features a couple of bosses and sub-bosses throughout the years, like Malfoy, the mountain troll, the Basilisk, a dementor, and a couple of others.

Harry discovers a new spell inside some random book.


The game feautures the already popular drop-in/drop-out co-op mode that began with the first Star Wars LEGO game, allowing two people to simultaneously play together, change characters, help each other and drop out whenever they don't feel like playing anymore. This is obviously one of the best feautures of the game, considering the AI's stupidity during the whole game, but has it's setbacks, like you and your friend fighting each other over studs or not co-operating and getting killed.


Here's where you realize Traveller's Tales has no game testers.

The game, when originally released, was full of bugs and glitches. Some of them were not very troublesome, but others made the game unplayable at times. The most popular one (until a patch got released), consisted of you getting trapped inside a room in Hogwarts and, if you somehow managed to get out, the room would lock itself and not allow you to to get back inside, making you start the game again if you didn't found every collectable inside the room and if you were aiming for the 100%.

Luckily, Traveller's Tales realized how broken the game was and released a patch, fixing most of the issues.


LHP features your typical "Beat X level" and complete the game trophies. It also requires you to get a 100% completition rate (which will get you most of the trophies) and to make some other miscellaneous stuff, like killing Harry with Voldemort or defeat 20 enemies with Fang.

All in all, it's not a difficult trophy list, but it could get somewhat complicated if you missed a Crest or a Gold Brick or any other thing. But hey! Thats why we have Trophy Guides, and here's DAVEYHASSELHOFF'S LHP Trophy Guide, in case you might need it:

Gameplay: 9/10

Singleplayer: 8/10

Multiplayer: 9/10

Technical: 7/10

Overall: 8/10

The game is fun and entertaining, specially if you are a LEGO or a Harry Potter fan (and if you happen to both, you'll be happier!), and even if you are looking just for another trophy, and you rent/buy this game, I'm sure you'll finish up enjoying it at one time or another.