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Review: LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 - Xbox 360

by Steven Williamson on 1 July 2010, 11:11 4.2

Tags: Lego Harry Potter Xbox 360, Warner Bros. (NYSE:TWX), Action/Adventure

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From Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament

As the title suggests, LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 covers all of the significant events in the first four books/films: The Philosopher’s Stone, The Chamber Of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azakaban and The Goblet of Fire. You join Harry and his friends as they join Hogwarts for the first time and take them on a journey that sees you partaking in all kinds of wand-waving events from saving Hermione from the troll in the bathroom to taking part in the death-defying TriWizard Tournament.

The storyline sticks rigidly to the movie adaptations, focusing on the main set pieces rather than the intricate details of the books. As there’s no talking, just the familiar amusing mumbles of the LEGO characters, it’s a game taht is clearly aimed at fans of the series who already know the storyline well - Potter fanatics in fact. Everything you'd expect from the world of Harry Potter that should have been included in the game has been impressively squeezed in somewhere or another.

You can play, for example, over 100 playable characters and will often find yourself switching between the likes of Harry, Hagrid, Hermoine and Ron in order to use their unique abilities to solve puzzles and access new areas. Ron, for example, can conjure up his pet rat, Scabbers, to access drain pipes to collect studs or open up new areas. Hagrid, for example, can use his strength to pull heavy chains and you can be rest assured that you'll get to learn many familiar spells, from Wingardium Leviosa to Lumon Solem, to smash bricks and build objects that help you to solve the many environment-based puzzles.

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