With Hogwarts Legacy being the hottest title out there on the game shelves right now, what better time to look back and rank all the Harry Potter games that have appeared on our screens? We’ve enjoyed more than two decades of wizarding titles now, going back to the original release of the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But they haven’t all been winners. Below, you’ll find all the Harry Potter games to date ranked.
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All Harry Potter Video Games, Ranked from Worst to Best
There have now been a host of Potter-inspired releases to get our teeth into. But which one rose to the top? Also, are any of the older ones worth revisiting today? Read on to check out all Harry Potter games, ranked from the worst to the best. Let us know where you think Hogwarts Legacy should slot into the list in the comments below.
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 & 2 (2010 & 2011)
We’ve put these two stinkers into one entry, as we don’t want to waste too much of your time talking about them, and they were pretty much as bad as each other. A Harry Potter third-person shooter action should work in theory, as our heroes battle across England, taking on Death Eaters and Dementors. But we ended up with a technically inept mess of a game that felt rushed and unfinished. The idea clearly demanded more time than the execution got, as everything from combat precision to the controls was off the mark.
13. LEGO Creator: Harry Potter & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2001 & 2002)
Again, we’ll blend these two into a single entry that you probably best forget, concentrating on the more recent Potter LEGO experiences below. These were from the earlier days of LEGO’s expansion into the world of computing and it showed then, let alone today. The graphics were rudimentary at best, and the gameplay experience was not a lot better. But we’re glad they tried because these failures paved the way for something far more impressive a decade later.
12. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (2018)
Hogwarts Mystery certainly has a few things going for it. The cartoony graphics are a little off in this mobile platform offering, seemingly aiming at a very young audience. But if so, the brutal in-game micro-transactions on offer seem even more cynical. The biggest plus was the storyline, which offered a non-movie opportunity to play your own new storyline alongside the characters you love. But it’s not enough to drag this game up from erring on the disappointing side.
11. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (2019)
Wizards Unite was another attempt from the Potterverse at nailing the mobile market, but once again, it fell a little short. The idea was good for Potter fans: the Pokémon GO augmented reality concept. But the result was a classic case of spending all the cash on the license and having little left to make a game. The result felt like an early geolocation game rather than a genuine rival to Pokémon GO. And without the gameplay, many players quickly lost interest.
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
If you like a mission-based game full of enjoyable skirmishes, Goblet of Fire delivered. All the characters were there, the game largely followed the storyline, and it was a fun switch-your-brain-off ride. But it was very much a surface experience that really lacked replayability. It’s one of the more linear Potter experiences, so if you’re not enjoying the combat (which didn't have enough variety if you didn't really get into it) the game soon became something to get through rather than get excited about.
9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
While the games certainly start improving as we enter the Top 10, few will remember Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince as their favorite game of the series. It showed promise, too, with some great scenery and locations. But the dialog felt off throughout, and the mini-games were unimaginative and repetitive. It was certainly worth playing through the main story if you were a Potter fan, but beyond that, there was little to make you come back for more.
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Clearly, taking the criticisms of Harry Potter and The Goblets of Fire on board, Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix gave players more scope to carve out their own experience. It was great to roam your favorite locations from the series freely, with all kinds of fun collectibles to discover. But the fed-ex nature of some of the quests left a lot to be desired, with a little too much of the fun being replaced with chores. So, while being a partial return to form, the game still failed to reach the heights of its predecessors.
7. Wonderbook: Book of Spells & Book of Potions (2012 & 2013)
These two titles can be seen as two halves of a package, and both delivered a satisfying experience similar enough to pop the two under the same entry. The PS3’s Eye (to read the book) and Move (to use your wand) proved perfect companions for a Harry Potter experience. Sure, cynics might say it was all a bit of a gimmick. But the interactive reading concept works well and looked great, helping the Wonderbook games become a big hit with kids of all ages.
6. Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (2003)
While the rules of the sport might not stand up to too much scrutiny, there’s no doubt many a gamer wanted to lift the Quidditch World Cup. So, a sports game dedicated to that aspect of the Harry Potter franchise was an obvious addition. Luckily it turned out to be more than a cash cow or afterthought, delivering an exciting experience with games, including the Hogwarts Inter-house Cup, as well as the chance to go all the way in the World Cup.
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5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
The first official Harry Potter game got the series off to a flyer. The cartoony graphical style of The Philosopher’s Stone may not have been to everyone’s tastes. While the gameplay experience was sporadic at best, with controls that left a lot to be desired. But the most important thing is the Potterverse, and the game immersed you into it in its own quirky, wonky, yet loveable way. The missions were fun and the soundscape was spot on, meaning the positives did enough to cover the rather slapdash negatives.
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
You’ll find Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the top of some Potter fans’ lists and down nearer the bottom for others. The latter judge it too harshly, but it comes down to what you look for in a game. Here you can switch between Harry, Hermione, and Ron as you solve some great puzzles and really feel you’re delving deep into the main characters. But this came at the expense of such open exploration, while the action side of proceedings left a little to be desired. So, it was either a forward or backward move from Chamber of Secrets, depending on what you loved about that game.
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets took the good bits of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and did its best to polish the rough edges, creating the game we probably should’ve had a year earlier. It delivered open-world exploration around Hogwarts, which was so sorely missing in the likes of Goblet of Fire that followed. And the game felt like the movie, being a slightly more puzzley experience where new areas opened up as you went, bringing you back on yourself while always feeling like you were moving forward.
2. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (2010)
By 2010, those clever people over at LEGO had found their computer gaming feet and set about applying a unique brand of humor to its digital products. The result was a phenomenon, helping launch a long list of titles across formats, including the LEGO Movie franchise, Batman, and the rest. Harry Potter: Years 1-4 was a brilliant mix of exploration, puzzles, action, and humor that gets the blend of LEGO and Potter personalities just right, letting each have its moments to shine.
1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (2011)
Despite the books and movies taking a darker turn as they progressed, the second LEGO Harry Potter game stuck with its brand of daft humor regardless. We’re glad it did, as the creators once again got the balance just right. And while there’s really not much in it, the second game made slight improvements on the original without losing anything in the process. It is totally charming and a must-play for Potter and LEGO fans alike. Because what really strikes you is the attention to detail. It is clearly made by super fans of the franchise, being packed full of in-jokes and parodies while never losing sight of the main plots and characters.
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All Harry Potter Games, Ranked (2023)