Even after 21 years, there seems there no slowing down the hype train at platform 9 3/4 on it’s destination to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry’s fight against Lord Voldemort (YEAH I SAID HIS NAME!!!) may have come to a close in the final book “The Deathly Hallows” in 2007, but fans can never get enough of going to the magical world. With the upcoming 2nd film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, it is clear that the magic has not died and that we will be going to that universe for a long time. Travellers Tales recognizes that fact as well and decided it was time for their classic LEGO Harry Potter games to make their way to the Nintendo Switch. Thus The LEGO Harry Potter Collection was brewed up!
Chances are that many fans of either LEGO games or Harry Potter have played either “Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4″ or ” Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7″ on one of many options since their original release 8 and 7 years ago respectively. Both games would see releases on any and all platforms since their creations. 13 different methods to be exact! So it was no surprise to see TT decide to bring the franchise to the Nintendo Switch along with many of their other titles such as LEGO DC Super-Villains LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Go to where the money is!
Upon starting LEGO Harry Potter Collection, you are given a choice between playing Years 1-4 or 5-7. I understand why it is done this way, but admittedly I am not a fan. It feels lazy to just have the two options and no kind of flare. Once you decide which of the 2 games you want to play, you will be taken to that games menu. From there, the world of Harry Potter is open to you.
Fans of the newer LEGO games will be greeted with a surprise in the fact there is absolutely no voice acting in the game. In fact, we wouldn’t see proper voice acting in the LEGO games until 2012’s LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. While some people may find this to be a flaw, others will look past it and see that TT offers up a cauldron full of charm when met with the limitations. Admittedly, it does help that I have read the books, in their entirety, at least 10 times, yes…I am THAT guy. So the story is engraved in my head. Players of the games will see that TT does a fantastic job with keeping a faithful eye on the source material all whilst having some goofy fun with some situations!
If you are a returning player or completely new, the first thing that will get you is how good the game looks despite its age. When the collection made it’s way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, TT decided it was time to go back and clean up the game a bit. There is no doubt in my mind that the Nintendo Switch version has benefited from these technical enhancements. TT improved the lighting effects and reduced blurring. Everything looks noticeably cleaner. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I would have thought the game was brand new. Playing on the Switch screen was enjoyable due to the lush colours in the game popping out.
The games do come complete with all the additional DLC that came out for both. This includes additional characters and spells. You truly are getting the most complete versions of the games. I am glad that they did include this as most gamers will play the game and quickly discover how simple and short they are. Remember that this is a 2 game package, but to complete the entire collection with all the extras should only take gamers about 45 to 50 hours. Fans will have great delight finding their favourite characters from the book as there are over 350 characters to collect. All your favourite spells are there to help you solve puzzles and for combat such as Lumos to light your way and Wingardium Leviosa (NOT Wingardium Levio-SA!), Parents will enjoy the games as well because the LEGO games make it pretty much impossible to fail a mission or die in a boss fight.
While the LEGO Harry Potter Collection has nothing specifically new to add to the series. It is nice to see TT still giving it the love and attention it deserves. If fans of LEGO or Harry Potter have not played the game, it is a real treat and highly recommended! If you have played the game before, The only difference you will have is in the graphics. But to be fair the game looks REALLY good!
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*