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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a video game based on the first four installments of the Harry Potter series in a LEGO form. The game was released on June 29 2010 in the US. It was released in the UK on June 25, 2010, and was developed by Traveller's Tales, the company that is responsible for most of the recent LEGO games.

The UK PSP was delayed to July 30, 2010.

Revealed to the Public Edit

The game was proven to be in the works by Traveler's Tales in 2009, when a Trailer was released at Nintendo's E3 conference. This trailer was one of the only sources of information about the game until another trailer was released, which actually involved gameplay and more characters including old characters like Professor McGonagall and Professor Quirrell "revived" with flesh skin. This was called a Year 1 vignette and more vignettes may come out as time goes by. Right now there are four vignettes, which are for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4.

Before the Year 3 vignette, the first 2 minutes of cutscenes which involved Harry arriving at number 4 Privet Drive and him gettting his letters to Hogwarts was released.

Tie in with the Sets Edit

This game will obviously feature the minifigures from the Harry Potter sets. Before the game, sets of Harry Potter were released for the first four movies and one set came out to accompany the fifth movie. Since this game will feature the first four movies, all the sets already created could be implemented into the game, although if a game with all the movies implemented would not have source material for the the Deathly Hallows, as it hasn't even been released yet.

Revival of the Franchise Edit

No sets were released for the theme since 2007, and only one set was released for the Order of the Phoenix. No sets have been created for the most recent movie, the Half-Blood Prince. This caused many people to believe the LEGO Harry Potter franchise was over. This video game is considered a revival of the Harry Potter franchise and more new sets will be released later in 2010.

Development and Distribution Edit

The game is being developed by the well-known LEGO game developers, Traveller's Tales and TT Fusion for the handheld versions. Traveler's Tales was responsible for the development of all four LEGO Star Wars games, two LEGO Indiana Jones games, and the LEGO Batman game. If Traveler's Tales will use their usual format for the game, which is a free roaming hub, and a combination of beat-em up and puzzle gameplay, will appear is unknown, but very likely.

The game is being published and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment .

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which now owns Traveler's Tales, will be partly responsible for the distribution and publishing. They have already published many LEGO games, including LEGO Batman: The Video Game, LEGO Battles, and LEGO Rock Band.

Gameplay Edit

The gameplay is similar to LEGO Indiana Jones. In the first level, The Leaky Cauldron, Harry can't use magic yet because he doesn't have a wand but Rubeus Hagrid can since he is an experienced wizard. All Harry is able to do is smash objects by rolling into them until he learns his first spell at Hogwarts.

The game uses the new split-screen introduced in Lego Indiana Jones II: The Adventure Continues and is a co-op game, similar to all other Traveller's Tales Lego video games. The new split-screen is a moving division on the screen in relation to where the characters are in the level. This makes finding your partner much easier than a stationary horizontal or vertical dividing line.

The Hogwarts castle from the game is notably the biggest Lego video game environment ever created. There are many areas to explore, including the Great Hall, the covered bridge, Gryffindor and Slytherin common rooms, the courtyard, the quidditch field, Hagrid's hut, and more. Players can go to classes to learn new spells to advance to new areas in Hogwarts. An example would be if an area is covered by Mandrakes, the player might not be able to get to that place in Year 1, but after you have covered that Herbology lesson, you can get through there because you have learned how to get past them.

Potion-making is another vital gameplay feature. If there is a cauldron nearby you must collect the right ingredients to put in it. If you collect the right ones, you get a reward or advance in the level. If you get it wrong you could likely to be turned into a frog.

As with all schools, there are other students at Hogwarts who you can practice your defensive spells on. For instance, in the Gryffindor common room you might find a student sleeping on a couch. Zap the couch and the child is eaten up and then belched out. But you can't do this with just anyone. Zap Professor Snape and you might be turned into a frog again.

The moving pictures on the walls can usually be zapped to help you, and many other things in Hogwarts can be enlisted to help you as well, usually quite comically.

(Please note: There are 2 hubs instead of 1. They are: Hogwarts and Diagon Alley)

Versions Edit

Console versions Edit

Naturally, the console versions of the game have sold quite well due to the number of Lego and Harry Potter fans, so the number of copies are very high and popular.

Windows version Edit

Not as popular as the console versions, the PC port of the game is sometimes reported to have a few bugs reducing the speed and graphics, or even crash. The player might even be unable to run the program. Mainly due to this, the PC port of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 was abandoned by players as problematic, and as a result, the number of copies for Windows is very low.

Portable versions Edit

The portable versions of the game are not as good as the console versions, due to Lego games on the DS having poor graphics and a few bugs, like the Windows version.

List of Characters Edit

If a * is next to the name of the character, that character is playable.

The trio Edit

  • Harry Potter* (Muggle Clothes, Hogwarts, Quidditch, Triwizard, Yule Ball Tuxedo (Only on Consoles and Windows versions), Pajamas (Only on Consoles and Windows versions), Girl Disguise (Only on Consoles and Windows versions), and Slytherin Disguise (polyjuice potion and only on Consoles and Windows versions)
  • Hermione Granger* (Muggle Clothes, Hogwarts, Yule Ball Dress (Only on Consoles and Windows versions), and as a Cat polyjuice potion and only on Consoles and Windows version)
  • Ron Weasley* (Muggle Clothes, Hogwarts, Pajamas(Only on Consoles and Windows version), Yule Ball Tuxedo (Only on Consoles and Windows verisons), Girl Disguise (Only on Consoles and Windows versions), and Slytherin Disguise (polyjuice potion and only on Consoles and Windows versions)

Hogwarts Staff Edit

Other staff Edit

Students Edit

Gryffindor house
Slytherin house
Ravenclaw house
Hufflepuff house

Wizard World related Edit

Order of the Phoenix Edit

Lord Voldemort, his Death Eaters and followers Edit

Ministry of Magic Edit

Diagon Alley and Leaky Cauldron Edit

Hogsmeade Edit

Knight Bus Edit

Hogwarts Express Edit

Other Edit

  • Rita Skeeter*
  • Dragon keeper*
  • Witch* (Available in white and grey)
  • Wizard* (Available in red and green)
  • Shifty wizard*
  • Boy*
  • Girl*

Beauxbatons Edit

Durmstrang Edit

Ghosts Edit

Muggles Edit

Creatures Edit


The Sorcerer's Stone Edit

The Magic Begins

Out of the Dungeon

A Jinxed Broom

The Restricted Section

The Forbidden Forest

The Face of the Enemy

The Chamber of Secrets Edit

Floo Powder

Dobby's Plan

Crabbe and Goyle

Tom Riddle's Diary

Follow the Spiders

The Basilisk

Prisoner of Azkaban Edit

News from Azkaban


Mischief Managed

The Shrieking Shack

Dementor's Kiss

The Dark Tower

The Goblet of Fire Edit

The Quidditch World Cup


The First Task

The Secret of the Egg

The Black Lake

The Dark Lord Returns

Bonus Levels Edit

Harry's Destiny

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Edit

Classrooms Edit

  • Charms Classroom. There are two classrooms: one for the Wingardium Leviosa spell lesson and another for the Lumos spell lesson.
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom. There are two classrooms: one for the Immobulus and Riddikulus spells, and another for the Patronus and Reducto spell lessons.
  • Transfiguration Classroom which also contains a practice room.
  • Potions Classroom
  • Hogwarts greenhouses/Herbology Classroom
  • Divination Classroom
  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Flying Courtyard

Common rooms Edit

  • Ravenclaw Tower
  • Slytherin Dungeon
  • Hufflepuff Basement
  • Gryffindor Tower

Other places Edit

  • Great Hall
  • Headmaster's office
  • Library and Restricted Section
  • Mirror of Erised room / Storage Room
  • Clock Tower and Clock Tower Courtyard
  • Owlery
  • Hospital wing
  • One-Eyed Witch Passage
  • Third Floor Corridor
  • Grand Staircase
  • Second-floor girls' lavatory
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Middle Courtyard
  • Prefects' Bathroom
  • Muggle Studies Classroom

Hogwarts Grounds Edit

  • Hogwarts Lake
  • Hagrid's hut
  • Quidditch pitch
  • Stone circle
  • Greenhouses
  • Covered Bridge

Hogsmeade Edit

  • Honeydukes
  • Shrieking Shack
  • The Three Broomsticks
  • Hogsmeade Station

Other magical places Edit

  • Diagon Alley
    • Ollivander's Wand Shop
    • Gringotts
    • Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions
    • Flourish and Blotts
    • Eeylops Owl Emporium
  • Leaky Cauldron
  • Knockturn Alley
  • King's Cross Station/Platform 9 and 3/4
  • The Burrow
  • Mr. Roberts's campsite

Muggle places Edit

  • Little Whinging
    • Privet Drive
  • Hing's Cross Station
  • Hut-on-the-Rock
  • London
  • Godric's Hallow (The Potter House)

Vehicles Edit

  • Flying Ford Anglia
  • Light-blue flying scooter
  • Broomsticks
  • Firebolt
  • Knight Bus
  • The Dursley Car

List of spells Edit

Taught spells Edit

  • Reducto
  • Lumos
    • Lumos Solem
  • Wingardium Leviosa (can be upgraded by purchasing Accio)
  • Incendio (DS version only)
  • Immobulus
  • Reparo (DS version only)
  • Aresto Momentum (DS version only)
  • Expecto Patronum
  • Expelliarmus
  • Riddikulus
  • Transfiguration spell

Spells bought in Diagon Alley Edit

  • Flipendo
  • Rictusempra
  • Stupefy
  • Locomotor Mortis
  • Glacius
  • Slugulus Eructo
  • Multicorfors
  • Entomorphis
  • Tarantallegra
  • Redactum Skullus
  • Colovaria
  • Calvorio
  • Anteoculatia
  • Herbifors
  • Incarcerous
  • Trip Jinx
  • Engorgio Skullus
  • Accio

Dark spells Edit

  • Avada Kedavra
  • Crucio