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10 Best Harry Potter Board Games, Ranked

Harry Potter's world is so vast that a variety of board games like classic Clue and new ones like Codenames got magical. Here's ranking the 10 best.

For those who have been known to murmur, "Wingardium Leviosa," in their sleep (and sometimes wake up to a floating pillow), these Harry Potter games are for you. Ranked from "pretty fun" to "out of this muggle world", these are the best Harry Potter themed board games for your next post-Triwizard Tournament gathering.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore, "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." Don't be afraid of a little friendly competition among pals with these special games. Crack open a butterbeer and enjoy.

10 Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition

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Trivial Pursuit is a classic game for a reason - its mechanics are simple and its questions are tough. This ultimate edition of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit includes 1800 questions based on information from the movie franchise, including content from all 8 Harry Potter films.

The game includes four custom movers, shaped into the house crests of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. The question categories include magical locations, objects and artifacts, the dark arts, spells and potions, magical people and animals and magical creatures. Test out your knowledge with this game - best played with a group who knows the films, so no one gets too stumped and left behind.

9 Harry Potter Hedbanz

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Hedbanz is a perfect party game for anyone aged 7 and up. 2-6 players can participate in this silly guessing game. Each player wears a headband upon which a card is placed. The card has a picture on it of something or someone under a category, like spells or creatures.

Players must ask others "yes" or "no" questions to try and determine what is on their card, collecting a chocolate frog token for a correct guess before reloading with a new card. Potion tokens mix up the game by requiring an act out, rhyme or description as a clue. The first player to collect 5 chocolate frog tokens is the winner of the night.

8 Harry Potter Clue

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This is a very exciting version of the classic game of Clue. In this edition, the game board is a map of Hogwarts, and players move around the castle to try and solve the mystery of a student who has disappeared from the school. The board has a twist: it features wheels, that when turned can reveal secret passages and move the rooms.

Players can choose to take on the role of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Luna or Neville. The objective is to determine who attacked the missing student, what spell they used and where they did it. Players move to Dumbledore's office when they are ready to make an accusation, looking out for the Dark Mark along the way, which players can protect themselves from using Help cards. This is one of the best-themed Clues there is and a lot of fun as a family game.

7 Pictopia: Harry Potter Edition

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Pictopia is a picture trivia game, making it inclusive of any pre-literate members of your family who may want to join in the witchcraft and wizardry. The game contains 1000 questions relating to all of the Harry Potter movies, including Fantastic Beasts. The game is a low-pressure choice for trivia fans, as sometimes the group works together, while other times players operate as individuals.

It takes away from the competitiveness and adds a cooperative element. Players look at the photos on each card that is drawn, and before hearing the question, they wager based on how well they know the topics that they see, and how likely they feel they are to answer correctly. This is a great family game and a good companion to a Harry Potter movie night.

6 Harry Potter Codenames

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In this version of Codenames, cards have both words and pictures on them, making the experience more appealing and attractive. The cards feature content from the Harry Potter universe, but the game mechanics make it so that players can be included who aren't as familiar with Harry Potter knowledge.

Like in the original game, two teams compete, each with a player who gives one-word clues to hint at secret agents located in the cards. Players want to guess the correct cards for their team, while avoiding helping their opponents by accidentally guessing theirs. Both teams must avoid choosing the Death Eaters, as we all know that can't possibly go well.

5 Harry Potter Labyrinth

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Labyrinth is a strategic game that can be played by kids and adults alike. As in the original, a moving maze exists on a game board, with pathways changing on each turn as players pull and replace tiles. Players move their pieces around the labyrinth, attempting to collect treasures and block the rest of the group from getting to them first.

The treasures are representative of creatures and characters from the Harry Potter world, while the board is covered in spells. This is a challenging, mentally satisfying game and this version allows fans to collect their favorite Harry Potter heroes and villains.

4 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game

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It's hard to argue with the fact that a game players build themselves, before playing, deserves a high spot on the list of best Harry Potter games. This LEGO set contains everything you need to build a board, replicating the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The objective is to gather objects from various classrooms, corresponding with the Hogwarts house you are playing for.

The first person to return to their common room with all of their objects is the winner. Because this board is made of LEGO, it's fully customizable and players can make choices when building, to give themselves the upper hand and throw off their opponents. Players encounter magical obstacles along their race to the common room. This is a great game to challenge creativity and allow endless replay, as the board can be different every time.

3 Fantastic Beasts: Perilous Pursuit

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This game is based on Fantastic Beasts, the newest big screen addition to the Harry Potter universe and one in which we fell in love with new characters and creatures. In this game, some beasts have escaped from Newt Scamander's suitcase and are roaming around NYC. Players take on the roles of Newt, Tina, Jacob and Queenie.

The four must work together in this cooperative dice game, to return creatures to Newt's suitcase before the non-magical community notices them. Players use dice to complete actions such as shielding one another, drawing cards and eventually capturing all of the creatures and getting them back where they are safely hidden away. The game art is beautiful and well within the fantastical theme of the game and film.

2 Hogwarts Battle

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In this cooperative deck-building game, players work together to defend the wizarding world from the grips of evil and the Dark Lord. Players accumulate magical items, gain skills to master spells and recruit allies to help the group win the game. There are 7 adventure scenarios included in the game, each increasing in difficulty, so the narrative gets more interesting after each time you are able to beat it.

Players take on the role of a heroic character - either Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger or Neville Longbottom. Because the game is cooperative and involves the group playing a team of friends who fight forces of evil, this game is perfectly thematic for Harry Potter fans and a fun challenge that gets more tricky as players improve.

1 Magical Beasts

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In this narrative, magical creatures and beasts have broken loose throughout Hogwarts and its surrounding grounds. They must be captured. Players act as Harry, Ron, Hermione or Ginny, tracking down the beasts. The objective is to travel around the board, collecting clues to eventually find and recapture a beast.

The board is fun and unique - it's structured to swing, alternating between the interior of the Hogwarts castle and outdoors, on the grounds. Rolling a passage icon with the die causes the board to flip and transfer to its alternate location. Traveling between the two is risky, as it can cost a clue - but it might also be what it takes to win the game. Collecting four clue cards for a beast makes you the hero and winner of the game.

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