Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. It's often funny, addictive, and surprisingly good to look at, and the wide appeal that this franchise has tacked on with the already wide appeal that LEGO in general has is sure to make this something that fans of either property won't want to pass up.
  2. "Hmm, I was thinking probably an eight." I reply. "It's great fun and beautifully made, but it can be a bit awkward at times." / "I think eight is a bit stingy." Vikki says, curtly. "I mean, it's the best Lego game yet isn't it? You should give it a nine."
  3. Definitely the best Potter game yet and arguably the best Lego game too. [Sept 2010, p.97]
  4. One of the best LEGO games and surely the best Harry Potter game of all time. Another little gem from Traveller's Tales, that every fan should play.
  5. 86
    It's easy to recommend this game if you're a) a fan of the series, b) a fan of Lego titles, c) have children, or some combination of all those things.
  6. A familiarly addictive and brilliant LEGO game set in an impressively realized Potter Universe.
  7. Won't insult your intelligence and won't exclude younger players. [Aug 2010, p.94]
  8. Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fantastic game, offering many great hours of game play.
  9. 85
    The comedic cutscenes toying with canon, the hundreds of hidden things to find, and the general sense of a great LEGO game paired with a great series really makes this game a standout.
  10. The concept of LEGO Games blends perfectly with the Harry Potter franchise. Possibly the best LEGO Game to date!
  11. 83
    A "good" game whose bugs keep it from being "excellent."
  12. I can only recommend LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to every Harry Potter fan. You'll get a cute and funny story-roundup from the first four chapters of the Harry Potter adventures.
  13. While it is certainly geared towards a younger audience, there's plenty of adventure here to be had by all ages.
  14. If you're a Harry Potter fan, a Lego fan, or just looking for a fun pick up and play game, do yourself a favor and check it out.
  15. Lego Harry Potter is the next big franchise to be set up with the cute and funny Lego-style, which developer Traveller's Tales had in their previous games. If you don't mind the problems with the fixed camera-angles and the low difficulty of the game, you get a comic, comprehensive game that is absolutely suitable for kids and which offers co-op gameplay.
  16. LHP seems to indicate that the franchise has got its Mojo back, but whether it keeps it or not is another matter. Still, for the time being, Potter's superiority should ensure that old fans will be cheered up and new devotees welcomed into the fold. There is not much here that can be called fresh and inventive but enough minor adjustments have been made to the formula to revive the waning gameplay and provide a decent story and a welcoming return for the classic Lego game.
  17. LEGO Harry Potter is a lighthearted, fun game that will keep you busy for quite some time.
  18. Jan 18, 2011
    LEGO-Harry Potter Years 1-4 is an amazing game that takes you down the memory lane and an effective timepass agent between major releases.
  19. LEGO Harry Potter is one of the best works by Traveller's Tales, a magnificent present for the young magician lovers.
  20. LEGO Harry Potter is much deeper than it seems and presents a universe that feels tailored for the LEGO treatment. A few technical issues aside, LEGO Harry Potter is a game that is truly fun for all ages and above all, a game first and a license second.
  21. By the simple virtue of being a more cleverly designed game than those from recent history combined with the clear love and appreciation for the source material, Lego Harry Potter firmly stands out as the most accomplished title in the Lego series yet.
  22. The best thing is that both the game and the Hogwarts setting feel genuinely big. [Aug 2010, p.112]
  23. LEGO Harry Potter doesn't reinvent the gameplay brick, but it does manage to rearrange its signature parts to create a fresh, imaginative experience for LEGO Harry Potter fans alike. [Sept 2010, p.80]
  24. Harry's adventure into Lego land is exactly what you'd want it to be: charming, fun, and chock-full of secrets.
  25. 80
    With this game you get four years of Harry Potter in Hogwarts. The game shows most of the key elements from the movies and this all in the usual LEGO style. If you like the previous LEGO games, than this one is a must buy. You can play it completely in co-op, it has quite a few hours of gameplay and the humor is once again great. Perfect for the fans, but the more experienced gamer will find this game a bit too easy.
  26. 80
    TT Games has created a good game that just clicks like the original LEGO bricks. It's a lighthearted, fun game that will keep you busy for quite some time.
  27. The story material is handled wonderfully (though if you've never read the books or watched the movies, prepare to be lost), and the gameplay is a great mix of familiar devices and new elements. Although the inevitable follow-up to this title may take a darker turn, I look forward to experiencing it all the same.
  28. 80
    LEGO Harry Potter is a solid entry into a fairly overdone franchise. Anyone who has lost interest in the games will not find a lot to pull them back in, unless you just simply love Harry Potter.
  29. The experience is silly, charming, engaging and fun - the best LEGO game to date.
  30. The visuals and sounds of the game make you feel as if you are actually experiencing Hogwarts, granted from a LEGO perspective, but that perspective is an immersive and a fun title regardless of what age you are.
  31. Everything is a challenge, everything does something, and there's never a moment when you can't interact with the world around you in some way.
  32. 79
    As a fun-packed Harry Potter aside, this is brilliant. [Issue#194, p.94]
  33. Although the basic gameplay is the same through all the game and it becomes repetitive, it has many spells and abilities and the various characters make it an enjoyable game.
  34. While Harry Potter doesn't offer much innovation for the LEGO franchise, it at least puts it back on track. [Aug 2010, p.110]
  35. What LEGO Harry Potter is, then, is most probably exactly what you're expecting. A robust yet simple homage to an international phenomenon unleashed upon the world via the medium of coloured, plastic bricks. It's not going to give your PS3 an aneurysm, but it may cause children to spontaneously combust in excitement. [August 2010 p75]
  36. Still an object lesson in how to make a kids' game, even with added complexity and some confusing puzzles.
  37. But Lego Harry Potter does succeed in being perhaps the best videogame outing for either franchise thus far.
  38. If you've ever played some of the older Lego games, you know what awaits you, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is still fun to play though and is maybe the best Lego game so far and recommended to all gamers regardless of age.
  39. Even though going to a school like Hogwarts is out of the question realistically, I can at the very least wrap myself up with LEGO Harry Potter and imagine my school to be one hell of a kick-ass playground. But I'll imagine playing in it without the A.I. and targeting system, thank you very much.
  40. Lego Harry Potter is a more focused experience than, say, Lego Indiana Jones 2, but proves ungainly in its own way. [Aug 2010, p.100]
  41. There's no denying it: the fun is very well here (especially with two players) if you like the Harry Potter world, the fan service required being obviously present, even though we were expecting a little more impudence from Traveller's Tales. Fans will enjoy exploring every corner of the school to gather points, solve minor riddles, save endangered students, buy new spells, etc. The LEGO formula works, and in this one in particular, there is a lot to do!
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    Really enjoyed this game! The Potterverse is beautifully realised, and the game play is fairly straightforward. Getting some of the tokens andReally enjoyed this game! The Potterverse is beautifully realised, and the game play is fairly straightforward. Getting some of the tokens and shield pieces can be a little tricky, but in a good way. Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2013
    This the best Harry Potter game ever. This is also the first LEGO game I've ever played. I could not stop playing this game and I had toThis the best Harry Potter game ever. This is also the first LEGO game I've ever played. I could not stop playing this game and I had to complete it to 100%. If you're a huge Harry Potter (such as myself), then this is the game for you. Full Review »
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    Not the best Lego game but a nice game, nevertheless. The way they tell the movies is funny and interesting - although brief and fast pacedNot the best Lego game but a nice game, nevertheless. The way they tell the movies is funny and interesting - although brief and fast paced for obvious reasons; there's tons of content after all. Thing is, I'm not quite sure the whole Lego mechanics fit the Harry Potter universe that well. It feels brilliant sometimes and sometimes dull and mediocre. Without mentioning this is, by far, the glitchiest Lego game of all. But a nice game, which every fan should try. Full Review »