Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
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  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. If there's a better kids' game this year, I'll eat my Sorting Hat.
  3. 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.
  4. The game is charming, funny, challenging and most of all, it is enjoyable. You would really need to hate games not to enjoy it.
  5. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is the most fun you'll have with a LEGO game.
  6. Harry Potter is a fantastic game to play for both kids and adults. Traveller's Tales took the risk of going in another direction with this and have made a little gem of a game.
  7. Finally, a Harry Potter game that really gives J.K. Rowling fan service! The game may not have changed much since other LEGO games and the AI is at times buggy but when it comes to a creative world, this game has it all.
  8. While LEGO Harry Potter doesn't pull any punches with the cut and paste LEGO formula, the world surrounding it has been wonderfully imagined culminating into a fantastic experience for anyone who can hold a controller.
  9. Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fantastic game, offering many great hours of game play.
  10. Official Xbox Magazine
    Not since the Lego Star Wars games has this series been so charming. [Sept 2010, p.80]
  11. 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.
  12. The concept of LEGO Games blends perfectly with the Harry Potter franchise. Possibly the best LEGO Game to date!
  13. If you're a diehard Potter fan then I don't thinking you will need any persuading to buy this title but for those of you who dislike the boy wizard I hope you will give this one a chance as Traveller's Tales really have conjured up something quite magical.
  14. The LEGO series has recaptured its magic.
  15. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a great game. The blocky world of Hogwarts is arguably the best rendition of the magical school yet.
  16. 83
    A "good" game whose bugs keep it from being "excellent."
  17. Add in the frustration-free design (dying brings about a tiny penalty in studs and sets you back exactly where you were) and the full-on charm of exploring a super cute, living version of the Harry Potter universe and you have an experience that even muggles will enjoy.
  18. Lego Harry Potter is a massive blast from start to finish... and I mean that in every sense possible. Not only is the game a lot of fun but there is a ton to do which will keep you, and hopefully a friend, coming back again and again.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Harry Potter, the new adventure in Lego design, is fun. Collect all Lego bricks to become a real Sorcerer. The story is based on the movie, but in the game there is more to laugh. Very funny and many mystery puzzles are waiting for you.
  22. The best LEGO game in quite some time, and one of the best family titles this year. The obvious sequel will hopefully build on the successful foundations here, although the major issues of similarity and simplicity that make it into all of the games is hardly likely to go away – which is probably for the best as that would rob the games of their inherent charm.
  23. LEGO Harry Potter is a lighthearted, fun game that will keep you busy for quite some time.
  24. 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.
  25. Harry's adventure into Lego land is exactly what you'd want it to be: charming, fun, and chock-full of secrets.
  26. It is astonishingly intricate and many details make it an adventure of a special kind. There's a lot to discover and experience in the spacious school of Hogwarts. Only the unclear tasks and the unsteady camera angles detract from the amusement.
  27. This game is a highly intelligent in everything it does and even its purposeful simplicity denotes that.
  28. Lego Harry Potter is THE best Lego title to date regardless of your love or hate of the subject matter.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. For a series that frequently touches on such dark themes, Harry Potter is surprisingly amenable to the Lego treatment, even at its grimmest moments.
  32. 80
    You can't really fault a game for sticking to what makes it such a huge success, although it is disappointing to see it take steps backwards in areas like online play.
  33. 80
    LHP is easily the best Lego title to date.
  34. 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.
  35. LEGO Harry Potter is one of the best works by Traveller's Tales, a magnificent present for the young magician lovers.
  36. It's fun, light-hearted, great to play with a pal, and based on a wonderfully rich and vibrant fictional world.
  37. This game has a little bit of everything for gamers who enjoy puzzles, fun combat and two player co-op pleasure. With so much excitement I can almost guarantee that you will love this game.
  38. 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.
  39. This is probably the best game in the Lego saga, adding even light rpg elements to the mix. If the concept hasn't grown old on you, this is surely one to go for.
  40. 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.
  41. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Pretty, engaging, funny, utterly inoffensive. [Issue#61, p.93]
  42. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    To fans? The biggest Potter playground they've ever seen. To everyone else? A riot. [Sept 2010, p.103]
  43. The game has oodles of charm however, so it won't feel like a chore for long - TT Games have done an excellent job melding the fun and cute Lego universe with the Harry Potter universe.
  44. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a giant step forward for the series, and the most fun it's been in years. There are still issues that need to be worked out, and I wish Traveller's Tales had fixed more of its problems instead of dancing around them.
  45. 78
    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.
  46. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is definitely the best LEGO game to date. More varied, reflexive and visually beautiful than its precursors, it's still inheriting some genetic defects from them, like a slight repetitivity and the absence of online co-op and online user-created maps sharing.
  47. Lego Harry Potter is not the most innovative game out there, but it's still fun, with many things to do, and a great sense of humour. A unique game for Harry Potter lovers, who will have a great time with their beloved characters and movies.
  48. While Harry Potter doesn't offer much innovation for the LEGO franchise, it at least puts it back on track.
  49. If you're a big fan of the Lego based games before it, Lego Harry Potter will be just the thing for you. A well crafted and entertaining cooperative mode, lots of content, easy to pick up gameplay mechanics and tons of items to gather you won't be lacking things to do in this game.
  50. Because it's so similar to the previous games, we can't recommend this as a Must Buy to all - despite all of its cracking quirks it is just that bit too familiar. But if you're a Potter fan and/or looking for a game that both you and your kids can enjoy together, look no further.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. It's not overwhelmingly difficult – this is a good thing for younger audiences – and it doesn't tread new ground, so what could anyone take away from LEGO Harry Potter? Well, the ability to play as primary characters such as Ron, Hermione, Sirius, Lupin and the boy who survived, Harry Potter, is almost enough to recommend a purchase.
  54. 60
    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a fair bit more interesting than EA's most recent film adaptation, but I would've rather seen the developers tackle the project with the same level of creativity as a precocious kid with a pile of LEGOs, rather than squeeze the Potter universe into an existing and well-worn template.
  55. Ultimately, any gamer who loves Harry Potter is going to enjoy themselves immensely with this game. While older gamers might not find many reasons to give it more than a good weekend's worth of play, the younger ones will have hours and hours of spell-casting fun.
  56. More story driven than the previous episodes, more serious and guided as well, LEGO Harry Potter : Years 1 – 4 transcribes the JK Rowling universe well, and targets, as such, more the Harry Potter fans who will revive some of the best scenes of the four first novels/movies, than the LEGO games ones.
  57. 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!
  58. This illustrates the game's chief failing perfectly: the complete lack of creativity on the player's part.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 80
  2. Negative: 5 out of 80
  1. Mar 23, 2023
    Just a lego game done right. The open world was not too big but was cool seeing all the locations from the movies. Very good level design withJust a lego game done right. The open world was not too big but was cool seeing all the locations from the movies. Very good level design with its missions. A lot of the characters play the same so when unlocking them is a bit disappointing and lazy from a game design perspective. Lego perspective on harry potter was kind of funny. Also one of the side missions to get more coins included Harry Potters old muggle neighbourhood and that was very fun. Like most lego games still fun collecting all the characters. Full Review »
  2. Apr 10, 2022
    as good as lego game can be, this is such a good game. played this with my dad back then.
  3. Feb 11, 2021
    Of all the LEGO video games, this one is by far the best, and yet, most creative.