Clue: World of Harry Potter – Game Review – Frugal Novice

Clue: World of Harry Potter – Game Review

We’re huge fans of board games in our house. Like, HUGE fans. I need to take a photo of our game armoire sometime to show you how stuffed to the gills it is with all kinds of games, from the obscure to the standard favorites.

We’re also big Harry Potter fans – we’ve read both the books and have been watching all of the already-released movies with our friends in order to get ready for the newest release THIS WEEKEND!

Needless to say, it was pretty perfect when we got the chance to review the new Clue: World of Harry Potter. We had our aforementioned friends over to play – it only seemed fitting.

Quibbler Instructions – it’s only appropriate that a missing student would be reported in the esteemed publication, right?

The game itself is the same in its premise – a student has gone missing, and a suspect has used a weapon in a particular location. However, this version steps things up a notch with a board that changes as the dice are rolled, allowing doorways to close and open, floo networks to extinguish or light back up, and an occasional dark mark to appear, throwing a wrench in people’s game plan.

The board before:

and the board after – the red means the door is closed, and you can see that a dark mark has appeared in the center of the room. The floo network (green) is open both times.

You, of course, play as one of the most well-known characters of the series.

You can use floo powder to travel through the floo network, allowing you to transport from one location to another without having to roll a certain number on the dice.

I mentioned before that sometimes the dark mark will appear on the board; if this happens, or if you roll the mark on the dice, you have to pick a card from the dark deck. You can also gain defenses by rolling a star or landing on a star space, giving you a help card. We found that these two elements didn’t come into play as much as we’d thought they would, but it was still a nice added detail to the game.

All in all, this is a really fun game that does take Clue to another level and really incorporates the theme well. We – and our friends – really enjoyed it and it’s a welcomed addition to our game collection.

Want to try the game? You can buy it online or at many of your local discount stores.

Note: We received a copy of the game for review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.


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  • William August 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Sounds like the theme works pretty well with this game. Do the add-ons increase the luck level significantly?

    • Christi August 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Not necessarily – sometimes the add-ons can block you from entering a room, for instance!

      I noticed your URL – are you a fan of Ticket to Ride? That’s one of our favorites!

      • William August 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks; I like Clue, but I tend to prefer very little luck in games (which is why I actually prefer the Master Detective version – it’s harder to win quickly with a lucky draw)

        I’ve been playing TtR with my wife lately (both the board game and cooperatively on the iPad); I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorites, but I do enjoy it. (I generally play with all of the 1910 cards)