Harry Potter Video Games Ranked

I love the Harry Potter books and read them far more than I should. I think each one is better than the last.

I remember when the first Harry Potter game came out, I was excited to play it because it kind of reminded me of Zelda, but with wizards!

Well, nearly 20 years later, I finally played it, and naturally, due to my love of Harry Potter, I played them all, that is, all eight games, because they had to separate The Deathly Hallows into two games, just like the movies, even though they could have easily fit both games in one. But I digress.

I found that these games bounce all over the place in terms of genre and gameplay, so unlike the books, they do not get better with each one, hence why I am writing this.

So here we go, all eight games ranked in order from my least favorite to most favorite. Obviously I am only including the mainline games.

#8 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

PlayStation 2, 2003

Times Beaten- 1

This game, the one I wanted to play so badly, turns out to be complete crap. You go around Hogwarts completing missions and sidequests with only vague hints to go off on. Every class teaches you a new spell, which to learn, your professors throw you into a deadly labyrinth of Hell to find the spell book. Make it out alive and you are worthy to keep the spell, and the students move on like this is totally normal.

It plays horribly with unresponsive controls, and I didn’t like it at all.

#7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

PlayStation 2, 2002

Times Beaten- 1

This game is just like the first one, but has some gameplay improvements. It’s still pretty bad though, just not as much as Sorcerer’s Stone. Also, how did this one come out before Sorcerer’s Stone??? Ahh, that was originally a PS1 game.

#6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

PlayStation 2, 2005

Times Beaten- 1

This is the first game in the series to change up the formula. They went with a full action game with this one. Before each level you can pick Harry, Ron, or Hermione, and equip items found in the world that increase health or magic power etc. Whoever you don’t pick is controlled by AI throughout the level.

It’s like a 3D Mario game, in that you go into the same level multiple times to find Hogwarts Crests, much like the Power Stars in Mario.

There are a few spells to choose from, and sometimes all three of you need to team up to move something. Throughout each level you and your computer-controlled partners just blast away at tons of enemies and solve puzzles.

This is the first game that doesn’t take place in Hogwarts, pretty much at all, in fact.

It’s an okay game with one foot crossing over into the “bad” territory.

#5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Wii, 2010

Times Beaten- 1

They really change it up with this one, turning the series into a third-person-shooter. You get a variety of spells and items to use in battle, but it’s cumbersome to switch between them, and they are all more or less useless. The first spell you get, which is your main attack spell, is the only one worth using.

It’s an alright game with some faulty controls from time-to-time.

#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

The fifth entry returns the series to the inside of Hogwarts, but with different gameplay. The developers put a ton of effort into this game, and it shows. They managed to get many of the actors from the movies to do the voices in the game, which is nice. The gameplay is solid-ish with a new dueling system that allows you to use different spells for the most part rather easily. There are also mini-games to play such as wizard’s chess and gobstones.

There are lots of fun little puzzles to solve too that net you emblems. The more of these you collect, the more stuff you unlock, whether it help you in the game, or bonus material like cool interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff with the cast and crew.

It is far from flawless, however, but it’s a good game to be sure.

#3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

PlayStation 2, 2004

Times Beaten- 1

This game impressed me. It is the style of the first two games, but actually good. The controls work, the gameplay is fun. And you get to play as Ron and Hermione for the first time! Each of the three wizards-in-training learn their own unique spells and you can switch between them at any time, making for more diverse gameplay and puzzle-solving. Thinking on it, this and Goblet of Fire are the only two games where you don’t play as just Harry.

Also, for some reason, Hermione has shining blond hair, which is kind of weird.

#2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Wii, 2009

Times Beaten- 1

This game plays like Order of the Phoenix, but improves upon it. This is actually a really fun and really good game.

#1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Wii, 2011

Times Beaten- 1

They go out with a bang in the final entry to the series. It’s the same TPS-style like Part 1, but fixed everything that made Part 1 bad. Now you can switch spells on the fly, and they actually do stuff, making the gameplay intense, fun, and very satisfying. This is truly a great game. Except it’s super-short, seeing as it basically only covers the tail-end of the book.

So there you have it, all the mainline Harry Potter games from worst to best in my opinion. Truthfully, only the last three are truly good games that I would recommend playing.

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