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on 8 August 2014
Lego have decided to create a range of games which you build yourself; and Harry Potter Hogwarts is one of the first releases in this new collection.

The fun starts as soon as you open the box.

First you have to build your own playing board. The instructions which come in the box are easy to follow and it only takes a few minutes; and you can have the children help by reading instructions or passing and fitting pieces making the process last a little longer than it should in order to take up extra time.

Then you have to build your "dice", you only get one so I suppose this should be die. Building the die is easy - faces include a couple of the usual numbers mixed with special Hogwarts sides.

Once you have your board and die built the next step is to unpack the figures. You receive 5 special figures (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, and Albus Dumbledore), along with 4 student figures (one from each Hogwarts house - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin). If you lose these pieces replacements are available but some of the special figures tend to cost quite a lot in comparison to the blank student ones.

Pieces are moveable which means that the game changes as you play. In fact it changes almost continuously. Since every time you play the game is different the younger players won't get bored as quickly as they would with simple repetition.

Rules are simple to learn, but it is always a good idea to keep the booklet close by when you're starting out - just for clarification. I recommend starting off with the basics and then adding the more complex moves as you get used to the game.

In the most basic terms players must visit the different areas of Hogwarts and "pass magical exams" before returning to their common room with their homework.

It is a great way of keeping children engaged and occupied especially on a wet and dreary day during the school holidays. That is assuming that they can get it away from the adults as this seemingly simple game of strategy for children has become very popular with the competitive adults. It is a shame that only a maximum of 4 people can play, because if you have more guests some are bound to feel left out.

It's a superb addition to the Lego range and I look forward to the future releases.
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on 3 November 2013
Lego have decided to create a range of games which you build yourself; and Harry Potter Hogwarts is one of the first releases in this new collection.

The fun starts as soon as you open the box.

First you have to build your own playing board. The instructions which come in the box are easy to follow and it only takes a few minutes; and you can have the children help by reading instructions or passing and fitting pieces making the process last a little longer than it should in order to take up extra time.

Then you have to build your "dice", you only get one so I suppose this should be die. Building the die is easy - faces include a couple of the usual numbers mixed with special Hogwarts sides.

Once you have your board and die built the next step is to unpack the figures. You receive 5 special figures (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, and Albus Dumbledore), along with 4 student figures (one from each Hogwarts house - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin). If you lose these pieces replacements are available but some of the special figures tend to cost quite a lot in comparison to the blank student ones.

Pieces are moveable which means that the game changes as you play. In fact it changes almost continuously. Since every time you play the game is different the younger players won't get bored as quickly as they would with simple repetition.

Rules are simple to learn, but it is always a good idea to keep the booklet close by when you're starting out - just for clarification. I recommend starting off with the basics and then adding the more complex moves as you get used to the game.

In the most basic terms players must visit the different areas of Hogwarts and "pass magical exams" before returning to their common room with their homework.

It is a great way of keeping children engaged and occupied especially on a wet and dreary day during the school holidays. That is assuming that they can get it away from the adults as this seemingly simple game of strategy for children has become very popular with the competitive adults. It is a shame that only a maximum of 4 people can play, because if you have more guests some are bound to feel left out.

It's a superb addition to the Lego range and I look forward to the future releases.
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VINE VOICEon 28 July 2010
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Lego has switched from the vanilla packs of blocks of my day (usually used to construct tanks or rockets) to the new sets where you get all the pieces you need to make the subject of the set - in this case Hogwarts. Predictably this has raised questions as to whether modern children are using their imaginations (presumably to build tanks and rockets like I did). Fortunately, I can simply enjoy assembling the kit while hoping for a spare great-nephew to provide cover for doing so.

The limits of the set as to making different things are reversed by the challenging game in which you (as students at the Academy) need to move around collecting their homework by means of the moving stairways. By the use of a rather neat customisable dice you can re-arrange the stairways to get you to where you want to go, and (of course) delay your chums. There are added rules for Dumbledore and the cat.

It might not be old Lego but I think you'll find imaginations stimulated just as before.
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on 21 June 2016
Our Granddaughter loved putting this together and we are sure will have lots of fun playing the game.
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on 27 October 2015
My son loved this game for Christmas. Lot cheaper than toys r us. Great fun putting it together before playing the game. If you a harry potter fan you will love the game
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on 11 November 2015
Bought as a xmas pressie - I'm sure she'll love it.
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on 22 July 2015
bought for my friend's birthday he loved it!
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on 28 December 2015
My daughter loves it
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on 29 September 2014
Lego have decided to create a range of games which you build yourself; and Harry Potter Hogwarts is one of the first releases in this new collection.

The fun starts as soon as you open the box.

First you have to build your own playing board. The instructions which come in the box are easy to follow and it only takes a few minutes; and you can have the children help by reading instructions or passing and fitting pieces making the process last a little longer than it should in order to take up extra time.

Then you have to build your "dice", you only get one so I suppose this should be die. Building the die is easy - faces include a couple of the usual numbers mixed with special Hogwarts sides.

Once you have your board and die built the next step is to unpack the figures. You receive 5 special figures (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, and Albus Dumbledore), along with 4 student figures (one from each Hogwarts house - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin). If you lose these pieces replacements are available but some of the special figures tend to cost quite a lot in comparison to the blank student ones.

Pieces are moveable which means that the game changes as you play. In fact it changes almost continuously. Since every time you play the game is different the younger players won't get bored as quickly as they would with simple repetition.

Rules are simple to learn, but it is always a good idea to keep the booklet close by when you're starting out - just for clarification. I recommend starting off with the basics and then adding the more complex moves as you get used to the game.

In the most basic terms players must visit the different areas of Hogwarts and "pass magical exams" before returning to their common room with their homework.

It is a great way of keeping children engaged and occupied especially on a wet and dreary day during the school holidays. That is assuming that they can get it away from the adults as this seemingly simple game of strategy for children has become very popular with the competitive adults. It is a shame that only a maximum of 4 people can play, because if you have more guests some are bound to feel left out.

It's a superb addition to the Lego range and I look forward to the future releases.
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on 19 July 2010
The idea of LEGO appeals to the more creative of people, so as a hobby it has passed me by as I am anything but creative. However, I do like the LEGO computer games and recently completed `LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4'. Therefore, a new board game based on Harry's LEGO form appealed to me as I knew the little version of the guy could be fun! Before even considering buying a new board game from the LEGO brand be aware that you have to build the game yourself. I spent just under an hour creating a miniature version of Hogwarts and it was surprising fun. The instructions were easy to follow, whatever language you speak, and all the pieces are there, although not always in the bag you would expect.

Once built we could play the actual game which is a simple affair that actually hides almost chess like levels of complexities if you allow it. Up to four of you can play as students who must find four pieces of homework within Hogwarts. Hoggers is presented by 16 sliding tiles that contain either a staircase of a classroom. Each player rolls the LEGO themed die and either slides numerous tiles around, twists a tile or fades through a wall. As soon as you realise that the board itself shifts nearly every turn you realise with glee that it's just like the staircases from the books/films, but also that tactics can come into play.

Children will enjoy the simple instructions and delightful model, but the more intense adult players can have a real game of wits. Do you try and get yourself to a goal, or stop another player? If 4 people are playing there are so many variables that it would take a Grand Master to know them all. The simplicity of the game hides a fun and tactical experience and LEGO suggest in the instructions that you try out some of your own rules to improve the game. The fact that the game is LEGO and Harry Potter will be enough to convince some people to buy this board game, but the fact that it is also a brilliant game that reflects the books is a brilliant bonus.
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