Kids build their own wand and customize its functions using the Kano coding app – available on iOS, Android, and Apple or Windows computers. Easy to assemble and use.
Wand and app aren’t compatible with older tablets or operating systems.
Standard UNO gameplay, but with an added Sorting Hat rule card and cards in Hogwarts house colors. Extra wild card adds a fun twist to the game, and players are encouraged to yell out a spell rather than "Uno" when they reach their last card.
Storage box is flimsy and can be easily damaged. Added rules may take time to figure out.
Heavy, large plastic chess pieces (from 2 inches to 4 inches high) in contrasting dark and light gray, stored in velvet bags. Attractive chessboard folds easily.
Pieces can be top-heavy. The cardboard chessboard is disappointing compared to the exciting pieces, and too small.
Complex strategy and rules that build the Hogwarts realm into the Clue universe. New components like House Points, Dark Mark cards, and new secret passageways. Diverse and fun to play.
3 players are required to play. Game takes a bit longer to play due to its complexity. Gameboard text is tiny and hard to read.
Gameplay is exciting once it gets going – players must roll a 6 in order to start. Rules are simple enough for kids yet complex enough for teens to enjoy.
Gameboard is cheaply made, and the “pop” bubble scratches easily. Takes more time to play than one might think.
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For those who want to continue the Harry Potter experience beyond the books and movies, games are a fun way to extend the illusion and fire up the imagination. A variety of games are available from retailers today, whether it’s a muggle-safe version of wizard’s chess or a Hogwarts-themed game of Uno. There’s even a version of Clue that allows players to solve magical mysteries within the classic card-and-board-game format. Which Harry Potter-themed games are the most compelling? Which ones work best for all ages, and which are better for kids? Check out our guide.