Clue: Harry Potter Edition
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Playing the Board Game Clue: Harry Potter Edition
Clue: Harry Potter Edition is a relatively new version of the classic Clue board game, set at Hogwarts. Clue Hartty Potter isn't identical to Clue, but it's similar enough to the original game that Clue players should have no problem figuring out how to play. This article provides a brief overview of the Clue Harry Potter Edition rules, but doesn't provide an actual copy of the Clue Harry Potter instructions.
Clue Harry Potter Edition Rules & Instructions
One of the differences between Cluedo and Clue Harry Potter is the inclusion of a new game board for Hogwarts. And since Hogwarts is a magical place, the game board moves. Wheels on the board reveal hidden passageways and staircases. You go into Dumbledore's audience when you think you've solved the mystery.
And of course, the plotline is slightly different too. A student has mysteriously disappeared from Hogwarts instead of Mr. Boddy having been murdered.
Instead of the traditional Clue characters, the Clue Harry Potter characters are based on the characters from the books and movies:
Your goal is figure out who caused the disappearance, which spell or magical item the perpetrator used, and where the victim was when he was attacked.
I should point out that this isn't a Clue Junior game. The game is intended for ages eight and up.
House Points and the Dark Mark
One element that's been added to the game that makes Harry Potter Clue more random than the original game is the house points aspect of the game. Whenever a dark mark appears, a card must be drawn, and the player might lose house points. If you lose all your house points, then you're out of the game. This can be a real bummer for the eliminated player, who often doesn't have much to do while the other players finish the game
Clue Harry Potter Reviews
Amazon reviewers love Clue: Harry Potter Edition. Out of 64 reviews, 37 reviewers gave the game 5 stars. 16 more reviewers gave the game 4 stars. That's 80% or more of the reviewers who thought the game was excellent. Only 1 reviewer gave the game 1 star, and only 2 reviewers gave the game 2 stars, so it seems like almost everyone at least LIKES Clue Harry Potter.
I suspect some of this might be because of the rabid adoration that Harry Potter fans seem to have for anything with Harry Potter's name attached to it. On the other hand, the game seems to keep everything about the original Clue that makes it such a classic game, without having any drawbacks or flaws. (Unless you consider the new random element a drawback. I think most people will think of that as simply being a quirk or a minor annoyance. And if you really dislike that element of the game, you COULD just ignore that rule.)
Harry Potter Mystery at Hogwarts Game
This version of Harry Potter Clue came out first, and as you can see from the title, Harry Potter Mystery at Hogwarts doesn't include the Clue or Cluedo branding.
Who Is Harry Potter?
I've included a brief section explaining Harry Potter, just in case you're completely out of touch with popular culture in English-speaking countries. British author J.K. Rowling wrote a series of seven fantasy novels about magicians attending a school for wizards. The protagonist of this series is named Harry Potter.
From the time of the first novel's publication in 1997 to 2011, 450 million copies of Harry Potter books have been sold, making it one of the all-time most popular series of books in histories. The Harry Potter novels have also been translated into at least 67 different languages.
The franchise spawned a series of hit movies, as well as almost a dozen video games. Clue Harry Potter isn't the only board license for Harry Potter, either. Checkers and chess sets with Harry Potter themes have been manufactured and are very popular, for example. There's also a version of Scene It with a Harry Potter theme.
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