Clue: Harry Potter Edition Review (USAopoly)

Clue: Harry Potter Edition
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What It Is

A student has vanished at Hogwarts, and Dumbledore has enlisted Harry to solve the case in Clue: Harry Potter Edition from USAopoly. This version of the classic whodunit board game amps up the gameplay with Harry Potter detailing. The instructions guide looks like the Daily Prophet. Players can help solve the mystery as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, or Neville. Like the original game, players take turns rolling the dice and move from room to room trying to crack the case. But watch out--with each roll of the Hogwarts die, players must either draw a Help Card or turn the wheels of the board in the indicated house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin). This can result in closing off passages, moving stairways, or revealing the Dark Mark--just like in the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

If you reveal the Dark Mark, draw a card from the Dark cards pile to see what curse you've released. Protect yourself with a Help card or pay up by losing House Points. But be careful, if all players run out of house points before the case is solved, He-Who-Shall Not be Named has won and the game ends. 

Like the original game of Clue, players can make a suggestion in any room they enter (aside from Dumbledore's office). So for example, if Ron enters the Potions Classroom, he can suggest that it was Draco in the Potions Classroom with the Portkey. Other players must then reveal one of their Mystery cards to that player if (s)he's incorrect. If you are positive you've solved the case, make your way to Dumbledore's office before your opponents to declare your accusation. But make sure you've got it right or you're out of the game. 

Is It Fun?

This is a really well done game for Harry Potter fans. It takes the best parts of the classic game of Clue and merges it with fun and innovative new details for Harry Potter fans. We especially love the changing board game and the threat of losing House Points, which help randomize the gameplay to keep things interesting. 

Who It’s For

Clue: Harry Potter Edition is for 3–5 players, ages 9 and up.


What To Be Aware Of

Players may use the secret passage ways within the rooms to move throughout Hogwarts on a turn.

Players may enter Dumbledore's office at any time during the game to sneak peak at one of the clues. His/her turn will immediately end after this. Only one reveal may be given throughout the game per player. 

There were instances in which the Dark Mark can appear a bit too often and without the necessary house points or help cards to keep the game going, the game can end too quickly. 
AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy