Books that inspired board games – Harry Potter


My home is filled with books and also board games. This is just one of the three walls I have filled with board games. When I’m not reading books I’m probably playing some board games. As is the case with book I love it when my board games have a good story I can get into. Books have always been an inspiration for other mediums so it is no surprise that lately there are quite a few board games that are inspired by books. Generally speaking fantastic genre is a very common theme in board games so it is natural that books with fantastic elements are more often source material for board games. Here are a few examples of board games that I own, play or I’m planing to get that are inspired by books.

img_20190921_145808.jpgDon’t judge my flawed Harry Potter books collection, I’m planing on getting the Hufflepuff editions whole set as it comes out!


Harry Potter book series have inspired more than few board games. but one that captured my interest the most are Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Defence Against the Dark Arts. They are both very similar in their main mechanic of play – deck building. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is designed for play with 2 – 4 players who work together and play trough seven chapters of the game based on the seven books of the series. It starts very simple and the game adds more complexity as the chapters move on. It is a very friendly game for beginners and Harry Potter fans and has a great replay value. There is an expansion for those who have played trough the game and want some more challenge – Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion.


Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Defence Against the Dark Arts uses the same mechanism and game symbols as the previous one. The main difference is that this one is designed to play with two players only. The two players compete one against each other while sparring on a dueling board using cards. Both of the games are visually similar and are illustrated with movie stills and pictures of actors who played the characters. For people who read the books or even just watched the films these game will be a fun way to revisit the Harry Potter universe in a new and exciting way.

71827738_515890789245377_5965328593364975616_n (1)Hufflepuff winning – Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Defence Against the Dark Arts

There are some other Harry Potter themed board games that I have played or would like to try and one of them is an older collectible card game from 2001. – Harry Potter Trading Card Game. It is a fairly simple card game designed for two players. The game is inspired by books and the illustrations on the cards are very similar to the covers of first editions of Harry Potter books that are aimed at younger audience.


There is quite a few other board games that use the mechanics of the games that were already popular and have a Harry Potter theme pasted on them. some of them are:


Codenames: Harry Potter which is just another version of more popular Codenames Duet game for two players.


Munchkin: Harry Potter is a Munchkin based game for 3 to 6 players that targetes 17+ audience.


Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising is a game that reimplements both Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War and Star Wars: Dark Side Rising. All three games are designed for 2 to 4 players and are cooperative. They all have a good table presence with one giant statue in the middle of the table that all the players are trying to win against together.

pic4017792Miniatures do not come painted and this is just an example of how they can look painted.

Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game is designed to satisfy players who like miniature games. This includes a growing collection of miniatures owners can paint and spent hours of immersing themselves in Harry Potter universe in a more immersive way.

I have intentionally decided not to include more known board games like Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or Clue that can also be found. I like Harry Potter enough to enjoy most of these games and would give them a try if I have a chance to. For those who wish to know more about the games I mentioned above you can check out the BoardGameGeek info links below:

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Battle Defence Against the Dark Arts

Harry Potter Trading Card Game

Codenames: Harry Potter

Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game

If you have some bookish board game suggestions please send them my way or comment below 🙂

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