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 🙂

Bookish Board Games Wishlist


In July I made a post with some board games I own that have a bookish theme You can find that post HERE. Recently I’ve discovered few more bookish board games I got my eyes set on! I’ve already put them on the wishlist and have watched many tutorial videos. So far I did not have a chance to see them up close but I’m hoping that will change this October when we travel to Essen Spiel 2017 in Germany. It is the largest board game fair in Europe and I think in the world as well. Here are the two new bookish board games I’ve got my eyes set on!

Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas / Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas: Malleus Maleficarum

In this game there is a hidden library with many forbidden and dangerous books and tomes. Naturally this special library is placed over the bottomless pit. In this game players are acting as library acolytes and each is tasked to keep watch over four damned bookish volumes. Every book in the library must be properly placed to ensure that the chaos and the evil is contained from ever escaping the library. The library is a fiddly place and the corridors and narrow passageways keep spinning and moving.


The original game Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas was published in 2008. and the second edition which includes a whole game plus the expansion for the game Malleus Maleficarum was published 2015. What I love about the game are puzzle abstract type of play and a fact I get to play a librarian on the hunt for books! It has a bit of a dark theme and background for sure but I really like the whole package especially since the box of the game itself is designed to look like an old tome!

There is even an special deluxe edition where the whole game is one leather bound volume and many players take to themselves to paint and decorate the game pieces.

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For more info check the Board Game Geek websites HERE and HERE

Ex Libris

In this game each player is a book aficionado living in a small gnomish village. The Mayor has just announced an opening for a position of a Grand Librarian. The winner of this dream job and flattering title is the player who makes the most impressive library. There are plenty of types of players to choose from and each has a special assistant –  from ghosts and cats to gleatinous cubes and other weird creatures.

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What I love most about this game is the effort the designers made when they designed book cards. Each is different and holds funny and endearing unique book titles. The alphabetical rules apply and each player has special powers and goals. From what I’ve seen I could just browse through the components and have fun!

This is a fairly new game that came out only recently. I do hope I will get the chance to buy this one at Essen Spiel 2017!


or more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE!

If you find any other bookish board games please let me know!

Bookish Board Games


My BF and I are avid board game players. Our board game shelf rivals some of your bookshelves. Over the years we made a quite the collection of board games we love and enjoy. Here are some of our board games with bookish themes!


First one shown on the picture above is Paperback. It is a deck building game where each player has to make words out of cards he draws. With better words you get money points that buy more cards with letters and thematic wild cards. Wild cards are worth victory points and each is set to look like a cover of a book by author Paige Turner!


We love playing this game as it is fast paced and make us think on spelling words which is a great exercise for the brain. The fact that none of us speaks English as a first language makes it so much more challenging. Nerdy bookish game!

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

Bring Your Own Book

The middle game on the picture is the latest bookish board game we found. We hadn’t had the chance to test it yet but have high expectations. It is also a card game with a little sand timer.

byobThe concept of the game is simple. Every player brings his own book with him. Each turn a one player picks up a card with a task that each other player must find in their book. As the game progresses player earn cards by how fast and good they got the needed task. There are many variations depending on the number of players and I like the fact that everyone chooses their own book to bring. Must check out how language dependent it can be with different players before I bring this to my RL book club meeting!

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE


Last game on the picture is also a card game where each player takes a role of a medieval monastery abbot. We compete which one of us can get the best library collection. We bid on rare and forbidden tomes, scribes, illuminations and supplies.




Design and illustrations are lovable for any book lover and this game can make for an amazing evening.

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

I’m always looking for some quirky bookish games and the first one on this list will soon have an expansion variant named Hardback. I hope to get it as well 🙂