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From PS1 to Hogwarts Legacy: The evolution of Harry Potter games in pictures!

From PS1 to Hogwarts Legacy: The evolution of Harry Potter games in pictures!
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Since 2001, fans of the saga created by JK Rowling have been able to embody Harry Potter in various video games adapted from the films, but not all of them have had the expected success. In 2023, potterheads will finally be able to experience the game they've all been waiting for: Hogwarts Legacy.

If Hogwarts Legacy Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most anticipated titles of 2023 it's for good reason: although many Harry Potter games have already been released since the adventures of the young wizard were brought to the big screen , none of them really succeeded in convincing the fans. Adapted from movies (sometimes in a very bad way), the games in question have never transcended potterheads and it was time to offer one that really meets their expectations. If some still fear a rather light gameplay for Hogwarts Legacy, it is undoubtedly the most promising title ever developed in the universe created by JK Rowling. In the open world, we can finally explore the castle and its surroundings freely while enjoying graphics never equaled so far in a Harry Potter game. To refresh your memory or simply make you discover them, here are the previous games of the franchise in pictures.

Harry Potter at the Sorcerer's Stone

It is probably THE Harry Potter game that had the most impact on the generation that grew up at the same time as the adventures of the young wizard. The player could of course embody Harry and relive the highlights of his first year at Hogwarts while picking up Surprise Candy on his way. Playing this opus again today would hurt the retina but it remains a great classic.

Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
  • Release date: 2001
  • Platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, Gamecube, PC and even GameBoy,
  • Developers: KnowWonder (PC) / Warthog (PS2, GC, XBOX) / Griptonite (GBA, GBC) / Argonaut (PS1)
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The second film (and all the following ones) were obviously also entitled to their video game adaptations. Effort has been put into textures, character animation (especially their lips when they speak) and Harry's communication.

  • Release date: 2002
  • Platforms: PlayStation 1 and 2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, GameBoy,
  • Developers: KnowWonder (PC) / Eurocom (GCN, PS2, Xbox) / Griptonite (GBC) / Argonaut (PS1)
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This is one of the most popular books/films of the saga and its JV adaptation honored it at the time with better handling (among other things) than its predecessors.

  • Release date: 2004
  • Platforms: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, GameBoy Advance,
  • Developers: KnowWonder (PC) / Electronic Arts (PS2, Xbox, GC) / Griptonite (GBA)
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Triwizard Tournament is certainly made up of events that can be transposed wonderfully into a video game. This time, the player could choose to embody Harry, Ron or Hermione.

  • Release date: 2005
  • Platforms: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP
  • Developers: Electronic Arts and Magic Pockets (GBA, NDS)
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A real adaptation of the film with in particular most of the official dubbing kept for the characters. Adventure and puzzle game, the player could embody Harry, Sirius or even Dumbledore at times. For the first time, it was also possible to freely explore Hogwarts castle!

  • Release date: 2007
  • Platforms: PlayStation 2 and 3, Xbox 360, Gamecube, PC, Wii, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP
  • Developers: EA Bright Light
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

An adventure game that can be played solo or with two players. Again a fairly faithful adaptation of the film.

  • Release date: 2009
  • Platforms: PlayStation 2 and 3, Xbox 360, Gamecube, PC, Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP
  • Developers: EA Bright Light
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Big progress is visible on the side of the graphics but the gameplay was quickly depreciated: the wand was used as a kind of gun and we thought we were much more in a shooting game.

  • Release date: 2010
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS
  • Developers: EA Bright Light
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The developers had obviously not understood the lesson for this second part which was strongly criticized by the players and the press.

  • Release date: 2011
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS
  • Developers: EA Bright Light
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy

We had to wait for a game not being a direct adaptation of the films to be able to hope for gameplay and graphics worthy of the name. With the ability to play as your own wizard/witch, Hogwarts Legacy is the title all fans have been waiting for for years.

  • Release date: February 10, 2023
  • Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Developers: Avalanche Software
  • Publisher: Warner Bros Games
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter : Hogwarts Legacy

Of course, we have only put the main license games here, not to mention derivatives such as the emblematic LEGO Harry Potter games, the Quidditch one or the various mobile games that have been able to wait in recent years such as Hogwarts Mystery by example.

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