A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Conquering fear is a huge theme here. Cooperation between friends, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices. Diverse cast and strong female characters, but all major characters are white.
Violence & Scariness
You will battle fantasy monsters by casting spells with your wand.
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Products & Purchases
This is part of the Harry Potter franchise that started with the books and has expanded into video games, movies, toys, and collectibles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is based on the movie version of the third book in the Harry Potter series, and the themes are darker than in the previous games. When trying to decide between the console and PC versions, know that the console version is harder to play, more intense in its confrontations with magical creatures, and more challenging in its gameplay. Parents of younger children should gauge their ability to handle thee creepy, wraith-like Dementors.
Is It Any Good?
The console game's tasks are more challenging than those in the PC game, and less obvious in their solutions. The puzzle aspects have multiple steps and the magical creatures are more vicious. In the PC version, you only deal with one kind of creature at a time but in the console games you can have several types of magical creatures causing chaos at the same time. At times, figuring out how to manage the creatures can be baffling and the pace of the game feels intense.
The graphics in the console versions, while good, are not nearly as detailed as those on the PC. Nor do they offer the 360-degree camera views in the PC game. The exciting and intense console version is perfect for the kid who loves Harry Potter, but our teenage testers found the console game frustrating when they spent hours searching for the way out of a room. They enjoyed both but thought the PC version was more fun.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.