Found at a garage sale for $3 and thought, "why not?" My wife is a fan of Clue and we both like Harry Potter (movie series).
The Boy Who Lived:
Clue is a roll and move light deduction game and this is a Harry Potter version of the game. Componnents are standard mass market with an addition of 4 big chipboard gears that players will be moving through out the game. No metal weapons though as they have been replaced with POGS/tokens.
The main changes are the ever changing rooms (an additional dice is thrown and may change a room a little bit), the Dark Cards (random event cards), help cards which protect against Dark Cards and House Points which are effected by Dark Cards. Lose too many house points and lose the game.
A nice touch is that none of the suspects are player pieces, making for a better thematic representation. The new changes make the game much better than the usual Clue. We enjoyed the fluff text and practicing our English accents ha ha. The Help Cards and changing board made for better decision making allowing for a more satisfying experience over usual Clue.
He who shall not be named:
The chit board gears are gimmicky and do not work very well. Sometimes we had to lift the board a little and had a few pieces slide around. Not a big problem just thought to make mention. The player pieces and envelope are exactly like regular Clue. The game is striving so hard to match the theme but then the generic Clue pieces and envelope kind of take that feeling away. No doubt that was a production cost reason and overall is not a big deal.
About the biggest complaint would be the coloring of the board itself. I love that they went with more of an artistic approach but it's muddled together and can be hard to tell rooms apart. During game play it was fine, just a lot of double checking rooms and doors.
Passing the OWL's:
A really great effort to make a good Clue experience. This one hits a good spot for the theme and really adds a new look on an old game. The changing board and Dark Cards add that "X" factor that makes the game pretty fun.
Fans of Harry Potter looking for the light Clue gameplay this is a must buy. Fans of the Clue series should consider this one as well. The average hobby gamer would probably pass just because it's still Clue at it's core.
I enjoy it and so does my wife so it'll be a keeper for us.
6/10 for the Harry Potter theme and new mechanics
5/10 because it is still Clue
Kevin L. Kitchens
The Good: It's Clue
The (Very) Bad: It's Harry Potter.
Give me Justin Bieber Clue any day...