I’ve had my eye on this game for a while now, but it was always just a little too expensive. But you know what? Patience gets the House Elf a sock.
I don’t know if that saying will a) catch on, or b) actually works, but just go with it okay?
Mighty Ape (sort of like New Zealand’s Amazon) had a sale on games a few weeks back and I grabbed this up. And guys. It’s pretty darn awesome.
The game can be played without a board, but, as my sister and I discovered, you can easily adapt it to an actual Trivial Pursuit board. But first let’s take a look at it, before we get into that.
With 600 questions of all things Harry Potter, there are bound to be a few that get you stumped. Some are super easy (“Who does Harry take to the Yule Ball?” and “Who has the first name Dolores?”), some perhaps have you thinking just a little longer than others. But all of them are great fun.
How the game works (without a board) is simple: Roll the colourful-sided dice, the other players ask you a question of that colour from a card, and if you get it right, then you get to roll again. If you answer this question right, you get to keep that card. Basically, you have to answer 2 questions correctly to get a point. The first person to 6 cards wins. Simple.
To make the game last longer, bump up the card collection to 10. Or, if there’s only 2 or 3 of you, play until all the cards have been answered – whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.
You could even mix it up again, and say you had to get 3 or 4 questions in a row correct before you got to keep a card. Or simply make it that you get to keep a card every time you answer a question correctly.
Another way to make the game last longer if not playing with a board is to roll the dice, ask the question of that colour, and before putting it aside and taking another card, wait until the dice is rolled again, and if it’s a different colour to the first question, ask the question from that same card. This way, you go through cards slower, and the games lasts longer.
With the Trivial Pursuits Board
If your Trivial Pursuits board is anything like ours (a little old well loved), then you will have the following colours: blue, yellow, green, pink, orange, and brown. The Harry Potter cards still have the 6 different categories, but they have purple and not brown (well done, that’s a much better colour). This just means you have to remember to ask the purple questions when you land on a brown section on the board.
You would play as normal, with a normal dice, and adding wedges to your pie dish as you make your way around the board. Simply put aside the normal Trivial Pursuit questions, and swap them out for the HP ones.
If you wanted to use the pretty colourful dice that comes with the HP game, you could make it that you roll that one, and then you move to the corresponding closest colour in a direction of your choice. E.g: You’re on a blue section, you roll an orange…you head to the closest orange section or pie bit.
The only downside to playing like this is that you wouldn’t ever land on the special tiles like ‘Roll Again’. But it’s an option if you want to mix it up a little.
I really like this game. Even though it is, at times, quite easy, it’s really fun, and interesting to find out where your HP knowledge is lacking. I’ve played with and without the board, and both are good fun. It’s a great game for travelling, though you may find it difficult to roll the dice in the car.
It ended up being $32.79 which is a random price, I know, but there we have it. Usually you can find it on Mighty Ape for about $40 (I think), and while the link to it is still functioning, as of right now they don’t actually have any in stock at the moment. Bummer. But you can also find it at these places:
Have you played Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit before? Or maybe another version that’s different from the original?