Since the success of the films, different gaming companies have produced several video games based on the Harry Potter series, most notably Electronic Arts (EA) and Traveller's Tales (TT).
While the Lego Harry Potter games are sold on various markets, the Electronic Arts series is only available for discs/DVD distribution.
Electronic Arts series
In 2001, gaming company Electronic Arts (previously known as EA Games) began releasing adaptations of each of Warner Bros. Harry Potter films, with a considerable respect to the original plot in the book franchise.
Eight videogames have been released with the exact titles its film counterparts have in the US:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
- Released for PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PSP, Nintendo DS and GBA
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
- Released for PC, Mac, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS and Mobile
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
- Released for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and Mobile
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
- Released for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS
The game series as a whole is highly heterogeneous, since the versions for each platform of each title may have its own gameplay and features.
Four titles of videogames based on LEGO Harry Potter toy series by the famous block-building toy company LEGO have been released. They feature LEGO toy versions of Harry Potter characters, places and items in cartoon-styled, speechless, often comedic animations, typical to LEGO videogames.
Different companies have released these games in two occasions, one at the beggining of the film series and the other near its conclusion.
LEGO Creator (2001-2002)
In 2001, Superscape produced a computer game based on LEGO Harry Potter building toy series: LEGO Creator: Harry Potter, which was published by LEGO subsidiary LEGO Media. The game was part of the LEGO Creator video game series.
A sequel based on the second film, entitled LEGO Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was produced by Warner Bros. Interactive in 2002 and also published by LEGO Media.
The two releases received much less attention in comparison to the concurrent Electronic Arts series, thus no more sequels in LEGO Creator Harry Potter series were lately published.
LEGO Harry Potter (2010-2011)
With the film series about to conclude in 2010, LEGO re-acquired rights on the Harry Potter series and, together with its new toy sets, planned the release of a remastered video game based on the Harry Potter series. Traveller's Tales (TT) then produced LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, as part of the LEGO video game series. Focusing on the first four years in the Harry Potter series, the game featured a very detailed and consistent gameplay, in addition to the original soundtrack used in the films.
After the large success and positive reviews acquired by LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, TT produced a sequel focused on the last three years of the series, entitled LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, which also received good reviews.
The two games were published by Warner Bros. Interactive for most platforms.
SCE London Studio, a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment, released a PlayStation-exclusive game called Wonderbook: Book of Spells (or just Book of Spells) in 2012. Directly crediting J. K. Rowling rather than the film series, the game simulates spell learning with a wand, through the Book of Spells by Miranda Goshawk.
Harry Potter for Kinect
In 2012, Eurocom developed a Xbox 360 game designed for the Kinect accessory based on Harry Potter films. The title was Harry Potter for Kinect. It consists mainly of minigames based on clips from the film series.