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Wizard's Chess

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley enjoy a game of Wizard's Chess in 1991.

Hermione: "That's totally barbaric."
Ron: "That's Wizard's chess."
Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley during Christmas season in 1991.[src]
Wizard's Chess

A game of Wizard's Chess; the red Queen is seen here taking one of the white Knights.

Wizard's Chess is the enchanted variant of the classic board game in which the pieces move of their own accord when commanded by the player. When a piece is taken, it is removed by the attacking piece, often in a barbaric manner where the losing piece is smashed violently by the winning piece. Players move their pieces by speaking the name of the piece and the square it is to move to by algebraic notation. For example, "Knight to E5". Aside from the self-moving pieces, the rules of Wizard's Chess are exactly the same as muggle chess. The moving pieces seem to be reasonably sentient, as seen when Harry Potter began learning how to play the game, he used Seamus Finnigan's pieces, which offered him conflicting advice because they knew that he was not a good player.

During the Christmas feast, in a number of Wizard Crackers, Harry obtained, among other things, his very own Wizard's Chess set. He later broke it in by losing, once again, to Ron. (Although Harry saw this more as the fault of Ron's brother, Percy Weasley, who stood over his shoulder and gave him advice).


The giant Wizard's Chessboard

During 1992 an enormous Wizard's Chessboard was the third-to-last layer of security for the Philosopher's Stone. Harry played as one of the black bishops, Hermione as a rook, and Ron as a Knight. Using his extensive knowledge of chess, Ronald Weasley managed to get himself, Harry, and Hermione Granger across, ultimately sacrificing himself to the White Queen so that Harry could checkmate the King. Fortunately, Ron recovered.

People who played Wizard Chess


Ron Weasley as a knight

Behind the scenes


Book Film PC/MAC Game PS1 Game GBC/GBA Game PS2/XBox/Gamecube Game LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Harry is a bishop. Hermione is a rook. Ron is a Knight and later gets injured. Ron defeats most of the pieces and gets injured. Harry defeats the rest. Hermione does not play. There are three boards: Ron defeats most of the pieces and gets injured. Harry defeats the rest. Hermione does not play. GBC: Ron defeats the Queen. Harry defeats the rest. Hermione does not play.
GBA: Harry paralyses most of the pieces. Ron paralyses the last piece and stays on the board.
Ron defeats some pieces. Harry takes over. Harry, Ron, and Hermione solve a series of puzzles while the pieces fight each other. Ron trips over the white king's sword after checkmate.


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