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Accio! We’ve summoned the famous game of deduction, ‘Guess Who?’, to Hogwarts! Use your knowledge of the Wizarding World to guess which character your opponent has hidden away – without the use of magic! Narrow down your options from 24 students, teachers, and creatures as you take it in turns to ask yes or no questions about your opponent’s character. Does your character …
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Accio! We’ve summoned the famous game of deduction, ‘Guess Who?’, to Hogwarts! Use your knowledge of the Wizarding World to guess which character your opponent has hidden away – without the use of magic!

Narrow down your options from 24 students, teachers, and creatures as you take it in turns to ask yes or no questions about your opponent’s character. Does your character have a beard? Are they a professor? Close the windows of characters that don’t fit the answers to your questions so you can keep track. Then, when you feel like you have your answer, you can guess your opponent’s character on your turn. If you’re right, you win! But watch out, because if you guess wrong, your opponent wins instead!

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You Might Like

  • Harry Potter theme
  • Quick to play
  • Perfect for the whole family
  • A Potterhead must!

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  • Very simple
  • A few more characters could be added
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Accio! We’ve summoned the famous game of deduction, ‘Guess Who?’, to Hogwarts! Use your knowledge of the Wizarding World to guess which character your opponent has hidden away – without the use of magic!

Narrow down your options from 24 students, teachers, and creatures as you take it in turns to ask yes or no questions about your opponent’s character. Does your character have a beard? Are they a professor? Close the windows of characters that don't fit the answers to your questions so you can keep track. Then, when you feel like you have your answer, you can guess your opponent’s character on your turn. If you’re right, you win! But watch out, because if you guess wrong, your opponent wins instead!

Contents:
2 Game Trays
48 Character Cards
24 Mystery Cards
Rules Sheet

Player Count: 2
Time: 20 minutes
Age: 6+

Grab your Firebolts and dress robes and meet me at platform 9 ¾, because we are heading back into Hogwarts for a look at Guess Who Harry Potter!

Wands At The Ready…

Guess Who is a classic game of deduction for two players. Each player is given one card, and the other player has to guess who is on that card by asking yes or no questions. Players flip down characters until they have worked out which one the other player is holding.

Guess Who Harry Potter works in exactly the same way as the original Guess Who. But, this time, we Muggles are faced with rows of our favourite wizarding world characters to guess from.

Thinking Like A Ravenclaw

With the original Guess Who you can only ask questions based on appearance as we are given no backstories for the characters. This limits questions to things like ‘Are they wearing glasses?’ and ‘Do they have facial hair?’. This is where Harry Potter Guess Who showed its biggest difference.

My 7 year old quickly tired of the usual ‘do they have blonde hair?’ type questions and brought their Harry Potter knowledge into it. ‘Are they a teacher at Hogwarts?’, ‘Are they a Gryffindor’ and even ‘Did they survive the battle at Hogwarts?’. This gives the game a little more shelf life. My 4 year old can still play it based on the more typical questions, then as they get older you can make it harder by focusing on character/story questions.

One thing my son noticed was that Ginny Weasley and Neville Longbottom are missing from the line-up. Obviously, all the characters can’t be included. But these two were noticeably absent. It was nice to see a few creatures added in though, including Dobby.

Another game of the same theme we enjoy is Dobble Harry Potter.

Final Battle Thoughts

Guess Who Harry Potter is a very quick, light game to play with children. You can up the difficulty a little by creating house rules of questions that can’t be asked like ‘Are they female’ as this knocks out half the cast straight away. Overall, the kids enjoy it and it’s a good game to fill a small window of time.

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Guess Who? is a board game staple for families everywhere. Whether you love football, Animal Crossing, Batman, or even Ru Paul’s Drag Race, there’s a version for you. And now there’s one for Harry Potter fans to enjoy! So, take a swig of Polyjuice Potion, grab your wand, and make sure you’ve studied up for your OWLs. It’s time to take a look at Harry Potter Guess Who? and figure out which witch, wizard, or magical creature your opponent has disguised themselves as.

Swish And Flick: Setting Up The Magic

Much like any good spell, you have to lay the groundwork before you can make magic. Wands at the ready!

Set up is quick and simple, especially after the first time you play. In the box, you’ll find 2 game trays, 24 mystery cards, and 48 character cards encased in cardboard sheets. The character and mystery cards have pictures of an assortment of popular Harry Potter characters for you to impersonate and guess.

First, you’ll need to carefully pop out each character card from the sheets. Next, insert the cards into the game tray by sliding the card down in front of the bar and tucking it into the bottom edge. There’s a handy diagram in the box if you need it. We’d recommend leaving this task to the adults to avoid bending the cards as they are inserted. Once unwrapped, the mystery cards can be put to the side, ready for your first wizarding duel.

To prepare the game, choose a game tray and open all the windows by tilting the board backwards. Once the mystery cards have been shuffled, each player draws a card and places it in the space at the front of the game tray. Make sure to stop your opponent seeing your card-if you have an invisibility cloak hidden in your wardrobe, it’s best to use it now! The other mystery cards can then be set aside, ready for your next game.

Now the game can truly begin!

Accio Rulebook

It’s time to try to see through your opponent’s Polyjuice Potion and uncover their mystery character.

The youngest player goes first and asks the first YES or NO question to their opponent. This could be “Do they identify as female?”, “Are they wearing a hat?”, “Are they human?”, or any appearance-based question you can think of. Depending on the answer, the player must close the window, or windows, of the characters that they are sure are NOT their opponent’s mystery character. Then, the opponent asks their question, puts down any windows as required, and then it’s the first player’s turn again.

When you know who your opponent’s mystery character is, you must wait your turn and give your answer instead of asking a question. If you guess correctly, you win the game. If not, the other player wins.

If you want to take it a step further, you can invoke Championship Mode. Just increase the score indicator on your board by 1 point each time you win. The first player to win 5 games is the champion.

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Alohomora: Unlocking House Rules

As an avid Harry Potter fan, there were a few things I could see as potential issues right off the bat.

Guess Who? is a game that, at its base level, requires players to ask questions that are appearance-based. If you’re playing with adults, this is incredibly easy, and you may want to change it up for a bit of variety.

If you own a Harry Potter game, chances are you’ll want to use your Wizarding World knowledge to ask more specific, interesting questions to spice up your play. However, if you want to ask questions around the characters’ particular personalities or professions, what if you’re playing with someone with a different level of wizarding expertise to you? Does that matter? …Not necessarily.

Coming up with your own set of house rules to suit you and your opponents is half the fun. Otherwise, why not get any old game of Guess Who? After a while, we started banning questions around species and gender, and asked more interesting, vague questions that we could answer informed by our knowledge of the characters.

“Would they be the life of the party?”

“Would they brag about their academic achievements?”

“Do they like animals?”

These questions mean that anyone with a basic knowledge of the franchise would be able to imagine the characters in Riddikulus situations and answer YES or NO based on amusing assumptions. Even those with no Harry Potter experience can make decisions based purely on what the characters look like in their pictures. These types of questions are particularly funny when your mystery character is Hedwig or Buckbeak!

Make sure that you don’t get too specific with your questions, though. It might be useful sometimes to ask whether the character is a Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher or is killed by You-Know-Who, but there are two problems to think about. If your opponent knows less about the franchise than you and doesn’t know the answer, you’ve potentially squandered a turn. It could also make the game far too easy if you pick a question that could only relate to one or two characters, like “Do they turn into a werewolf under a full moon?”

These tweaks make the game infinitely replayable, and altering your playstyle makes it accessible for both children and adults to jump in and have a laugh.

Finite Incantatem: How Will You Play

Whether you want to play the game straight or laugh about whether Ron Weasley would adopt a Doberman or if Luna Lovegood would run for office, Harry Potter Guess Who is a fun twist on a classic board game. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s adaptable, making it perfect for the Potterhead in your life.

That concludes our guide on how to play Harry Potter Guess Who. Did this help you? Let us know your thoughts and tag us on social media @zatugames.

Zatu Score

Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Harry Potter theme
  • Quick to play
  • Perfect for the whole family
  • A Potterhead must!

Might not like

  • Very simple
  • A few more characters could be added