Harry Potter Wizard Chess
by The Beast!
(Boardgame Beast HQ)
Harry Potter Wizard Chess
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In this Harry Potter Wizard Chess game, Harry Potter and chess interests are perfectly combined in one. Kids and grown-ups alike will definitely love this game, if only as a collector’s item. Whether you are a chess fan or not, if you love Harry Potter and if your kid does too, then this chess game is definitely a must-have.
The game and gameplay
What you get is basically a fold out chess board with a faux blue and white marble print to resemble the same colors of the set seen in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie.
The board folds into quarters to be stored and so sometimes does not lie flat which explains why it is quite flimsy and a bit cramped when all the pieces are still on the board. Because of the small size of the chess board, the tendency is to knock the pieces over. So it would be a good suggestion to replace the board with a regular-sized one for a less interrupted gaming experience.
But if you come to think of it, this set is designed for, marketed for, and intended for use by children. It’s a “Wizard’s” chess set just like Harry Potter’s. So as long as kids are happy with it, that’s all that matters.
Of course you’ll receive two sets of decent plastic chess pieces. Each piece is designed to look exactly like the life-sized set Harry and Ron played in the movie.
Pros and cons
Unfortunately, the board is rather small for the size of the pieces, so you might want to find a replacement chess board if you plan to use it a lot.
The pieces are large and solid. The detail in each of the figures is very realistic and well executed. They are made of molded thick plastic so durability is guaranteed. However, some pieces are less than stable on their bases. Others tend to topple and when they do, everything else may go down as well. Be sure to play on a solid table.
The connection of the game pieces to the movie make it fun to learn and play chess. The pieces capture attention right away, and they really do make you feel more inclined to play chess because they are much more representational than the regular, boring chess pieces most of us are familiar with.
Harry Potter Wizard Chess is an excellent chess set for first-timers and kids. If you are buying this set for a child who doesn’t know how to play chess, it comes with a set of instructions that are easy to read. Pictures showing the different ways each piece can move are included.
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