Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone (Mystery at Hogwarts) UK board game 2001 by Mattel UK
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone (Mystery at Hogwarts) UK 2001

Manufactured by: Mattel (UK)

First produced: 2000

This edition: 2001 (UK edition)

Number of players: 2 to 6

Age range: 8+

Object of the game:

One of the professors caught somebody casting a spell on one of the students at Hogwarts! Get to the bottom of the mystery as you venture through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Explore the hidden rooms and secret passages as you collect hints and test your hunches. Beware! You'll need to dodge a pesky ghost along the way. Solve the mystery with magical professor, culprit, spell and victim cards. When you think you have solved the mystery, head for the forbidden third floor where ‘fluffy’s trapdoor guards the answer. If you guess correctly, you win, but if you are wrong, you’re expelled from the game.

Contents:

1 x Halls of Hogwarts game board (incorporating ‘Fluffy’s’ trapdoor flap)
2 x special Hogwarts dice
6 x hat playing pieces in six colours
1 x ghost (translucent blue figure)
10 x green Hogwarts cards
23 x blue hint cards comprising;
- 5 x culprit cards
- 5 x spell cards
- 8 x staff cards
- 5 x victims cards
1 x hunch checklist pad
1 x rules leaflet

Further notes:

This game is similar in style and principle to Cluedo, but with a fourth dimension.
Rather than having to solve the three questions- who?, with what? and where?, players must identify which member of staff (from which classroom) caught which culprit casting which spell on which victim.
In this version of the game, the staff are Prof. Snape (potions), Prof. McConagall (transfiguration) Argus Filch (Filch’s office), Madam Pince (Library), Prof. Quirrell (Defence against the Dark Arts), Madam Hooch (Flying class), Prof. Sprout (Herbology), Prof. Binns (History of Magic); the culprits are Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Fred Weasley and George Weasley; the spells are forgetfulness potion, sleeping potion, wingardium leviosa, locomotor mortis, and petrificus totalus. The victims are Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermoine Granger, Neville Longbottom and Mrs. Norris. One each of the staff, culprits, spells and victims cards are secretly placed under the game board flap (fluffy’s trapdoor) and players each aim to be the first to identify them by process of elimination.
This is an adaptation and expansion of the game produced a year earlier (2000) both in the UK (with the same game title) and in the US (with the title ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone- Mystery at Hogwarts’.)

Game links with:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone (Mystery at Hogwarts) US 2000.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone (Mystery at Hogwarts) UK 2001

Game specifications:

length 400
width 270
depth 45
gross dimensions 779
net weight 920
gross weight 1099


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