As Kotaku's resident LEGO fan and game reviewer I approached LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 with more than a bit of trepidation. It's the first time I have ever been asked to play a LEGO game and didn't really want to.
This is what you'd look like if you were young, loved Harry Potter and played the new Lego Harry Potter in Australia at a launch event. You would hopefully enjoy yourself and not be unnerved by Lego-head over there.
A demo for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Demo hits Xbox Live on June 7. The demo comes to the PC and PS3 later this month. The actual game comes out on June 26 in Europe and June 29 in North America.
There are two ways that video games might corrupt the people who play them.
Many video games have had a "big head mode." But who calls it "big head mode"? Not Harry Potter. In his next game, he inflates craniums with a spell called "Engorgio Skullus!"
On its surface, LEGO Harry Potter may look an awful lot like LEGO Batman, LEGO Indiana Jones and LEGO Star Wars, but dig down a little past those colorful those bricks and you'll discover some major shifts in the way the game looks and behaves.
I am proud to admit that I await the arrival of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 with giddy anticipation.
How do you combine a magical, best-selling series of children's novels with the magical, best-selling series of children's imagination toys? I suppose game development magic would do the trick.
I'd like to think that I am a completely grown man and completely immune to the Harry Potter franchise's mysterious draw, but dammit, that music starts up and I want to start waving my wand around and...not finishing that thought.