New Features of Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
There are numerous differences and new features of this game, ones that I didn’t understand until a while after I first started playing the game. Hopefully this guide will help you out, whether you’re just starting these games or transferring from Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. I’ll be updating this post whenever I find something new to add, so check back every so often for additions.
The first and probably most helpful change that was made to this game is the collectible information found with Sir Nicholas. Sir Nicholas, better known as Nearly Headless Nick, was known through the first game as a sort of tour guide around Hogwarts so you didn’t get lost in between levels. He functions the same way in this game, only a minor change was made to make everything a lot easier: in each area you enter that has one or multiple collectibles, he will have a little indication above his head that shows which collectibles are found in the area, and how many of each. This really helps so that you’re not scouring one area for a collectible that could be the whole way across the map. So, for example, let’s say you’re in the London Street, and you haven’t yet found any of the collectibles there. Above his head will be four faded icons (not necessarily in this order): a white circle that represents character tokens, with “0/4” underneath; the head of a student that represents Students In Peril, with “0/1” underneath; a gold Lego brick that represents Gold Bricks, with “0/1” underneath, and a red Lego brick that represents Red Bricks, with “0/1” underneath. The “0/?” shows you how many you’ve collected out of the total found in the area, and the fact that they’re faded shows that you haven’t collected all of them. (Another example: if you had collected the Red Brick and nothing else, the Red Brick icon would look normal and not faded, and it would show a “1/1” underneath. However, the rest would all be faded and show zeroes.)
Weasley boxes are these big orange and purple cubes you’ll find throughout the levels and other areas in the game. It’s weird at first, yet extremely simple: in order to use one, you need to be playing as any Weasley (if you try to use one as another character, the box will punch your character in the face). Weasley boxes usually contain either a pair of Sticky Trainers or a sort of firecracker. If the box contains Sticky Trainers, it means you must use them to climb a nearby wall; these are very distinctive as they are the same colors as the box and have an arrow pattern that shows where you need to walk. Alternatively, if the box contains a firecracker, all you have to do is levitate it into its holder and it will destroy a barricade that you need to get through. There is also the chance that it may contain a random object that will be useful to the level you’re playing or to gain something, such as a collectible. The ability to use these Weasley boxes will be unlocked between level 5-4 and 5-5 in a scene with Fred and George.
Another interactive item is the Spectrespecs, which you may recognize as Luna’s crazy-looking glasses from the movies. By finding a dispenser and putting these glasses on, you will gain the ability to see invisible Lego pieces that you’ll need to build something useful. These pieces are marked by a strange blue glowing on the ground, and this glowing is also a sign that a Spectrespecs dispenser is nearby. The ability to use them will be unlocked between levels 6-1 and 6-2 during a scene with Harry and Luna.
Characters will be able to Apparate after completing level 7-1. Apparition plates are silver and brownish orange, and you can use them to access areas you wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise.
After completing level 7-1, Hermione will have access to a bottomless purse. Whenever you find a purple plate on the ground, have Hermione use it to access the purse and pull a useful object out of it.
Also after completing level 7-1, Ron will gain the ability to use the Deluminator. This was Dumbledore’s gadget from the first book/movie, which he used to put the streetlamp out. When you see a streetlamp with gold surrounding it, it means you can trap this light in the Deluminator. Then, take it to another lamp, which will look exactly the same but with no light inside, and put it there. This skill is used to melt the snow off of objects, remove vines as Lumos would do, or grant access to other areas.
Another new feature is Arthur Weasley’s ability to fix things. This is how you will earn a portion of your collectibles.
A new form of fighting in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is dueling, which is pretty fun and simple. You can use a shield while your opponent throws spells at you, then find the correct spell to match the color of the ring surrounding you and shoot them with it. Mash the button it tells you to and you should win easily.
In the first game, when you had to use Parseltongue, all you had to do was stand in front of a snake and press a button. In this game it has been updated so that you must memorize four colors, similar to opening the bookcase.
One very minor difference between the two games: in the first, you had to pull a chain to get what you needed after using the Strength Potion/a strong character, while in the second, it is an orange handle.
There are also a number of new characters, of course. You can still purchase them in Madam Malkin’s, although the layout of Diagon Alley is different. However, other things must be purchased in different places than the first game. Both Red Bricks and Gold Bricks were previously purchased at another store in Diagon Alley, Eeylops Owl Emporium. Access to this store has been removed from the game, so Red Bricks can now be purchased in the first room in the upstairs area of the Leaky Cauldron, while Gold Bricks can now be purchased at Borgin and Burkes in Knockturn Alley. Similarly, the area where you purchase spells has been moved to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes in this game.
You’ll learn the new spells throughout the lesson portions of the game, so I’ll just give you a brief explanation of the basic spells:
- Wingardium Leviosa: levitates objects. Nothing new here if you’ve played the previous game; if you haven’t, it’s just the only spell you start out with in Dark Times.
- Expecto Patronum: repels Dementors. Again, nothing new here if you’ve played the previous game. You’ll use it for the first time in Dark Times, when the Dementors begin to attack.
- Reducto: destroys shining silver objects. Once again, nothing new, but this spell is very useful and will be the last spell you unlock during lessons.
- Lumos: removes vines or weeds from an object. Another of the spells from the last game.
- Aguamenti: allows you to shoot water from your wand. This is one of the new spells and is used pretty often during gameplay.
- Diffindo: use this spell on a red brick wall and follow the pattern to get some Lego pieces, which can be put together into something useful. Another new spell, and a pretty useful one.
- Focus: used to control others and/or show someone’s thoughts, as seen in the level Focus!. This spell is only available to Harry, Professor Snape, and variants of Lord Voldemort (ex. Tom Riddle) after level 5-3. This is a reference to Legilimency/Occlumency from the books and movies, just with a different name.
Update 7/7/13: Added extra information on Weasley boxes
Update 7/8/13: Added extra information on Spectrespecs
Update 7/11/13: Added extra information on Hermione’s bag and the Deluminator
Update 7/12/13: Added extra information on Apparition, added information on strength handles
Update 3/11/14: Minor additions to information overall
Update 6/18/14: Added information on Sir Nicholas, fixed/added information about Focus, fixed information on Parseltongue, added information on stores in Diagon Alley