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New Interview with LEGO Harry Potter Producer and Screenshots Online

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Posted by: Edward
February 16, 2010, 08:11 PM

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 video game producer Loz Doyle sat down with to discuss the upcoming game and the many ways in which this experience will include the many, multifaceted elements of Harry Potter's world.  The interview, which can be read here, covers many subjects including the inclusion of LEGO blocks into the game, the ways in which the Harry Potter characters age throughout the games, and the scale of Hogwarts.  On the subject of how the characters age in the game, Doyle relates:
There are quite a lot of outfit changes, but that's just to match them with the films. They have the casual clothes, they have the Quidditch uniforms, and they have the school uniforms. The main characters stay the same because the mini-figures stay the same. But there's a bit of a balance, because LEGO has done some more models, so we may use some of the newer models if it makes sense. In film four, Dumbledore has a different outfit than he had in year one, so we would use that. But mostly the characters will stay looking the same because they do in the plastic.
The video game producer goes on to relate, at some length, the Hogwarts castle structure and experience, calling it "big, but what we've done is, even though it feels like Hogwarts, we haven't just recreated Hogwarts exactly as it is in the films."  He continues:
Whereas in a film they can have a location over here, location over here, then they just edit and they arrive at the place, in a game you've actually got to travel. So we've made it look like Hogwarts and feel like Hogwarts, but we've designed it around being able to get around and get to the places you want to go more easily. So, for example, all of the common rooms are off one area, whereas in the film there's one in the basement, one up in the tower and one over here and one over there. We allude to that by having all four common rooms in one place and then to get to the Slytherin one, which would normally be down nine flights of stairs, you just go through a door, down one set of stairs and you appear in the common room. So while we say, yes, it's down there, you don't have to physically do it. 
In year one, while the whole of Hogwarts does exist, you can't access it. We lock off doors, areas, you can't go outside right at the beginning. You start in the common room, and even though it feels like you're in Hogwarts - you see the main hall and you're like, oh this is huge - you can't go in very many places. Right at the beginning you can only go and do your first lesson. We guide the player to that first lesson. There's nowhere else they can go. So despite the fact that they can mess around in a few rooms on the way if they want, there's no chance of them getting lost because there's only one place to go. And then after that there's only another place to go. We gradually open up Hogwarts so the player can get their bearings. As the years progress we open up more and more and more, until year four - when you should know your way around by then - it's all open; the grounds, the secret rooms.
Additionally, a series of new screenshots from the game can be found starting right here in our Image Galleries.

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29 Points

Totally gonna pre-order this!

Posted by dgjessi7 on March 08, 2010, 03:04 PM report to moderator
28 Points


Posted by dragonball33 on March 09, 2010, 07:29 PM report to moderator
37 Points

I’m so excited for this!!

Posted by maddog916 on March 14, 2010, 09:30 PM report to moderator
43 Points

I am so excited, also. Lego is awesome, but harry potter on the Play station by ea are absolutley terrible. ILY LEGO AND HARRY POTTER!!!!!!

Posted by ThomasAzocar on March 27, 2010, 02:22 PM report to moderator
264 Points

may 14th I can not wait soooooooooo excited I am taking of from work just to play it

Posted by Roseann on March 30, 2010, 05:51 PM report to moderator
28 Points


Posted by un_whisperingangel on March 31, 2010, 12:44 PM report to moderator
167 Points

cant w8 =}

Posted by AI3Gz__SeIVITeX «FTC» on April 01, 2010, 10:31 PM report to moderator
64 Points

You gotta love Lego, cant wait for this game :D

Posted by Micro on April 09, 2010, 03:56 AM report to moderator
7605 Points

That is really cool!

Posted by HarryPotterGirl (Hermione) on April 14, 2010, 11:13 AM report to moderator
51 Points

They pushed the release date till the end of June this is the second time I’m starting to get irritated.

Posted by violetpup on April 18, 2010, 01:47 AM report to moderator
261 Points

I have played some lago games in the past like the star wars saga they were all fun so i think this one will be realy good, exspicley it being harry potter.

Posted by uno maxin on April 28, 2010, 09:16 PM report to moderator
38 Points

I STILL this this is such an awesome concept. I’ll have to play this at some point or another for suuure! :D

Posted by violet_light_ on April 28, 2010, 10:36 PM report to moderator
3752 Points

I’m saving up my birthday money to pre-order this game! The pre-order comes with 4 Hogwarts House magnets! =)

Posted by OddRavenclaw222~WBM~ on April 30, 2010, 10:30 PM report to moderator
631 Points

I want to buy this now!

Posted by Heiress of Slytherin (^HISS^) on May 02, 2010, 12:13 PM report to moderator
43 Points

wow! i want that

Posted by potterhead21 on May 03, 2010, 09:45 PM report to moderator
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