Codenames: Harry Potter features the gameplay from Codenames Duet, with players working together to reveal all the right cards before they run out of time or summon Lord Voldemort or another dark wizard.
The cards that players need to guess feature a word or phrase on one side and an image on the other.
As a Harry Potter fan, this was my first foray into the Codenames series. What I like about it is that I can easily adapt the rules in order for my youngest to be able to play and enjoy it. We don't always play by the rules, but the game is still enjoyable.
This is a fun short game, a good evening starter or gap filler. 2-player co-op version of Codenames, like Duet. Work together by naming card features to bring out the good guys, while avoiding the bad guys.
The Harry Potter artwork is generally really good, and depicts a solid variety of mainstream and esoteric things. Harry Potter knowledge isn't essential, but obviously makes it better. You can still work with other card features, like colours and other themes. If one player has HEAPS of Potter knowledge and the other has none, it'd likely be a frustrating game..! Better to drag out the standard Duet in that case.