So addictive, in fact, it should come with a health warning. But LEGO Harry Potter is so much good fun it deserves every second of play time.
It seems much more simply structured than Lego Indy 2, without the complicated hub sections to navigate. Instead, you get a series of classes to learn spells you can use in the game - and what fun it is, especially for a fan of the books.
Actual fighting is kept to a minimum, but there are plenty of things to reduce you to little plastic bricks - and let you use all those spells. Especially satisfying is the Body-bind curse, for when your AI buddy is getting particularly annoying.
And in the spirit unique to Lego games, you can play as anyone. Anyone!!! Even Mr Mason, whoever he is. And rats, cats, dogs, and Dementors! All of these have some special ability - cloaks, books, etc - to make them all equally fun. Whereas before, you might have to play as a droid, or someone-not-Indiana-Jones, now every character is just as good - or better - than Harry. And they all stay true to the books - Lupin doesn't like the moon, Ron hates spiders, and Filch goes mental when you zap his cat.
It's not perfect. One or two riddle sections are incredibly obscure and I can imagine tears before bedtime. Also, if one character gets stuck due to a graphics-related faux pas, then you're goosed.
But if you're a fan of the films, or even more, the books, then in no way will this game disappoint. When Years 5-7 comes out, we will expect great things.
Yes, Mr Potter - terrible things, but great.