Warner Bros. will re-release both Lego Harry Potter games on one disc, remastered for PlayStation 4 on 21st October.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 cover the complete Harry Potter series of books and films, from Philosopher's Stone through to the end of Deathly Hallows.
You get a sprinkling of new content too via a character pack and spell pack. New characters include all four Hogwarts founders, Peeves the poltergeist, plus fresh looks for Harry, Luna, Ron and Hermione. Also Professor Lockhart in a straightjacket.
Harry Potter's Hogwarts adventures have been adapted into Lego games twice before and if a Brazilian ratings board listing is any indication, we could get a single anthology encapsulating Harry and the gang's academic career.
It's all in the wand. This tool of mystical power may be threaded with a phoenix feather in J. K. Rowling's ubiquitous mythology, but here, in the latest of Traveller's Tales' similarly successful mash-ups, its core is pure brick.
Create and destroy. These twin, conflicting concepts have fired Lego's success for over 60 years: the joy of building a plastic house only to knock it down again; the wonder of being able to rebuild a spaceship as a handgun or a robot as a kitten. The wand presses this same power into our palms.
A purplish glow hovers around clumps of bricks on screen as you point. Squeeze the button and the bricks hover and swirl before assembling themselves into a meaningful shape: a bridge, a staircase, a statue. Meanwhile, another button unsheathes the wand, not as a the tool of a creator, but as the weapon of a destructive god, firing magical bullets that disassemble those same objects into a dozen pieces, spitting out coins to collect.
Plastic Potter sequel out next month.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 launches on 18th November, Warner Bros. has announced.
Warner Bros. has announced expected Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 follow-up Years 5-7. It launches sometime during 2011's fourth quarter - from October to December.
The game covers the latter portion of the boy wizard saga - chunky yawn-fest Order of the Phoenix, tissues-at-the-ready Dumbledore-killing Half-Blood Prince and the final battle-filled Deathly Hallows.
It's out for every console under the sun - Nintendo 3DS, DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii - and, interestingly, the Next Generation Portable. Sony is yet to set a firm release date for its new handheld, though this confirms what we knew already - it will be out sometime before the end of the year.