Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 for Wii is the seventh release in the Lego video games franchise. It is more of a direct sequel to Harry Potter Years 1-4 than a brand new game, but anyone who played the first Harry Potter in this series will tell you that's a good thing.
The famous Lego humor is as strong as ever in this version's cutscenes. The game does a fine parody of many of the famous scenes from the films and even manages to make the death of a major character seem funny. Lego's writing team really should be given a raise for how they have continuously offered up outstanding material in every game in the franchise so far.
This title once again features co op gameplay and the world is filled to the brim with countless secrets to unlock including additional characters and costumes.
Gameplay has the four final Harry Potter films split up into six playable worlds. Hogwarts castle serves as a hub in between worlds with plenty to explore and unlock.
The game does feel a bit redundant since this is a reprise of much from the 1-4 game. Many of the worlds you visit are the same and so are quite a few of the spells you will cast. While this is slightly disappointing, it's not any worse than the movies, which returned players to the same environments as well. At least it's being true to its source material, eh?
One highlight is that the hub surrounding the castle we mentioned did receive a bit of an expansion. You can explore the Dark Forest, an observatory and other fun areas.
We should mention again that the developer really spared no expense filling this game with unlockables. There are entire parts of the hub world that are optional and don't need to be visited to beat the main story. More than 200 Harry Potter Lego characters can be purchased with the Lego studs you'll pick up throughout the levels.
The game's graphics are what you would expect. Each Harry Potter character is rendered as a Lego and the resemblances for most are uncanny.
Sound is another strong point of the game, all of your favorites sounds from the Harry Potter soundtrack are here and they serve as a perfect backdrop as you smash Lego blocks and wander around Hogwarts castle.
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that this title suffers from the usual Lego franchise downfalls, like shoddy platforming, too much button spamming and a weak camera, but the developer in this case has gone to such lengths to pack the game with bonuses and extras that it almost makes up for the game's shortcomings.
Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 is not without its flaws. It will seem a bit redundant at times if you played the last game and the controls and camera can be frustrating. But if you are a Lego franchise veteran, this game provides exactly what you want: Excellent fan service and incredible fun.