The End of Harry Potter Games?
While the main story may be over, that doesn’t stop developers from making games outside of the main timeline.
Take, for example, EA’s “Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup”. Developing a videogame based on the fictional sport in the Wizarding World was smart move on EA’s part, and the end result was a mostly fun, versatile sports game that didn’t require a deep and intimate understanding of wand lore to get some fun out of it.
It’s a shame that, aside from the “Lego Harry Potter” games, “Quidditch World Cup” has been the only spin-off from the series. As “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” demonstrated, there is scope for video games that take place in the universe of a franchise, but outside of the main timeline.
For example, one game could take place during Voldemort’s original rise to power, where you play as members of the original Order of the Phoenix, including James, Sirius and maybe even a younger Dumbledore.
Another game could be set in the Ministry of Magic, post-Voldemort-vanquishing, where you guide Harry through his Auror training and rid the nation of rogue Death Eaters, in the style of Assassins Creed, or even L.A. Noire. An assassin-based game using magic instead of ordinary weapons could be really interesting, so long as there is some imagination put into it.
Side missions could include tailing/chasing potential suspects, interrogation, as well as a stealth element where you can’t use magic in front of Muggles.
On the other side of the coin, you could play as a young Tom Riddle on his ascension to power, making Horcruxes at key moments of the game, or even as a young wizard, rising through the ranks of the Death Eaters.
There is still scope for good, interesting games in the Harry Potter universe. With the main story out of the way, developers have more room for imagination in the story and gameplay, and as long as some care is put into it and the rules of the Wizarding World are observed, we could get some fantastic games.
Is this the end for Harry Potter games? Hopefully not, but maybe it’s the beginning for some really wizard ones.