The Magic is Waiting For You
Updated: Nov 30, 2021
The magical world of Harry Potter has changed the lives of billions around the globe. From the books, movies, games and merchandise; this franchise has grown to be something incredible that will last many lifetimes. For me, the magic began when I was a young kid when the books and audiobooks had just been released. I would listen to the narrator Jim Dale as he read the books on tape and I would follow along in the magical journeys and adventures of Harry Potter and his friends. The real enchantment took over for me a few years later when Wizards Of The Coast (WOTC) announced that they were creating the Harry Potter Trading Card Game (HPTCG).
For those who don’t know, WOTC is a tabletop game manufacturer based in the United States who is responsible for bringing us some of the greatest games we know of today including Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon. The Harry Potter Trading Card Game came out in the same fashion as any other TCG would with booster boxes, booster packs, blister packs and promo cards. As a young kid, I didn’t understand the game as much as I do as an adult. That’s one of the greatest things about the magic from the Harry Potter TCG, it has moved with me through all stages of my life and as an adult I can appreciate it more because of that.
What is the Harry Potter TCG?
In 2001, WOTC jumped on the metaphorical Hogwarts Express and took a magical ride filled with adventure and excitement. From this ride, they delivered, to fans and onlookers of the Harry Potter world, a creative and imaginative game that would be fit for not only witches and wizards, but for Muggles, Squibs and Goblins alike.
The game came packaged in booster boxes which housed 36 booster packs. Each pack had 11 random cards that were either a Match, Spell, Adventure, Item, Character, Creature, Location or Lesson. There are five (5) lesson types: Quidditch, Transfiguration, Potions, Charms and Care of Magical Creatures. The first booster box that came out is known as the Base Set, there were 116 cards to collect from this box that are rare, uncommon and common. Quidditch cup, Diagon Alley and Adventures at Hogwarts were then released and each came with 80 cards in their sets. The final and largest set is Chamber of Secrets which has 140 cards in it’s set.
Fans of the Harry Potter TCG became enamoured with the game, not only for its imagination and strategy but for the art in the cards. There were dozens of artists who worked on these cards and were able to bring the many spells, characters and wild adventures to life! Because the HPTCG is based on the books and not the movies, the artists had more room to work with their own interpretation and imagination of how these various scenes were to come to life. Albus Dumbloedore, Minerva McGonagall and Rubius Hagrid, to name a few, each have their own style and oftentimes match exactly to how we saw them in our minds as young kids who read the books.
Adding to the great art and card creativity, the game is filled with strategy, potions, spells and so much more that makes you feel as though the storyline is yours. When playing the game, you use a 60-card deck with one 1 starting Witch or Wizard character of your choice. In order to play most cards, you will need lessons in your deck; this represents your knowledge of the subjects you took while at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! If you excelled in Potions class for example, then be sure to add some Potions lessons to your deck as well as your favorite potions that you like to mix up; Fire Protection Potion, Draught of Living Death or even Dragons Blood! If you preferred Professor McGonagall's Transfiguration class then, your deck can have Transfiguration cards such as Transfiguration Exam, Raven to Writing Desk or Rabbit Slippers.
The game is highly modular and allows for the player to get creative. If you weren't looking to play the game, it's also wonderful to just collect the cards. I am personally a collector and player so I get to be involved in both worlds and see where the game goes in either direction.
For those who are interested in playing however, please consider joining my Into The Floo Harry Potter TCG Dueling League on Discord, this is open for everyone worldwide! We have two seperate days and times where we meet via webcam and play the game with friends all around the world. If you are interested then please click on the Discord link below. You can also find out more on my youTube channel called Into The Floo or by following me on IG and TikTok @harrypottermorsy.
Into The Floo Harry Potter TCG Durling League: https://discord.gg/GQsSZz2VEu
Look out for more of my articles where we dive deeper into the Harry Potter TCG, card strategy, deck building and some other Harry Potter vintage merchandise from my vault at Gringotts!
*This article was previously published on The Rowling Library in July 202. To visit their website, please click here.