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The Charms and Potions Expansion Review

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Need more Harry Potter in your board game collection? This Charms and Potions expansion for the popular Hogwarts Battle might make you pull out your favorite worst deck builder again!

Charms and Potions Expansion Review

5 out of 10
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Charms and Potions Two Player Review

Is it Good For Two Players? : Yes, still probably the best player count for the game, even with the content of this expansion.

Overall, this expansion is great in terms of more variety and exciting new stuff but still fails to fix many of the problems with the original game while even making some of them worse. Ginny as a playable character, the new villains and creatures, and the new Hogwarts Cards are all great additions for fans of the game, but the core components of this expansion that change the gameplay are lackluster and actually make the game worse.

Theme: 6/10
Replayability: 5/10
Components: /10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 4/10

Husband's Rating
5 out of 10
Wife's Rating
5 out of 10

Pros

Lots of new content to mix and match and add more variety to the base game

Charm abilities make your playable character feel more unique and open the door to new strategies

Cons

Still doesn’t improve a lot of the problems with the base game, making some of them even worse, such as making the game longer.

Card quality does not match the base game, which makes shuffling a pain

The majority of the box content in this expansion is not worth the hassle of using

Gameplay Experience:

Well, the flawed game we all love to play had a second expansion and of course, we had to get it, because we all could use a little more magic in our lives.

Our hopes of this expansion fixing all the problems we still had with Hogwarts Battle were optimistically way too high. So, we can’t be too upset that this new Charms expansion didn’t fix a single one of them, but it’s still a bummer.

Even though the content of this expansion doesn’t dramatically improve the game in our opinion, it still adds some new cards, villains, encounters, and a character which all help make the game feel new and increase its variability and replayability.

Some of the new game mechanics, which we won’t spoil here (don’t want to ruin the joy of opening up the boxes), add too much to the game and not in a good way. They significantly increase the game length, which is already way too long because of the amount of effort it requires for players to manage and use.

It’s a cool concept and seems good on paper, but it just doesn’t work and feels tacked on.

Hopefully, we’ve lowered your expectations for this expansion to appropriate levels and you won’t be let down like we were.

Now that you are at an appropriate level of optimism, this expansion is still great for adding some new cards and variety to your game, just don’t expect it to fix some of the issues you might have with Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle.

From here on out, to give a good review of this expansion we will have to spoil some of the content hidden within its boxes. So, if you want to keep the majority of Charms and Potions a surprise stop reading here. If you must know more we go into more detail below, but there’s no turning back, obliviate isn’t a real thing unfortunately.

Charms and Potions Two Player Rules Summary:

We have already covered the rules for the base game in our original review so we’re not going to cover too much here. We will have to go over a few aspects though to give a somewhat thorough overview of this expansion, so if you want to avoid all spoilers, stop reading here. We’ll do our best to be as broad as possible, but again if you want the surprise of opening all the boxes, we recommend stopping here.

Below are some of the new mechanisms introduced in this Charms and Potions Expansion.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Charms and Potions Expansion Boxes

Charms: These new abilities give each player a unique power that changes depending on their current health level. These special actions can be taken once per turn and make your character a bit stronger, which is great if you’re someone who finds the game a bit too difficult.

Charm Abilities Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

Fifth Player: This expansion includes an additional player board, (and Ginny as a playable character), allowing you to now play the game with up to five players.

Potions: A new sideboard allows players to collect ingredients if certain conditions are met and then spend these ingredients to acquire new potion cards to add to their deck. The ingredients do shift in terms of requirements, making it not so simple for players to get the ingredients they need.

Dark Arts Potions: These are a new type of dark arts cards that will have ongoing effects for the player who drew them. To resolve these players will have to collect the required potion ingredients which vary from card to card.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Potion Ingredients and Dark Arts

These are the new core aspects introduced in this expansion, but just like Monster Box of Monsters, it also comes with a lot of new encounters, villains, and Hogwarts cards to add more variety to the game.

Conclusion:

Overall, this expansion is great in terms of more variety and exciting new stuff but still fails to fix many of the problems with the original game while even making some of them worse. Ginny as a playable character, the new villains and creatures, and the new Hogwarts Cards are all great additions for fans of the game, but the core components of this expansion that change the gameplay are lackluster and actually make the game worse.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Ginny

Other than the new cards, the charm’s abilities are the only thing we can actually say improved the game, by giving more variety to your hero and their abilities. They do make the game a bit easier, which is a welcome benefit for many, and they also allow for some pretty cool combos between your proficiency, charms, patronus, and hero ability.

The charm abilities are where the improvements stop. The potion board and dark arts cards require too much work and extra effort with no payoff in terms of increased enjoyment or making the game better. The idea of prolonged dark arts effects is cool on paper, but in reality, they are already annoying enough without having to try and collect potion ingredients from an ever-shifting set of requirements.

These not only are annoying to use within the game, but they make the game even longer, which was already a big issue with the base game after completing it. If you can’t tell, we really do not like the Potions aspect of this Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle expansion.

While all that may seem harsh, we honestly still think this expansion is worth the purchase for fans of the game. While you likely won’t want to use one of the main aspects of it after making your way through the boxes, the new content is a great way to add more variety to your games. With a few house rules such as the ones we have here: (How To Make Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Better: House Rules and Legacy Campaign), you can use the potion parts of this expansion with a little less annoyance.

So, just like with the previous expansion, if you go into it with just the right amount of optimism it can still be a worthwhile addition to your Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle game nights.

Is Charms and Potions Good For 2 Players?

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle is a good game for two players in our opinion, and while this expansion does allow you to play with even more players, two is the sweet spot. The game is longer and more difficult with more players, so for a less frustrating and quicker playthrough, we would probably recommend this player count.

You can’t beat playing with friends though, so if you want to play with more, by all means, go for it; just know it’s likely not the most optimal. The potions board is a chore to keep track of and manage when there are just two players distracting each other at the table, and in our opinion could potentially be a nightmare when there are five.

Foregoing the potions and only utilizing the charm abilities can lead to two player games being a bit on the easy side, though, but if you’re familiar with the game and have checked out our house rules post, adjusting the difficulty is fairly easy to do.

Pros:

  • Lots of new content to mix and match and add more variety to the base game, including Ginny as a new playable character. 
  • Charm abilities make your playable character feel more unique and open the door to new strategies.  They also make the game a bit easier which is likely a positive for many players.

Cons:

  • Still doesn’t improve a lot of the problems with the base game, making some of them even worse, such as making the game longer.
  • Card quality does not match the base game, which makes shuffling a pain.

We hope this Charms and Potions two player expansion review has helped you and if you are interested in buying a copy you can click the orange “Buy on Amazon” button.

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Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Expansion Card Quality Differences

We are unsure about newer printings of the game and expansions, but the cards from Monster Box of Monsters and The Charms and Potions expansions are slightly different in terms of color and size than the ones included in the base game. These variations aren’t just limited to the Hogwarts cards, the villains, dark and other cards also have the same issues.

This shouldn’t be a big deal for most, but we wanted to give a fair warning to those who may have issues with this. We don’t pay attention enough to notice the colors, but the difference in sizes does make shuffling a bit annoying. Our solution is to just table shuffle which we would strongly recommend to ensure the cards get nice and mixed up.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Expansion Card Quality Differences

If these card quality differences are something you can’t live with but still really want the expansions you can purchase a couple sets of these official Hogwarts Battle sleeves that make sure every card is the same and protected.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Card Sleeves | 160 Card Protector Sleeves for Hogwarts Cards from Harry Potter Deckbuilding Games | Cardsleeve Back Artwork Featuring Hogwarts Crest
  • Hogwarts Battle Card Sleeves provide see-through sturdy protection for the Hogwarts Cards in games 1-7, including all starting decks
  • Card Sleeves will fit standard card sizes
  • This pack does not fit the Dark Arts, encounter, Villains or Location Cards
  • Two (2) packs provide enough sleeves for base game and both expansions
  • This pack will sleeve only the Hogwarts Cards from the Hogwarts Battle Deck Building Series
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Square and Large Card Sleeves | 80mm x 80mm and 80mm x 105mm Card Protector Sleeves for Harry Potter Deckbuilding Games | Cardsleeve Back Artwork Featuring Hogwarts Crest
  • Protego cards! Maximize the longevity of your Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle cards with collectible card sleeves designed to guard the corners and surfaces of cards.
  • Officially licensed and designed premium quality soft card sleeves to protect your Hogwarts Battle cards from dust, scratches, and spills, plus is easy to store for safekeeping - one side is transparent, opposite side features Hogwarts crest.
  • Square sleeves for Dark Arts, Horcrux, Encounter cards; Large sleeves for Hero, Turn Order, Location, Patronus, Villain, and Proficiency cards.
  • One (1) pack provides enough sleeves for base game; Two (2) packs provide enough sleeves for base game and both expansions.
  • Each pack includes 135 card sleeves - 65 sleeves of 80mm x 80mm size and 70 sleeves of 80mm x 105mm sleeves.

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