Fans of the Harry Potter series have long wanted to play wizard’s chess because let’s face it; independently moving chess men are far more exciting than your ordinary ones. Sadly, the only time you can actually see a wizard’s chess game is by re-watching the movie again and again.
Before you sulk and sigh because you’ve been reminded that witches, wizards and Hogwarts are all fiction there is something you can still look forward to: franchise merchandise.
Harry Potter fanatics can enjoy wizard’s chess in real life too; just don’t expect the pieces to move by themselves, because The Noble Collection Harry Potter Chess Set brings the magic of the big screen and book series to the home. This set will encourage fans to get interested in the game of chess as they play along imagining that the pieces are alive.
If you are interested in getting one for yourself or the Potterhead in your life one, this review will give you a preview of everything you need to know.
Features of the Noble Collection Harry Potter Chess Set
- Official chess board for the Harry Potter series
- Approved and authorized by Warner Brothers
- Made by The Noble Collection
- Playing board and chess pieces included in the set
- Comes with a storage bag for chess pieces—one per color
- Playing board measurement: 18.5 inches x 18.5 inches
- Chess pieces measure 2-4 inches
- Total item weight: 4 pounds
- All pieces are weighted and sturdy
- Made with high-quality plastic
- Similar to movie chess pieces
- Board made with cardboard material
- Folds for easy storage
One of the biggest advantages of this particular chess set is two words: Harry Potter. Those who are fans of the franchise love that they can play a game of chess just like the main characters did in the movie.
All the pieces are very similar if not exactly the same as they are portrayed on the big screen which adds authenticity to the chess set and the playing experience. The chess pieces are also made with high-quality resin plastic which makes them look like stones—a big plus for Potterheads for sure.
When you are done with the game and have successfully beaten your opponent, tidying up is a breeze with this Harry Potter-inspired set. The set comes with two carrying pouches, one for each color to make it easier to sort the pieces. When they are inside their respective pouches you can safely tuck them away inside the board until your next game.
The cardboard board is also very sturdy despite being made with a material that is relatively flimsy. With extra care you can easily keep both the board and the pieces in perfect shape and order.
If you’re super careful you might end up passing it down to the next generation just like Ron’s family’s chess set.
Another plus with The Noble Collection Harry Potter Chess Set is its weighted pieces. This reduces the chances of the pieces toppling over even when the game starts to become more intense.
For those who aren’t really interested in playing the game, the high-quality chess set can also be used for display purposes. Your friends will turn green with envy when you show them you have your very own Harry Potter wizard’s chess set.
The first thing you should know about The Noble Collection Harry Potter Chess Set is that the pieces don’t move independently. This isn’t an actual wizard’s chess so if you’re expecting them to move and destroy each other like they did in the movie you’re out of luck.
Aside from their inability to move and follow orders the chess pieces are also a little top-heavy so they have a tendency to topple when they aren’t positioned properly, so be careful when setting up or your chessmen might just fall and surrender before you’ve even made your first move.
The product is also not the best kind of chess set for serious players. This is more a piece of movie memorabilia for fans. If you plan to give this to an expert chess player they might not appreciate the design or the reference.
To all Harry Potter fans out there this is a must have. Whether for display or for actual gameplay, this set will make it feel like you’re part of the wizarding world.