New LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 previews reveal 140 playable characters, acquirable skills, more

Previews of the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 video game continue to appear online. The latest are from gaming websites Destructoid and GameSpot.

The most interesting new tidbit (in my opinion) is the amount of playable characters: 140. From Destructoid:

Subtle nods from the first four books are throughout the game, and with 140 playable characters, fans of the series will surely find some odd combinations to play with. One awesome moment was in the Chamber of Secrets portion of the game, where Harry enters the memory of Tom Riddle. In this level, players can play co-op or switch between the colored Harry or the sepia-toned Riddle. It's not often you get to play as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

And a little more about gameplay from GameSpot:

There are plenty of secrets to discover in the world of Harry Potter by being thorough. Not only do you find your way to the next area, but if you find the four crest pieces in each area, you'll also get a gold brick, which will then give you access to bonus material. Moving from one area to the next doesn't involve jumping around in a hub menu; instead, the story events (six events in each story) will unfold when they're supposed to, which provides a seamless transition from one level to the next.