Digital Spy talks ‘LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7’ with game director Arthur Parsons

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 game director Arthur Parsons recently sat down with Digital Spy to discuss the video game that is set to be released on November 11.

Following LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4, what sort of things did you want to improve or expand upon?

“While it’s still fun and exciting, and things that you don’t expect to happen are always going to happen, it’s always that element of danger… We just had a lot of fun with that, and bringing that into the universe we created with the first one. So we’ve refreshed all the mechanics, added a load of new spells and characters, and changed the mood and feel of everything as well.”

Most of book seven is set outside of Hogwarts. Does that mean that it’s quite linear as the characters are on the run?

“No. You’d think that, but what we’ve actually got within the forest area, during the course of that year that Harry, Ron and Hermione – or Ron when he’s there – is [when] camping, the tent moves around to mimic like it does in the film.

But if you go into the tent via the Marauder’s Map, you actually go back to Hogwarts, but when you link into Hogwarts you’re playing as Seamus, Neville and Ginny. So you can still get to Hogwarts and explore. It’s not linear, because you can still go and explore everywhere, but it’s just obviously you go around Hogwarts as anyone but Harry, Ron and Hermione.”

For all we have on the game, including screenshots and the official trailer, check out the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 section.