Seeing as how it is one of the most popular book and film franchises of all time, it should come of no surprise that Harry Potter-themed toys and gifts have been topping the bestselling charts over and over again. Perhaps this is because Harry Potter and his friends Hermione and Ron are instant role models to any child that gets to know them.
Show the little wizard in your life that you support their interest in the arcane by getting them some Harry Potter toys that live up to all the magic of the books and movies. Whether it is a light-up magic wand or a Potter-themed game of Clue, this list runs down the 20 Best Harry Potter Toys for Kids. But seeing as how the first book was released over twenty years ago, there is a good chance you might be getting some of this stuff for yourself!
Electronic Plush Mandrake
You might not know what a Mandrake is, but your Harry Potter-obsessed kid sure does. This true-to-the-films plush recreation is not only adorable, but realistic in all the right ways and not too frightening. Because let’s face it … anyone who has seen the movies can tell you that these things are terrifying. 2 AAA batteries power an interactive motor and speaker system that causes him to cry and shake when pulled from his pot. Put him back in, and the silence is restored. A great gift for any Harry Potter Fan, but will be particularly admired by the aspiring potion-maker.
Golden Snitch Heli Ball Helicopter
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the Wizarding World can tell you that there is no sport or extra-curricular activity that is more popular than Quidditch, the terrifyingly dangerous magic broomstick game that is something between cricket and soccer, with a good bit of magic thrown in. At the heart of the game is the Golden Snitch, a golden orb that, if caught, will grant an immediate win to that team. It is no surprise then that this hovering Heli Ball Snitch is one of the top selling Harry Potter toys on Amazon. Watch in amazement as it hovers just above the palm of your hand!
Wizard Chess Set
One of the most iconic scenes from the wildly popular Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone comes when Ron has to square off against a tough opponent for a game of Wizard Chess. And what is Wizard Chess? Well, it’s a lot like regular chess. In the movies, the pieces move by the will of magic, but with this set, it’s back to using your hands. Fortunately, the highly detailed figurines look exactly like their silver screen counterparts, and the board features a beautiful faux-stone design that will look great in any young wizard’s library or study.
Tri-Wizard Tournament Game
Anyone who has ever played a round of the Hasbro board game classic ‘Trouble’ will know exactly how to play the Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Tournament Game, which is essentially a wizard-themed update of the classic game with only a few small tweaks. The “pop ‘n’ race” gameplay means that kids will be pressing the dice bubble in the center of the board to see how far they will be moving across the game board, the goal being to get all of your pieces all of the way around. Beware of magical spell cards, because those just might send a poor wizard all the way back to the start!
Trivial Pursuit – World of Harry Potter Edition
Maybe your kids tell you how big of Harry Potter fans they are, but now it is actually possible to test their knowledge with this officially licensed trivia board game based off the expansive Wizarding World. Including information from both the films and books, this is the ultimate HP trivia set for any fan. In fact, you can invite the whole of Hogwarts over for a trivia contest, and you could play all night before you encounter the same question twice. A full 1800 questions means that the fun is going to last for months and maybe years to come.
Multicolor Fuse Bead Kit
Don’t know what fuse beads are? Then you have been missing out on this crafty activity that is much more than a toy. Small, brightly colored beads come in organized trays. The idea is that you place these beads next to one another on the included pegboard. Then, by using a hot iron (with the careful supervision of an adult) it is possible to fuse the beads together. The end result is a playful and colorful recreation of some of your kid’s favorite Harry Potter characters and house crests. There 19 are patterns in total, and enough beads to make every one.
Magical Creatures Collection: Hedwig
The Noble Collection has been making officially designed movie memorabilia for a long time now, and they have developed a reputation for creating some of the most beautiful, intricately designed stuff around. This amazing sculpture of Hedwig, Harry’s owl companion, comes perched on a stack of books and can either be displayed in the open or within a beautiful sliding cover case. This is only one part of the Magical Creatures Collection, meaning that if your kid likes it, you have a whole list of great gift ideas for future birthdays and holidays.
LEGO Knight Bus
One of the most memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban involved the magically-powered triple decker Knight Bus. This Lego-style recreation comes with 3 different character minifigures including Harry potter, Stan Shunpike, and Ernie Prang. A full 403 pieces makes this a slightly more complicated build that is recommended for ages 8 and up, though some younger Lego enthusiasts should be able to handle this build just fine. As usual, every brick in the set is compatible with other LEGO products, so every kit is even more customizable than what just comes in the box.
LEGO Hogwarts Express Train Set
There is nothing like a magic train if you are trying to get somewhere, well, magical. This one-way ticket to Hogwarts is one of the most iconic part of the Harry Potter film franchise, and now your kid can have their very own LEGO replica toy to join in on the adventure. Every kid has dreamed about boarding that train to another world … now they can do so with Harry, Ron, and Hermione right there by their sides. Depart from the faithfully rendered King’s Cross Station, a scene pulled straight from the movies. 801 pieces in total for a complete, slightly more advanced set.
LEGO Hogwarts Castle
The magic of the Wizarding World will never feel quite as close as it will with this deluxe, expertly designed kit from LEGO. This advanced building block kit has everything that slightly older kids need in order to create their own replica of the iconic magical castle. Perfect for any Harry Potter fan who is old enough to follow the intricate directions, but particularly exciting for the kids who already love both Lego and Harry Potter. A full 27 minifigures come with the kit, including such legendary figures as Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin. A whopping 6,020 pieces!
Illuminating Wizard’s Wand
There is hardly anything more important to a Wizard than their wand. Constructed with magical feathers and legendary woods, a magic wand is anything but a play-toy. This Noble Collection Illuminating Wand is just that, however, and offers hours of realistic wizarding fun with little more than a detailed handle and a battery-operated LED light. This is a near-perfect recreation of the movie wand, and the light up feature will add a lot of legitimacy to any costume or cosplay. Just wave the wand through the air to get it to turn on, and the same to turn it off.
Hogwarts Battle Card Game
Competitive deck-building card games are an important part of any kid’s social gaming life, and now they can participate in a Hogwarts-themed battle game that is set in the Wizarding World. A “deck-building” card game refers to a game where additional cards can be purchased and added to the deck. This makes additional card packs a great gift for any occasion, because you never know which cards you are going to find. This starter box includes 252 cards, which is more than enough for your little Hogwarts student to start their very own deck and play with up to 4 people.
Harry Potter Themed Uno
We’ve never met a kid out there that doesn’t enjoy a rousing game of Uno. Heck, even most adults we know will happily sit down to a game of this card-based family favorite. Now, the magic and excitement of Uno has been paired with the magic and excitement of one of the most popular fantasy media franchises in history. These specialized Uno cards feature realistic photo images of all the best Harry Potter characters, from Haggrid and Dobby to Serverus Snape himself. For anyone unfamiliar with Uno, it is super easy to learn and can be played for hours without getting old.
Harry Potter CLUE Board Game
The world’s most popular whodunit board game is back in a new form, and it just might be the perfect holiday gift for that Harry Potter fan in your life. In this easy-to-learn board game, players will work against one another to try and solve the mystery of a student’s disappearance from Hogwarts Castle. The many rooms of the castle is where this game will unfold, and kids can choose from the franchise’s most popular characters including Harry, Ron Hermione, Ginny, Luna, and Neville. The attention to detail in this game is pretty stunning, and even a non-fan will have a lot of fun playing.
Gryffindor Costume Robe
The first thing you are going to want to do before getting this awesome and comfortable kid’s costume robe is to make sure that your kid is actually a Gryffindor. If they are a Hufflepuff and you don’t know it, then you could be committing a serious Wizarding faux-pas. Fortunately, all the best wizards are from Gryffindor, so the chances are on your side that your little magic-wilder is going to love this authentic, realistic robe costume. Made by the experts at Rubie’s costumes, a company which has dedicated itself to the health, safety, and happiness of children worldwide.
Gold Snitch Pewter Keyring
In the entirety of the Wizarding World, there is hardly anything as exciting, valuable, or precious as the legendary Golden Snitch, the game-changing token that is at the heart of the best Quidditch matches. This keychain will offer a touch of both elegance and style while proclaiming its bearer as one of the few Wizards who were fast and agile enough to score the ultimate prize. It is both highly detailed and sturdily constructed, meaning that you don’t have to worry about they keychain part snapping off unexpectedly. At just over five bucks this is also a great stocking stuffer.
Funko Advent Calendar
If you have spent any amount of time browsing the web or your favorite toy store for the next gift for your special kid, then you have no doubt encountered ‘Funko’ figures, which have in the last few years become extremely popular on account of their adorable, bobblehead-style design and irresistible charm. This Advent Calendar features 24 different miniature Funko characters, every one of them a member of Hogwarts and dressed to the nines for the annual Yule Ball (a completely different set of figurines from last year’s calendar). Don’t know about the Yule Ball? You probably wouldn’t. It’s a Hogwarts thing.
Dobby LEGO Minifigure
This official Lego minifigure is a great way to add to any Wizard’s growing collection, or simply to add a new character to an ongoing Lego adventure. Dobby is everybody’s favorite house elf, and now he can be a part of your kid’s life as a permanent member of their Lego family. Included is a specialized black stand that can be used for display, which is a real treat for more dedicated collectors. Little Dobby comes with his own sock and tome, two accessories pulled straight from the movies and just as intricately designed as his funny elfish face.
Deluxe Invisibility Cloak
It doesn’t matter if you are the biggest Harry Potter fan alive or if you don’t even know what a ‘Hufflepuff’ is … chances are you have dreamed about having an invisibility cloak at some point in your life. Now your dream (or your HP-loving kid’s dream) can finally come true with this elegantly designed and expertly sewn Invisibility Cloak from the WOW! Stuff Collection. And here’s the kicker … it works! By pairing this specially designed cloak with the included app, you can watch as the cloak wearer simply vanishes from the phone screen! Just be sure to heed the included advice, and use it well.
Complete 7 Hardcover Books Box Set
Even the most well-read Harry Potter fan will probably appreciate a brand-spanking new hardback book set, especially considering the included swing-door dust cover box. Kids who have not read the series will be in a for a real treat when you give them each and every volume of what is perhaps the most popular kids’ book of all time. These beautiful hardback editions are beautifully designed and built to last, as opposed so some paperbacks where the pages start to fall out after a couple of times through. (It’s Harry Potter, you’re going to read it more than once).
The Complete Harry Potter Toys Buying Guide – 2021 Edition
Since the books’ initial release around the turn of the century, Harry Potter and his wizarding friends have quickly become some of the most instantly recognizable faces the world over. Spanning six books and seven feature films, there is no fantasy film property that has been quite as widely accepted as Harry Potter, especially among younger kids and toddlers.
For parents, this means that there are all sorts of toys that are available that have the iconic Harry Potter imagery attached to it. From board games to costume pieces, it seems that Harry Potter-themes stuff is just about anywhere you look.
Still. Shopping for anything online can be a bit overwhelming, much less for something as ubiquitous as Harry Potter merchandise.
What follows is a brief guide to how we made our list, as well as a few things to keep in might when setting out to acquire that new, perfect Harry Potter toy that your kid has been waiting for.
A Wide Wizarding World: The Many Kinds Of Harry Potter Toys
One of the first decisions that you are going to have to make is what type of Harry Potter themed toy you want to get. Because the franchise is so immensely popular, there is virtually no limit to what kind of Harry Potter stuff you can find. Our own list features everything from games to action figures to clothing, and ours is only a brief look at what kind of toys are available.
On the other hand, if you are starting from a place where all you know is that the kid loves Harry Potter, then things become a little easier. There are plenty of Harry Potter themes toys with proven success among all sorts of children, such as Uno, Monopoly, and Clue.
Recommended Age Requirement
No one knows your child’s abilities and level of development better than you do, so there are some cases where you might be able to fudge the numbers a bit when it comes to the recommended age requirement that comes printed on these toy boxes. Most of the time, these limits are put in place for the safety of infants and toddlers who don’t yet know not to put small pieces like Legos in their mouths.
For the most part, these Harry Potter toys are totally safe aside from the small parts, but all of the listed safety recommendations should be adhered to at all times.
Licensed vs. Unlicensed Harry Potter Toys & Merchandise
In today’s day and age, pirated merchandise is a reality that many retailers and manufacturers are struggling to deal with. The world of Harry Potter toys is particularly rife with unlicensed “knockoff” products.
Choosing toys and products that are listed as “Officially Licensed” is one way to help ensure that overseas pirates are not profiting on illegally sold goods, but even more importantly, it is a great way to make sure that you are getting quality-made stuff, and most knockoff products are made from inferior materials.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q: Does my kid need to have read all the books to understand the toys?
A: This is largely dependent on your kid. Some are going to be very particular about what kind of character toys they play with, while many might not care at all. If you are thinking about buying a Harry Potter themed toy or game, then chances are that you’re getting it for somebody that already loves Harry Potter, so you probably have very little to worry about.
Having said that, our list does feature a beautiful Hardback 7-Book Set that has the whole saga in a special collectors’ box. No matter what kind of HP fan you’ve got on your hands, a brand new set of hardbacks is never going to be an unwelcome thing.
Q: Is there a Harry Potter Book 8?
A: If you are having trouble finding that Harry Potter 8 that your kid has been talking about, it is because it technically does not exist. However, they are most likely referring to one of the most recent spinoff installments in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was released as a two-part play and cannot currently be found in book form.
The Sorting Hat Speaks: The Best Harry Potter Toys For Kids
The immense popularity of Harry Potter and the wider wizarding world has led to an incredible amount of toys, costumes, board games, and other merchandise that has flooded toy stores and online retailers alike. Shopping for a Harry Potter fan may seem like a simple task because of this, but actually, the opposite is more often the case.
If your kid doesn’t already have one, then the most reliable gift for a Wizarding enthusiast would be the Illuminating Wizard’s Wand from The Noble Collection. This is both a collector’s item and a realistic toy, and for the price there is no better way to initiate the young wizard in the family.
We’ve got to hand it to the electronic Plush Mandrake Toy, however. This is a great gag gift for adults as well as a fun way to make your child feel even more immersed in the magical, mysterious, and make-believe world of Harry Potter.