How to Play Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle in 4 Minutes – The Rules Girl

I’m the Rules Girl, and this is Harry Potter
Hogwarts Battle, a cooperative deck building
game of witchcraft and wizardry for 2-4 players.
In Hogwarts Battle, players take on the role
of Harry, Ron, Hermione, or Neville, learning
spells, collecting items, and recruiting allies
to fight villains and defend against dark
arts events.
The goal of the game is to win, and you and
your friends win by successfully defeating
every villain before they gain control over
the wizarding world.
As you win games, you progress through your
years at Hogwarts, unlocking new cards and
gaining powerful new abilities as you encounter
tougher villains.
You begin your journey as a humble first-year
Hogwarts student, with access to only the
simplest of spells, your loyal pet, and some
items specific to your character.
This makes up your starting deck, and 5 cards
from that make your starting hand.
Your turn begins with one dark arts event,
which do bad things like damage your character,
discard part of your hand, or give villains
more control over the wizarding world.
Then the active villain attacks you, resolving
their ability.
After that, it’s time to play cards from
your hand and use resources, in any order.
Some cards give you attack, a resource that
can be used to weaken villains.
Once players have collectively dealt enough
damage to the villain, that villain’s defeated,
giving all players a reward.
Trevor can be used to either heal or attack,
and Neville chooses to attack the villain.
Other cards have influence, which allows you
to acquire more powerful cards.
Neville’s Remembrall and 3 Alohomora’s
give him 4 influence that he can use to learn
Reparo, placing it in his discard pile.
At the end of your turn, place all the cards
in your hand or play area in the discard pile,
and throw out any extra attack or influence.
If you defeated a villain this turn, draw
a new villain from the stack.
If the villains have enough control tokens
on the current location, reveal the next location.
You lose if there are no more locations.
Now replace any cards you bought this turn,
and draw a new hand of five cards from your
It’s now the next player’s turn.
At the end of your second turn, you’ll be
out of cards to draw, so you’ll shuffle
your discard pile and move it over to your
deck pile.
Now you’ll be able to draw those powerful
cards you bought earlier.
Beware, if you ever run out of health.
you’ll be stunned, forcing you to discard
half your cards rounded down.
You’ll lose any resources you might have
gained from other players’ turns, and add
one control to the current location.
You’ll have 0 health until the end of the
active player’s turn, after which you’ll
go back up to maximum health.
And that’s the game!
When the last villain’s defeated, you win!
Open the next game’s box, and follow the
instructions inside…
Ready to play your first game?
Open the Game 1 box.
Choose your hero and grab that character’s
starting deck, the cards with his or her name
on the bottom, putting the other characters
and starting decks away.
Shuffle the dark arts, villains, Hogwarts
cards, and your own deck.
Place the locations in order, and draw the
first villain.
Give yourself 10 health, and draw 5 cards.
The youngest aspiring witch or wizard goes
If you liked Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle,
you might also like Dominion, Legendary, and
Ascension, three more games that use the deck-building
You might also like other co-op games like
Pandemic, Eldritch Horror or Flash Point:
Fire Rescue.
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Hi rules girl! These vidoes are extremely well made and great for showing new people gateway games. I have subscribed. Can you please do ticket to ride???

  2. Hello! I really lovee your How to Play video, it is really easy to understand and to teach other new people to learn a new game. could you please make a video on how to play Citadel! 😀

  3. I keep seeing similarities with other deck builders, but kudos on the gamemakers to include all seven books into this game. Very ingenious. Very rare to see a co-op deckbuilder like this. I love these. You should do Star Realms (or Hero Realms) next. 😀

  4. Great explanation of the game with really useful visuals! Love the format!
    We finished Year One, but for Year Two do we keep the cards we earned with our influence or start fresh?

  5. really nice. I wish It explained a few more things from box to box. But maybe a new video would suffice. great learning tool for new players prior to starting to play at a game night.

  6. It's really helpful how you refer to new games at the end of the explanation! This channel is gold for me looking for a new table-top game to buy!

  7. This game looks awesome. Is it replayable (with different groups of friends or even different years) or completely legacy (you don't feel like playing again after finishing)?

  8. You might have mentioned this but how many ⚡️ and ❤️ do we get at the start of the game?
    If you know please comment and tell me what to do (I’m super clueless 😆)

  9. Great video series! Exactly what I was hunting for to quickly pick between games for a game night I was planning.

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