No... I've seen worse but this is borderline bad...
The game came in its original case and with the little book in the front, so great on that part. However, you start the game and it throws you into the world with very little explanation. The game starts and you're given the basic story of "There once was a boy whose parents were killed by some evil guy and then some dude with a beard flies him to his aunt and uncle's house. Then, somehow, he gets to some magic castle thing." And that's about it as far as an introduction goes. The game throws you in and gives you your first task of the game: explore! Now, normally this would be great! But, the layout of the castle is nothing more than a maze! You're put into a rather large and open hub where you have to find your first task. This would be realivily simple IF there were a map or any sort of guide to direct you places! After a long while of aimlessly wandering around this seemingly never ending maze, I finally found my quest! You're told that Malfoy has taken Hedwig captive and somehow you have to find her. The stage is a really strange platform/shooter/puzzle thing... You jump from bookshelf to bookshelf, using your wand to cast a spell to move a platform to where you need. This comes across as a great idea, however, the execution of this is poor at most. The wand does not auto-lock onto the platform so you're using a very stiff control scheme to try to aim. It is near impossible to target those platforms! After fighting moving and hard to target enemies, you get to your second task. You've got to practice flying your broom! This is impossible to do because of the controls, the very confined level design and the difficulty. You have about 1 minute to go through some 70 hoops that are scattered everywhere in this small, cramped space! The second you get in the level you're off! Using the very clumsy and slippery- yet stiff controls you have to try to win. I've not yet passed the second level of this and I've had my copy for over a week!
If you're looking for a rage-inducing nightmare, this is the game!
Reviewed by: Victoria from USA on 5/12/2015