A.V Club writes: "Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 leans heavily on its audience’s familiarity with the life and times of The Boy Who Lived. The pantomimed and grunted story sequences, a trademark of Traveller’s Tales’ Lego videogames, are as sweet and silly as their reputation from Lego Star Wars and Batman, but they’re also incredibly oblique. A mystifying scenario: Lego Albus Dumbledore and others fret over drawings of a scary bearded dude and a circle drawn on a wall during the game’s run-through of The Chamber Of Secrets. Unless you’ve memorized the books (as so many have), it’s unclear what the drawings depict, or why the Lego people are concerned. Lego Harry Potter’s inability to clearly convey the plot of J.K. Rowling’s magnum opus isn’t the game’s problem, though—the real problem is that the game is a squib."