LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 game director discusses game!

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 game director
Arthur Parsons recently discussed the upcoming
LEGO Harry Potter video game sequel,
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.

In the interview, he was asked:
Following LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4
what sort of things did you want to improve 
or expand upon?

"The first game was a different direction for LEGO, because we wanted to
create that experience of going to school, being a wizard at Hogwarts
and it was very light-hearted and jovial, like the first films are really."

"So for Years 5-7, the big change is that dark times are coming,
...It's about learning new magic that you're going to be able to take
and fight the forces of Voldemort with."

One other interview question worth noting in the lengthy interview was:
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 had the biggest hub world of all the LEGO games.
Does that setting return, and have you amended it?

"What we've done for this game is make it bigger.
In the first game, you were in the walls of Hogwarts, and you could explore Hogwarts,
go off the beaten track,  you could go to your lessons and your story events,
or you could go have a bit of fun.

We kept that, because that was such a massive positive.
And instead of just keeping it, we've expanded it. You can actually walk
outside of Hogwarts, you can walk to Hogsmeade Station, you can get the
Hogwarts Express, go to King's Cross, explore King's Cross, wander around London.

"We've actually linked it all up, so now it's not just Hogwarts, the whole Harry Potter
universe is there to wander round and explore. There's Hogsmeade and Hogshead,
and you've got the whole forest hub area, because obviously Deathly Hallows Part One
in its entirety is set outside Hogwarts, so we had to make sure we captured that."

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