Having adventures at Hogwarts and 5th Edition D&D seem a match made in heaven. However, having not being able to find an official 5th Edition Harry Potter RPG, I went about creating a homebrew one !
My sister loves Harry Potter but doesn’t like geeky fantasy type games. Therefore, this was a good opportunity to get her interested in roleplaying !
Harry Potter Players’ Handbook
Firstly, I created a Harry Potter Players’ Handbook. Based on the current 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragon content, I adapted this for the world of Hogwarts.
Players get to choose from the following Races:
Next up, they get to choose from the following Career Aspirations (or Classes):
- Potions Master
- Professional Quidditch Player
- Death Eater
Character backgrounds include:
- Pure Blood
Supplementary information includes:
- School Equipment
- Specialist Equipment
The final section of the Harry Potter RPG Players’ Handbook is the Spell List. I have replaced all the combat attack mechanics with spell casting mechanics and therefore each class has it’s own spell list. In addition to adapting existing 5th Edition spells to give them Harry Potter-esque names, such as Lux for Light, I also added in spells from the books such such as Expecto Patronus.
Broomsticks and Brimstone Campaign
The campaign runs across the students’ time at Hogwarts, from their First Year to their Seventh Year. I have set the campaign three years ahead of Harry’s start at Hogwarts. This gives me the freedom to play with the sinister goings-on as the power of He Who Shall Not Be Named increases and calls the Death Eaters to his cause.
First Year – Autumn Term
It is the players’ First Year and as Christmas approaches they find themselves having to spend it at Hogwarts. A quiet morning is suddenly spoilt by Filch bursting into the Great Hall yelling that someone has broken into the Greenhouse and stolen the baby mandrakes. The investigation leads the students to locations within Hogwarts then into Hogwarts Grounds and finally into the Forbidden Forest !
Second Year – Autumn Term
After an fairly uneventful rest of their First Year, the students have returned to Hogwarts. The Daily Prophet is reporting more regularly on strange goings-on. The adventure opens with a Quidditch match between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. From there, it leads the students to the Quidditch changing rooms, a Runes class, a Potions class until they finally confront a dangerous enemy in the Hogwarts Library !
Third Year – Autumn & Spring Terms
Disclaimer: Please note that I will not be making either the Players’ Handbook or my campaign. I have created them for personal use only and it is not my intention to copyright infringe or capitalise on the amazing work of J.K. Rowling.