Slots OnlinePublished: fri 30 apr 2021 | Updated: wed 19 may 2021
This Sunday, 2 May, is International Harry Potter Day, which means that the world will take some time out to celebrate the fictional boy-wizard created by novelist J. K. Rowling. Many people will spend the day re-reading their favourite Harry Potter books or watching one or more of the several movies based on them. We, of course, will be doing something a bit different and playing online slots that have a wizarding theme. Here are the four we'll be focusing on…
Rise of Merlin
Harry Potter wasn't the first wizard to become world-famous by any means. As a magical advisor to King Arthur, Merlin was waving his wand centuries before the Potter boy even knew there was a cupboard under the stairs. Rise of Merlin from Play'n GO is a 2019 slot that celebrates the wizard of Arthurian Legend, and it’s a pretty good one.
This is a gorgeous game, with a beautifully animated magical background, sweeping orchestral soundtrack and a top prize of 5,000 times your stake. Higher-value symbols on the reels include an owl, a blue dragon, a red dragon and Merlin. A crystal ball serves as a wild symbol that can substitute for any other, and it also doubles as a scatter.
Get three crystal balls on the reels, and you'll trigger a Free Spins round. Before the first spin takes place, one symbol will be randomly selected to act as an expanding symbol for the duration of the round. You can retrigger free spins, and if you do so often enough, you can activate as many as nine expanding symbols, which is about as magical as you could want things to get.
Like Harry Potter, the Wizard of Oz was first introduced to the world via a children's book. We are, of course, referring to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, which was first published in 1900 and inspired several movies, the most famous being the 1939 release starring Judy Garland.
The Book of Oz slot from Triple Edge Studios isn't directly based on the book penned by Baum or by the movies that followed. In this game, the wizard is a rather dashing character who likes to wear a top hat. Higher-value symbols here are a few magic potion bottles (including a bottle of courage with a stopper in the shape of a lion's head) and the wizard himself. A special Book of Oz symbol is both a wild, and a scatter.
Landing 3, 4 or 5 Book of Oz symbols on the reels at the same time will give you 10, 12 or 25 free spins. One symbol will be randomly chosen to expand every time it appears in this part of the game, but only when expanding will help you to win a prize. Free spins can be retriggered, and if the magic is on your side, you can win up to 5,000 times your bet.
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Great Book of Magic Deluxe
Those of you who are familiar with wizards will know that they always tend to spend a considerable amount of time with books. When they're not reading them, they're writing them, and when they're not writing them, they're doing magic so that they can write about it later. In the Great Book of Magic Deluxe slot from Wazdan, the book is as much the star of the show as the wizard who uses it.
This is a five-reel slot that takes place in the library of a rather powerful wizard. This just also happens to be the place where the wizard uses a book of magic to open portals into other dimensions. Symbols on the reels include the playing card ranks of 10, J, Q, K and A, a snake, an owl, a castle and the wizard who lives in it.
As you might expect, a Book of Magic symbol serves as a scatter. When you land three or more of them on the reels, you'll win an instant cash prize and trigger a Free Spins feature. This will give you 10 free spins, and one symbol will be randomly selected to operate as an expanding symbol throughout. Land three or more scatters at any point during the feature, and another 10 free spins will be awarded.
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Our final selection for International Harry Potter Day is Lucky Wizard from Red Tiger Gaming. This is a five-reel slot that was released in 2017, and it is the perfect game for anyone who likes Irish-themed games. We say that because this slot is packed with all things emerald-coloured, and it takes place in what looks to be a rather magical Irish meadow.
The symbols in this game include the playing card suits of clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades, a book of spells, a green wizard's hat, a yellow star and a lucky horseshoe. A golden four-leaf clover serves as a wild and is also the highest paying symbol in its own right.
This is a game that is packed to bursting with special features. Land three Lucky Bonus symbols on the reels, and the wizard will appear to work some magic. When he's finished, you'll know exactly what you've triggered. It could be Lucky Reels, where only the big symbols are in play. Or maybe it will be Lucky Nudge, which allows you to nudge a random number of reels. Random Wilds adds extra wilds to the reels, Lucky Win guarantees a win, and Lucky Swap exchanges modest symbols for big ones and big wins!
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Get Your Potter On!
All four of the games featured here are perfectly suitable for anyone wanting to indulge in a little gaming magic. That being the case, we'll leave you to get your Potter on and hopefully celebrate International Harry Potter Day with a big win or two!
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