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Yep, that’s definitely a good place to start. Hogwarts Legacy is scheduled to launch worldwide for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on February 10th, 2023, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One will launch on April 4th, 2023 and Nintendo Switch follows on July 25th, 2023.
You will take part in a Sorting Ceremony when you join Hogwarts, absolutely. And from there, you can choose which house you’ll join, and in turn, which Hogwarts common room you’ll have access to.
Yes, we understand your struggle. And yes! You can account link with us and your WB Games account and link your Hogwarts house to the game. Trust us, we know how sacred a Hogwarts house is!
Check out our handy how-to article to find out how to do it.
Glad you asked! You can also bring your wand into the game, which you can discover in our Wand Ceremony, if you haven’t already.
Indeed! Two things to bear in mind: firstly, if you link your Harry Potter Fan Club account with your WB Games account (as we mention above) you’ll be able to pick up a House Fan-Atic School Robe alongside a Beaked Skull Mask to wear within the game, absolutely free.
The second way you can pick up special in-game goodies is by ordering the Deluxe Edition of the game, which will grant you a special 72-hour early access to the game.
You will also receive access to a Dark Arts pack, featuring a Thestral Mount (you can spot this at the end of the trailer) and a Dark Arts-themed battle arena and cosmetics set. Those getting the Digital Deluxe version of the game can also snap up a Dark Arts Garrison Hat for your character.
And for those pre-ordering any edition of the game? You will be rewarded with a special Onyx Hippogriff mount, to fly around in style.
Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG which invites you to be at the center of your own wizarding world story. You’ll be able to attend Hogwarts classes, duel, create things, level up, nurture magical creatures, fly, make friends, make important decisions, and gradually unfurl ancient secrets about the wizarding world.
Well, as the title suggests, your legacy is what you make it, but there are indeed many fascinating storylines running through the game for you to discover. So far, we know that you are a fifth year Hogwarts student who may hold the secret to an “ancient secret” that threatens the wizarding world. We’ve also seen a few sub-plots mentioned in the game, such as reference to the Goblin Rebellions and a number of characters with their own secrets.
Why indeed! Needless to say, we suspect it’s for a pretty important reason to be allowed to join Hogwarts so late. In the most recent gameplay footage released last month, it was revealed that our character will receive a field guide from the Ministry of Magic, which will help us catch up on our studies. If the Ministry is so eager to help us, surely we must be important...
We have also heard, in previous trailers for the game, of “an ancient knowledge long gone from this world”, and how we possess a “strange and mysterious talent” that could “unlock a dormant power”. Hmm, that sounds like hard work. Can’t we just do some gardening in the Hogwarts greenhouses? Oh, just kidding. But we do suspect our character must hold the key to something very powerful.
The game is set in the late 1800s, long before Harry Potter’s time, which was roughly set in the 1990s. However, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is an age-old castle that looks after its history, and many rooms and corridors of the school remind us of how we’ve seen Hogwarts portrayed in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. Certain portraits, ghosts and rooms have been at Hogwarts a long time.
Oh, absolutely. Either by broom, or even by Hippogriff! You’ll even be able to traverse outside of the Hogwarts grounds and deep into the gorgeous Scottish Highlands, where there is much to explore. As for Quidditch? Sadly, you won’t be able to play Quidditch, but we will be able to take part in broom race challenges.
Should we be worried why you’re even asking that? But indeed, yes, if you simply must, all three Unforgiveable Curses (Imperio, Crucio and Avada Kedavra) are available to learn and play in the game, with devastating effects. In the Dark Legacy trailer, we encounter a character called Sebastian Sallow, who seems rather adept performing Dark magic. Will you follow him – or maybe opt for more... wholesome spells?
Many lessons you know and love from the Harry Potter stories will be available to master in Hogwarts Legacy, such as Potions, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and beyond.
Although you will meet many new characters in Hogwarts in the 1800s, there are some familiar faces that have frequented the castle for a long, long time. In the footage we’ve seen so far, we’ve spotted Nearly Headless Nick, the Gryffindor house ghost, Peeves, the unruly poltergeist and The Fat Lady portrait. Speaking of ghosts, of course, Professor Binns is still hanging around (or should that be floating around) teaching History of Magic, which leads us to wonder if we’ll run into the other ghosts from Harry’s time at Hogwarts, such as The Grey Lady, The Bloody Baron or the Fat Friar.
We’ve also seen references to other historical characters dotted around the castle, such as a bust of Ignatia Wildsmith, the inventor of Floo Powder. We’re sure we’ll spot more when we finally play.
From house-elves to goblins to Hogwarts professors and students, we can’t wait to make some new magical friends – and let’s face it – probably some enemies. In the footage we’ve seen so far, we’ve seen a goblin called Ranrok, a house-elf called Deek and a teacher called Professor Fig, to name a few. We’ve also bumped into some Hogwarts students, such as the aforementioned Sebastian Sallow, Natsai, a quick-witted Gryffindor, Poppy, a magical-creature-loving Hufflepuff, and Zenobia, a young Ravenclaw student who invites you on a Gobstone quest.
These are just some of the characters we’ve spotted so far – but we’ve also heard a few familiar-sounding names. For example, we noted the last name of “Prewett” from a recent showcase, which we know to be Molly Weasley’s maiden name – and there is also another character who goes by the name of “Rookwood”, which immediately reminds us of the Death Eater, Augustus Rookwood, from Harry’s era. Are these people ancestors to characters we know? Or is it all just a funny old coincidence? We know how far back wizarding families tend to go…
So far, in gameplay footage, we have spotted Kneazles, Nifflers, Hippogriffs, dragons, Graphorns, Mooncalves and Trolls. So, some nice, some nasty. And as we learnt from the December showcase, we’ll even have our own private space to look after magical creatures and nurture them.
The game promises to give you a deeply detailed and rich exploration of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, celebrated with much love and care by the game developers. But you’ll also be able to venture outside of the castle grounds. You can practise your duelling in Battle Arenas, cautiously traipse through the Forbidden Forest or go for a spot of shopping in Hogsmeade village. Although we’re going to struggle to leave our cosy common room, to be honest.
Very! In our first gameplay showcase, we were shown just how detailed you can make your character, from freckles, to different tones of voice, to skin and hair colours. There will also be a variety of outfits and accessories too, some which you’ll acquire along your journey, or purchase at wizarding shops. We can’t wait to see what your character will be serving!
What do you want to know about Hogwarts Legacy? We will keep updating this article the more we discover!
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