Forget reading Hogwarts: A History – with Hogwarts Legacy, you get to create the history.
For so many long years all Potterheads have been repeating the same advice from Dumbledore: “it does not do well to dwell on dreams.” And that’s all our hope for a true Harry Potter-based open world game was: a dream that would fly away quicker than a golden snitch if you ever focused on it.
But last month, Hogwarts Legacy was revealed: an RPG based on the Wizarding World. We don’t know a massive amount about the game just yet; we’ve only had one trailer, but packed into that trailer was a lot of information. And if you weren’t paying attention, like Ron Weasley in a potions class, you might have missed something important.
We’ve rounded up 10 things you might have missed from Hogwarts Legacy‘s announcement, all good reasons why we can’t wait to leave our muggle lives behind and jump into the magical world of Hogwarts. This is basically your Mauraders Map of Hogwarts Legacy, but first you have to solemnly swear that you’re up to no good.
You start at Hogwarts late
Yes, it may be every students’ worst fear to arrive late to your first day at a new school, but that’s exactly what happens to the protagonist in Hogwarts Legacy. The trailer opens with the protagonist being flown in to Hogwarts on a carriage, which is of course different to the typical entrance for new students – interestingly, the carriage looks fairly similar to the one used by the Beauxbaton school in Goblet of Fire.
The official website for Hogwarts Legacy confirms that the playable character arrives late, and also mentions that they’re “no ordinary student” as they have a unique talent to “master Ancient Magic.” It would be expected that any student possessing magic would be invited to Hogwarts for the start of term, so perhaps this is a new skill that has just been discovered? It certainly implies that the protagonist comes from a Muggle family, and that the world of magic may be completely new to them.
It’s set in the late 1800s
The Harry Potter novels and films that we all know and love are set in the 1990s. Even Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them is set in the 1920s, so Hogwarts Legacy will be well before these events, and dive deeper into the lore of the Wizarding World. Despite the distant jump back, there’s still some information which we do know, however.
Dumbledore was actually a student at Hogwarts at the time, having joined the school in 1892, and being sorted into the Gryffindor House. Depending on how late in the 1800s Hogwarts Legacy is set, it seems likely that we could bump into a young Albus. Notably, Grindelwald was expelled from Durmstrang in 1889, and struck up a bond with Albus not too soon after. Considering that Hogwarts Legacy is an open world, there could be a possibility that Grindelwald could also make an appearance.
There’s a mysterious tower at Hogwarts
Unless you’re a muggle, Hogwarts will hold a special place in your heart. From the gorgeous grounds, to the towering spires, Hogwarts really is a special place. But in Hogwarts Legacy’s trailer a mysterious tower can be seen to the right of the school, and a winding path leads to this ominous location that is shrouded in mist.
This could imply that Hogwarts Legacy will take some creative license with Hogwarts and add some new areas. However, it could also reveal that something happens in this location which means it is destroyed. This could be part of the story, and even possibly hint that there’s something dangerous there.
The interior of Hogwarts is almost exactly the same
When we think of Hogwarts we tend to reflect on the Common Rooms, the Great Hall, and the various portraits that hang on the wall. Of course Hogwarts in Hogwarts Legacy is brimming with life too. We get to see the Great Hall packed with excited students, and portraits watch on as students study in the library.
A small change, however, is that the Great Hall has stained glass windows. This may only seem a small detail, but considering that Snape smashing the windows in The Deathly Hallows is a very memorable and iconic moment, changing a visual in a location we all remember does speak to how Hogwarts wasn’t completely the same in the late 1800s. It’ll be interesting to see what else is different.
Hogsmeade and other locations are ready to be explored
All students get the chance to visit the local village of Hogsmeade (as long as you’re in your third year or above), and that also seems to be the case in Hogwarts Legacy. We get to see the village sign in the trailer, and the gorgeous cobblestoned streets, with some shops in the distance. Little else can be seen, but it’s clear that Hogsmeade will be completely explorable.
We also get to see some other locations that at first seem to be less well known. One of the most striking locations is the lake area, with its high cliffs and rocky terrain. Interestingly, we do see what seems to be a house in the bottom of the screen, and another location in the distance – this certainly seems like a good hiding spot. One of the most famous lake locations in Harry Potter is where Dumbledore travelled with Harry in The Half Blood Prince: perhaps this could be the very same area?
Flying around the map
During the events of Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban we all came to know and love Buckbeak – the Hippogriff that Hagrid cared for and wanted to protect. But based on the trailer for Hogwarts Legacy it looks like we’re about to get to know more Hippogriffs. Not only that, but it seems we’ll be able to fly on the fantastic beasts and explore to our heart’s content.
Interestingly, at one moment we even see two Hogwarts students taking part in Broom Flight Class, as we see the iconic scene of students summoning their brooms. The Hogwarts Legacy trailer doesn’t show any characters actually flying on their broomsticks, but the inclusion of the Hippogriffs flying seems to be a good indicator that it’s definitely a possibility too.
Azkaban and Dementors
Depending on your courage levels, Azkaban may well be a location you’ve always wanted to explore. Within the trailer for Hogwarts Legacy there’s a short glimpse of the terrifying prison, and a sight of Dementors gliding out. The prison is incredibly gloomy, and the short corridor we see leads to a locked gate, and only a small opening to the outside world.
It’s notable that we don’t see too much of Azkaban, and see the Dementors seemingly fly out of the prison. Of course, it may be the case that Portkey Games don’t want to show too much of the area just yet, but it could also imply that it’s not actually explorable. Seeing only one corridor could mean that this is in fact only a cut scene that we’ll see in the game. Either way, it’s clear that Dementors will be in Hogwarts Legacy, and may well be travelling to the grounds of Hogwarts.
It looks like dungeon exploring will be a big part of Hogwarts Legacy as it is shown multiple times. The most notable instance of this is when the Slytherin student runs through the dark corridor while casting Lumos. There’s a bridge that then appears, with a strange symbol above it in green. It looks a little like the Deathly Hallows symbol, but it’s definitely not that. However, it’s likely that the symbol represents some other secret.
This is one of the key indicators of the style of gameplay in Hogwarts Legacy. It’s likely there will also be some puzzles to be solved in order to progress through the dungeons. We also see some Inferius in a dungeon-like area, indicating that there will be a mix of puzzle solving and enemies to be defeated.
A mysterious figure can be seen
In three occasions within the Hogwarts Legacy trailer we get a glimpse of a strange figure wearing a mask to hide their face. It’s not a Death Eater mask, but it has the same type of feel to it. In two instances they’re clad in furs, but in one they’re dressed in more ‘normal’ attire of trousers and a jacket. This could imply that there’s a whole gang of these enemies.
We first see one figure as they walk up to an opened book in a strange room doused in candle light. We know there’s an ancient mystery within Hogwarts Legacy, and perhaps this book holds the secret. Interestingly, the second time we see the figure they’re in a duel with a student, and being thrown around by them, which is strange considering they’re probably the main antagonist. Again, this hints that there’s more than one, and some will be more powerful. In the third instance we see the figure once more locked into a duel with another student.
Your powers are not set in stone
Near the end of the trailer the narrator asks “what form will it take?” in relation to the secret power. This is stated when we first see the evil figure, which could hint that the player could become one of them. But it also implies that there may be an element of choice within Hogwarts Legacy.
There’s also a clear indication that there will be RPG elements within Hogwarts Legacy. When the narrator discusses the “ancient” magic, and the ways it can be used, we see the students tackling puzzles, facing enemies, and even studying within Hogwarts. It feels likely that there will be a levelling up system, and that different attributes will be impacted by how you play.