Hogwarts Legacy Guide: Quests, Updates, Controversies & Exclusives

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  • Hogwarts Legacy Guides
  • Who Made Hogwarts Legacy?
  • Hogwarts Legacy Controversies
  • How Hogwarts Legacy Fits Into the Harry Potter Universe

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In many ways, Hogwarts Legacy is the Harry Potter game fans have wanted for years. The open-world action-RPG allows players to truly experience life at Hogwarts, selecting their wand, being sorted into a House, attending classes, and much more as they step into the shoes of a new student who’s entering the iconic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a fifth-year.

Hogwarts Legacy has received largely positive reviews from critics and players alike, breaking sales and streaming records shortly after its initial launch. However, the game’s successes have also been tainted by various controversies surrounding both the franchise and the game itself. With the game available now on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, here’s a guide to Hogwarts Legacy‘s development, gameplay, and more.

Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S


Avalanche Software

Warner Bros. Games

Action RPG, Adventure, Open-World

Unreal Engine 4


Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG from Avalanche Software, originally creators behind games such as Disney Infinity. In the game, players will get to create their witch or wizard and traverse the hallowed halls of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry one hundred years before the events of the original Harry Potter Books/films. Players will attend classes, learn spells, and face several creatures and foes as they slip into a dark conspiracy that brews from within the magical world.


  • Hogwarts Legacy Guides

    As an open-world game, Hogwarts Legacy offers a lot of challenges for players to complete within and outside the main story. From straightforward decisions like which Hogwarts House to join and more complex missions that require players to solve puzzles based on vague environmental hints, we have guides to help you out on your wizarding journey.

    • Which Hogwarts House Is Right for You?
    • How to Unlock the Disillusionment Charm
    • How to Unlock the Unforgivable Curses
    • How to Craft Every Potion
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    • Hogwarts Legacy Side-quest & Collectible Guides

      Like other open-world games, Hogwarts Legacy is filled with lots of side-quests and collectibles players will need to find if they want to experience everything the game has to offer. Completing these will earn players with experience, important upgrades, new cosmetics, and more.

      • Where to Find All the Field Guide Pages
      • How To Solve Every Kind of Merlin Trial
      • How to Solve the Moth Painting Puzzles
      • Where to Find Every Lifeless Moth Painting
      • Where to Find Every Demiguise Statue
      • How to Solve All Hogwarts Secrets
      • Every Answer to Sophronia Franklin’s Quiz
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    • Other Activities & Secrets in Hogwarts Legacy

      Whether you’re just starting out or are deep into the game, there are plenty fun secrets, Easter eggs, and missable things in Hogwarts Legacy players should keep an eye out for.

      • 10 Coolest Things To Do First
      • 10 Most Exciting Features
      • 10 Things Players Miss On Their First Playthrough
      • 10 Coolest Things To Do In Hogsmeade
      • 10 Subtle Details Redditors Noticed
  • Hogwarts Legacy Top 10s & Rankings

    Hogwarts Legacy is full of spells, characters, puzzles, and so much more. Here we’ve ranked the best in a variety of categories.

    • Every Hogwarts Legacy Professor, Ranked
    • 10 Best Spells To Learn First
    • 10 Funniest Hogwarts Legacy Memes From Around The Internet
    • 10 Best Combat Spells
    • 10 Best Traits
    • The Best Potions
    • The 10 Best Puzzles
    • 10 Most Fun Companion Quests
    • 10 Best Hogwarts Legacy Characters
  • Who Made Hogwarts Legacy?

    Hogwarts Legacy is the first game from developer Avalanche Software since it became a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Games. Before being acquired by Warner Bros., Avalanche was owned by Disney and mostly made tie-in games for movies like Toy Story 3, Cars, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. Its most notable work prior to Hogwarts Legacy is Disney Infinity, the toys-to-life action-adventure sandbox game that used collectible figurines to unlock new characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.

    • Hogwarts Legacy Developers Detail Making Wizarding World Immersive
    • Hogwarts Legacy Developer’s Most Successful Series Inspired Nintendo’s amiibo
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  • Hogwarts Legacy Controversies

    Hogwarts Legacy has been the center of plenty of controversies since it was initially announced back in 2020. While Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was not a part of the game’s development and Warner Bros. has consistently tried to distance the game from her, some fans are reluctant to purchase or engage with anything associated with Rowling’s creation given her controversial and continued remarks denigrating the transgender community. On the development side, lead designer Troy Leavitt came under fire for running an alt-right YouTube channel, which featured videos defending former Pixar executive John Lasseter (who has been accused sexual harassment), supporting GamerGate (which targeted women and minorities in the gaming industry), and criticizing social justice movements, among other things. Leavitt left the project and Avalanche in March 2021, though he claims his departure has nothing to do with the controversy, and Warner Bros. hasn’t commented on the matter.

    Beyond that, many have pointed out that the game’s storyline, which features a goblin rebellion, plays into antisemitic tropes, an accusation that has also been levied at the books and their existing goblin lore. All this has led many to boycott Hogwarts Legacy, with a small but vocal minority going so far as to criticize and harass those playing the game. 

    • WB Games Boss Responds to Hogwarts Legacy’s JK Rowling Boycott
    • Hogwarts Legacy Actor Responds to Trans-Rights Concerns
    • Hogwarts Legacy’s Trans Representation Reportedly Called ‘Performative Bulls-‘ By Devs
    • Hogwarts Legacy’s Trans Character Continues an Unfortunate Gaming Trend
    • Twitch Streamer Launches Boycott Against Hogwarts Legacy
    • Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp Vocally Joins the Hogwarts Legacy Boycott
    • Hogwarts Legacy Protestors Release LGBTQ+-Friendly Alternative Game
    • Hogwarts Legacy Streamer Brought to Tears by Chat Harassment Over Playing the Game
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  • How Hogwarts Legacy Fits Into the Harry Potter Universe

    Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 19th century, about 100 years before the events of the Harry Potter novels and films. As such, the game mostly focuses on original characters living in the era, though there are plenty of references fans will recognize, from familiar family names, magical creatures, Easter eggs, and (of course) the school itself.

    • Hogwarts Legacy’s PlayStation-exclusive Quest Proves the Series’ Horror Potential
    • Hogwarts Legacy Makes the Wizarding World’s Darkest Family Even More Sinister
    • Hogwarts Legacy’s Most Violent Spells Contradict Harry Potter’s Message
    • Harry Potter’s Most Powerful Spell Is a Problem – And Hogwarts Legacy Proves It
    • Hogwarts Legacy Doesn’t Do the Four Houses Justice
    • A Hogwarts Legacy Side-Quest References Ron’s Iconic ‘Follow the Butterflies’ Line
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  • Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games under its Portkey Games label, Hogwarts Legacy is available now on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. It’s scheduled to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox on April 4, with a Nintendo Switch port slated for July 25. 

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