Top 10 ways to live out your wizarding fantasies with Hogwarts Legacy

Harry Potter fans had been waiting for a game that could fulfill their dreams of exploring the wizarding world, and their wishes have finally been granted in the form of Hogwarts Legacy. The game has done its best to stay true to the novels and movies by bringing many important aspects of the series to life. While the title has done a lot of great things, here are the top 10 ways Hogwarts Legacy can help you live out your wizarding fantasies.

Explore Hogwarts

The Legacy of Hogwarts The Great Hall.
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Being able to walk the halls of Hogwarts is a dream many Harry Potter fans could have and bringing this iconic setting into a game is no small feat. Many things could go wrong during the process, but luckily Hogwarts Legacy is able to faithfully recreate this magical school.

The developer has given Hogwarts Castle a wealth of detail to ensure that each section of the building is unique. You can clearly feel the magic permeating the air and walls as you roam the magic school. Some portraits will appeal to you as you walk by, and you may even encounter several ghosts floating through the hallways.

A fun event that you can also observe during your walk around Hogwarts is a fight between two suits of armor, where one of them suddenly raises his weapon and smashes his companion to pieces in frustration. Unfortunately, you can’t fix the broken suit with a Reparo spell, and it can only lie on the floor whimpering.

Participation in magic courses

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As a student at Hogwarts, you can take part in various magic courses that can teach you numerous useful amulets for your journey. The game offers you several missions where you can participate in these lessons and meet your new classmates.

There will be cutscenes showing you and your fellow students studying when you arrive at the classroom, and sometimes you can even see brief quick time events where your character is performing class activities. For example, during Herbology class, Professor Garlick will ask you to place a mandrake in a new pot, and you’ll need to press several buttons to accomplish this feat.

You can take these courses at any time during your playthrough as there is no set and rigid schedule to follow. Although most courses are short, they give you a taste of what studying at Hogwarts is like. You might even experience how Harry feels during a history class with Professor Binns.


Hogwarts legacy broom.
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Although there is no playable Quidditch in Hogwarts Legacy, Headmaster Black still allows flying. It takes several hours in the game before you can get your first broom and fly in the sky. You’ll need to buy your own broom from Spintwitches Sporting Needs, but unfortunately you can’t buy the legendary Firebolt as it hasn’t been crafted yet.

The flying mechanics feel responsive and allow you to zoom past large swathes of land like a snitch. If a broomstick isn’t cool enough for you, you can also unlock other air mounts, like a hippogriff named Highwing, which can run on the ground and fly in the air.

Visiting Hogsmeade

Hogwarts Legacy Hogsmeade.
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Hogsmeade is another iconic location from the Harry Potter universe featured in Hogwarts Legacy. Although less present than Hogwarts Castle, the wizarding village is still the setting for several important events in the series. You can visit many well-known places in Hogsmeade, such as the Three Broomsticks Inn, where Harry and his gang like to hang out and drink Butterbeer.

Hogsmeade will be your main place to buy various items and materials that you will need throughout your journey. There are also several interesting side quests you can take on in this area, like the Venomous Revenge mission, which asks you to steal a Venomous Tentacula from a spider-infested basement.

Fight against dark wizards

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Although there are no Death Eaters during your time at Hogwarts, there are still many evil wizards with rogue plans. During your excursions into the Highlands, you will encounter numerous members of the Rookwood gang, known as the Ashwinders. Each Ashwinder has different abilities and move sets that can challenge your wizard combat skills.

Because Ashwinders don’t pay much attention to fairness, you’ll often find yourself surrounded by several dark wizards during your battles. However, with enough experience and the power of ancient magic, you may find yourself dancing around their attacks and teaching them the meaning of defeat.

Befriend magical beasts

Hogwarts Legacy Mooncalf
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Hogwarts Legacy allows you to follow in Newt Scamander’s footsteps by rescuing various magical beasts that have suffered at the hands of wizard poachers. There are 13 types of creatures you can keep in your Vivarium, and each of them gives you magical materials that you can use to upgrade your gear.

In general, you need to find a beast cave in the highlands and capture one using the Nab Sack given to you by Deek. There are also special creatures that you can only get from missions, like the phoenix, which you can save from a group of poachers in a nearby cave.

Entering the Forbidden Forest

Hogwarts Legacy Forbidden Forest.
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Harry doesn’t like to follow the rules, and our player characters seem to have the same tendency. The Forbidden Forest is off-limits to Hogwarts students, but such a ban will not deter adventurous young wizards and witches from exploring the spooky yet alluring jungle.

Since Hagrid is not yet born and has attended Hogwarts, you will not be able to roam Aragog in this dark forest. Despite this, during your visit you will encounter many spiders that will not hesitate to shoot you with their sticky webs. There are also many poachers residing in the area and feel free to share what you think of their career choice.

Sometimes you’ll even come across a group of centaurs patrolling the Forbidden Forest. You can enter into fights with other nearby enemies, and you can join their fight to protect their territory. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have words for you when you stumble upon them.

Visit to Azkaban

Hogwarts Legacy Azkaban Dementors.
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Those of you who choose Hufflepuff as your home get the chance to visit the infamous Azkaban during a main mission. A former Auror, Helen Thistlewood, will bring you to this place to find an answer to an unsolvable case of one of its residents.

When you first enter Azkaban, you are immediately greeted enthusiastically by the dementors. Since you don’t know the Patronus Charm, Helen will cast the spell to ward off the spooky creatures and ensure safe passage. You will be restricted in this section and will not be able to trek on your own, but the short time there should give you enough time to feel the utter despair and misery this place can induce in many people.

Dealing with the Deathly Hallows

The Elder Wand
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The Deathly Hallows are the most powerful magical items you can find in the Harry Potter universe. Although you cannot obtain the real version of the Deathly Hallows, you can still experience wielding them during Niamh Fitzgerald’s trial.

The trial will be divided into three sections where you can use a different Hallow in each part. The mission relates directly to the ancient wizarding tale in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, in which the three Peverell brothers attempt to escape death. While you can’t keep the Deathly Hallows after the trial, the game has at least given players a chance to taste the power of these magical objects.

Save the wizarding world

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It seems the wizarding world always needs saving by a heroic but young Hogwarts student. In Hogwarts Legacy, Ranrok is the main villain that you must defeat on your journey. The goblin leader is trying to harness ancient magic to power himself and his rebellion, and you may be the only person who can stop him.

You’ll also meet other villainous figures like Victor Rookwood, who has allied himself with the goblin to try and conquer the Ancient Magic reserve that he believes is rightfully his. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone in your fight against dark wizards and goblins. Your fellow students and Hogwarts professors are more than willing to help you in any way during your adventure, especially Professor Fig. Top 10 ways to live out your wizarding fantasies with Hogwarts Legacy

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