Write your own Hogwarts story
Hogwarts Legacy is an action role-playing video game wherein you can experience the world of the Harry Potter series in a different time period. Developed by Avalanche Software, this open-world RPG is set in the late 1800s of the Wizarding World—way before the existence of Harry Potter and Voldemort. Here, you play as a student of the prestigious wizarding school, who holds a secret that can be dangerous to the whole world.
Welcome to the wizarding kind
First released in 1997, Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling that chronicles the story of the titular character, who discovers that he is a wizard and that within the ordinary human world lies a secret society of magical beings. Garnering huge success, the series went on to become one of the most popular franchises of all time—spawning other media such as films, stage plays, and even video games for different platforms.
Most of these video games center around the original novels’ plotlines, such as the charmingly-hilarious version of the Lego Harry Potter games and those who follow the story’s more serious demeanor like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This means that many of the games also feature Harry and his friends as the playable characters. Some of the spin-off games, however, allow you to create your own student character in Hogwarts, like in the mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
This is your own legacy
The same can be done in Hogwarts Legacy. In this immersive action RPG, you get to play as an original character of your own making. The story is set in the 1800s of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where you are now attending and will be having your own unique adventures. From the quaint Hogsmeade Village to the gloomy Forbidden Forest, this world is fully explorable and allows you to learn things outside of your usual classes.
In classic Harry Potter vein, however, you being the protagonist means that you will soon be embroiled in a dangerous affair with evil forces seeking to disrupt the peace. Your character quickly learns that they possess a unique talent: an affinity for Ancient Magic. Whatever you choose to do with this can drastically change the world so tread wisely as you progress through your school years. You can either keep this newfound power a secret—or explore it to further your ambitions.
Like other RPGs, you can learn and master skills that you’ll need when facing up against deadly enemies. Here, Hogwarts will teach you how to cast spells, brew potions, tame magical beasts, and more in order to survive the Wizarding World. With a morality system, your choices in how you interact with other characters will also impact the story. Hogwarts Legacy isn’t directly based on any writing of J. K. Rowling’s but it’s still heavily set in the Harry Potter universe and lore.
Explore a whole new world
Overall, Hogwarts Legacy is an all-new adventure for HP fans everywhere. Not only can you create your own Hogwarts student but you can also experience the Wizarding World in a different time period that most of the franchise hasn’t fully explored yet. However, you should expect that a game with a massive open-world environment and lots of NPCs like this will require high-end specs for your PC. Nevertheless, this is one original story that can contribute more amazing lore to the Harry Potter franchise.