Hogwarts Legacy release date, gameplay, story and launch trailer

The open-world RPG Hogwarts Legacy, which takes place in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is now available.

Hogwarts Legacy is a game made by Avalanche Software that lets Harry Potter fans make their own story in familiar places from the books and movies, but in the 1800s. This is different from the books and movies, which take place in the present day.

Need more information? Read on to find out everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy, like how to play and what the story is like.

Hogwarts Legacy: cut to the chase

  • What is it? A Harry Potter RPG set in the 1800s
  • When did it come out? February 10, 2023 (later on older consoles)
  • What can I play it on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch
  • Score? In our Hogwarts Legacy review, we gave the game 3.5/5 stars


Launch trailer

Before Hogwarts Legacy came out on February 10, 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, on February 1, 2023, a 4K launch trailer showed what fans could expect from the Harry Potter RPG.


Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world RPG that takes place in the Harry Potter world. In Hogwarts Legacy, you are a fifth-year student at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s, a long time before Harry, Ron, and Hermione were born.

But you’re not just a regular student. Instead, you can learn and use ancient magic that is the key to tearing the wizarding world apart. It’s up to you how you use this power, though. You can start from scratch when making your character and explore places like the school (which has themed common rooms), the Forbidden Forest, the nearby village of Hogsmeade, and a few other small towns scattered around the countryside. There are NPCs and side quests in these places that you can do at your own pace. The changing seasons and weather really bring these places to life.


Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player game that can’t be played online or with other people. With the focus on the single-player experience, the game is about making your own adventure in the wizarding world.

Once you’ve made your character and chosen your house, you’ll have classes to attend and new friends to make, including beasts. To make the social aspect of the story more interesting, you’ll take care of these connections. Your magical new friends will be able to teach you skills and go on quests and adventures with you.

During school hours, you will learn how to cast spells and charms, make potions, and go to many classes so that you can graduate with your classmates. You can use the new spells and skills you learn from your professors and fellow students in battle and to solve puzzles in the rest of the game world. You can choose how you want to fight based on the different spells you know. The spells you learn might not always be good ones, either. You will be tempted by powerful dark magic and curses that can’t be broken, just like every other smart Hogwarts student.

During your free time, you can look around the school and find secret passages that lead to puzzles. You can also take on challenges inside the game to earn experience points and, eventually, level up. When you level up, you can improve certain skills, talents, and spells, so you can make your character fit the way you like to play.

You’ll also have access to the Room of Requirement, where you can grow plants for ingredients, make potions, upgrade gear, and more. You even have a House Elf that does what you say. On top of all that, you’ll have a menagerie where you can keep the different magical creatures you meet while playing.

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