10 Pieces Of Wizarding World History It Could Include

The last episode of the Harry Potter and the Wizarding Word franchise will be here soon, with PlayStation releasing its State of Play demo for Hogwarts Legacy. The open-world RPG will allow players to create their avatar who will attend Hogwarts school, study magic, and solve magical mysteries.

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The game will be set in the late 1800s, long before Harry, his friends, or even Voldemort were born. While the events of Harry Potter the books will take place a century later, the lore of the wizarding world throughout the franchise is so rich that there are quite a few historical events that could be included in the highly anticipated RPG.


Director Phineas Nigellus Black

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Phineas Nigellus Black was Sirius’ great-great-grandfather and was known as the least popular Headmaster Hogwarts ever had. He was a Slytherin and wasn’t too thrilled about Muggle-borns attending school, however, his portrayal ended up being helpful to Harry’s quest, so maybe he wasn’t that bad.

It is unknown what years he taught or was headmaster at Hogwarts, but since he died aged 78 in 1925, he could be working at Hogwarts during the events of the game.

The Goblin Rebellions

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One thing the audience knows for sure about the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game is that the Goblin Rebellions will be a central part of the story. the Harry Potter the books have referenced the rebellions several times, highlighting the dissonance that often took place between wizarding and goblin societies.

Goblin rebellions lasted for centuries, with the first rebellion taking place in 1612 at Hogsmeade. Another rebellion, which will likely be the one featured in the game, took place in 1890 and was led by the goblin known as Ranrok.

The Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter Hogwarts Express

It is unclear which decade at the end of the 19th century Hogwarts Legacy will take place, but regardless, the Hogwarts Express may seem a bit younger.

The Hogsmeade platform was built in 1830, but a platform in London could not be built until Kings Cross station was built in 1852. The ministry profited from the construction of the famous station and secretly created Platform 9 3/4, solving the problem of how students could be transported safely to school.

The Borgin and Burke Overture

The exterior of the Borgin and Burkes store from the Harry Potter franchise

The familiar store called Borgin and Burkes was opened in Knockturn Alley in 1852 by Caractacus Burk and his partner, Borgin. The shop was created to trade precious and often dark artifacts and boasted complete anonymity for its customers.

The players of Hogwarts Legacy will want to visit the wizarding shops of Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley and Hogsmeade as they explore the wizarding world, so it will be interesting to see the shop established or have the opportunity to see a much younger Borgin and Burke than they never saw in Harry Potter.

Minor witchcraft prohibited

In Harry Potter the public quickly became familiar with the law that prohibits underage wizards from using magic outside of school. Known as the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Witchcraft Among Minors, this law ensured that magic was prohibited for wizards under the age of 17.

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The law was established in 1875, so it can be assumed that before that year, young witches and wizards caused a lot of mischief when they weren’t in school. It is possible that this law does not yet exist during Hogwarts Legacymeaning players could see it established as part of the story.

Peeves Peace Treaty

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The poltergeist known as Peeves has never been shown in the movies, but he was one of the readers’ favorite haunts at Hogwarts castle. It’s unclear when or how Peeves first arrived at the school, but it seems like he’s been causing trouble for centuries.

In 1876, Peeves got so carried away with his misdeeds that the school had to be evacuated. Headmistress Eupraxia Mole eventually entered into peace talks with the poltergeist, and the two signed a treaty. Peeves would no longer use arms against the students in exchange for access to the restrooms for bathing, first stale bread from the kitchens (to be thrown away) and a new hat.

The 393rd Quidditch World Cup

Image from Hogwarts Mysteries of characters playing Quidditch

Quidditch is a beloved sport in the wizarding world, so fans will no doubt be delighted to experience Quidditch in Hogwarts Legacy. There are also some interesting Quidditch-related events that took place in the late 1800s that could fit the story perfectly.

The 393rd Quidditch World Cup was held in 1877 but had to be postponed to 1878 as not a single person present could remember the game. Although it was never discovered why this happened, many suspected it was an attack by the goblins. If so, this event could perfectly tie into the Goblin Rebellion storyline in Hogwarts Legacy.

The Vampire Sir Herbert Varney

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Sir Herbert Varney was a vampire known to pray over women, both witches and Muggles, in England in the 1880s. Women of both communities were afraid to walk the streets at night until it was finally caught and killed by wizards in 1889.

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Varney was famous enough to earn himself a feature on a chocolate frog card, and Harry learned the attacks in his spare time. While Varney’s brutal murders may not have much to do with the students of Hogwarts or the Goblin Rebellions, he could very well be mentioned in-game, or could even find himself included in a fun side quest. .

Perceval Dumbledore imprisoned

In 1891, Dumbledore’s sister Ariana was attacked by muggle boys when they saw her using magic as a child. The attack was so traumatic that Ariana never fully recovered. In response, his father Percival brutally attacked the muggle boys and was imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Percival Dumbledore never revealed why he attacked Muggles, fearing his daughter was locked up in St. Mongoose Hospital. His arrest was therefore made public as a hate crime and Percival became infamous as a prejudice murderer. Hogwarts Legacy referencing this attack would provide a link to the films that Harry Potter fans would like to see.

Albus Dumbledore starts school

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Albus Dumbledore started his first year at Hogwarts in 1892. Similar to how Harry started school with everyone knowing his name, Albus was already famous due to his father’s high-profile imprisonment. However, his genius soon eclipsed his father’s reputation.

In Hogwarts Legacy, players will play as a transfer student at Hogwarts in their 5th year. It would be interesting to see if Dumbledore will be a classmate, allowing Harry Potter fans to experience it in a whole new light.

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