Cursed! Hogwarts Legacy cast its spell on me and now I’m a believer

Hogwarts Legacy must have cast an enchantment spell on me during Sony’s State of Play event because I’m completely mesmerized by its beauty.

My interest in Harry Potter died out shortly after the release of the third book, The Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s not because I didn’t like the books, I put the blame solely on the shoulders of the film adaptations. The Harry Potter in my head was usurped by the bad acting of a young Daniel Radcliffe and company. and I have never been able to change their representations since.

So I didn’t expect to have anything more than a passing interest in Hogwarts Legacy, but I was drawn in by its richly detailed world, magical combat mechanics, and RPG systems on display. The inventory has lifted the curse of petrification that struck my heart many years ago.

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Hogwarts Legacy is the invigorating tonic I’ve been waiting for. I am thrilled to rediscover what has always been a fascinating wizarding world, and one that has never been presented in such intricate ways before. From exploring the maze-like hallways of Hogwarts itself with all its secret nooks and crannies, to hopping on a broomstick and soaring through the sky, Hogwarts Legacy is so densely packed with things to do that I can’t can only imagine how excited diehard Potter fans must be.

Even the game’s combat, an area that I was sure would be a deal breaker, seems to be slick, engaging, and – as you’d probably expect – quite magical. You can smash enemies to the ground repeatedly like something out of a cartoon sketch, brew stat-boosting potions to deal more damage, burn enemies to ashes with searing fire attacks, and unleash a fire of Your wand spells artifice as if it were Chinese New Year. It’s quite a sight.

I was also surprised to learn that you can actually to kill people in the Hogwarts legacy. The Killing Curse spell is included in the game, which I didn’t expect in a franchise as family friendly as Harry Potter. I’m not a sadist or anything – it’s not like I’m desperate to punch Bowser with a star in the next Super Mario game – but knowing that developer Avalanche Software isn’t afraid to lean in on the darker side of the source material has me intrigued.

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Class of students taught in Hogwarts Legacy

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But above all, Harry and the rest of his other well-to-do child actors are nowhere to be found in Hogwarts Legacy. It’s a clean break from the movies and books in many ways, as the game is set in the late 1800s and features a unique story that requires no prior knowledge to participate.

Hogwarts Legacy also allows you to create your own wizard, an important step that will allow you to immerse yourself in the world, and you can define your fighting style by choosing which talents and skills to unlock. That alone is a massive boon, and judging by the gameplay trailer we’ve seen, your created character won’t seem out of place amongst the rest of the game’s cast.

However, perhaps Hogwarts Legacy’s greatest strength is just how dense and detailed the world is. There are magical beasts to find, mystical threats to battle, secret areas to discover, and even dynamic seasons to mark the change of season of the school year as you wander the Hogwarts grounds. It’s astounding how much content Avalanche Software squeezed into the game – there’s more to consume here than you’d find in the Great Hall at Hogwarts over dinner – and nothing felt out of place or unnecessarily shod.

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A wandering player on the grounds of Hogwarts

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Hogwarts Legacy still has a lot to prove: a carefully put together trailer isn’t indicative of the final game, but it’s undeniably full of promise. I’m still surprised by how everything turned out, and it definitely looks like a game that will be best enjoyed with all the bells and whistles present on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Like your character in Hogwarts Legacy, who joins the Sorcerer’s Stone at a later age, this Muggle has some catching up to do when it comes to Harry Potter. (I also really want to ride a Griffin.)