We are only about two weeks away from one of the most anticipated game releases of 2023. It’s time to brush off your broomsticks and throw your robes in the wash because, on the 10th of February (7th for early access), we’re going back to Hogwarts.
Hogwarts Legacy promises to be the wizardry game many of us have been waiting for since our letter to Hogwarts didn’t arrive all those years ago. We’ve decided to channel our excitement about its upcoming release by diving into some theories about where the story might go and what the game might offer.
So without making you wait even longer, here are some of our predictions for the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game.
The Game Will Feature a Potter, a Harry Potter
So we already know that there is no way Harry could be making an appearance in the game, thanks in no small part to the game’s 1800s setting. This also means that the chance of seeing James, Harry’s father, is eliminated. However, one thing we know for sure about Hogwarts Legacy is that the game prides itself on being based on established lore. If that is the case, then Harry might make an appearance.
The Potter lore fanatics will already see where we’re going with this, but for everyone else: Harry’s great-grandfather, and the inspiration for his name, was a wizard called Henry who went by Harry to his friends. Harry Potter. While the specific dates are a little fuzzy, according to Pottermore, Henry Potter was born sometime before 1892, meaning there is an excellent chance he could be included here as a student in the game.
While including Henry would be a fantastic nod to the franchise and lore that so heavily inspired the game, it would have to pop up as a more subtle type of Easter Eggs; otherwise, it might counteract the separation the game is attempting to create from Harry and his friends.
We Might See The Greatest Wizard Who Ever Lived as a Boy
As previously mentioned, everything we know about or have seen of Hogwarts Legacy thus far has been pointing to the game sticking closely to the lore and expanded stories of the books, and if we trust a shot of a newspaper we’ve seen in one of the game’s teasers than we can presume that the game is set in 1890 – just in time for none other than Albus Dumbledore to be enrolled as a student.
In the lore, Albus became a student in 1892 after his father was locked up in Azkaban. Now some reading this might disregard the thought of Dumbledore and Henry Potter being included in the game as nothing more than the wishful thinking of a lifelong fan; however, the timeline of both these wizards being students at the historic school perfectly matches with Phineas Nigellus Black being headmaster, something which has now been confirmed for the game.
The World Will Change With The Seasons
One thing that the teasers and the trailers for the game have rather firmly established is that exploration and changing seasons will play a big part in the game and, if implemented correctly, could create a sort of “ever-changing” world.
Over the years, we’ve learnt that even though gamers all want open-world games, they need a kiddie leash holding them back and forcing them to pace themselves. The correct implementation of weather could be a way to do this. The weather could be a way to restrict access to certain areas while granting access to others which will allow players to constantly have something to explore and discover without going through it all as soon as the game loads up.
Be The Wizard You Were Born To Be
Since the game was first announced in 2020, we’ve known that players will get to pick which house they would like to fall under in Hogwarts. Players can even link their game to Pottermore to create a more personalised experience and ensure that they end up in a house that best suits them and their personalities. We also now know that the game allows four save slots, meaning players can create a student in each house if they so wish.
However, we firmly believe that this is a feature included in the game because much of the game’s story will change based on which house players choose, meaning that if players want to experience every single thing that the game has to offer, quest and story-wise, they will need to make use of each of those four saved slots.
These are just a few of the ways the game can go. Do you have your own theories about Hogwarts Legacy? Let us know about them in the comments below, and let’s all share our collective excitement about finally getting that damned latter – albeit somewhat late.