Hogwarts Legacy has been years in the making, but this February, fans will finally be able to walk the halls of the famous wizarding school. Set in the 19th century, players can experience Hogwarts like never before. It is up to the player which route they take in the game and the legacy they leave, whether it is to follow in the footsteps of Harry and his friends or instead choose to master the dark arts.

Watch Screen Rant‘s Hogwarts Legacy Preview the gameplay in the video above and get a new look at some of the beautiful world, characters and more coming on February 10th.


Screen Rant got ninety minutes of a fully immersive, hands-on preview experience of Hogwarts Legacy, reveals character creation, the opening scene, learning spells, battling wizards and goblins, and touring Hogwarts from both the air and the ground. Open-world RPG is separate from Harry Potter, but Hogwarts Legacy adapts his canon and provides a new insight into the magical wizarding world.

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The story of Hogwarts’ legacy

The beginning cutscene of Hogwarts Legacy shows the player’s fifth-year character heading off to Hogwarts with a professor when something unexpected happens, throwing the two off to explore a fantastic landscape instead.

The preview then progressed in-game to the arrival at Hogwarts, where players can explore the grounds and interior of the castle as well as train as part of the dueling club. From there segments of Hogwarts Legacy were revealed, such as wizard and goblin battles, as well as what happens when the player encounters poachers. However, many of the game’s plot points were kept under wraps for players to experience for the first time at launch.

Hogwarts Legacy Character Customization: The possibilities seem endless

a male presenting and a female presenting custom wizards made in Hogwarts Legacy.

One of the most impressive things about Hogwarts Legacy is that it keeps the player busy and feels like they are attending Hogwarts themselves. The game starts with character customization, which can take hours in itself if desired. There are many presets to choose from, but it goes so much deeper than that. Skin tone, hair color and facial features can all be adjusted, as well as adding accessories.

As the game progresses, even more customization options are unlocked. Cloaks, hats, and gloves not only give a character a fresh new look, but some are also tied to the talents players have chosen to explore.

How easy is Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay?

Hogwarts Legacy's protagonist faces off against a dragon in the Forbidden Forest.

As with any game, the controls take some getting used to, but the creators behind it Hogwarts Legacy have done everything they can to make them easy to learn. Both this one and an earlier one Hogwarts Legacy gameplay preview showed how the controls flow naturally. The first match or two might feel a bit rushed, and players could fumble with pressing the right buttons to cast the spell they’re looking for, but in no time at all, it should become second nature to them as long as they remember to drink healing potions when necessary in battle.

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Drive-through in Hogwarts Legacy is fun varied. Characters can walk at different speeds, allowing players to take it all in through a leisurely stroll or quickly run to their next mission. Of course, players can also just fly their broom (which also offers different speeds) wherever they want to be.

Touring Hogwarts: From the Ground & the Air

Two students in Hogwarts Legacy ride on the backs of hippogriffs.

One of the most exciting parts of the game is exploring Harry Potter’s iconic places in Hogwarts Legacy. Remember, Hogwarts is sentient. It is alive. So while it might not look like the movies, it definitely has the same feel. The creators also explained that if there was ever a debate about using the books or movies for influence, they often went with the books, as the written description allowed more leeway in their creativity.

Throughout Hogwarts Legacy, there are unlimited things to do. Players can talk to students, participate in mini-games, unlock puzzles, collect items, visit their common room, attend classes, and even explore the claim room, making it their home base. With all the little touches to make the castle feel alive, it would be easy to spend hours just exploring the world of Hogwarts Legacy. Even the NPCs add extra realism, including ancestors of both Sirius Black and the Weasley family Hogwarts Legacy, populate the world, as well as offer players interactions they won’t soon forget.

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Learn and use spells in Hogwarts Legacy

A wizard in the Harry Potter Hogwarts Legacy game casts a protection spell on the castle grounds

Attending classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a necessary part of the gameplay. These offer tentpole events, help form relationships with players’ teachers, and the opportunity to learn new spells. The longer the game goes on, the more spells there are to learn, and Revelio Charm is one that will likely be used most often. It reveals items for the player to interact with, such as chests or puzzles they must complete.

This is also how the fast travel element in the game, Floos, is discovered and unlocked. In the gameplay of Hogwarts Legacy, DualSense even doubles as wands, with the player following a path with their right and left sticks while pressing the designated button as they pass it to learn new spells. There is a large selection of spells that can be added to a spell menu for quick use during battle.

About Hogwarts Legacy students prefer to go invisible and sneak attack or walk in flaming wands, the many options let the player customize their gameplay to their style and personal preferences. To get used to the spells on offer, players can also join the dueling club where they can fight other students or choose to fight a training dummy. There are also objects around the environment that can be hurled at an opponent with the press of a button. Alternatively, they can take a more malevolent route and choose to fight and kill dark wizards instead (at a price). The choice is up to the player.

Promises a touch of magic to delight anyone Harry Potter fan, Hogwarts Legacy can be pre-ordered now and will arrive to players on February 10th. Those who pre-order on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC will have access to the game 72 hours earlier.

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Editor’s note: Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been accused of transphobia by those in the LGBTQ+ community. Although not directly involved in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, Rowling stands to earn royalties from the game. We want to reiterate our support for trans rights and that trans identities are valid. Support services are listed below for trans people affected by discussions about transphobia.


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