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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Hogwarts Legacy (2023) is an open-world role-play game set in the world of Harry Potter. You control a wizard character who starts as a student at Hogwarts and then ventures out on a dangerous journey with a mystery to solve. You design your character, learn to craft potions, cast spells, upgrade talents, and develop enough power to survive in the wide world.

Set in the 1800s, your character holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have the rare ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic. But will you, like in the game Fable use this for good or sinister ends?

Play involves joining as a fifth-year student who is able to manipulate powerful ancient magic. This soon takes you on a dangerous journey as you uncover secrets of the wizarding world. As you progress you grow your character’s abilities by mastering spells, potions and harvesting plants. Along with battling deadly enemies, you make new friends and school professors who help you on your way.

It's not an adaptation of the books and films but a story and world anchored in Wizarding lore inspired by J.K. Rowling’s world, in which players will find new and unexpected locations, characters and story elements.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Hogwarts Legacy 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Role-Play game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete. Once you have completed the main story, there are another 30 hours or so if you want to see and collect everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence and use of bad language. This game contains frequent moderate violence. The majority of the violence is inflicted using magical spells. Depending on the type of spell used, brightly coloured magical effects appear, making characters grunt in pain and stagger backwards. Some spells can set characters on fire, cause them to levitate, or inflict pain. However, reactions are non-realistic in nature with no visible injuries shown during attacks. The game also includes infrequent use of bad language ('bloody' and '*!@?*').

The game focuses on the use of magic and spells. In terms of violence, you battle enemies who are visibly hurt by spells and attacks. There are monstrous creatures and masked figures engulfed in flames. Characters hurt in battles fall to the ground in pain and remain prone on the floor with blood visible.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players need to be able to deal with exploring a large world and switching spells quickly in combat. You also need to be able to notice the colour-coding advice to direct your combat. You also need good perseverance when you are lost or losing battles a lot.

CostsCosts

Hogwarts Legacy usually costs £49.99.
 

Hogwarts Legacy

Steam Store PC £49.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
Switch Store Switch -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items, in the form of cosmetics, a mount and a battle arena, which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. Parents, carers or other responsible adults should check to see what is being offered before making any purchase on behalf of a child. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/02/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 37 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Avalanche WB (@AvalancheWB)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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