Is Harry Potter in Hogwarts Legacy? That’s a perfectly valid question. After all, ‘The Boy Who Lived’ is why we Muggles even know about the magical School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as Hogwarts itself was introduced to us through his own eyes all the way back in 1997 (do you feel old, yet?). And let’s not forget the incredible Harry Potter games from the early noughties and their hilarious, clunky graphics, which will never be forgotten. All of this, of course, leads us to wonder whether our favourite bespectacled wizard will join us at Hogwarts this time.
And it’s not just Harry Potter. Will his now-famous friends, Ron and Hermione, appear in Hogwarts Legacy? Perhaps even Hagrid? Will they appear as playable Hogwarts Legacy characters or NPCs in the open-world game? Can we expect to meet an entirely new ensemble of wand-wielding witches and wizards in the Hogwarts Legacy common rooms, classrooms and halls?
Does Harry Potter appear in Hogwarts Legacy?
Sadly, Harry Potter is not in Hogwarts Legacy, and neither are his well-known school friends. Instead, you’ll meet a brand-new cast of characters as you work your way through your magical education.
Why isn’t Harry Potter in Hogwarts Legacy?
Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the distant past, over 100 years before Harry Potter’s birth in 1980. This means we are unlikely to see many of our favourite faces from the franchise.
So which characters will be in Hogwarts Legacy?
The playable character in Hogwarts Legacy is completely customisable, leaving you free to shape them in whatever way you wish. You can choose your Hogwarts Legacy house, wand, and can even change appearance if you’re looking to freshen up your look. What’s more, the Hogwarts Legacy transmog system will help you to keep your fashion sense intact as you find new items to equip.
Instead of the adorable, bumbling Pomona Sprout, Herbology is taught by Professor Garlick, while Professor Ronen leads you in Charms. Other characters in Hogwarts Legacy include fellow students, such as your Hogwarts Legacy companions, Natsai Onai, and Slytherin mischief-maker Sebastian Sallow.
However, there is one familiar face. Killed in the 1400s, Nearly Headless Nick is, of course, is old enough to appear in Hogwarts Legacy. If you’re curious about who’ll be voicing him, you can check out the Hogwarts Legacy cast list here.
Well, there you have it: Harry Potter isn’t in Hogwarts Legacy. If you’re dead-set on combing the open-world game for its many secrets, be sure to keep our guides for flying pages, empty paintings, and Demiguise statues to hand. We’ve also got a full compendium of the Hogwarts Legacy beasts and where to find them on your journey.
The creator of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years. Warner Bros. has the licence to make games based on Harry Potter. While the details of that deal aren’t publicly known, and WB Games says “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game”, it is likely that, as the creator and owner of the Harry Potter IP, she will earn royalties from its sales. If you’d like to learn more about transgender equality or lend your support, here are two important charities we encourage you to check out: the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US, and Mermaids in the UK.