When does Hogwarts Legacy take place?

We have the answer to when Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the Harry Potter timeline, so you can find out more about the main story here.

Hogwarts Legacy when does take place timeline - a view of the gardens outside of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When does Hogwarts Legacy take place? The latest Harry Potter universe game is set in the distant past, long before the scarred boy set foot in Hogwarts’ hallowed halls and even before the Fantastic Beasts films. To put this into context, Dumbledore is a mere child in the events of this game, so it’s as if we’re stepping into a brand-new world.

With its rather early timeframe, it’s also improbable that the open-world game will have either Harry Potter or Hagrid as Hogwarts Legacy characters you can interact with. However, since the ghosts have been on campus since forever, it’s highly probable you’ll at least bump into Nearly Headless Nick from time to time. Either way, Portkey Games has confirmed in what century Hogwarts Legacy takes place, so let’s dive deeper into the story setting.

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What year does Hogwarts Legacy take place?

Hogwarts Legacy is set during the 19th century, or sometime between 1800 and 1900. The player takes on the role of a transfer student in the fifth year, an unprecedented move for the time. It may be hard to tell from the prerelease footage, as everything looks almost as timeless as the Harry Potter films. The only real clue to the date is the mention of a goblin rebellion led by Ranrok that’s just around the corner and the dark wizards assisting them. It’s not the first goblin rebellion, as several others are mentioned in the books and happened before the game’s events.

We also now have confirmation that the headmaster in Hogwarts Legacy is Phineas Nigellus Black, an ancestor of several characters in the main series books, namely Sirius Black, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Narcissa Malfoy. Sirius would later describe him as the least popular head the school had ever known. Nevertheless, though long dead, his portraits hung in both Dumbledore’s office and later the ancestral home of the Black family, which would offer advice to the current headmaster.

And that’s everything we currently know about when Hogwarts Legacy takes place. It’s likely you have other questions, too, such as what the Hogwarts Legacy common rooms look like, where to find the Room of Requirement so you can pet the Hogwarts Legacy beasts, how to cast Hogwarts Legacy spells, just how big the Hogwarts Legacy map is, and how to get Hogwarts Legacy early access so you can play the game early.

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.