Hogwarts Legacy is a delightful game, but my adventures in the wonderful Harry Potter universe would have been a lot more enjoyable if I knew these things in advance. Take advantage of them!
You can literally have hours of fun with Hogwarts Legacy, with 13 main missions and the necessary side missions, puzzles and collectibles. Still, you can save a lot of time by taking a few things into account early on. What they are, WANT editor Sabine has gathered for you below.
Hogwarts Legacy: as a Harry Potter fan, if only I had known this before I started
Let me say up front that the tips below are not guiding, of course. Feel free to play Hogwarts Legacy the way you would like. But it is good, should you want to get the most out of it or make it easier on yourself, to read through them carefully.
#1 Don’t stray too far from the main story
It’s hugely tempting to explore the world of Hogwarts Legacy right away, but it’s smart to do some quests from the main story first. After all, much of what the game has to offer is under lock and key until you’ve made progress in the story. Plus, you can explore a lot easier if you can use your magic broom to fly through the map.
#2 Quickly unlock as many spells as possible.
There’s a lot to do in the magical world of Hogwarts Legacy, but a lot of things are impossible to complete if you don’t have the right magic. That one Merlin Trial is impossible to do without the spell Flipendo and for that one Treasure Vault you need Glacius. You’ll save a lot of time by unlocking as many spells as possible early in the game.
Be sure to complete the assignments at the Hogwarts professors as soon as they appear. Most are fairly easy to complete, but some require you to buy fairly expensive plants and seeds, so be sure to keep some extra cash in your pocket at all times!
#3 Open every chest of eye you come across
The times I’ve walked past a chest with an eye in Hogwarts Legacy have long since been uncountable on two hands. How on earth do you open them? Last but not least, what would be inside? When I finally figured it out, I had to beat myself up, it’s that easy.
How to open the coffins with an eye can be read in our handy Hogwarts Legacy guide, but I can tell you that you will be richly rewarded. After all, that creepy chest is generously filled with a whopping 500 Galleons! That’s a huge amount, and the great news is that there are more than enough of the chests to be found in the wizarding world.
#4 Start your quest for the Demiguise Moons on time
During your adventure in Hogwarts Legacy, you will encounter the necessary closed doors. A true Harry Potter connoisseur knows which spell you need for that: nothing less than Alohomora. But how do you get it? During the quest The Caretaker’s Lunar Lament, it becomes clear that you can unlock the spell by collecting Demiguise Moons.
While you’re at it, it’s best to continue collecting until you have nine. In fact, with nine of those Demiguise Moons, you can unlock level two of the spell. You can then open locks of higher difficulty and obtain the treasures hidden there.
#5 Complete every Merlin Trial in Hogwarts Legacy that you come across
Hogwarts Legacy is full of puzzles, including Merlin Trials, as you would expect from a Harry Potter game. These are not just nice perks, but give you something worthwhile. Early in the game, for example, you notice that you have fairly limited space to store your equipment. By solving the Merlin Trials, you can unlock some extra space for yourself. That will save you a lot of hassle selling or scrapping your gear.
To start a Merlin Trial, you need Mallowsweet. You can find the plant’s seeds in The Magic Neep in Hogsmeade. Each Merlin Trial requires you to solve a small puzzle, which sometimes requires a special spell that you may not have unlocked yet. For your storage space, however, it’s well worth getting in on this early.
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