There are a number of references to the Harry Potter books and films that players can discover in Hogwarts Legacy.

You’ll find Voldemort’s famous ancestors, hilarious easter eggs including Ron’s dress robes, iconic locations such as the Forbidden Forest lake, and so much more.

Here is every reference, easter egg and hidden secret spotted in Hogwarts Legacy:

References to Ron Weasley

Chess References

  • A statue of a Knight chess piece on Matilda Weasley’s desk is a reference to the piece Ron rides on in the chess battle in the first book.
  • In the PlayStation exclusive Hogsmeade quest, the ghost Fastidio says, “Knight to H-3.” This also references Ron’s involvement in the chess battle at the end of the first book.
Chess pieces on Professor Weasley's desk in Hogwarts Legacy

Transfiguration Gone Wrong

  • The Transformation spell icon is a cup with a rat tail. This references when Ron failed to transform his rat Scabbers into a cup in Chamber of Secrets.

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Transformation spell in Hogwarts Legacy
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Follow the Butterflies

  • The side quest, “Follow the Butterflies,” refers to the line, “Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies?” from Chamber of Secrets. Ron mumbles this forlornly when he and Harry have to follow spiders into the Forbidden Forest.
Follow the Butterflies side quest in Hogwarts Legacy

Throwing Up Slugs

  • A boy in the Hospital Wing can be found throwing up slugs into a large tub. This is a reference to the disgusting moment when Ron throws up slugs in Hagrid’s hut in Chamber of Secrets.
Ron throwing up slug reference in Hogwarts Legacy
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Ron’s Dress Robes

  • The Fashionable Dress Robes you can unlock are a reference to Ron’s hideous outfit in Goblet of Fire. In the book, Draco Malfoy even comments on how they’d be fashionable in the 1890s, which is when Hogwarts Legacy is set.

To unlock these robes, you’ll need to complete all the Solve Hogwarts Secrets challenges. These include:

Ron's dress robe reference in Hogwarts Legacy
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All Ancestors & Relations to Harry Potter Characters in Hogwarts Legacy

There are several characters in Hogwarts Legacy that are directly related to people in the Harry Potter books and films.

While there are more recognizable names such as the Weasleys and the Blacks, many may not know that a descendant of Victor Rookwood, Augustus Rookwood, is one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters.

Here is every character that has descendants in the Harry Potter books and films:

Phineas Nigellus Black

Phineas Nigellus Black from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Sirius Black from Harry Potter on the right
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Phineas Nigellus Black is the headmaster of Hogwarts during Hogwarts Legacy. While he isn’t a main character in the Harry Potter books, he does appear as a portrait in Dumbledore’s office.

As many likely know, Phineas Nigellus Black is a member of the Black family. His most notable descendants in the books and films include:

  • Sirius Black
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Draco Malfoy

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Matilda & Gareth Weasley

Gareth Weasley from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Ron Weasley from Harry Potter on the right
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Matilda Weasley is the Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts and the professor of Transfiguration. Gareth Weasley is her nephew, who shares many similarities with Fred and George Weasley.

Of course, their most notable descendants in the books and films include:

  • Ron Weasley
  • Ginny Weasley
  • Fred & George Weasley
  • Arthur Weasley

Ominis Gaunt

Ominis Gaunt from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Tom Riddle from Harry Potter on the right
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Ominis Gaunt is a student at Hogwarts during Hogwarts Legacy and good friends with Sebastian and Anne Sallow. He is also a part of the Gaunt family, who are direct descendants of Salazar Slytherin.

Despite his kind and more progressive attitude, Ominis Gaunt has some rather villainous descendants. These include:

  • Marvolo Gaunt
  • Merope Riddle
  • Tom Riddle (also known as Voldemort)

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Victor Rookwood

Victor Rookwood from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Augustus Rookwood from Harry Potter on the right
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Victor Rookwood is one of the villains in Hogwarts Legacy, a dark wizard hellbent on unlocking the secrets to ancient magic.

However, many may not know that he has a descendant of his own that appears in the Harry Potter books and films. This is:

  • Augustus Rookwood 

Eldritch Diggory

Eldritch Diggory from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Amos and Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter on the right
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Eldritch Diggory will only appear in Hogwarts Legacy if you choose to join the Hufflepuff House. During the Jackdaw questline, he’ll ask you to visit his great-niece, Helen Thistlewood.

Of course, fans of the Harry Potter books and films will likely recognize his surname. His most notable descendants in the books and films include:

  • Cedric Diggory
  • Amos Diggory

Leander Prewett

Leander Prewett from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Molly Weasley from Harry Potter on the right
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Leander Prewett is a fifth year student and one of the Summoner’s Court competitors. He is frequently in your classes and can be seen wandering around Hogwarts during the day.

Many fans may have missed his connection to a specific Harry Potter character as, while they share the same family, this character has a different surname in the movies and books. Their notable descendant is:

  • Molly Prewett (also known as Molly Weasley)

Gerbold Ollivander

Gerbold Ollivander from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and Garrick Ollivander from Harry Potter on the right
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Gerbold Ollivander is the owner of the Ollivanders wand shop in Hogsmeade in Hogwarts Legacy. He helps you make the best wand in the game.

Of course, Gerbold Ollivander’s descendant in Harry Potter should be fairly obvious to those who have read the books or watched the films. His notable descendants include:

  • Garrick Ollivander

Shiny Creatures in Hogwarts Legacy

Catching creatures is an integral part of Hogwarts Legacy and is even necessary to complete certain quests. However, players may have missed that some creatures have star ratings.

There are shiny creatures, similar to Pokemon, which come in different sizes and colors. You can tell if you’re catching a shiny creature if it has a star next to its name.

Once you’ve caught one and brought it back to your Vivarium in the Room of Requirement, you’ll see how different it looks to other members of its species.

Shiny Creatures star rating in Hogwarts Legacy
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Quidditch Easter Eggs

Despite Quidditch sadly not being a part of Hogwarts Legacy, there are several references to it throughout.

Outside of the glaring obvious yet much-appreciated inclusion of the Quidditch pitch, fans can also spot these references while they explore:

  • There is a mini Quidditch pitch in Professor Kogawa’s office above the Flying Class Lawn Floo Flame.
  • On the table opposite the boy throwing up slugs in the Hospital Wing, there is a note that explains how that student is responsible for quidditch being canceled that year.
  • When you first enter the Room of Requirement and must go through the winding path full of junk, you can spot a Golden Snitch flying around.
Quidditch references in Hogwarts Legacy

Chamber of Secrets Easter Eggs

While fans can’t visit the Chamber of Secrets for themselves, there are plenty of references to the horrifying location.

You’ll have to complete Sebastian Sallow’s quest, In the Shadow of the Bloodline, to access Salazar Slytherin’s office to see one of these easter eggs yourself:

  • If you go to the girls’ bathroom in the Slytherin dungeon, you can spot a faucet with snakes running along it. This is, of course, a reference to the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets that can only be opened by speaking in Parseltongue.
  • While exploring Salazar Slytherin’s office during the In the Shadow of the Bloodline quest, you can find a letter that discusses the creation of the Chamber of Secrets and the Basilisk that resides within it.
    • The letter reads: “I shall place the creature into a deep sleep in its chamber until it can be awakened by one who shares my views.”
  • You can find a cauldron and books surrounding a toilet in the girls’ bathroom next to Professor Fig’s office. This references Hermoine’s attempt at creating a polyjuice potion in the Chamber of Secrets.

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Chamber of Secrets references in Hogwarts Legacy

Hidden Secrets in Hogwarts Legacy

Common Rooms

  • If you try to access the Hufflepuff common room without being a Hufflepuff, it will spit vinegar at you.
  • Witches can go into wizards’ bedrooms in common rooms. However, it doesn’t work the other way around.
    • This is because of a rule established by Hogwarts’ four founders, who thought wizards couldn’t be trusted to stay out of witches’ bedrooms.
Hufflepuff Common Room in Hogwarts Legacy
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Werewolf Tapestries

  • There is a secret tapestry room in Hogwarts with a werewolf statue inside. The werewolf resembles Lupin’s werewolf form in the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • If you run up to the tapestries in that room while using Lumos, the woman in yellow on the tapestries will turn into a werewolf.

To access the werewolf tapestry room, do the following:

  • Fast travel to the Bell Tower Courtyard Floo Flame.
  • Turn left, head up the stairs and through the door.
  • Go down the next set of stairs and through the door.
  • Run down to the tapestry and go through the K.
Werewolf statue and tapestries in Hogwarts Legacy

Trophy Room Treasures

  • In the trophy room, players can find the casket where the Goblet of Fire is held.
  • Next to a suit of centaur armor found in the trophy room is a Field Guide Page. The page references both Skyrim as well as the Oblivion horse armour DLC debacle.
    • The line “This unique set of armour was created as a misguided peace-offering” refers to the Oblivion horse armor DLC.
    • The line “The gift was spurned, and the messenger shot through the leg with an arrow” refers to the arrow in the knee meme from Skyrim.

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Skyrim and Oblivion reference in Hogwarts Legacy and Goblet of Fire casket

Deathday Celebrations

  • You can see a group of ghosts huddled in the Deathday Party Room which is locked behind a gate in the Slytherin Dungeons. This is a reference to the Deathday celebrations Harry and Ron attend during the first book.

To access this easter egg, do the following:

  • Fast travel to the Lower Grand Staircase Floo Flame.
  • Turn right at the Slytherin common room entrance and continue down the corridor.
    • If you’re not in Slytherin, turn right at the wall directly opposite you once you’ve fast-traveled to the Lower Grand Staircase Floo Flame.
  • Turn right at the end of the corridor, then right again, and head up the staircase.
  • Finally, turn left at the end of that hall and continue down until you find a gate with a glowing blue light behind it.
  • Use Alohomora to unlock it and head through.
Deathday Celebration reference in Hogwarts Legacy

Luna Lovegood’s Glasses

  • There are several glasses that you can equip which resemble Luna Lovegood glasses, including the Dragon-eyed Spectacles.

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Dragon-Eyed Spectacles in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogsmeade Secrets

  • Occasionally, two ginger-haired boys stand outside the Zonkos shop in Hogsmeade, looking into the window. Their hand-me-down clothes and ginger hair, as well as their general cheeky demeanor are a reference to Fred and George Weasley.
  • Inside Honeydukes, you can try a whole range of sweets, including one that can make you roar like a lion and one that shoots smoke out of your ears. These sweets are eaten in the Harry Potter films and have the same effects.
  • During the side quest “Dissending for Sweets,” players gain access to the hidden One-Eyed Witch passageway that leads directly to Honeydukes. Harry frequently uses this during the Prisoner of Azkaban book.

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Honeydukes sweets and characters that look like Fred and George in Hogwarts Legacy
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Hidden Rooms in Hogwarts

  • Next to the Hufflepuff common room is a painting of pears that players can “tickle” to access the kitchens. This is exactly how entering the kitchens is described in the Harry Potter books.
  • Above the Charms Classroom, accessed through the staircase inside the classroom itself, is the cell that Sirius Black was kept in toward the end of the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • During Slytherin-exclusive mission, Scrope’s Last Hope, players must place toast on a pedestal in front of mural of a giant squid. This is a fun nod to when Harry and his friends fed toast to the giant squid that lives in the Black Lake.
the painting of pears and Sirius' cage in Hogwarts Legacy

Forbidden Forest Lake

  • Near the Jackdaw’s Tomb Floo Flame in the Forbidden Forest, you’ll find a large lake with stags on the other side. When you arrive there, your character will remark, “Something oddly solemn about this place. Such regal creatures, stags.”
    • This directly references when Harry used his stag Patronus to repel Dementors in the Forbidden Forest lake in the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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The Forbidden Forest lake in Hogwarts Legacy
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