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Hogwarts Legacy vs Harry Potter Movies: Side-By-Side Comparison

Hogwarts Legacy, set to release this year, will allow players to start their adventures in the wizarding world. Here are all the characters and things in the game that you may recognize from the Harry Potter movies.

The Harry Potter franchise is known for the intricate and exciting world of wizards. And whether you grew up reading Harry Potter books or the movies, the game will open the doors of Hogwarts to everyone.

Going over the 14 minutes of the new Hogwarts Legacy gameplay, there are a lot of things that the long-time fans may recognize.

However, if you’re brushing up your Harry Potter knowledge, we’ve got the similarities between the game and the movies listed below for you.

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Hogwarts Legacy vs Harry Potter Movies: Familiar Characters, Spells and More

With the release window out for Hogwarts Legacy, fans of the franchise have high expectations from the game. Here’s a list of things you’ve already seen in the movie and books, set to return in Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800s, way before Harry Potter’s birth and Voldemort’s rise to power. Moreover, Albus Dumbledore was born in 1881, and the professor’s best friend while growing up, Gellert Grindelwald in 1883.

Since the game is based in Hogwarts, there are a lot of things that you might have seen in the movies already.

Characters in Hogwarts Legacy

With the game set in a different era, you will not see familiar faces. But, there are still a few exceptions and they are listed below.

The Sorting Hat

Crafted by the founders of the Hogwarts — Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin, the crafting hat sorts students during their first year into the four houses.

The Sorting Hat was put into place right after Hogwarts was founded in 990 AD, and the sorting tradition has continued ever since.

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Harry was able to persuade the Sorting Hat to get into the Gryffindor house.
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Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington

Popularly known as Nearly Headless Nick, the ghost prefers students to address him as Sir Nicholas. Nick was born in the 1400s and has been roaming the hallways of Hogwarts ever since.

Although, it’s likely that you may get to interact with Nick only if you’re in Gryffindor, as the ghost belongs to the house of the brave.

As expected, Nick is still unable to join the Headless Hunt and continues to talk about it in the latest trailer.

Wondering which spells you can cast in Hogwarts Legacy? We’ve compiled a list of all the spells revealed so far!

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Sir Nicholas has a whimsical sense of humor and it looks like he will carry that over in Hogwarts Legacy
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Fat Lady

The Fat Lady is a portrait that guards the entrance to the Gryffindor common room. Gryffindor students trying to enter this room need to tell the password when prompted by the Fat Lady.

She was a part of several movies, primarily seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when Sirius Black attacks her.

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Fat Lady as seen in the movies vs Hogwarts Legacy game.
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Professor Binns

Though Professor Binns was never a part of the Harry Potter movies, they had a few cameos in the books and will be a part of Hogwarts Legacy as well. The professor died in their staff room and continued to teach despite being a ghost.

Due to their old age and love of storytelling, the professor was also regarded as the most boring at Hogwarts, putting students to sleep regularly.

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Professor Binns can be seen teaching students in Hogwarts Legacy even after death.
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Rooms and Places in Hogwarts Legacy vs the Harry Potter Movies

With the school being Hogwarts, the castle’s architecture will remain the same in the game. However, there are a few places in and around the castle that have caught the attention of every fan.

Hogwarts Courtyard

It is the same courtyard where Professor Umbridge fires Trelawney in front of the entire school. Additionally, the Weasley twins – Fred and George made their grand exit from the school by flying over this courtyard in Order of the Phoenix.

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Dumbledore stopped Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix in the same courtyard.
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Prefects’ Bathroom

The Prefects’ Bathroom, as the name suggests, was restricted to use by the chosen prefects in Hogwarts. It’s on the fifth floor and Harry had Moaning Myrtle’s company, while he was trying to decipher the message in the golden egg, in the bathroom.

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Cedric Diggory suggested Harry visit this bathroom to clear his head in Goblet of Fire.
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Forbidden Forest

The Forbidden Forest or the Dark Forest will be a part of the game. As seen in the first two Harry Potter movies, it is filled with weird mysteries and creatures.

Although Firenze isn’t around to save you, other centaurs were seen in the trailer.

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Firenze saved Harry from Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest.
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Hogsmeade Village

Though Harry was unable to visit Hogsmeade legally in Prisoner of Azkaban, players will be able to explore the small village of Hogsmeade in Hogwarts Legacy.

Consequently, you can purchase various potions, recipes, and wizarding items from this village.

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank

Gringotts is regarded as the safest place in the wizarding world, with Hogwarts school being a close second. This is the same place where Hagrid took Harry in the first movie to collect the Sorcerer’s Stone.

We also see Harry break into the bank in the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The trio enters the bank to find and destroy one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes stored in this bank’s vault.

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Gringotts Bank has a rail system to navigate through the countless vaults.
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Magical Beasts You Can Ride, Room of Requirement, and Other Activities From the Movies

Apart from the familiar characters and places, there are several exciting things that were shown. Here are a few of them that caught our attention:

Magical Beasts – Can You Ride Magical Beasts in Hogwarts Legacy?

According to the game’s FAQ, players can tame, mount and ride some of the beasts in Hogwarts Legacy. So far, we’ve seen the main character riding a hippogriff in the trailer.

Harry rides a hippogriff with the name Buckbeak in the third movie and gifts the creature to Sirius Black, setting him free from the Azkaban Prison.

Further, we can also see a few thestrals, winged horses, that are only visible to people who’ve seen death. Dumbledore’s Army rides these creatures to come to the rescue of Sirius in the Order of the Phoenix.

On top of this, we can also see a niffler, a magical beast with a long snout like a platypus. This creature was a menace in the Fantastic Beasts movie and was fond of shiny things, especially jewelry.

Also Read: Is Hogwarts Legacy a PlayStation Exclusive Game?

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Harry riding a hippogriff called Buckbeak vs Riding a hippogriff in Hogwarts Legacy.
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The Room of Requirement in Hogwarts Legacy

The Room of Requirement, commonly called the Come and Go Room, is a secret room that only presents itself to students who desperately need it.

The room senses what you need and will be a place where players can brew potions, hone their wand skills, and further dive into customizations.

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The Room of Requirement is used by Dumbledore’s Army. The same room is a part of Hogwarts Legacy as well.
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Duel Like Harry and Malfoy

You can test your skills in the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. This is similar to the duel arranged by Professor Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets.

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Brewing Potions in Hogwarts Legacy

Potions will provide significant buffs to players and can be made in the school. Whether players can brew Felix Felicis, also called Liquid Luck, remains to be seen.

But players may be able to make Polyjuice potion, considering the potion played a crucial role in helping Harry infiltrate establishments in the movies.

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Brewing potions will prove to be a handy skill in Hogwarts Legacy.
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Hogwarts Legacy will be available on most of the major platforms and has become one of our most anticipated PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games of 2022!

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