Avalanche Software has revealed that the iconic Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library will feature in the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy.

Avalanche Software – the developers working on Hogwarts Legacy – continue to drip feed fans with new fun teases and information.

The latest tease comes only days after an exciting and mysterious in-game mechanic was revealed. We’ve now finally gotten a glimpse at the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library.

What Is the Restricted Section in Harry Potter?

The Restricted Section is a part of the library in Hogwarts. It houses restricted books that are deemed too rare, valuable, or inappropriate for students to use.

Famously, Harry Potter enters the Restricted Section in secret during the first book. While searching for information regarding the Wizard Nicolas Flamel, he encounters a screaming book and runs away.

Furthermore, according to the canon game Hogwarts Mystery, another title under the Portkey Games label, the Restricted Section is also the entrance to the Vault of Fear, one of the five hidden Cursed Vaults.

Harry Potter exploring the Restricted Section with a Lamp in the Philosopher's Stone
Image Credit – Warner Bros.

Is the Restricted Section in Hogwarts Legacy?

The Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library, popularised by the Harry Potter movies, will be a location in Hogwarts Legacy.

In a brief Instagram video posted to the official Hogwarts Legacy account, a part of the Restricted Section was showcased.

The video also stated, “Restricted is just a suggestion… but don’t get caught”. Many fans believe this implies that players will have to avoid prefects or stealth around the Restricted Section while there.

This would make a lot of sense, as in the books Harry used his invisibility cloak to enter the Restricted Section.

the Restricted Section from Hogwarts Legacy on the left and a student with a wand on the right

It is possible this will be a mission-exclusive location considering its limited use outside of finding rare books.

This reveal of the Restricted Section also likely confirms that players will be able to explore Hogwarts at nighttime. Although, in what capacity remains to be seen.

However, this is purely speculation, and it’s very likely we will have to wait for Hogwarts Legacy’s release date to find out.

Of course, with the reveal of the horror-themed PlayStation exclusive quest, it’s possible that the Restricted Section will be just as intense to explore in Hogwarts Legacy as it was in the books.

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