When does Hogwarts Legacy take place: Before or after Harry Potter?

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Hogwarts Legacy offers an entirely new adventure set in the wizarding world for Harry Potter fans to experience, but before players begin their journey, they may be wondering if the events of the game are set before or after the events of the popular books. Here’s everything you need to know about when Hogwarts Legacy takes place.

Hogwarts Legacy has arrived and fans can finally live out their fantasies of enrolling at Hogwarts and exploring the magical wizarding world. The world in which the game takes place was, of course, made famous by the Harry Potter books and films that chronicled the journey of the young wizard.

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Before they start learning spells, taming beasts, and discovering all sorts of familiar locations, fans may be wondering when exactly Hogwarts Legacy takes place.

Here’s everything you need to know about whether Hogwarts Legacy is set before or after the adventures of the famous ‘boy who lived’.


When does Hogwarts Legacy take place?

According to a Q&A with the development team, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s to give players enough distance from the events of the Boy Who Lived saga.

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hogwarts legacy wandHogwarts Legacy players will visit Olivander’s to get their wands.

More specifically, Hogwarts Legacy is set in 1890, 100 years before Harry joined the wizarding academy in 1991. This puts players in the center of their own adventure, even before Tom Riddle was born.

What age are players in Hogwarts Legacy?

Players start Hogwarts Legacy as 5th-year students, putting them around the ages of 15-16.

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However, since Hogwarts Legacy offers a new storyline outside of the Wizarding World J. K. Rowling created, players can’t use The Order of the Pheonix to foretell what will come later in the game.

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hogwarts legacy broomHogwarts Legacy students can ride their brooms on and off campus.

How does the time period affect Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy does not have all the technological advancement fans have seen in Harry Potter. For one, while players can purchase different brooms to ride on, they won’t find any Nimbus 2000s on store shelves. The devs state that brooms are relatively new tech in Hogwarts Legacy.

However, it doesn’t seem like a completely different world than the ones Harry, Hermione, and Ron explored. Fashions are a little different, but it doesn’t feel like an archaic wizard experience.

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And that’s everything players need to know about when Hogwarts Legacy takes place. For more Hogwarts Legacy guides, check out the articles listed below:

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