Hogwarts Legacy: Does Learning Dark Magic Have an Effect on the Story?


Casting the Crucio Curse in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy is just over a week away, and it promises to be a wonderful experience for any Harry Potter fan out there. The world looks fantastic and magical, as it should, and so does the gameplay! The second gameplay showcase has already shown off the game’s combat system and established that dark magic and unforgivable curses are a thing in Hogwarts Legacy.

As an 1800s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry student, players will be offered the choice to learn and master the Dark Arts as they progress through the story. But will your decision to become a Dark Wizard or Witch affect how the Hogwarts Legacy story unfolds for you? Here’s everything we know about it.

Casting the Avada Kedavra Curse in Hogwarts Legacy

Does Practicing Dark Magic Affect Your Legacy at Hogwarts?

In short: Yes! Learning and using dark magic and curses in Hogwarts Legacy will impact the game’s narrative. But to what extent and exactly how that will happen is yet to be known. WB Games | Avalanche Community Manager Chandler Wood confirmed this in a Reddit comment while answering some concerns that fans had about the combat mechanics:

The three Unforgivable Curses are the deadliest spells in the wizarding world, and learning a spell (curse) like Avada Kedavra will grant you the power to instantly execute any hostile living thing, no matter how large or strong they are. Being that powerful, in Wood’s words, “should feel earned and come with narrative weight.” How heavy that weight is – is a question that we’ll be able to answer once we have the game in hand, but it sure is reassuring for any Potterhead to know that Hogwarts Legacy is taking such elements seriously!

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Hogwarts Legacy is available for pre-order now and is scheduled for release on February 10, 2023, on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC; April 4, 2023, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; and July 25, 2023, on Nintendo Switch.

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