Harry Potter Game Features: A couple of months remain till the release of Hogwarts Legacy, and in case you haven’t been keeping track, this Harry Potter spin-off isn’t kidding around. Players can learn and use the series’ iconic horrific curses on their classmates in this game.
The stakes are already high, but a new gameplay preview shows off the game’s Dark Arts Battle Arena, where, for an extra $10, you can quickly kill goblins and wizards. The second gameplay showcase for Hogwarts Legacy by Avalanche Studios aired earlier today, showcasing features like broom and hippogriff flight, character customization, and the game’s Room of Requirement base.
According to IGN, the most exciting element was when the creators took on the role of a young Hogwarts student and used the Avada Kedavra curse to instantaneously melt some random bad guys in the Dark Arts Battle Arena. Developers elaborate that a battle arena is a great place to try out new skills before committing to unlocking them.
New clothing and other cosmetics can be obtained by completing battle tasks. However, only the Deluxe Edition (an extra $10) grants early access to the Dark Arts Battle Arena, where players can use spells like the Avada Kedavra curse.
The student is shown destroying waves of “loyalist” goblins, possibly dark wizards, and other adversaries in the gaming demo. For those unfamiliar with the Harry Potter canon, the Avada Kedavra is a particularly heinous and forbidden curse used for murder and torture.
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It was also the weapon Voldemort employed to kill the protagonist’s parents. The events of Hogwarts Legacy take place about a hundred years before the events of the books, which may explain the casual acceptance of child torture and underage battle arenas by the in-universe characters.
This sort of shocking contrast is typical in Hogwarts Legacy. Controversy surrounds the game because of author J.K. Rowling’s transphobic crusade and the royalties she continues to get from all Harry Potter adaptations. Its arrival has also been repeatedly postponed.
The release of Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed back from the fall to February. Warner Bros. revealed yesterday that the Xbox One and PS4 versions wouldn’t be released until April, while the Nintendo Switch version wouldn’t be out until June.
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While that’s happening, it seems like the game will put players’ emotional fortitude to the test in more ways than one. In the words of my colleague and fellow writer Sisi Jiang: “You know, the wonderful thing about trans persons presumably excluded at Hogwarts is that they don’t have to face the trauma of murdering another human being for blood sport.”