Hogwarts Legacy Confirms It Will Feature Unforgivable Curses – Screen Rant

In the recent Hogwarts Legacy State of Play, the player character is shown to be able to cast Avada Kedavra, one of three Unforgivable Curses.
The highly anticipated State of Play extended look at Hogwarts Legacy has confirmed that the game will allow players to cast Unforgivable Curses. These spells are considered extremely evil in the Harry Potter canon and their inclusion in Hogwarts Legacy runs contrary to what some have been speculating.
Fans got, by far, the biggest look at Hogwarts Legacy in today’s State of Play; the stream shed light on the game’s combat, RPG elements, customization options, quest design, and much more. The game’s narrative was also touched on a bit, but much of it remains shrouded in mystery. Leading up to this stream, some players were led to believe that the game would feature some sort of morality or choice system, allowing them to choose a path of righteousness or that of a dark wizard. This was never confirmed, however, and the biggest piece of information confirmed prior to this stream was that Hogwarts Legacy will take place long before the events of the Harry Potter franchise.
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It looks like that choice between good and evil will factor into Hogwarts Legacy in some way. Part of the PlayStation stream focused on missions and features outside of the castle of Hogwarts. One of these activities appears to be some sort of dungeon exploration system, which will be host to “perilous threats and untold rewards“. The narration goes on to say that these missions could lead players down a “darker path” before the video shows the player character casting Avada Kedavra, a curse that instantly kills its victim.
This moment, while brief, holds major implications for the game as a whole. Avada Kedavra, along with the other two Unforgivable Curses Crucio and Imperio, is described as being almost absolutely corrupting. If the game allows players to cast even one of these spells, it should have a major impact on the game’s narrative, perhaps even aligning the player with Hogwarts Legacy‘s mystery villain. Players will likely not want to simply return to class as usual after killing, torturing, or mind-controlling another living being.
The mere inclusion of these spells, regardless of their broader impact on the game’s story, is sure to surprise many fans. Harry Potter himself only used these curses a handful of times in the original books and even failed to perform them at times because he was not mentally committed to the malicious acts. The titular hero also never even considered casting the killing curse, so even using it once during gameplay will make the player character significantly more evil than Potter. Hopefully, Hogwarts Legacy will find an interesting way to incorporate these spells.
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Hogwarts Legacy will release for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox during Holiday 2022.
Source: PlayStation/YouTube
Editor’s Note: Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has been accused of transphobia by those in the LGBTQ+ community. Although not directly involved in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, Rowling does stand to earn royalties from the game. We would like to reiterate our support for trans rights and that trans identities are valid. Support services are listed below for trans people impacted by discussions of transphobia.
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Nick Rodriguez is a Senior Writer for Screen Rant. While vigorously passionate about books, movies, and music, he was particularly drawn to video games since he first laid eyes on Spyro the Dragon and (much to his mother’s distaste) Silent Hill. More recently, his favorites have included Disco Elysium, Red Dead Redemption II, Kentucky Route Zero, and the Mass Effect series. Presently, he spends most of his time typing away in the chilly state of Wisconsin.

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