We know Harry Potter fans only need to look at some of the pre-launch coverage from WB Games to see this, but there’s going to be quite a lot to do in Hogwarts Legacy. From exploring the castle itself to rescuing all manner of fantastic beasts, there’s so much more to Avalanche Software’s upcoming action-RPG than spell-slinging; however, playing Quidditch – the fictional broomstick-based sport we all know and (maybe) love – isn’t going to be one of them. However, it looks like there’s going to be an in-universe reason for that.
We know that those of you asking “will there be Quidditch in Hogwarts Legacy” are a little dissappointed that there won’t be, but you’ll be pleased to know that Avalanche Software is sticking to its guns – and keeping this game authentic – by confirming that Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black has actually cancelled the sport in-game.
Of course, the sport of Quidditch isn’t going to be indefinitely cancelled – as the Harry Potter series shows. However, at least during the events of Hogwarts Legacy, it has been.
If you’re wondering how we know this, you just need to take a look at this screenshot from a recent Hogwarts Legacy hands-on preview – which was shared online by ‘Character_Scale_5888‘ from an unknown source – right here:
So it turns out the lack of Quidditch is a plot point for the Headmaster Black storyline? from HarryPotterGame
For those of you that can’t see that, it’s a screenshot of a Hufflepuff student on Hogwarts’ Quidditch pitch saying the following:
“Professor Black was terrible before he decided to cancel Quidditch. That decision was the icing on the Cauldron Cake, if you ask me.”
As you can read for yourself in The Loadout’s Hogwarts Legacy preview here, it’s certainly a line you’d expect to see in a Harry Potter movie – or read in one of the series’ books – when it comes to quality. However, it is an interesting insight into another aspect of the game’s fairly unknown narrative.
We know there must be a good reason for Professor Black to cancel Quidditch in-game, and we’re certain Harry Potter fans will be eager to find out what it is.
If you’re looking forward to playing, you may want to read up on whether Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox Game Pass is something you can look forward to. Similarly, we have everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy early access and the benefits it comes with right here. If you’re planning to play at launch, you may also want to check out the Hogwarts Legacy length and just how long it will take to beat this game – well, more or less.
Hogwarts Legacy has drawn considerable criticism during its development, largely due to the fact that the creator of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years.
While Avalanche has confirmed that J.K. Rowling is not “directly involved” in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, it is working with “her team” and Portkey Games, a Warner Bros. label dedicated to launching new experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. It is currently unclear whether she will earn any royalties from the game’s sale, but it is likely given it is based on her original body of work.
If you would like to learn more about transgender rights or lend your support, we’d encourage you to check out the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US and Mermaids in the UK.