Is Hogwarts Legacy Set Before Harry Potter? Answered

No Boy Who Lived nonsense here.

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Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the beloved Harry Potter universe, giving players the opportunity to live out their fantasy of being a witch or wizard studying at the iconic school. The game features an original story, but if you’re wondering what year Hogwarts Legacy takes place and whether is set before the events of Harry Potter, here’s what you need to know.

What Year Does Hogwarts Legacy Set in?

Hogwarts Legacy is indeed set before the events of the Harry Potter series. To be more specific, the story of Hogwarts Legacy takes place during the 1890s, which is 100 years before Harry Potter was even born. Harry himself enrolled in the school in 1991, so don’t expect to see characters like Ron and Hermione show up in this game, either.

Although, as we’ve mentioned in another recent guide on Dumbledore’s timeline and appearance, technically he is a character who could show up either as an easter egg or in a future expansion given that he’s seven years old during the events of Hogwarts Legacy.

The story of Hogwarts Legacy also takes place before Tom Riddle or Voldemort was born, which means that you won’t be getting up to any Death Eater or Dark Lord shenanigans in this game either. This was a deliberate choice made by the developers to ensure that the game’s story could work well enough on its own, without needing players to have read the books or watched the movies to enjoy it.

Having a large buffer between the two stories gives Hogwarts Legacy a chance to flesh out the world in new and interesting ways as well, and it will be intriguing to see how that shakes out in the end.

That’s all you need to know about what year Hogwarts Legacy takes place and where it fits in the Harry Potter series timeline. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game.

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Zhiqing Wan

Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.