When is Hogwarts Legacy set? Harry Potter timeline explained

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Hogwarts Legacy is a Harry Potter-based action role-playing game for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation that takes players to the wizarding world. But how does the game fit into the Harry Potter timeline? Here’s a brief overview of the era of Hogwarts Legacy.

Harry Potter fans have been living their ultimate fantasy with Hogwarts Legacy, which first came out on PC and PS5 in February and then on Xbox One and PS4 in May. The game will also be available on Nintendo Switch later this year. In this game, players can immerse themselves in the magical world of spells, witchcraft, and wizardry, join their favorite house, and explore the mysteries of the open-world RPG.

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Despite the controversy surrounding the author of the books, Hogwarts Legacy has received plenty of praise and applause for its creation which allows players to indulge in a world that we could only dream of. But those looking to enter Hogwarts might be wondering when the game’s story takes place compared to the existing films and books.

Here’s a breakdown of when Hogwarts Legacy is set in relation to Harry Potter and other works in the same universe.

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When does Hogwarts Legacy take place?

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Explore a different timeline in Hogwarts Legacy.

The story of Hogwarts Legacy begins in 1890, a full 100 years before the events of J.K Rowling’s original book and this means that players do not bump into the likes of Harry and Hermoine around the school grounds.

Hogwarts Legacy is set a full century before the iconic characters from the franchise entered the Great Hall. But there are other classic characters that you meet throughout the course of the game.

So far, the furthest we have gone back in time is through the movies that have taken us to the early 1920s such as the Fantastic Beasts series, but Portkey Game‘s story is still three decades before Newt Scamander emerged as a hero.

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However, that doesn’t mean that characters from those films will appear in Hogwarts Legacy, but since their timelines are closer, players can take care of beasts in the Vivarium which is similar to what Newt did in the movies.

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