Hogwarts Legacy is filled with magical quests and challenges. Did you know that there are also many hidden secrets and Easter Eggs scattered throughout the game?
What it’s all about: From references to characters from the Harry Potter universe to hidden surprises. The game is packed with Easter Eggs that you can’t afford to miss. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best Easter Eggs in Hogwarts Legacy. We’ll explore some of the best secrets you can discover throughout the game. From secret rooms to clever references to popular Harry Potter characters. So grab your wand and get ready to explore the hidden secrets of Hogwarts Legacy.
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All Easter Eggs and Hidden Secrets in Hogwarts Legacy
While our guide has many magical surprises in store for players. We know that there are probably even more hidden secrets waiting to be discovered. For this reason, we would like to thank YouTuber AndyReloads for identifying some of the less obvious references in the game. Check out the video embedded at the end of this article for a visual overview of some of the Easter Eggs.
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Quidditch Easter Eggs in Hogwarts Legacy
- Although Professor Black has banned Quidditch in Hogwarts Legacy, there is a pitch at Hogwarts. It has the same features as in the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In addition, the broom flying course in the game mirrors the cinematography from the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – a great detail!
- The Golden Snitch can be found shortly after entering the Room of Requirement with Professor Weasley. Although you can’t catch it in the game, the existence of the Snitch is a direct reference to the Harry Potter movies. In them, Dumbledore famously hid one of the Deathly Hallows: the Resurrection Stone.
- In Madame Kogawa’s office, a miniature game of Quidditch is taking place on her desk. It’s hard to miss!
- When Ron tried to curse Draco with the Snail Vomit spell for calling Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” the spell backfired due to his broken wand. The boy vomiting snails in the hospital wing is probably a reference to this moment. On a table across from his bed is a note saying that the student is the reason Headmaster Black canceled Quidditch for the season.
Everything about the Weasley Family
- The side quest “Follow the Butterflies” is a direct reference to Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It is unlocked after completing the Jackdaws Quest. In the movie and books, Harry and Ron follow a trail of spiders. They lead them to Aragog’s Cave in the Forbidden Forest. On the way there, Ron says, “Why couldn’t it have been called ‘Follow the Butterflies’?”
- The symbol for the transformation spell is another reference to Ron Weasley. The symbol is a cup with a rat’s tail. A reference to Ron’s failed attempt to turn his rat Scabbers (a.k.a. Peter Pettigrew) into a cup.
- In Zonko’s joke shop in Hogsmeade, there are two twins with red hair and second-hand clothes. This is probably a reference to Fred and George Weasley. In the Harry Potter films, the Weasleys were known to pass on clothes to other family members, and Fred and George were notorious pranksters.
- In a PlayStation exclusive Hogsmeade Challenge, you can find a life-size wizarding chessboard in Hogwarts Castle. In this challenge, the ghost Fastidio says “Knight to H-3”. Another reference to Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Chamber of Secrets Easter Eggs
- Ominis Gaunt is a main character in Hogwarts Legacy that you befriend during Sebastian Sallow’s “In the Shadows” quest. He is a direct descendant of Salazar Slytherin. His family comes from a long line of purebloods, including his presumed father Marvolo Gaunt – the grandfather of Lord Voldemort!
- Speaking of which, you can hear Ominis Gaunt speaking in Parsel in Hogwarts Legacy. He opens one of the doors to Salazar Slytherin’s Scriptorium. This is, of course, another reference to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Where we first learn about the mysterious snake language.
- After gaining access to Slytherin’s Scriptorium, you will find a letter from Salazar. This refers to the basilisk in the movie Chamber of Secrets. “I will put the creature into a deep sleep in its chamber until it can be awakened by someone who shares my views […] someone who will rid the school of [Muggle-borns],” the letter reads.
- You can find the girls’ bathroom on the second floor, where Harry, Ron and Hermione use the Polyjuice Potion in the movie The Chamber of Secrets. In the game, you can’t make this potion yourself. However, you can use it during Niamh Fitzgerald’s quest to get to the Headmaster’s office.
- The entrance to the Chamber of Secrets is in the Slytherin girls’ bathroom in Hogwarts Legacy. If you look closely, you can see an engraving of a snake on one of the facets directly opposite the toilet. You have to say “Open” in Parsel to open the Chamber of Secrets.
- In the girls’ bathroom near Professor Fig’s classroom, someone has left a brewing Polyjuice Potion in one of the stalls – a reference to Hermione brewing the same potion in the film: “Chamber of Secrets.
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- The appearance of Newt Scamander’s animal companions, the Niffler and Pickett, is a clear reference to the Fantastic Beasts films.
- Many of the glasses in Hogwarts Legacy look like Spectrespecs. Magical glasses that allow the wearer to see wreckspurts (invisible creatures that hover around people’s ears). This, of course, refers to Luna Lovegood, who described the glasses as making the wearer look like a “colorful owl”.
- The existence of the One-Eyed Witch passage in Hogwarts Legacy, which leads from Hogwarts to Honeydukes in Hogsmeade. This and the related side-quest “Dissending for Sweets” are both direct references to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- The quest “The Daedalian Keys” is about finding flying keys. You then have to knock them into the keyholes of cupboards. You’ll receive house tokens and an exclusive robe to unlock. This Easter Egg is related to the first Harry Potter movie. It represents a process created by Professor Flitwick to protect the Philosopher’s Stone.
- If you go to one of the classrooms on the top floor of the Astronomy Wing. (You will find Professor Flitwick’s classroom where Harry, Ron and Hermione learned the Windgardium Leviosa spell. The Choral Frogs can also be found at the teacher’s desk.
- The portrait in Ravenclaw Tower resembles Richard Harris, who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films. Harris sadly passed away in 2002, making this particular Easter Egg in Hogwarts Legacy a rather serious matter.
- The cage on the battlements is the same one used to hold Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You’ll find the cage on the stairs in front of Professor Ronen’s office, which can be reached quickly via the Flea Flame in the Magic Classroom.
- When you learn the Avada Kedavra spell, you’ll notice it: The spell symbol is a lightning bolt. A direct reference to Harry Potter’s scar.
- Among the house elves, you can spot one who resembles Dobby from Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately, you can only see the house elves at night when they are cleaning the castle. You won’t be able to get very close to them, as they will quickly apparate away if you get too close.
- If you break into the locked part of the library with Sebastian, you will notice a certain book. It is different from the others. Sebastian will mention that the book is called “Secrets of the Dark Arts”. It is the catalyst that led Tom Riddle to seek knowledge of the Horcruxes. This set in motion the beginning of his reign as Lord Voldemort.
- During Niamh Fitzgerald’s quest, you’ll encounter Death and all three Deathly Hallows, first the Invisibility Cloak, then the Elder Wand, and finally the Philosopher’s Stone.
- If you climb the Grand Staircase to the top floor, you’ll soon find yourself in the Trophy Room. Inside you will find the same jeweled casket that contains the Goblet of Fire – the chalice used to determine the winners of the Triwizard Tournament.
- If you unlock one of the gates near the entrance to the Slytherin common room, you can witness some castle ghosts celebrating their death day in a dark and deserted chamber. This chamber also contains the Headless Hunt tapestry, which depicts the exclusive group of headless ghosts.
- Just like in the books and movies, you’ll be able to visit Hagrid’s hut through the south entrance of Hogwarts. Although the game takes place 100 years before the events of the main series, the iconic hut is almost identical to the time in which Hagrid lives there – including the pumpkin patch next to it.
- On the back of the hut is a tombstone with a hippogriff motif pointing to the lake – a reference to Buckbeak, the hippogriff that Harry and Hermione, along with Sirius Black, saved from certain death.
- You can enter the Hogwarts kitchens in the same way as the characters in the series: by tickling the pear in the disused fruit bowl. Interacting with the image, you tickle the pear with your wand, causing it to giggle and turn into a doorknob, allowing you to enter.
- No student wants to get a howler from their parents at school! But in the background, as you walk around the school grounds, you may hear a Howler or two scolding their children. Just like Ron Weasley, this poor student seems to be getting a scolding from his parents.
- House Points were a concept introduced in the movies and books, but it was never made clear in the movies how these points were counted. In the books, the house points were collected in magical hourglasses filled with gems! The house points are not a game mechanic, but it’s a nice nod to the books.
- The Goblin Rebellion in Hogwarts Legacy is not the first of its kind. In fact, there was one in 1612, with an inn in Hogsmeade as its headquarters. Although Hermione did not explain in the books which inn she was referring to, it could only have been the Three Broomsticks or the Hog’s Head.
- Even though we don’t go on underwater adventures in Hogwarts Legacy, that doesn’t mean there aren’t references to them in the game! There is even a poster for Gillyweed Tonic in Zonko’s.
- A well-known phrase for every Hogwarts student is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, or in English, never tickle a sleeping dragon. This motto can be seen in the hall that connects most of the castle, along with a moving mural.
- Slytherins are probably familiar with the giant squid that lives in the lake outside their windows, but you can also see it in Flight Class! If you have any toast left, don’t forget to give it a slice.
- In the Slytherin common room, you can see the Black Lake! If you tap the glass a little too hard, you might catch a glimpse of its underwater inhabitant.
- Though he didn’t play much of a role in the movies, Peeves is the poltergeist everyone knows from the books! He’s back and ready to wreak even more havoc in Hogwarts Legacy. You’ll usually see him wreaking havoc around the castle, so keep your eyes peeled.
- Wendelin the Strange was a witch who loved to be burned at the stake, casting a spell to keep the flames from hurting her. A portrait of her can be seen in the Tower of Defense against the Dark Arts!
- While he didn’t play much of a role in the movies, Sir Cadogan was a real character in the books. Be careful when you pass him, as he will probably challenge you to a duel.
- If you are playing a character who lives in the male common rooms, you may notice that the stairs to the female common rooms turn into a slide when you go up them. If you are a character living in the female dormitories, you are free to walk on either side! This is a reference to the books, where the boys are not allowed to enter the girls’ dormitories. In the Ravenclaw house, there are statues preventing you from entering.
- In the books and movies, the trust house bathroom was where Harry discovered the answer to the Golden Egg when he attended the Triwizard Tournament. You can also see it in Hogwarts Legacy, just as described in the books.
- We’ll never forget Hermione punching Draco in the face near Hagrid’s hut. Relive this iconic moment by visiting the area.
- In the “Solved by the Bell” side quest, you’ll come across a musical puzzle that requires you to play a short melody. This melody is Hedwig’s iconic theme.
- Kneazles are often kept as pets. But one of the Kneazles looks suspiciously like Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks.
- Although it was definitely not fashionable in his time, Ron’s robe can be found in the game if you solve the 3 Hogwarts Secrets! It is called the “Fashionable Cloak” in the game.
- There are a few little Easter Eggs from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, namely Newt’s friends in puppet form! You can find some of them in the game, including in the tutorial.
- Remember the scene with Professor McGonagall during the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows? Of course you do. The opening scene of Hogwarts Legacy is just as iconic, with a very similar scene with the Guardians.
- Hogwarts will be fully decorated for the Christmas season in the game, but the festive Great Hall is a wonderful tribute to Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts. It’s even decorated as it was in the first film!
Throughout the Hogwarts Casino, you may come across sleeping portraits at night. Try not to wake them up like Harry did in the Headmaster’s office.
- In the Werewolf Tapestry Room, there are tapestries that tell the story of a witch being bitten by a werewolf. Although there are no werewolves in the game, there is a separate tapestry (unrelated to the witch story) that shows a werewolf in a forest. This particular tapestry seems to refer to a scene from Prisoner of Azkaban where Remus Lupin turns into a werewolf.
- You can find miniature chessboards in Hogwarts Castle, and you can even find full-size chessboards at various points in the game! Solve them and make Ron Weasley proud!
- You may have noticed that several things change on your character’s screen as you progress through the game. For one thing, the screen adapts to the current design and theme of your Room of Requirement. But there are also a number of other smaller changes that occur as you progress through the game.
- Have you ever had the creepy feeling that someone is watching you? Look around, because it could be a bust! They have a habit of staring at you.
- Peppermint candies are all the rage in the books and movies. Hermione bought Harry as many as she could when he couldn’t take them to Hogsmeade! Try them and see for yourself why they were so hot!
- Many have pointed out the similarities between Hogwarts Legacy and Skyrim in terms of gameplay, and it’s not unlikely that the fifth installment of The Elder Scrolls served as inspiration. If that’s the case, it’s possible that a reference to the game’s iconic North Helmet has been incorporated into Hogwarts Legacy.
- The Vanishing Cabinet plays an important role in the Harry Potter story, as it is the object Malfoy uses to smuggle several Death Eaters into the school despite the protective walls on the Hogwarts grounds. This very Vanishing Cabinet can be seen in the Room of Requirement.
- The music box used by Professor Snape is in the Room of Requirement. This Easter Egg is easy to miss, as it only becomes available when you enter the room with Professor Weasley. You must go to the area where there is a boar’s head and the painting on the table. The box is right next to the painting, and when you approach the box, a person will jump out. You guessed right! It’s Professor Severus Snape, and even the different timelines of Hogwarts Legacy couldn’t keep him away from the Hogwarts grounds.
- Remember when Harry Potter and his friends were in Gryffindor Tower tasting sweets and making animal noises? This scene from the movie “Prisoner of Azkaban” will always stay in our minds and bring us joy every time we remember it. This Easter Egg gives you the same experience and you can try different sweets. They can float, spit fire and make different sounds. Just travel to Honeydukes in Hogsmeade to get this experience.
- For the latest in wizard fashion, head to Gladrags Wizardwear in Hogsmeade. You’ll be able to sell your equipment and purchase a variety of outfits and accessories from owner Augustus Hill, a self-proclaimed expert in unusual clothing. What many players don’t know is that Gladrag’s Wizardwear is mentioned several times in the Harry Potter books. The first time the clothing store was mentioned was on the magical poster at the Quidditch World Cup final, where the brand humorously advertised its various stores in London, Paris, and Hogsmeade.
- Throughout Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll encounter a large number of talking mirrors that will comment on your appearance. Sometimes the mirrors will praise your fashion or beauty, sometimes they will insult you. What makes these mirrors an Easter Egg is the fact that Harry himself had to deal with talking mirrors during his time with the Weasleys and in the Leaky Cauldron.
- One Easter Egg you can find by going from the Grand Staircase to the Trophy Room is a Hogwarts Herb Teaching Award. This trophy has been awarded to none other than the current Herbology teacher, Mirabel Garlick. Mirabel Garlick earned the award in her 7th year at Hogwarts for exceeding expectations in her work with plants, from Mandrake to Mistletoe to Bubotubers to Jumping Bulbs. There are many more references to the main series in the Trophy Room.
- Some fan-favorite moments from the books didn’t even make it into the movies, but luckily they get their day in the sun in Hogwarts Legacy. One of the book memories that fans hold dear is Harry helping the Weasleys clean up their dwarf-infested garden. Harry learns to swing the dwarves to make them dizzy, then throw them as far as he can, hoping they won’t make it back to the garden. When players attend their first Herbology class, Leander Prewett, himself an ancestor of Molly Weasley, tells them of his own memories of the Plague, something his Weasley descendants will do a century later.
Did you find any other Easter Eggs in Hogwarts Legacy that we might have missed? And what’s your favorite Easter Egg? Let us know in the comments!
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