This difference between Hogwarts Legacy and ‘Harry Potter’ is one of its great contradictions

This difference between Hogwarts Legacy and ‘Harry Potter’ is one of its great contradictions
This difference between Hogwarts Legacy and ‘Harry Potter’ is one of its great contradictions

Hogwarts Legacy is not part of official canon. It is an independent story set in the magical universe of Harry Potter, a what if with new characters, some familiar surnames and a completely new story. The title from Warner Bros Games. Avalanche, which is on sale right now, tells the story of a student who receives his Hogwarts letter at age 16, an anomaly because all wizard children enter school when they turn 11. This premise is justified with the excuse that the protagonist has an aptitude for ancient magic, a rare gift that can be vital to defeat the goblin Ranrok and a certain dark wizard who helps him. However, what really contradicts the ‘Harry Potter’ books is not that, but rather the apparent impunity that the kid has to kill using forbidden spells.

This article contains some Hogwarts Legacy spoilers.

In both ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, neither Voldemort nor the Death Eaters have any qualms about using the unforgivable curses. In the middle of the Battle of Hogwarts, the bad guys shout “Avada Kedavra” and launch their murderous green rays at their enemies. Meanwhile, the good ones are content with a lukewarm response that includes “Expelliarmus”, “Bombarda”, “Petrificus Totalus”, “Desmaius” and other rather deterrent spells. It sounds too naive, but that’s how it happens in novels and movies.

Hogwarts Legacy and the use of the unforgivable curses

In Hogwarts Legacy, perhaps because the canon barriers do not constrict or squeeze tightly, moral boundaries are more blurred. The game introduces a secondary arc closely linked to Slytherin house and the unforgivable curses. Sebastian is desperate because he wants to save her sister from a curse that has left her sick and battered. As he investigates, he is introduced into the most absolute darkness, to the point that he ends up killing a family member in the presence of our protagonist.

Leaving aside this story itself, which in a way justifies the argument that there is no kind of punitive consequence against Sebastian, the main character also learns the unforgivable curses, Cruciatus (torture), Imperius (mind control) and Avada Kedavra (killing curse). ). While in ‘Harry Potter’ it was unthinkable that children would dedicate themselves to making their wand dance with these spells – and in reality adults too, with the exception of Death Eaters – in Hogwarts Legacy it is used within the game to kill, manipulate and torture magiciansgoblins and enemy trolls.

In the magical world, use one of the unforgivable curses against another individual carries a sentence of life imprisonment in Azkaban, the prison of magicians, unless, of course, it is proven that the accused was acting under the effects of the Imperius curse. In the title of Avalanche there is hardly any moral reflection on the use of this type of spells, especially because there are no consequences nor is the psychological dimension of the matter reflected. It was leaked that some kind of morality system was initially implemented in the game, but it was eventually removed. Maybe it would have been a good way to channel this contradiction.

Hogwarts Legacy is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch and PC and will be updated for free in the summer. The game has become a huge success, to the point that it is the best selling title of the entire year 2023. It is assumed that there will be a sequel, although Warner Bros. Games is now focusing on its Quidditch video game, the sport of wizards.

 
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