Ever since Portkey Games‘ Hogwarts Legacy invited us to immerse in its beloved wizarding world as a fifth-year student, our time has mostly been spent either studying Unforgivable Curses, or unearthing the iconic locations as seen in the Harry Potter movies. And boy, let it be said that Hogwarts Legacy, being the open-world gem that it is, is hands down one of the greatest time capsules of goodies you could ever come across.
Anyway, if you have just started your journey as a fresh-faced student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, then chances are you'll be wanting to scout out all of the most memorable locations from its on-screen counterpart. If that's the case, then definitely consider checking out the following landmarks the next time you're out roaming the castle grounds.
6. The Chamber of Secrets (Entrance)
As Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late-1800s, you cannot actually venture beneath the school and see The Chamber of Secrets in all its snakish glory. That said, you can visit the bathroom where the entrance is located—a room which would go on to house Moaning Myrtle and stage Tom Riddle's escapades roughly fifty years after the events of your journey as a fifth-year. It isn't quite the same as seeing the actual chambers, though it does provide a bit of context to the whole subject if you look close enough.
You can find the bathroom by using the Floo Network to find the Slytherin Common Room. From the entrance, turn left and head up the stairs and through the halls, at which point you'll spot two doors adjacent to one another. If you take the door on your right, you'll spot the bathroom. On a side note, if you cast Revelio near the sinks, then you'll unlock a page for your Field Guide explaining the “strange snake emblem” on one of the basins. According to the Guide, nobody knows what its purpose is—a loophole that Tom Riddle would eventually come to discover in 1942.
5. Hogsmeade Station
Contrary to popular belief, not every student begins their academic year aboard the beloved Hogwarts Express. In fact, some students—most notably your playable character—starts aboard a flying carriage pulled by Thestrals. It's a shame, too, as fans of the series would have no doubt wanted to take the former route over the latter, what with it being one of the most iconic locomotives in the history of both film and literature.
There is a slight silver lining, however, and it comes in the form of Hogsmeade Station, the platform which sees hundreds of students arrive each and every year. It's a little out of the way, sure, but the fact is, you can actually visit it either by walking or by broom. To find it, you will need to head east of Hogwarts, across the Black Lake and towards the bridge that connects Hogsmeade to Aranshire.
4. Hogwarts Kitchen
If you've ever wondered where the banquets magically appear from in the Great Hall, then you're in luck, as Hogwarts Legacy actually spills all its secrets in one of the most eye-opening, albeit surprisingly unusual ways imaginable. Fact is, it isn't any regular chef cooking up all the meals, but a team of trained house elves in the kitchens directly below the hall. So, how do the elves transport the food, exactly? Well, as it turns out, the tables in the kitchen are in an identical layout to the ones positioned in the Great Hall; placing the meals on the kitchen tables magically transports them to the tables above. Who knew, right?
To find the Hogwarts kitchen, simply head towards the Hufflepuff Common Room either by walking or the Floo Network. Once there, cast Revelio near the painting of the fruit, and it will give you the option to enter its secret doorway. Just be mindful that you'll probably never see Hogwarts' feasts in the same way ever again after taking a well-deserved peek.
3. Astronomy Tower
The Astronomy Tower carries a great deal of weight with it, as it is actually the staging grounds for one of the most iconic, albeit gloomiest acts in the entire Harry Potter franchise. In Hogwarts Legacy, however, it serves only as a run-of-the-mill classroom, and it can be visited at any time of the day either during your free time, or in your Astronomy Class Assignments. You can find it by accessing your Map and heading towards the Astronomy Tower Floo Network node.
2. Hagrid's Home
Long before Hagrid studied at Hogwarts and went on to become the groundskeeper, the hut in which he transformed into a home was entirely vacant. Luckily, you can visit the soon-to-be home for yourself by heading south of the school, towards Lower Hogsfield. It may be a little eerie, what with the roaring fire being the only thing in motion, but it certainly is a real treat for fans of the franchise. There's a Field Page for you Guide, too, which tells you about about the Groundskeeper's Tools—items that can transform the quaint hut into a warmly home fit enough to accommodate a keeper of any size.
In Hogsmeade, you'll find a variety of iconic locations that feature in the franchise—Ollivanders, The Three Broomsticks, and the beloved Hogsmeade Square, to name but a few. If you look a little further, though, you'll spot a whole bunch of additional areas to explore, some of which require the use of Alohomora to unlock. Honeydukes, for example, can be found in the northeastern section of the town, and can be explored in its entirety. Although you won't be able to purchase any Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, you will be able to take a big ol' bite out of some of its complimentary confectionaries. Worth the detour, for sure.
So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five locations? Are there any areas of Hogwarts that you'd recommend exploring? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.