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Hogwarts Legacy

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Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy cover
Avalanche Software
Warner Bros. Games
Portkey Games[1]
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows February 10, 2023
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 84
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Dark, Fantasy, Europe, Victorian
Series Harry Potter
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup 2003
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009
Lego Harry Potter (series)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 2011
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience 2018
Hogwarts Legacy 2023
Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions TBA

Hogwarts Legacy is an action RPG developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games under the Portkey Games publishing label.[1] The game is set in the overarching world created for the Harry Potter series.

Initially leaked online as early as 2018,[3], Hogwarts Legacy was officially announced in 2020 for an eventual release date of February 10, 2023, following delays, on both Steam and the Epic Games Store. Digital Deluxe Edition owners of the game were given access to the game earlier, giving them access to the game three days before the release date.[4]

Following its release, the game was praised for its content by critics and fans alike, but had criticism drawn towards the stuttering and overall performance issues exhibited by the launch version of the game.[5][6]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Official Discord server


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
All versions require Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes three days early access to the game, a Thestral Mount and the Dark Arts Pack downloadable content.


Type Notes
DLC The Dark Arts Pack included with the Digital Deluxe Edition can be purchased separately.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dark Arts Pack Includes access to the Thestral Mount, the Dark Arts Cosmetic Set and the Dark Arts Battle Arena.
Onyx Hippogriff Mount Pre-purchase entitlement.
House Fan-atic School Robe and Beaked Skull Mask Obtained by users by linking their Harry Potter Fan Club and WB Games accounts.


Type Notes
No microtransactions Developers have explicitly stated that the game will not feature any microtransactions.[7]
Cosmetic bonuses can be claimed by watching Hogwarts Legacy streams with a linked Twitch account.[8]
The Merlin's Cloak cosmetic can be obtained by watching developer streams with a linked Twitch account.[8]
The PC version lacks the Felix Felicis potion recipe and Haunted Hogsmeade Shop quest exclusive to the PlayStation consoles, although the Felix Felicis potion can unofficially be added.[9]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Hogwarts Legacy\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Hogwarts\Saved\Config\WindowNoEditor<user-id>[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/990080/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Hogwarts Legacy\Saved\SaveGames\<user-id>
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Hogwarts\Saved\SaveGames\<user-id>[Note 4]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/990080/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Steam Cloud
Saves and input settings.


Display settings
Display settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use HogwartsLegacyFix to fix pillarboxing in cutscenes.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Adjustable between -20 and +20, see Field of view (FOV) to increase.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Named Windowed fullscreen. There is no Exclusive Fullscreen option.[11]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Quality is tied to Texture Quality (2x for Low, 4x for Medium and 8x for High and Ultra).[12]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA (Low and High) and DLAA. No option is present to disable anti aliasing.
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 1.0, FSR 2.2, XeSS 1.1, DLSS 3.1, NIS
DLSS Frame Generation is supported. Both DLSS and FSR have sharpness sliders.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Can be capped up to 360 frames per second.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray traced shadows, reflections and ambient occlusion. Each setting can be toggled individually alongside a global Ray Tracing Quality setting. See Ray tracing to further improve quality.
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopia modes for most UI and HUD elements only.[13]
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.
The game includes a benchmarking feature that calculates recommended settings for the current system, rather than a standard performance benchmark.[14]

Field of view (FOV)

High values may cause visual bugs in the sky.
Change the value in the config file.
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Locate the CameraSettings
  4. Change the value of FieldOfViewOffset to desired amount.

Ray tracing

Improve quality of ray traced reflections[15][16]
By default, the resolution of the ray traced reflections in the game are set to 40% of the screen resolution, leading to blurry visuals on mirrored surfaces.
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Create the section [SystemSettings] at the bottom of the file, if it does not already exist.
  4. Add the following lines to the section:
  5. Save and close the file.


Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Binding a non-US layout key to an action that appears on the HUD causes a [KEYBOARD_UNKNOWNCHARCODE_*] message to be displayed in place of the key, deforming the HUD. Secondary key bindings can be toggled to display instead of the primary bindings.
Mouse acceleration
It can be disabled in-game, which sets it to a tiny number in GameUserSettings.ini, or through the GameUserSettings.ini in the Configuration file(s) location.
Mouse sensitivity
Sensitivity of cursor, aiming and camera can be separately adjusted.[13]
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Broom flight controls and Camera X-axis can be also separately inverted.[13]
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Sensitivity of cursor, aiming and camera can be separately adjusted.[13]
Controller Y-axis inversion
Broom flight controls and Camera X-axis can be also separately inverted.[13]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Also supports DualSense, however does not support additional DualSense features from the PlayStation 5 version.[17]
DualShock button prompts
Only shows button prompts for DualShock 4 controllers despite recognising a DualSense controller.[18]
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless
DualSense tested
Generic/other controllers
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller natively supported via Steam Input.
Button prompts
Requires Steam Input to be enabled. Some buttons are misconfigured (swapped B/A inputs on A/B prompts for spell casting, and swapped A/B and X/Y buttons when selecting the spells)
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate options to adjust volume for music, sound effects and dialogue, and a toggle to mute all sound.[13]
Surround sound
Size scales with UI text adjustments.[13]
Closed captions
No standard closed captioning, however an Audio Visualiser can be found in the Accessibility settings.
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
A fan translation is available at Magyarítások Portál
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

Issues unresolved

Stuttering and low performance

The game appears to exhibit performance issues, most notably stuttering, regardless of the hardware in use.[6][19]
Set the VRAM limit manually[20]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Create the section [SystemSettings] at the bottom of the file, if it does not already exist.
  4. Add r.Streaming.PoolSize= to the section.
  5. Add whichever value is lower from the following to the same line:
    1. the value of half the GPU memory in megabytes (e.g. a 8 GB GPU would be 4096).
    2. 6144 if the GPU memory is 12 GB or higher.
  6. Save and close the file.
Replace Razer Chroma library file with an empty one[citation needed]
  1. Download the EMPTY mod.
  2. Unpack the archive, and place the CChromaEditorLibrary64.dll in <path-to-game>/Phoenix/Plugins/ChromaSDKPlugin/Binaries/Win64, overwrite files when prompted to do so.

Issues fixed

Controller rumble not working

Clear pcinfo.json[21]
  1. Make sure the game is not running.
  2. Delete %LOCALAPPDATA%\Hogwarts Legacy\Saved\pc_info.json
  3. Restart the game.


Rumble support will resume for whatever input is used when launching the game.
Also, Steam Input should be activated in the game controller settings.

Protagonist's voice sounds robotic

Reset the Pitch slider in the audio settings to the default value[22][23]

VR support

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise, XAudio XAudio 2.9
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-6600
AMD Ryzen 5 1400
System memory (RAM) 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 85 GB (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon RX 470
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The game will run on Intel Core 2 processors, despite the minimum requirements.
The minimum requirements are for 720p at 30 FPS with Low quality settings, while the recommended requirements are for 1080p at 60 FPS with High quality settings. Additional system requirements for higher end systems are also available.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.27.2[2]
  2. Only uses Hogwarts when streaming to other devices.[10]
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/990080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (990080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. Only uses Hogwarts when streaming to other devices.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Frequently Asked Questions - Hogwarts Legacy - last accessed on 2023-02-06
    "Warner Bros. Games is publishing Hogwarts Legacy under the Portkey Games label."
  2. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
  3. IGN - Harry Potter RPG Leaked Gameplay Has Fans Freaking Out - last accessed on 2023-02-11
  4. PC Gamer - Hogwarts Legacy early access start and launch times - last accessed on 2023-02-11
  5. PCGamesN - Hogwarts Legacy review: meh-xpelliarmus - last accessed on 2023-02-11
    "Performance-wise, there’s a little to be desired. I’m playing on a 3080 with the graphics preset on ultra, and while quieter areas can see me hit 80fps, wandering around a busy part of Hogwarts or waltzing from shop to shop in Hogsmeade can drop to around 40fps. One particularly egregious occasion was at the Owlery, where I spent my entire time below 20fps, but it fixed itself after leaving. It’s not unplayable, and even without ray tracing the game looks rather lovely, but there’s room for improvement."
  6. 6.0 6.1 PC Gamer - Hogwarts Legacy PC players are cursed with stuttering and other performance issues - last accessed on 2023-02-11
  7. Hogwarts Legacy - Frequently Asked Questions - last accessed on 2022-08-25
    "Q: Can players make in-game purchases in Hogwarts Legacy?
    A: Players with the Hogwarts Legacy Standard Edition can purchase the Dark Arts Pack in-game separately, which is otherwise available exclusively in the Deluxe Edition. There are no other items for purchase in the game.
  8. 8.0 8.1 PC Gamer - Here's when to earn Hogwarts Legacy Twitch drops for special cosmetics - last accessed on 2023-02-11
  9. PlayStation.Blog - A dark secret awaits in Hogwarts Legacy’s Haunted Hogsmeade PlayStation exclusive quest - last accessed on 2023-02-11
  10. 10.0 10.1 Lost save on PC - Reddit - last accessed on 2023-02-17
  11. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
  12. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
    Confirmed by enabling the console with Universal Unreal Engine 4 Unlocker and querying for the value of r.MaxAnisotropy
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 WB Games A11y Article - last accessed on 2023-02-01
  14. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
    The game pauses briefly to scan the system and calculate the best graphics options, none of the standard flyby benchmarks are present
  15. Reddit - /r/HarryPotterGame - [PC Raytracing Quality Fix (Major Performance Impact)] - last accessed on 2023-02-13
  16. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-18
  17. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
  18. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
    The control options menu shows the silhouette of a DualSense, but all button prompts present in the game are for the DS4 (noticeable by the usage of the Options button and coloured face buttons)
  19. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
    Playing the game on my system (Ryzen 9 5900X/RTX 4080) has seen some very inconsistent performance and general hitching even when the framerate is somewhat stable, with and without the use of DLSS and Frame Generation
  20. Reddit - /r/HarryPotterGame - PC Performance Tips - This got rid of low FPS dips for me and friends - last accessed on 2023-02-13
  21. [1] Saw some people having trouble using rumble on DualSense or DualShock 4
  22. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2023-02-11
  23. Destructoid - Hogwarts Legacy robotic pitch voice bug fix, explained - last accessed on 2023-02-11