- Wingardium Leviosa and Arresto Momentum may not be as effective in combat as other spells in Hogwarts Legacy 2.
- The Disillusionment charm is rarely used and considered redundant in the majority of the game.
- The Unforgivable Curses, though initially fun, can break immersion and may not suit the story and gameplay in the sequel.
One of the best aspects of Harry Potter and the wider Wizarding World franchise is its vast array of spells, with most of them feeling creative and looking truly magical. Thankfully, Hogwarts Legacy nailed this integral element, delivering a total of 34 spells, most of which can be used both to duel dark wizards and other foes, as well as solve several fun little puzzles in the game’s open world.
With a total of 34 spells, it’s only natural that Hogwarts Legacy contained all the usual series staples, along with a sprinkling of lesser-known spells. A lot of these lesser-known spells actually ended up being some of the best in the game, making the player feel like this all-powerful witch or wizard. Unfortunately, it was some of the series’ most iconic spells that ended up feeling a little disappointing in Hogwarts Legacy, and when it comes to building an arsenal for the inevitable sequel, there are a few spells that Avalanche may want to leave on the cutting room floor, at least in their current state.
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Spells That Shouldn’t Return In Hogwarts Legacy 2
Unlocked very early on in Hogwarts Legacy, Wingardium Leviosa is one of the most iconic spells in the Wizarding World thanks largely in part to its infamous debut appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but unfortunately, it ends up being one of the most lackluster spells in the game. Classified as a Utility spell, Wingardium Leviosa only allows players to levitate and move certain objects in the environment. While this spell gets plenty of use, it does end up feeling a bit too similar to the Levioso spell, which allows players to levitate opponents in combat. It might be best for Hogwarts Legacy 2 to combine these spells into one.
Another iconic Harry Potter spell, Arresto Momentum falls into a similar trap as Wingardium Leviosa. Classified as a Control spell, Arresto Momentum can be used to slow down enemies and break yellow protective barriers, but as the game progresses and enemies become more powerful, this spell quickly loses its effectiveness. Instead, players will mostly end up using Glacius, as it not only slows down opponents but also increases the damage taken by other spells for a short duration.
While it makes for some engaging story missions, the Disillusionment charm very rarely comes into play during the vast majority of Hogwarts Legacy‘s runtime. Putting it simply, Hogwarts Legacy‘s stealth systems weren’t all that great, and a spell focused solely around them was very rarely used by most players, making Disillusionment a bit of a redundant addition.
A spell that burns and sets fire to opponents at close range, Incendio can be one of the most powerful spells in the game when it’s used right, but it is immediately overshadowed by Confringo. Much like Incendio, Confringo delivers an explosive burst of fire damage to opponents, with a high chance of setting them on fire, but unlike Incendio, Confringo can be fired from long-range, making it much more useful during most combat encounters.
The Unforgivable Curses
A controversial pick, the Unforgivable Curses might not have a place in Hogwarts Legacy 2. The first Hogwarts Legacy played fast and loose with its in-universe rules, allowing players to wield the Unforgivable Curses with no consequence at all, and for many fans, this broke the game’s immersion quite a bit. While they were fun to use for a little while, Hogwarts Legacy‘s Unforgivable Curses felt somewhat like cheat codes after a few hours, being mostly used as an instant win when the combat got a bit too challenging. It might be best for a sequel to just drop them entirely, both to service the story and for the gameplay.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy
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Hogwarts Legacy is a game that allows players to explore an open world, including locations such as Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, the Forbidden Forest, and the surrounding Overland area. Players can create their unique witch or wizard character, learn spells, brew potions, grow plants, and tend to magical beasts during their journey. Sorting into a Hogwarts house and forging relationships with other characters enable players to master various skills and shape their characters’ development.
The game features an original wizarding world adventure set in an unexplored era, where players uncover a hidden truth from the past. Challenging encounters await, such as battles against trolls, Dark Wizards, goblins, and a dangerous villain who poses a threat to the fate of the world.
- Harry Potter
- February 10, 2023
- T For Teen Due To Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol
- How Long To Beat
- 26 Hours
- PS Plus Availability