Hogwarts Legacy is here and the anticipation is real. The game takes place long before the Harry Potter series, so there are plenty of mysteries to uncover. One of the things that players have been discussing is why we will be playing our character in Hogwarts Legacy since the year XNUMX. Why was that year so pivotal that the game developers decided to pick it? Read on and find out.
Because you are starting as a fifth year at Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy Story Explains Reasoning
There are two main reasons why players start out as a fifth-year student at Hogwarts Legacy: an in-game reason and a real-life reason. Please note that spoilers follow for the end of the game.
Hogwarts Legacy begins with the player receiving their letter to Hogwarts, being escorted to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Eleazar Fig. It isn't long before you encounter a dragon on your way to school that derails your journey. It is apparent during these opening hours that the player has a connection to a mysterious form of magic. As a result, they become a threat to the game's villains, Ranrok and Rookwood.
Later in the game, it becomes apparent that two other characters who started the fifth year also have a connection to magic. While the game does not reveal why players acquired the magic so late, knowledge of this ancient magic seems to be a necessary requirement. Ancient magic may have caused the player to develop late in life.
Related: How to book Hogwarts Legacy? Answered
The best but strongest reason given why your character won't start as a first year is simply that they won't know much by then. If you remember, Harry knew next to nothing when he enrolled at Hogwarts. If you were to start as a freshman you would have to go ahead and learn every single spell there is and that would make for a very boring game.
Furthermore, by the time you're in your fifth year, you know all the basic spells, but you still have the freedom to branch out in any direction you want. Also, by then you'll know how to ride a broom and play Quidditch and wander around different areas in and out of school (where freshmen are not allowed). Also, starting out as an older student means you're closer to the age where you can fall in love with other characters. You are a much more autonomous person in fifth grade than before.