It’s the last day of my vacation and I’ve got to go back to work tomorrow. Ain’t that a drag? Well over the weekend, to raise my spirits, we got this extra-long visit to Hogwarts Legacy, a video game I am very much looking forward to in a couple of months. Hopefully it plays well on the Playstation 4 because I haven’t yet splurged on the hard-to-find PS5 just yet. We see a lot and learn a lot in this video, if you fancy a watch.
The create-a-wizard looks amazing. Lots of options, so that’s good. The common rooms and the castle look great, full of NPCs doing their own thing. That’s neat. We won’t be getting Bully-esque classes, like I wanted. I can live with that. There will be a day/night cycle, that’s cool. Yeah, this is a really good look at the game. And, hopefully, all of these things can be approved upon in a hopeful sequel.
First we need to find out if it plays OK on the PS4, pretty please.
Hogwarts Legacy comes out on Feb. 10.
In the end, I’m probably gonna buy and play Hogwarts Legacy. I love open world RPGs, I love create-a-character stuff and I still love the Wizarding World. It may have all been created by a terrible TERF, but being able to create my own wizard and send them wandering around a fully realized Hogwarts? This is gonna be too good to pass up.
Playstation and the game developers released this huge look at the game yesterday and every single thing in this video is exactly what I want to hear.
Create-a-character looks great. We’ve got a ton of outfit choices as well. I’m shocked that the game will diverge on which house you get to join, that’s insane. Are there going to be four different games? Surely the game changes depending on your House, right?! The wand fighting looks cool and fluid. The world looks huge and open worldy. The classroom stuff looks straight out of Bully, which is exactly what I want.
This game looks great and now I’m very excited to play. This is gonna be a helluva year for video games! Hogwarts Legacy is due out at the end of the year, but there’s a good chance it’ll get delayed — which I have no problem with! We’ve waited this long, I’m more than willing to keep waiting if they need to make the game more perfect.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is coming! And proof that nobody originally intended this to be a 5-movie epic is that “Fantastic Beasts” umbrella. It just doesn’t work anymore. But who am I to judge? I’m not making movies. I’m just sitting here amazed that somebody in power feels this franchise has legs.
I did not like the last Fantastic Beasts movie. I have zero interest in Dumbledore’s secret brother. This franchise has one job: just tell more stories in the Harry Potter Universe. And yet two films in, it’s already upturned the table and is just gonna go hog wild doing whatever it wants. More power to it, I suppose.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore arrives in theaters on April 15.
I didn’t like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald. I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as much as the next person, and I relatively enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts movie. But the new sequel is baloney. It’s a hodgepodge of conflicting and confusing subplots, all attempting to pad out a movie that’s really only concerned with setting up the rest of the franchise.
But there’s one thing that really, really bugged me about the new film: the casual use of the killing curse.
I’m not going to spoil anything in the movie, at least nothing important. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the acolytes of the criminal Grindewald, among others, use the killing curse. It’s just how they use it that really annoys me, and how I feel it contradicts established Harry Potter canon.
Honestly, a lot of things in The Crimes of Grindelwald contradict Harry Potter canon. And as someone who enjoys the pedantry of Harry Potter canon, the detail that JK Rowling put into the Wizarding World, a lot of this really bugged me.
But what really sticks in my craw about the new movie is how casually the wizards flick their wands and administer Avada Kedavra, the killing curse.
In the books and the original films, we’re taught that Avada Kedavra is one of the three Unforgivable Curses. It’s a big freaking deal. We’re also taught that casting spells without shouting the incantation is a powerful magic that takes years of study. And I feel that it was heavily implied that you couldn’t just cast off Avada Kedavra without using the incantation.
You’ve got to really mean it when you cast Avada Kedavra. You’ve got to put your whole damn soul behind it. Even powerful wizards like Lucius Malfoy, Severus Snape and Vodlemort himself have to speak or shout the incantation out loud to cast it.
But in the film, wizards can casually stroll into a room, flick their wrists and people die.
The most egregious example, the one that really grinds my gears, involved an Auror, ostensibly one of the good guys. This Auror is standing there, wand down, when he’s startled by someone at his side. He quickly turns half around, barely raises his wand, says nothing, and a little plume of green magic comes out and the person at his side is dead. It goes that quickly and that simply.
Are Aurors just flinging around the killing curse all willy nilly? Does it really not take that much effort?
Granted, the film takes place in 1927, and the Harry Potter movies don’t happen until the 1990s. Maybe stuff like this is why the Unforgivable Curses were so established in the first place. But it always felt like those were old magical rules.
Perhaps all this casual killing, by good guys and bad guys alike, led to some new magical rules. Still bugs me though.