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Why This Muggle Is Still Playing HARRY POTTER: HOGWARTS MYSTERY

Why This Muggle Is Still Playing HARRY POTTER: HOGWARTS MYSTERY

The dissenting among the gaming community would have many problems with this title: but I am still playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery for one single reason: Pride. I started this game and damn it, I’m going to finish it.

For those of you unfamiliar with this single-player role-playing game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, created by Jam City, under license from Portkey Games, is based loosely on the Harry Potter series, focusing on the years following the downfall of Voldemort (Yes, that might be a spoiler, but isn’t this common knowledge at this point?)  The game launched in April 2018 to much excitement that was quickly dampened as soon as players realized this wasn’t an MMO, but a story-based game that focuses on a difficult-to-manage energy system and micro-charges for success.

Whether it’s due to hatred toward the game and development, or the mere fact that they’ve caught up with the game and it’s simply not fun anymore, Reddit frequently features people leaving (or being liberated) from the game. However, there are some of us who refuse to delete the app and stop playing so I’ve taken to finding ways to make the game easier to manage. Here’s how I make it enjoyable (or as close to it, because my pride won’t let me do otherwise).

The game progresses quickly until you get to year four, which is when the original build of the app finished. Since year four began, weekly updates have featured one chapter of gameplay, but overwhelmingly, Jam City has pushed events where you take classes (Note: Take Charms, it’s the easiest class to finish quickly!) to gain house points/crests/house pride to get gifts like clothing (really channeling the 80’s vibe here) or even pets.

IMG_2480Ignore the events: The current event features a lofty “House Pride” goal of 156 house points in about 3 days. In House Pride events, the more house points you gain, the higher your ranking is; compound this with the additional housemates gaining house points, and you might just stand a chance. While you are working with other housemates (read: Bots), you are not able to control anything with the other players in your house or in other houses. You are responsible for YOUR game, no one else’s, so it’s impossible to fight for your own winnings in this part of the game. Follow along with the story and let the chips fall where they may.

Use the pets: If you have a pet, mine them for their extra energy between chapters, during the day, etc. The average time for pets to ‘fall asleep’ for you to ‘wake them up’ for energy is anywhere between 4 and 6 hours. When you catch up with the story (common with a lot of players today), take that downtime, not to take extra classes for house points, but to farm energy from your pets. You paid gems for them, might as well use them!

DO NOT spend real life currency on anything in-game: If you’re lucky, you’ll get the ad-for-gems/energy on a regular basis; otherwise finishing tasks and story points will reward you with gems. Spend time living your life and jump back into the game when it suits you. In a point of desperation (I really wanted that jacket) I bought gems during a sale and regret it since they were gone almost as soon as I purchased them, and it’s nigh on impossible to get them now.

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Game the Game! Learn how much time you need to fill your energy bar, then take a short class to get those two house points and then go back to your day. Repeat ad nauseum. Also, keep your notifications on so you know, if taking a longer class, you can complete it on time. There’s nothing more frustrating than being 2 stars away from completing the class, only to miss out on that completion and be prompted to pay 170 gems to finish it. (Ummmm…no thanks! Just take it over!)

Lastly, join the Reddit and Discord communities to have fun with the other players even if you can’t game with them within your app. You’ll see spoilers, helpful tips and even announcements when new chapters drop so it’s a wealth of information and fun. At the very least you’ll have someone else with whom to commiserate.

Are you still playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery? What motivates you to keep playing?

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Image Credits: Jam City/Portkey Games

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