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Magical beasts didn’t play a huge role in the mainstream Harry Potter franchise. While beasts like the Hippogriff, which has been confirmed to return in Hogwarts Legacy, played a part in the series, they weren’t many of them. However, the Fantastic Beasts franchise shined a light on many of the beasts that make up the Wizarding World, and it seems the developers at Avalanche Studios would rather include the magical beasts in Hogwarts Legacy, as evident by the recent gameplay trailer.

The trailer showcased several different magical beasts, including some from the Fantastic Beasts films. However, some fans are wondering just how big of a role these beasts will play in the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy.

Magical beasts in Hogwarts Legacy

According to the Hogwarts Legacy website FAQ, players will find no shortage of magical creatures in their journey. The FAQ states that players will be able to tame some of the beasts, using them as mounts to traverse different parts of the game. The Hippogriff will be a ridable creature, for example. Of course, there will also be some land-dwelling creatures that players can mount and ride.

As for the role of magical beasts outside of the taming process, players will also attend a class about the creatures. It’s rumored this class will just be called “Beasts,” but that’s not confirmed as of yet. It’s likely this class teaches players how to befriend beasts and the best tricks to use them as mounts. If this is true, then it would only be after taking this class that players can start to ride around on beasts.

Hogwarts Legacy beasts
A group of magical beasts confirmed to be in Hogwarts Legacy. | Provided by Warner Bros. Games

It’s unclear just how large of a role magical beasts will play in Hogwarts Legacy. They could simply be in the game as mounts and nothing more. There’s also the possibility they could play a role in the main story, perhaps used to combat the goblin/dark wizard alliance that’s threatening the Wizarding World.

All will become clear when Hogwarts Legacy releases this holiday season. Until then, players will have to use their imagination or wait for more official details.

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