We finally get a first look at the upcoming Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile RPG

  • Developer Jam City gave us a first look at Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’s gameplay.
  • The game lets you create a Hogwarts student and learn spells, potions, and more.
  • You can now pre-register for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, which will launch this spring.

Announced in December, role-playing game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will arrive later this spring on iOS and Android. In preparation of the game’s upcoming release, developer Jam City gave us a first look at what to expect in terms of gameplay.

The game puts you in the shoes of a prospective Hogwarts student, who gets a letter guaranteeing admittance into the magical school. You partake in the Sorting Hat festivities and can join any of the school’s four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff.

Since Hogwarts is primarily a school, a good chunk of your time will be spent learning spells and potions. You can also partake in other activities, such as dueling with other students, exploring Hogwarts in greater detail, and befriending other students.

Along the way, you will meet known series characters Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Hagrid, Professor McGonagall, and more. Hogwarts Mystery takes place several years before Harry Potter was born, so you will also encounter a younger Bill Weasley.

On paper, Hogwarts Mystery sounds like the game that Harry Potter fans have been wanting for years. My concern is with the free-to-play aspect of the game, which includes two in-game currency systems and an energy meter.

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In other words, Hogwarts Mystery could eventually turn into a micro-transaction mess. Jam City does not have a sterling track record, seeing how this is the same studio that made games like Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game, Marvel Avengers Academy, and more. All of those games are free-to-play titles with in-app purchases that can be obnoxious, so I hope that Hogwarts Mystery does not end up the same way.

As a final note, Hogwarts Mystery is not the upcoming Harry Potter AR title. The latter is being developed by Niantic Labs, which also created Pokémon GO and Ingress.

Folks can pre-register for Hogwarts Mystery on the Play Store at the link below.