The Wizarding World is set to expand with the release of Hogwarts Legacy, a brand new Harry Potter title that will allow players to create their own characters and embark on a unique experience through the school of witchcraft and wizardry. As part of this journey, audiences will actually have to go shopping for school supplies.
Both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade will be packed full of areas that the player can explore to buy goods. From wand shopping at Ollivanders to picking up sweet treats at Honeydukes, Harry Potter fans are excited about the possibility of visiting their favorite fictional shops that will help fulfill their wizarding fantasy.
The Weasley twins have created joke plenty of items for the students of Hogwarts to purchase. But during the era that Hogwarts Legacy is set, Zonko’s was the main place to stop off to buy these ridiculous gifts. The joke shop is traditionally located in Hogsmeade.
Some of these items could actually be quite useful to players as they use stink bombs and other such products to distract their enemies. Certain missions throughout the game might even require items from Zonko’s to complete them; perhaps a puking pastille to get out of class for instance.
The Hog’s Head
The Hog’s Head pub has been a mainstay of Hogsmeade and indeed is linked to the name of the town itself. It’s currently owned by Aberforth Dumbledore, although it has likely changed hands a number of times. It serves all the peculiar foods and drinks expected from Harry Potter.
It would be fun to be able to order a butterbeer in this fantastic location, as friends perhaps meet for various board games and other such activities at this social hub. The Hog’s Head might be the most well-known location in Hogsmeade and could be a brilliant hub for missions to launch from.
Flourish And Blotts
Flourish and Blotts is a vital location for any new student. Hogwarts requires their pupils to have all the necessary reading materials for their classes and this bookshop will be the key place to gather them. It’s also well known for its book signing with famous wizarding authors such as Gilderoy Lockhart.
There’s no telling what secrets might lurk amongst these bookcases and there’s sure to be some must-read works on the shelves like Quidditch Through The Ages, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, and Hogwarts A History.
The Leaky Cauldron
The Leaky Cauldron is another food establishment that Harry Potter fans will surely recognize. Like The Hog’s Head, it would also serve up some strange foods. However, it will likely serve a much more important role as well as the pub also marks the entrance to Diagon Alley, which players will have to move through to access the fabled street.
What’s more, the Leaky Cauldron also operates as an inn, so players might be able to stay overnight there, perhaps before getting the Knight Bus to their desired location. Ultimately, there are so many options for this really exciting piece of Wizarding architecture.
Almost every type of wand wood and core has passed through the doors of Ollivanders at some stage, considering the business has been open for decades. It’s a rite of passage for young witches and wizards to pass through its doors and claim a wand.
Players will of course be able to choose their own magical item of choice and wield it in the shop so that they can ensure it’s the correct fit for them. The Hogwarts experience really wouldn’t feel complete without a visit to a previous Ollivander.
Madam Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions
Every student is going to need some kind of uniform to take to school, not to mention all the other clothes they’ll be wearing in their spare time. From hats and robes to scarves and jumpers, Madam Malkin’s should have everything that a new attendant to Hogwarts should require.
Although it might not be the most fun shop on the surface, in terms of gameplay there are a lot of customization options that could be built into this. What’s more, the shop is a great opportunity to showcase some house pride after the player has been sorted.
What student wouldn’t want to check out all of the confectionaries in Honeydukes? It’s probably one of the most exciting shops within Hogsmeade as it sells everything from Chocolate Frogs to Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans. There’s no end to the sweet treats available.
While it may seem redundant considering fans can’t actually eat these sweets in real life, it’s definitely interesting to explore all the options. Plus, Harry Potter games in the past have used the cards in Chocolate Frogs as collectibles; perhaps that will be a mechanic in this title as well.
Borgin And Burkes
Borgin and Burkes is located on Knockturn Alley which is one of the most unsavory locations that can be found on Diagon Alley. It sells a variety of dark artifacts, perfect for those who are interested in stepping into some of the murky magic associated with the location.
Slytherins in particular might really enjoy exploring the shop, but there’s sure to be something here that can be used to learn more about dark magic in order to combat it. It’s plausible that the store could become a part of the ongoing narrative.
Quality Quidditch Supplies
Fans know plenty about Quidditch now which means they also are aware of the only location that provides quality Quidditch supplies. The aptly titled store has broomsticks, the famous balls of the sport, and even the equipment used by the players.
Audiences are going to want to get in on the sporting action and will have to visit this Diagon Alley business before getting out onto the field. It’s a crucial part of any athlete’s journey, although not everyone may want to take up the hobby after some first-year training.
Magical creatures are a great and wholesome part of the Hogwarts experience. Everyone needs a pet to bring to school and the most common of them are of course owls. But there are so many others on offer from rats, to frogs, toads, cats, and maybe even the humble pigeon.
Magical Menagerie has a huge selection of creatures that can be purchased. Hopefully, the video game inserts some fantastic beasts into the title as well, so that players can potentially bring their own niffler to Hogwarts with them!
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