Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery: Everything you need to know!

Let's be honest: All of us are still waiting for our Hogwarts letter to arrive via owl post. I personally am on my fifteenth 11th birthday, and I must say, I'm disappointed that there's still no word. Thankfully, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's new label Portkey Games is giving us the next best thing — a mobile game that allows users to experience all Hogwarts has to offer. Looking to learn everything you can about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery? Look no further.

What's new with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery?

September 5, 2018: Hogwarts is back in session - Year 5 unlocked!

Time to grab your books and jump on the Hogwarts Express because Year 5 has finally begun in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. We've been waiting so long it feels like summer would never end, but as of today, you can continue your adventures in the hallowed halls.

In Year 5, players return to Hogwarts for their most rigorous year of studies yet, and important milestones in the curriculum. Players that earned their prefect badge in Year 4 will take on the responsibilities of the role, while enjoying access to a new location in the game, the prefect's bathroom. But all Year 5 students are faced with an even bigger test than earning the badge: taking their Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.) exams.

You'll finally be able to see what's around the corner in Knockturn Alley, meet Professor Cuthbert Binns, and who is to be the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher. You may even cross paths with another member of the Weasley family.

If you've been waiting for Year 5 to begin, it's time. Don't forget your Prefect badge!

July 12, 2018: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery gets multiplayer Duelling Club

Wands up Harry Potter fans! You've learned the basics of dueling, and have mastered your skills against the best in your class. Now, you can compete against other real-life players in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery's first-ever multiplayer event.

Join the Duelling Club by logging into the game starting July 12. You'll be able to join a match against another player by handing over a Duelling Club ticket. You'll get three tickets total.

You'll then be paired up with another real-life player where you'll duel it out. The winner gets to keep their Duelling Club ticket and receive a special price. Their opponent forfeits their ticket.

This first Duelling Club event lasts just four days, ending July 15.

Don't worry, though. There will be more Duelling Club meetings in the future. Jam City plans to have more multiplayer Duelling Club events throughout the summer. You can follow along on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on future Duelling Club events.

June 27, 2018: Pets have arrived at Hogwarts!

Today, your magical education just got a little bit more interesting. With the latest update, you can have an owl, rat, cat, or toad to join you as you uncover the mystery of what happened to your brother.

From the adorable boarhound puppy, Fang, to the feisty but devoted feline, Mrs. Norris, pets are a beloved part of life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Starting today, players of the mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, can have critters of their own!

After updating to version 1.7.0, launch the game to see a new quest added to your Side Quests log. Visit your dormitory. Instead of just hanging out in your common room, you will actually be able to visit your sleeping quarters. There, you can pick up to four different pets.

When you head out to explore Hogwarts, pick one pet to accompany you, and it will appear in various locations throughout the grounds.

Your pet gives you an energy boost when they are woken from their sleep.

Pets, of course, aren't cheap. You'll have to pay out anywhere from 160 to 320 gems to add a pet to your party.

April 25, 2018: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is live in the App Store!

Wandering Wizards! Your term at Hogwarts has just started. If you've been waiting for the day when you can finally start training to be a witch or wizard, head over to the App Store right now and download the game for free.

YOU have been chosen to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Embark on your own adventure in this all-new RPG set in the wizarding world, years before Harry Potter received his Hogwarts letter. Explore never-before-seen rooms of Hogwarts Castle and investigate ancient mysteries. Learn powerful magic and knowledge from Professors Dumbledore, Snape, and more. Duel against your rivals and forge alliances with new friends to help you on your adventures. As part of WBIE's Portkey Games label, this groundbreaking mobile game puts you at the center of an all-new story in the wizarding world. When your mettle is tested, what kind of witch or wizard will you be? A heroic Gryffindor? A cunning Slytherin? You decide! After all, this is your Hogwarts story.

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We'll have a full guide to playing the game as soon as we've had some time to play. Stay Tuned!

April 5, 2018: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery arrives in 20 days!

Jam City, the mobile game studio that is behind Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery announced the official launch date for April 25. In a press release, the company also confirmed six of the actors from the original film series will be doing the voices of their characters including: Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey), and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch).

You can still sign up to pre-register for the game from the official website for iPhone and iPad users, or directly from Google Play for Android users.

What is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery?

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a story-driven roleplaying game created by Portkey Games and JamCity in which users play as students at Hogwarts in the 1980s. In the game, you'll be able to create your own customized avatar, attend classes with famed Hogwarts professors, perfect your spells and other magical abilities, build relationships, and duel your enemies. Though it is set before Harry Potter himself was of age to attend the acclaimed school of witchcraft and wizardry, it still features many familiar faces like Nymphadora Tonks (sorry, Tonks), Bill Weasley, and Professor McGonagall.

In the same vein as a choose-your-own-adventure (without actually being a choose-your-own-adventure), the game is heavily decision-based, and each choice you make while playing will affect the outcome of your Hogwarts story. As beloved headmaster Albus Dumbledore once said, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Everything you decide to do will alter your quests, how other characters interact with you, and the legacy you'll leave behind. Though the announcement suggests that you don't choose a Crabbe and Goyle-style path, it might actually be fun to see how that turns out.

As you play and hone your skills, you'll be able to continuously upgrade your avatar's look, unlock new locations, gain new spells, and even adopt animal familiars (that hopefully aren't animagi in disguise). The magical expertise you gain as you progress though the game will also come in handy during the missions you undertake within the narrative.

What devices can I use to play it?

Though the game hasn't officially been released yet, it will be available from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon's app store "soon in 2018." Once the game launches, links for Apple, Android, and Amazon will be added below. If you'd like to receive updates about the game's release, you can pre-register using your email on the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery website. You can also follow Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

How do I play the game?

If you're just getting started playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, head over to our beginner's guide.

Is this the same game as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

Nope! Though both are official HP games, they are completely separate adventures and will have different gameplay systems. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an AR game from Pokémon GO developer Niantic Labs.

Any questions?

Have any further questions about living your best Hogwarts life? Sound off in the comments and I'll do my best to help you out.

Tory Foulk

Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.