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Legacy of the Hogwarts villains explained

The latest PlayStation State of Play brought a ton of new information about Avalanche Studios’ upcoming open-world action-RPG, Hogwarts Legacy. Despite not releasing until this holiday season, the show featured a lot of new gameplay and shed some light on plot details.

More specifically, we’ve received the first information on the Hogwarts Legacy villains – one is an entirely new character in the wizarding world, while the other may have family ties to another wizard referenced in the original series.

Who is Ranrok?

During the roughly 20 minute presentation, we learned that one of the tasks your wizard or witch will be tasked with is to stop a rebellion led by a goblin named Ranrok. This wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened in the wizarding world. As the Harry Potter Wiki notes that prior to the events of Hogwarts Legacy, three goblin rebellions took place previously, the first of which dates back to 1612.

The relationship between goblins and wizards/witches is strained, with the way goblins are treated by wizards being the main reason for these rebellions. Goblins are viewed by many wizards as inferior to the wizards in the Harry Potter franchise and face prejudice and segregation. One such example is a law prohibiting goblins from carrying wands.

Hogwarts Legacy gameplay images

in the a detailed PlayStation Blog Avalanche Studios Community Manager Chandler Wood notes on Hogwarts Legacy that Ranrok’s hatred of wizards distorts his “worldview”. Avalanche Narrative Lead Moira Squier mentions that Ranrok “saw a magical glimmer that wizards tried to hide—even from themselves—and he wants that power badly.”

Interestingly, during the gameplay presentation, we can see that in Hogwarts Legacy, goblins will use magic in the game. We even see Ranrok once use magic himself without a wand, although it has been confirmed that goblins can use magic without a wand.

Victor Rookwood and his possible connections

Victor Rookwood is the second villain we were briefly introduced to in Hogwarts Legacy State of Play. Rookwood leads a faction of dark wizards who form an uneasy alliance with Ranrok in Hogwarts Legacy.

Based on the surname, there is a possibility that Victor Rookwood is related to another wizard: Augustus Rookwood. Augustus is another dark wizard who was a devoted follower of Lord Voldermort and a Death Eater. As Igor Karkaroff claims Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireRookwood worked as a double agent for Voldermort while employed in the Department of Mysteries before being arrested and imprisoned in Azkaban. While Avalanche Software has yet to confirm or deny this relationship, it is interesting to note that both share the same last name and have associated with wizards and witches who practice dark magic.

While much of Hogwarts Legacy is still unknown, particularly from a narrative perspective, Avalanche Software has plenty to do. The Harry Potter timeline shows that the 19th century was largely unexplored in books and films. Most of the Harry Potter timeline events focus primarily on the 1900s, with the Fantastic Beasts films set in the 1920s and Harry Potter’s Adventures in the 1990s. It will be interesting to see how much of the established universe will find its way into Hogwarts Legacy from a lore and narrative standpoint, in significant events resembling the first and second wizarding wars.

That’s all we know about the Hogwarts Legacy villains for now, but we’ll be sure to learn more ahead of release this holiday. Ahead of its recent reveal, the game has sparked discussion about its connection to Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has become known for her transphobic comments in recent years. Warner Bros. has said the writer isn’t directly involved in the game, but leadership has said “she has the right to express her personal opinion.” Reports have since suggested that the game will allow for the creation of transgender characters.

That wasn’t confirmed in the latest State of Play, but we got new gameplay and story details from Hogwarts Legacy alongside the villain reveals and confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will be coming to Nintendo Switch.

Taylor is an Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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