Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Get Ready To Boogie During Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery's Celestial Ball https://www.gameskinny.com/9lzpr/get-ready-to-boogie-during-harry-potter-hogwarts-mysterys-celestial-ball https://www.gameskinny.com/9lzpr/get-ready-to-boogie-during-harry-potter-hogwarts-mysterys-celestial-ball Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:06:35 -0500 QuintLyn

Players of Jam City's mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery have a new special adventure to take part in, and it's the social event of the season. The Celestial Ball is an adventure directed at players who have reached fourth-year or above. These players will be able to participate in after-class preparations for the formal dance.

In order to participate, players will need to help other Hogwarts students prepare for the ball. Some students want to help put the ball together, others want to sabotage the whole thing. Still others would just like a little help putting together the perfect makeup and outfit.

Once everything's prepared, players will need to find a date. To do this, they'll need to go to the Great Hall and mingle with classmates. When that's taken care of, there's only one thing left to do -- chose your own special outfit from a collection designed by Ravenclaw's Andre.

This will be the first time players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be able to take part in the Celestial Ball -- just in time for Valentine's Day. The devs believe it offers players an opportunity to explore more of the social aspects of the game, providing all the excitement that should be expected from a Hogwarts school dance.

The dance adds to a long list of things players are able to do in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. The game allows players to create their own characters and experience life as a Hogwarts student. Just as with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, players will attend classes, learn magic, and make both friends and enemies. There are even duels to deal with and quizzes to take.

The game offers a decision based encounter system that determines their character's story arc. With this system, players create their own experience within the game, rather than sharing the exact same storyline with all the other players.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is available on both iOS and Android devices.

The Top 10 Worst Dumpster Fire Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/snl8r/the-top-10-worst-dumpster-fire-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/snl8r/the-top-10-worst-dumpster-fire-games-of-2018 Sat, 29 Dec 2018 11:00:03 -0500 ElConquistadork


So that's it. And as clear-cut as many of the games on this list are to me, I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who would disagree with me on every single one of them (well, maybe not The Quiet Man).


And I'm good with that. Because my dislike of a game shouldn't take away your enjoyment of one. I have fun with lists like these, and then I move on. You should, too. Because the dirty little not-so-secret is this: none of us play games we hate for very long. I had so much damn fun with games this year, that I decided to have a little fun in the negatives, too. And I'd love to see what's on your list of refunds! Drop us a comment below, and have a great time with the new year! May 2019 bring us joy and pixels!


Fight me.


Here is the only advice you need when it comes to the art of seduction:

  1. Don't learn to seduce from video games.
  2. \n
  3. Don't learn to seduce from guys who go by nicknames that they clearly came up with in the 5th grade (aka, "Gambler")
  4. \n
  5. Don't learn to seduce at all.
  6. \n

Women don't want to be seduced: they want respect and clothes with pockets built in. Offer both and you should get by just fine.


I've heard many people suggest that this game is meant to be silly or understood as a joke. And if that's the case, then the creator of this game's long career as a pickup artist must be such deep satire that it's virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.


Otherwise, I'd have to assume he follows the path of plausible deniability espoused by 20th century philosopher Nelly:


"I'm just kiddin'... Unless you're gonna do it."


And even if that were the case, the gameplay is awful, and the humor is as cringy as the time your father drunkenly wet his pants during the "drunken pants wetting" scene in A Star Is Born.


Don't learn to seduce from video games: I'm pretty sure there was a GI Joe "knowing is half the battle" scene written about that.


The hype surrounding Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was so great that even jaded old grognards like myself allowed ourselves a moment for excitement. Create your own Hogwarts student, join your favorite House, and have magical adventures of your own? Where do I sign up??


No, not for the microtransactions. For the game itself.


...Oh, they're one and the same, huh? 




Let me be clear: I don't mind microtransactions in a free-to-play game. I think most of us recognized that that's the entire point of free-to-play. But there's a difference between "pay for a heightened experience" or "pay to play some extra turns" and "pay up every fifteen minutes or so if you want this to last longer than your average YouTube commercial."


And even if the transactions were justified, the game is just dull, dull, dull. I swear to god, I had to wake the Sorting Hat up from a boredom-induced nap before he would assign me to my House. 


"Hey guys: remember that terrible video game from the nineties that's basically become a meme? Wouldn't it be funny and ironic if we made a new version of it that's also bad?"


No. It would be neither of those things. 


It might, however, be an incredibly shitty game.


Oh, who am I kidding? It would most definitely be an incredibly shitty game. Enter Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.


Remember your high school friend who always took the joke a little too far? The one who thought South Park was the height of satire and had no ability to read between the lines? The one who thought the only funny jokes were dead baby jokes? 


Agony is what would happen if that kid played 2016's DOOM and decided he needed to make his own version of it. Even if the repetitive gameplay, terrible save system, and clunky stealth mechanics were fun, you're still left with a game that seems to believe that the only way to be frightening is to disgust and sicken. It's horror without mystery, fear without the fun, and disgust without the meaning. It's a 100,000 word novel, but it's just the same word written over and over again. 


That word is probably "agony", by the way.


(Editor's Note: this final joke has been put here by the recent law stating that a game review about Agony must contain some variation of said joke.)


Do you remember the scene in Addams Family Values where murderous psychopath Debbie explains why she's killed every one of her husbands (and parents)?


"Don't I deserve love," she asks, "And jewelry?"


The Culling 2 feels like the digital embodiment of that cynical, ugly attitude. The original Culling, while flawed, at least had a level of uniqueness that drew some attention. Unfortunately, it just couldn't compete with the vicious, skyscraper-sized monster that was PUBG


So when The Culling 2 was released this year, the ire of most gamers didn't come from a single source. It came from everything about this game. It really is simple math: 


Buggy mess + cynical attempt to cash in on what's how right now = nobody wantsta play.


And it felt like it came from a place of childish foot stomping, where the decision makers were convinced that they'd somehow been cheated out of a piece of the pie. So instead of making something that gamers could get excited about, it went with that age old question: "What's hot right now?"


It's a real shame that the developers felt the need to recreate the game from the ground up instead of just improving and sharpening the original to make it more competitive. But this is the games industry: where no one seems interested in learning from the mistakes of the past.


Zombies have become the Portlandia-style answer to anything gaming related. 


"Need help making that game more interesting and fun? PUT A ZOMBIE ON IT!"


I've grown sort of used to the over-saturation of the walking dead that's taken an active role in everything pop culture related over the past decade or so. But if there's one franchise that I never expected to be tainted by boring, endless hordes of zombie-style antagonists, it would have to be Metal Gear (a few years ago I would have said the work of Jane Austen, but we fucked that up good and proper.)


Like many AAA games, Metal Gear Survive takes that gloriously unfortunate tradition of stitching together pieces of everything that was popular a few years back without truly understanding what made those things popular in the first place.


So instead of a tight, exciting, soap-opera blended smoothie of stealth action like we're used to, we got a survival-horror-base-builder-hide-and-seek mish mash that was, at its best, underwhelming and dull. At its worst, however, it's a physical symbol of what happens when a soulless games corporation attempts to emulate the work of an artist who they truly don't understand.


Don't let the recent oh-so-meta-uber-hip trailers that just came out fool you into thinking that Square Enix was in on the joke from the beginning. The Quiet Man was an unironically buggy, janky, pretentious piece of drek that takes a truly interesting detail (a deaf protagonist) and proceeds to do almost nothing with it. 


No pats on the back should be allowed when a developer realizes their art is bad and decides to milk that angle. It's what I told you guys about Tommy-fucking-Wiseau, and would any of you listen?? NOOOOO and now I gotta listen to everyone's take on that trash dance fandango as if ineptitude is celebration-worthy and (Editor's Note: it was at this point that the author of this piece was found throwing his keyboard into a crowd of concerned onlookers while rambling about Michael Bay. He has been sedated and fed. We apologize for the inconvenience.)


I'm not mad, We Happy Few: I'm disappointed.


You took what was a genuinely intriguing and exciting level of stylization and satire, and somehow came up with the idea of adding in tired, never-were-really-all-that-good-in-the-first-place survival mechanics. The decision was sort of flabbergasting: so odd, in fact, that if it weren't based on the notion of emulating the popular Twitch games of days gone by, then I would truly have to believe in mystical coincidences from beyond the mortal coil.


But what it feels like, unfortunately, is a great-looking game made sterile and ineffective in the face of too much attention too early and possibly the intervention of an overwhelming games publisher that got caught in the creation process needlessly and abusively. 


Is Bethesda okay, you guys? Does it need to talk to someone? 


Because this shallow Petri dish of an online experiment isn't merely unworthy of the Fallout franchise, it almost feels like a cry for help. As if the Fallout 76 designers were being held against their will in a Saw-style murder basement, and the only way they could inform the outside world of their plight was to develop a game so unfinished, so buggy, so cynically jaded, and so contrary to everything that we had been hyped up for, that we would have no choice but to assume that someone over at Bethesda is in trouble.


But based on the insane number of microtransactions and the belittling lack of any real meat on this post-apocalyptic bone, I'd say that the only people in any real amount of trouble are the players themselves.


Y'know, we run into bad games all the time. We've been coping with them since one caveman suggested an early form of charades to another caveman. But now that 2018 is drawing to a close, I have to say: there's something special about the way games are getting bad lately. 


It isn't enough that a game is broken on release or buggy as hell (although we all know there's plenty of that). The massive army of indie games released on Steam every day alone is enough to inform you that, like the games we really admire, the games we truly hate have to stab us in just the right part of our loathing gland to truly receive the appropriate level of ire.


And 2018 had plenty of that. Shall we?

Celebrate Christmas Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Style https://www.gameskinny.com/a5n0m/celebrate-christmas-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-style https://www.gameskinny.com/a5n0m/celebrate-christmas-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-style Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:30:59 -0500 QuintLyn

Today, mobile game developer Jam City and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the launch of the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery holiday event. Now player can celebrate Christmas the way only those in the Wizarding World can, by making sure Hogwarts is appropriately festive.

Starting today, players logging into the game will find a themed tree in each of their respective houses: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and Yellow for Hufflepuff. Players can then help add to the decorations by voting on their favorite tree ornament via the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts before December 12.

On December 13, the winning ornament will be announced and appear on each of the House Christmas trees. But that's not all. A video demonstrating how to make a real world version of the ornament will also be posted for wizards and Muggles alike. The video will also highlight Hogwarts' holiday decor, and tease a time-limited sidequest featuring the Weasleys.

Celebrate Halloween Wizard Style In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery https://www.gameskinny.com/ey4mx/celebrate-halloween-wizard-style-in-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery https://www.gameskinny.com/ey4mx/celebrate-halloween-wizard-style-in-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:14:33 -0400 QuintLyn

Fall is here, the leaves are changing, and everyone's preparing to celebrate the spookiest of holidays. Just today, Jam City, developer of the mobile adventure game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery announced the start of the game's Hallowe'en feast event.

The Great Hall has been decorated and all of Hogwarts ghosts are coming out to play. It's the perfect time to take a break from classes, and trying to solve the mystery of how your brother went missing -- or so you'd think. But that holiday cheer isn't going to last.

Later on this month, a time-limited seasonal side quest will throw a bit of a shadow over the fun and players will need to use all the defensive spells they've learned to defend Hogwarts from the dark forces arriving on the full moon. At the same time, players will be able to test their skills in a special Duelling Club event where they can even turn their opponents' heads in to a pumpkin.

The event is live as of today, and will continue throughout the month of October. So, be sure to update your game to get in on the Hallowe'en fun.

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Club Guide: How to Beat Opponents and Win https://www.gameskinny.com/5qxid/hogwarts-mystery-duelling-club-guide-how-to-beat-opponents-and-win https://www.gameskinny.com/5qxid/hogwarts-mystery-duelling-club-guide-how-to-beat-opponents-and-win Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:07:51 -0400 Ty Arthur

Wands at the ready, class -- the dueling mode we've all been begging for has finally arrived in Harry Potter: Hogswarts Mystery! Now you can finally test your skills against other aspiring witches and wizards in multiplayer duels.

This is only a 4 day limited time event, so jump on it now to earn all the rewards (although hopefully it will be returning and staying in some form down the line).

Having trouble getting the limited time dueling mode to start or just can't quite manage to win all 8 matches? We've got you covered with a full guide on how to beat every other student in duelling class!

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Class Multiplayer Guide

There have been a couple of glitches as the multiplayer dueling club finally opens in the Dungeons area of Hogwarts.

First and foremost, you have to leave the room and then return again in order to actually get started duelling.

After Dumbledore gives his speech, the dueling icon doesn't appear as it is supposed to, so just tap the door icon to return into the Dungeons hallway, then scroll over to the far right side and re-enter the dueling room. Tap the crossed wands to get started and find a match.

 If this icon doesn't appear, leave the room and then come back

8 wins required to get the gold coin and outfit rewards, but your student only starts with 3 tickets. Your ticket count only drops if you lose a match however, so don't lose 3 matches or you are officially out of the event.

Here's where the other big glitch comes in -- if you lose your connection during the match, it counts as a loss and the ticket is gone!

At this point its unclear if tickets will refresh each day of the limited time even or not, as the developer hasn't specifically stated. If you lost all three check back tomorrow morning, as they may regenerate over time.

In addition to the main rewards, bonus energy is awarded when you win a duel, and energy can now go above your normal maximum level (which wasn't the case when the game launched).

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Strategy

Your student's stats cross over into the limited time duel mode, so there's incentive to go back and play the single player classes for upgrades if you keep losing duels.

Spells and potions are locked until you actually get them in the single player game, so for instance if you haven't mastered Incendio yet it won't be available in multiplayer. You do still have to trace the spells as normal, but there's no penalty at the moment for messing it up.

The rock, paper, scissors mechanic continues to be used as you pick a wand stance, so take what you know about the AI's chances of selecting the sneaky, defensive, and aggressive stances and apply that to multiplayer. You are facing off against bots, not the actual players themselves, so they follow the same patterns as opponents in the single player game.

For example, when low on stamina, the AI almost always chooses to heal with Wiggenwald, so you can counter that stance and prevent them from getting a turn.

On your turn, Wiggenwald can be your best friend if you go with the defensive stance, since it means you effectively negate the opponent's attacks if you lose the stance selection in the next couple of rounds.

After healing is taken care of, something that does damage and stuns at the same time like Expelliarmus can absolutely wreak havoc on the opponents. Stunning is easily the strongest mechanic to take advantage of, followed by high damage with a spell like Flipendo.

 With this strategy you'll be earning all the rewards in no time!

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Cheat

Update: this cheat appears to have been patched out, so use the above method instead, or check the comments below for a cheat by turning off wi-fi.

There's a Hogwarts Mystery duelling cheat you can try out if you get frustrated with the rock, paper, scissor mechanic and keep losing the stance selection -- just pick aggressive every single time, and always use Expellariarmus.

Due to the algorithms in the game's AI, you will win the throw often enough and stun often enough that you can coast through most battles. Only change your stance and go for defensive if its the end of the match and you are clearly one attack away from losing.

You might be quite low on stamina by the end, and it can take awhile if they choose defensive and heal, but you will almost always win every match anyway. Take advantage of this now, before the developers figure it out and nerf the throw mechanics!

 Expelliarmus is your friend!

Have any other Hogwarts Mystery dueling class tips and tricks we should try out to win all 8 battles before the event ends? Let us know your dueling strategy in the comments below!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Answers For Class Quizzes https://www.gameskinny.com/vre5q/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-answers-for-class-quizzes https://www.gameskinny.com/vre5q/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-answers-for-class-quizzes Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:23:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

The sorting hat picked your house, you got the wand you always wanted, and you've finally learned how to cast Expelliarmus for unsanctioned duels... but there's a lot more to becoming a wizard or witch still to learn in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

During the course of your magical education you will have to actually *gulp* study books and learn answers to quiz questions! Let's get started so you can pass your classes with the highest marks.

Hogwarts Mystery Class Quiz Answers

After burning through energy to flip pages, glare at Merula, and pass notes to Rowan, eventually you will get either a test of skill by having to tap at a specific time, or instead you will get a pop quiz.

Every single Hogwarts class question and answer we've discovered so far is listed below so you can ace your Hogwarts classes! Note that these seem to arrive randomly, so you may not get them in the order listed below.

Potions Class Answers

These questions can be asked by Professor Snape during the Potions Class when he's not berating you and threatening to expel you like your erstwhile brother:

  • Question - What is the best way to extract juice from the Sopophorous Bean? Answer - Crush it.
  • Question - What kind of cauldron do first year students need to use? Answer: Pewter.
  • Question - Which ingredient is not used in the Shrinking Solution? Answer: Rotten Egg.
  • Question - Who wrote the book "Magical Draughts and Potions?" Answer: Arsenius Jigger.

 Learning to brew potions with Professor Snape

Flying Lessons Answers

These questions can be asked by Professor Hooch in the middle or at the end of flying lessons as she tries to keep you from plummeting to your death:

  • Question - Which of these is not a variety of broom? Answer: Occamy
  • Question -  What do you say to summon a broom to your hand? Answer: Up
  • Question - Where are flying lessons held? Answer: The Training Ground
  • Question - A Firebolt is a type of what? Answer: Broom
    ​​Question -  Madam Hooch has distinct yellow what? Answer: Eyes
  • Question - No spell yet devised allows a wizard to do what? Answer: Fly Unaided
  • Question - What is the name of America’s magical government? Answer: MACUSA
  • Question - Who is the Flying Professor? Answer: Madam Hooch
  • Question - Who is the Potions Professor? Answer: Professor Severus Snape
  • Question - Who is the Divination Professor? Answer: Professor Trelawney

 Learning to ride a broom with Profess Hooch

Charms Class Answers

The diminutive Professor Flitwick will test your knowledge with these questions during Charms Class:

  • Question - Who teaches care of magical creatures? Answer: Silvanus Kettleburn.
  • Question - What is the effect of the Stupefy spell? Answer: Stun You.
  • Question - What does the charm Lumos provide? Answer: Light.
  • Question- Before Dumbledore, who was the headmaster of Hogwarts? Answer: Armando Dippet
  • Question - What is the name of the wizard village near Hogwarts? Answer: Hogsmeade.
  • Question - Who is the History of Magic Professor? Answer: Professor Binns.
  • Question - What does Professor Vector teach? Answer: Arithmancy.
  • Question - Why would you Cast Alohomora? Answer: Unlock a Door.
  • Question - Which of these is not a cleaning spell? Answer: Confrigo.
  • Question - Who is the Transfiguration Professor? Answer: Professor Minerva McGonagall.
  • Question - What kind of spell is Flipendo? Answer: Jinx

 Answering a question wrong in Charms Class - try paying more attention!

With a full seven years of Hogwarts classes available and the delay in playing due to the constant energy timers, there are almost certainly more down the line we haven't discovered yet.

Have you come across any other Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery questions and answers not listed here? Let us know and we'll get this article updated! Be sure to also check out our other Hogwarts Mystery guides below:

How to Reset Your Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Game https://www.gameskinny.com/ecd3p/how-to-reset-your-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-game https://www.gameskinny.com/ecd3p/how-to-reset-your-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-game Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:13:37 -0400 Jonathan Moore

So you've chosen your wand and your house. You've taken a few classes and learned a few spells. Maybe you've even started climbing the leaderboard already.

But something's not exactly right. What if you've changed your mind and don't want the wand you've chosen -- or you don't want to support the house you've pledged to? If you're wondering how to reset your game in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, you're not alone. 

The problem is that doing so isn't straightforward at all. In fact, many players have discovered that they can't reset the game at all... Or can they? 

The obvious steps of uninstalling the app, clearing your app data, and reinstalling the game don't seem to work at all (I know they've not worked for my iPhone 6S+). And if you look at Reddit or any other forums around the Web, Android users are having similar luck with the game. 

However, there seem to be two (edit: now several) workarounds. These ways are proven to work on both Android and iOS devices. 

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Currently the Easiest Way: Turn Wifi Off 

Thanks to an awesome reader in the comments below, as of 4/28/18, we now have an even easier way to to reset your game. Here are the steps: 

  1. Turn off your data and WiFi
  2. Start the game
  3. Close the game when the "Cannot Connect" error message appears
  4. Turn your WiFi back on 
  5. Restart the game

That's it. Much easier than the process below. However, if the above method doesn't work for you for some reason, read on. We've got two more methods that will get you back to the wizard/witch selection screen. 

Log Into Facebook With a Single Device

  1. Open the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery App.

  2. Look at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen and tap the gear icon.

  3. Once in the Settings Menu, tap the "Account Info" box underneath "Help"

  4. Connect your Facebook Account.

  5. Exit the Harry Potter app and log out of your Facebook Account.

  6. Delete the Hogwarts Mystery game from your device and clear your browser cache and cookies. 

  7. Log back into Facebook and go to your Settings Menu on Facebook 

  8. Once in your Facebook Settings menu, look for "Apps and Websites" on the left of the screen. It will be at the top of the fourth block of options. Click that. 

  9. Under "Active Apps and Websites", look for the Hogwarts Mystery app.
  10. Check the box and click "Remove." A new box will appear asking if you're sure. Check the "Delete All Posts, Photos, and Videos" checkbox and click "Remove" again. 

  11. Return to the App Store or Google Play Store and re-download the Hogwarts Mystery game. 

  12. The game should load and start you off at the Witch or Wizard selection screen.

It's a protracted process, but it works. I tested it out on my iPhone, and after following the steps above, I was able to confirm the process lets you start a brand-new game. Right now, the above method is the only confirmed way to reset your game without resetting your entire device or using a second device.

Log Into Facebook Using Two Devices

However, if you do use a second device, you can:

  1. Start the game on your second device.
  2. Log into Facebook via the Hogwarts app.
  3. Exit the game.
  4. Go back to your first device and the log into the game with Facebook

That should override the save on your first device with the save from your second device, effectively resetting your game.  


If you find another way or an easier way, let us know in the comments. We'll add it to this guide and give you credit, too! 

As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the wizarding world of Harry Potter. And while you're here, why don't you check out our other can't-miss Hogwarts guides for even more tips, tricks, and strategies.  

Hogwarts Mystery Guide: 3 Proven Ways to Easily Earn House Points https://www.gameskinny.com/mb97e/hogwarts-mystery-guide-3-proven-ways-to-easily-earn-house-points https://www.gameskinny.com/mb97e/hogwarts-mystery-guide-3-proven-ways-to-easily-earn-house-points Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:39:51 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

With books, equipment, and wand in hand, it’s time to commence your journey in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery for iOS and Android devices. You'll begin your wizarding journey in Year One by selecting -- or “hoping for” -- one of the four magical houses from the Harry Potter universe during the Sorting Ceremony in Chapter 2. 

Of course, you'll have your pick of: 

  • Gryffindor: Brave and chivalrous.
  • Hufflepuff: Kind and diligent.
  • Ravenclaw: Witty and wise.
  • Slytherin: Cunning and ambitious.

Each house has produced an impressive roster of talented witches and wizards over the years, and you can take your place among their ranks by earning points to capture the coveted House Cup at the end of the year. Belonging to the house with the most points will earn you 100x Gems, the currency used to replenish energy in Hogwarts Mystery.

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Easy Tips for Getting House Points

Professor Dumbledore vaguely indicates that triumphs will earn players points for their respective house; however, triumphs, in terms of point accumulation, can be defined as:

  1. Doing well during lessons, such as answering questions correctly and performing successful demonstrations

  2. Completing main storyline quests

  3. Making dialog choices that uphold the values of your house

The first +10 points can be earned by completing Professor Flitwick’s Charms Lesson, where you will learn your first spell: Lumos – a light-casting ability. Unfortunately, these points will be negated by Professor Snape when a fellow student sabotages your Cure for Boils Potion.  

Losing Points -- And Getting Them Back

When your actions result in points lost for your house, not only will disappointment settle in, but you will garner the discontent of your fellow house members. The game’s premise already establishes you as the odd and troublesome witch or wizard, so it is important to follow the rules, display a reasonable degree of manners, and exhibit the qualities of your house to avoid getting in trouble.

House points can be lost by failing to meet a professor’s expectations during a lesson or engaging in dialog decisions that result in disrespect or destruction.

Getting them back isn't really an option -- outside of just doing better in the next set of challenges or answering correctly in the next set of dialog options. So be careful each time you have an interaction so that you make sure to get the most House Points out of every encounter. 

Viewing Your House’s Score

You can track your house’s progress over the course of the year by selecting your Character Portrait from the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Your standing -- first, second, third, or fourth -- will be displayed under your House Crest, along with the points you’ve contributed.

You can also select Rank to view the Hogwarts House Points Counter, which provides information on rewards and leaderboard standings.


Be sure to follow these magical tips to win Hogwarts' coveted House Cup! Check back with GameSkinny for more on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our other Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery guides.

Hogwarts Mystery Tips Guide: Quickly Go From Beginner to Expert https://www.gameskinny.com/e0k7q/hogwarts-mystery-tips-guide-quickly-go-from-beginner-to-expert https://www.gameskinny.com/e0k7q/hogwarts-mystery-tips-guide-quickly-go-from-beginner-to-expert Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:17:16 -0400 Ty Arthur

Now that we can officially explore Hogwarts on our iOS and Android devices, it's time to explore the best ways to become a master witch or wizard. Once you officially sign up -- and hand over your muggle status for something more wizarding -- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has quite a bit to learn. 

And although it might still be the exact same freemium cookie clicker every major franchise gets these days, there are some mechanics and systems you'll want to know about to best use your time in Hogwarts. 

These magical tricks will help you get ahead from Year One. From free energy exploits to level grinding tips, re-rolling rewards, and strategies for choosing your rewards, this beginner's guide will teach you everything you need to know to get started. 

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The Sorting Hat helps a wizard choose his house

How To Get Free Energy in Hogwarts Mystery

There are ways to get energy in this clicker without spending a dime. Cleverly hidden across the grounds of Hogwarts, you can find secret Easter egg locations if you spend some time exploring all the different areas. But you can't freely explore right off the bat.

After escaping the Devil's Snare in the supply room, your witch-in-training can finally roam the hallways unimpeded before heading to the next story segment -- and this is when you can start getting free energy.

Unlike with mission tasks, these locations are all unmarked and don't glow blue, but tapping them will give you a free point of energy anyway.

The following locations are known to give free points:

  1. East Towers: Painting of a woman in a white dress next to the Charms classroom

  2. West Towers: Nature painting next to the Prefect's bathroom

  3. Lower Floor West: The stone fire stand to the right of the Great Hall

  4. Lower Floor West: The middle stone knight statue to the right of the Great Hall

  5. Dungeons: The house elf to the right of the Kitchens

  6. Castle Grounds: The stick in the foreground in front of the Whomping Willow

Tip: Keep in mind that there is a max energy amount in Hogwarts Mystery, so even if you tap the free energy everywhere, every single time, you can't go above that maximum. Tapping any of these while you are at the energy max is a serious waste, as it takes time for the free energy sources to regenerate.

If you've found any other Hogwarts Mystery free energy locations, let us know in the comments, and we'll add it to this guide, giving you credit. There's bound to be more across the whole seven-year experience. 

Free Unlimited Energy location in the East Towers of Hogwarts East Towers free energy location.

How to Get More Energy

Free energy is great, but what do you do when you want to get more energy faster? Nobody wants to wait around for agonizingly slow meters to fill up. If you strategize well enough, you can constantly fill up your energy by visiting the free spots listed above and following the four tips listed below: 

  1. Complete Activities: We talk about this more below, but at the end of each activity, you can choose energy as a reward

  2. Level Up: Every time you level up you witch or wizard, you'll get a full energy meter

  3. Spend 20, 55, or 100 Gems: You can either buy gems with IRL cash, or you can choose gems as a reward when completing activities. The in-app shop lets you use gems to buy energy boosts

  4. Wait: OK, we said waiting sucks (and it does), but seeing as Hogwarts Mystery is part of that clicker/wait-forever genre, there will be times when you've exhausted all other energy-gathering options. 
Unlock More Flying Abilities

Besides charms and potions, flying abilities learned through flying classes give you more energy. With each new flying skill, you'll increase your energy stockpiles by 1. 

You can't rely on it, but you can add it to your overall strategy. 

Hacks, Cheats, and APK Mods

There are some energy hacks and cheats available via third-party services, as well as other platforms, that theoretically speed things up even more. Although we won't share those here, we do suggest exercising caution when using these tools as many may require both access to your phone and app. Other hack and cheat tools will require you to download multiple secondary apps that could pose further security risks. 

There is also a mod for unlimited energy, but you'll need to download the APK to use it. If you're on an iOS device, you won't be able to take advantage of the mod at all. 

So the TL;DR on hacks, cheats, and APK mods is this: Use at your own risk. 

Students taking part in an activity in a Hogwarts classroom

Level Grinding Classes

In between the main story missions, keep in mind that you can return to classrooms to repeat classes and get more gold coins and attribute rewards.

In some cases, you can even learn new spells before progressing the story. If you want to raise your three main attributes -- Courage, Empathy, and Knowledge --  for more dialog options or to access new quests, this is the way to go. That's why getting free energy is so important.

If you want more coins to buy new clothes, grinding classroom lessons is also a means of building up your funds.

Wizards and witches choosing rewards outside

How to Choose the Right Rewards

When you complete a lesson or main story quest, several options are available with the following possible rewards:

  • Main stat boost
  • Free energy
  • Gold Coins
  • Gems 

Picking your reward changes the trajectory of your character growth and impacts how often you can play. It also affects what cosmetic items you'll be able to pick up, as clothing and hair options tend to be pretty pricey.

Tip: If you exit the game when you get rewards, they will re-roll when you return.

Picking Energy

The free energy reward is actually pretty useless, especially since it's usually only a small number of points. You can easily get significantly more free Hogwarts Mystery energy just by going to the locations listed above. The only exception to this is if the rewards is offered in the middle of a quest and you are too low on energy to complete the mission without waiting.

Picking Stat Boost

Picking the stat boost is the best option if you want to progress through the game quickly and have more dialog options. It's also helpful for anyone who isn't specifically trying to get a particular cosmetic item. 

Picking Gold and Gems

These are the two primary currencies in Hogwarts Mystery. If you want more gold and gems to buy an outfit or get a bunch of energy all at once, then those rewards are the ways to go. Gems, in particular, are a solid choice, as it seems like a foregone conclusion that there will be limited-time sale items for gems available down the line. 

Several quests require gems to start, unless you are willing to outwait the timer. If you want to start new quests earlier and don't feel like waiting a few hours, then gems are the way to go.

Snape teaches one of his potions classes as students watch on

In-App Purchases For Coins, Gems, and Energy

Although it's a free-to-play game, Hogwarts Mystery follows the path of almost every other F2P title with the inclusion of in-app purchases. 

You access the in-game shop by clicking the "+" symbol next to either your energy meter, your coin counter, or your gem counter, all of which are located in the top right-hand corner of the screen (shown in the image above). 

Here's a rundown of all of the game's in-app purchases. 

Coin Packages
Name Cost Amount
  Purse of Coins  $0.99   250
  Pouch of Coins  $4.99   1,500
  Case of Coins  $9.99   3,500
  Hut of Coins  $19.99   7,500
  Tower of Coins  $49.99   22,500


Gem Packages
Name Cost Amount
  Handful of Gems  $0.99   25
  Measure of Gems  $4.99   130
  Sack of Gems  $9.99   275
  Trunk of Gems  $19.99   575
  Trainload of Gems  $49.99   1,500
  Vault of Gems  $99.99   3,125


Energy Packages
Name Cost Boost Amount
 Bit of Energy 20 Gems   10
 Stash of Energy 55 Gems   30
 Hoard of Energy 100 Gems   60



And that's all you need to know to quickly become a master in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. If you have any other tips and tricks you think beginners should know, drop in the comments and tell us. We'll add it to this guide!

And if you're looking for more tricks to make your journey through the wizarding world easier, check out our other guides.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Wand Choice Starter Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/jy3tl/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-wand-choice-starter-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/jy3tl/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-wand-choice-starter-guide Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:27:55 -0400 Ty Arthur

Short of visiting Universal Studios and taking a stroll through the ultra-expensive (and ultra-crowded) Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, the next best way to have one of Ollivander's wands choose you is to download the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery app and take on the role of a new student.

With the release of the game today on iOS and Android devices, trying to prove yourself worthy of a place at the magical Hogwarts just became a bit more tangible. Of course, you'll have to make an incredibly important starting decision -- what kind of wand best suits your personality as a witch or wizard?

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Hogwarts Mystery Wand Choices

As a new student of witchcraft or wizardry, Ollivander will ask you very early in the game how you felt about your older brother being expelled from Hogwarts in the past. The answer you give him determines the specific wand you end up playing with for the rest of the game.

Here are the answers and their outcomes: 

  • I was determined -- You'll receive an 11-inch inflexible hornbeam wand with a dragonstring core. This is the same kind of wand used by Ollivander himself and indicates a wizard with a unique passion.

  • I was angry -- You'll receive an 11-and-three-quarter-inche blackthorn wand with a unicorn hair core. Ollivander indicates this is for a witch with a lot of fight in her.

  • I felt sorry for him -- You'll get a pliable 12-inch acacia wand with a unicorn hair core meant for a sensitive wizard.

Note that during the game's soft launch beta, there was a fourth option of "I wanted answers." This option resulted in an elastic 12-inch maple wood rod with a unicorn hair core, which just happens to be the same kind of wand used by your brother before he was expelled from Hogwarts.

It isn't clear why, but this option was removed from the full Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery release and is no longer available.


Which wand did you pick, and which of the Hogwarts' houses did you end up joining? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery guides coming soon.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Release is Live! https://www.gameskinny.com/tnjw1/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-release-is-live https://www.gameskinny.com/tnjw1/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-release-is-live Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:43:22 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Aspiring wizards waiting for the Hogwarts experience on their phone or tablet are finally done waiting for their acceptance letters. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has finally released for Android and iOS devices.

In Hogwarts Mystery, players are able to create a wizard in their own visage, take classes at the prodigious wizard academy, make friends with other students, and unravel the mysteries of a retro 1980s Hogwarts.

Developers Jam City have crammed nearly 200,000 words into the game thus far, meeting the average length of one of the actual novels.

In the vein of other mobile choose your own adventure games, players will have to spend energy to take actions. Each action costs energy, and energy is automatically restored over time. It can also be refilled via an in-app purchase.

Don't let that scare you away just yet, though -- there's so much content in the game, from classes to sleuthing and everything in between, that just about any Harry Potter fan should find it hard to resist.

The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery release has been a long time coming for fans of the books and films. It's finally time to put your wizard skills to the test and live the Hogwarts life! Head over to Google Play or iTunes to get the download going sooner rather than later.

New Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game Details and Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/scrcg/new-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-mobile-game-details-and-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/scrcg/new-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-mobile-game-details-and-trailer Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:41:01 -0500 bazookajo94

Earlier today, Los Angeles mobile game studio Jam City released more details about their upcoming mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. With their announcement comes the game's first trailer, hooking viewers immediately by giving Harry Potter fans what they've always wanted: a welcome letter. 

As the spring 2018 release of the game approaches, Jam City promises a more thorough introduction of the app at this year's Harry Potter celebration at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Participants at the unveiling event can expect swag, gameplay, and a Q&A with the members of the game team. 

For players expecting to see Harry Potter: don't. The game's timeline is set while Nymphadora Tonks and Bill Weasley are attending Hogwarts. Players can customize their own avatar and upgrade their skills just like any RPG game, in addition to other role-playing elements like going on quests and unlocking locations through experience. 

Even more exciting, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a "choices matter" game, meaning players can form relationships with other characters in the game, and based off their decisions during certain quests and dialogues, can change the course of the game -- and their character's morality - -as a result. 

To keep up with updates for the game, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and the app's official website. And as always, stick with GameSkinny for all the latest info on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Good luck waiting until spring for your Hogwarts letter to arrive ....