“Hogwarts Mystery” Launches Year 5, Debuts New Characters, Classes, and Adventures
School is back in session! Jam City has officially launched Year 5 of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
Apparently, this will be students’ “most rigorous year of studies yet,” with more content than in any of the previous years. If you earned a prefect badge in Year 4, you will take on those responsibilities and perks (access to the prefects’ bathroom!) in Year 5. All Year 5 students will be taking their Ordinary Wizarding Levels (OWL) exams, so start studying!
Year 5 will also introduce new locations as students “explor[e] decidedly dodgy areas like Knockturn Alley.” You will take lessons from History of Magic professor Cuthbert Binns and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, revealed at the end of Year 4 (any guesses?). Outside of class, players will run into more familiar characters from the wizarding world, including members of the Weasley family.
Amanda Heaton, executive producer at Jam City, commented on the additions to the game.
Year 5 is a pivotal year for any student at Hogwarts, with the O.W.L. exams looming, new professors to navigate, and for some, a prefect badge on their robes. We wanted to reflect the rigors of this year in the mobile game, balanced, of course, with the core extra-curricular [sic] activity at Hogwarts: unraveling mysterious [sic] with your school mates [sic]. Year 5 brings the most robust year of content yet to the game, and we’re excited for players to start this new chapter.
We expect that the most likely Weasley to run into is Percy since he will now be in Year 2 – we’d love to see him interacting with Bill and Charlie! And since this new info suggests more than one Weasley, might we also expect Molly or Arthur? Other characters we know who should be attending Hogwarts at this time and whom we could potentially encounter include Oliver Wood, Penelope Clearwater, and Marcus Flint – that’s not to mention the range of adult characters in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and creatures in the Forbidden Forest we have yet to meet.
New characters that appear under “Friendships” in Year 5 are Jae Kim (Year 5 Gryffindor), Badeea Ali (Year 5 Ravenclaw), Diego Caplan (Year 5 Hufflepuff), and Liz Tuttle (Year 5 Slytherin), whom we’ve previously met through Penny.
On starting Year 5, there are four new areas that we’re immediately granted access to: the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the History of Magic classroom, the prefects’ bathroom, and the grand staircase. Take a look at them below:
Check out the press release below for more information. Which addition are you most excited about? We’ll check back with you after we complete Year 5!