UPDATED: “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” Invites Players to Visit a Long-Awaited Location
SPOILERS AHEAD: PROCEED WITH CAUTION
With each new school year, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has opened up a new major location that players can explore, but Year 5 is opening up perhaps the most iconic location to date: Diagon Alley.
Diagon Alley appeared as the first location the player visits in the game and is where they meet best friend Rowan Khanna, but players have been left waiting to return to the street ever since. It was only in Year 4 when the location appeared as a locked-out option that players knew that they would be able to return.
In order to unlock the location, players will need to reach Chapter 10 of Year 5. Once players have achieved this, Madam Rakepick will teach them how to use Floo powder, which will allow them to use the fireplace in Dumbledore’s office.
Once it is unlocked, players will be able to explore the many shops and side areas that line Diagon Alley as well as visit the notorious Knockturn Alley. Users will further be treated to a new free energy source! A coin bag found in the middle of the street need only be tapped to summon a Niffler and that all-important free energy.
However, many users have noted a catch regarding keeping the location open to explore. Currently, it seems that once all five parts of the story for Year 5 Chapter 10 are completed, the location is locked and players are unable to visit it. This means that any players hoping to use this free energy source to help them complete side quests such as the Animagus quest or their classes are advised to wait to finish the main story quests until any other ongoing quests are complete.
This may turn out to be a glitch that Jam City will patch up, but it is possible that Jam City plans on keeping Diagon Alley open to players only at certain periods throughout the game.
What other locations would you like to see opened up in Hogwarts Mystery?
UPDATE (November 30):
There is a new plot hole that comes with the addition of Diagon Alley. Rather than being on one side of the wall, the Leaky Cauldron is inside of the entrance to Diagon Alley. Most Harry Potter fans will know that this is contradictory to the location in the books. However, unlike other plot holes that players have seen in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, this one does not greatly affect gameplay.