Dueling Dragons in “Hogwarts Mystery”, Nabbing Nifflers in “Wizards Unite”!

It doesn’t seem possible that we’ve crammed nearly six full in-game years of magical education, friend- and enemy-making, and plenty of Hogwarts’s trademark age-inappropriate levels of danger into just two years in the real world. But believe it or not, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery just celebrated its second anniversary! With that milestone came the introduction of two all-new locations, and we have that plus details on a pair of upcoming events in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite below. Phones at the ready!

Hogwarts Mystery Update

"Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery" celebrated its second anniversary with festive parties in the House common rooms.

 

Hogwarts Mystery's two-year anniversary party gave us not only an outfit that more accurately reflects the typical shelter-in-place wardrobe - a cozy onesie with House-specific slippers - but also a chance to let our hair down in our common rooms. Was it odd that we were the only partygoers to show up in our pajamas? Yes, but there was butterbeer and confetti, so who cares?

 

 

 

Meanwhile, a contest in which you can design a new outfit that could be incorporated into the game is ongoing through May 15, so get those entries submitted!

We're also excited to have access to not one but two new locations, thanks to the Adventures in Curse-Breaking side quest: Gringotts Wizarding Bank and the Dragon Sanctuary!

 

Your "Hogwarts Mystery" character and Charlie Weasley enter Gringotts Wizarding Bank for the first time.

 

That's just what you want to see when you enter your bank: Mundungus Fletcher.

 

Griphook recognizes there's more to every story in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

There is indeed, Griphook, but since the developers are busy working on new chapters, we're here instead! After much begging, pleading, and eventual subterfuge, your character and Charlie Weasley were able to convince Bill Weasley to take a sampling of the Defense Against the Dark Arts class on a field trip to Romania. The mission: You're to help retrieve a long-lost dragon egg, crafted from solid gold by goblin smith Urgruff the Unwary and subsequently pilfered by a dragon. Griphook makes clear it's the most dangerous task Bill has been assigned to date, so this field trip is obviously a great idea!

 

A pair of goblins observes that hard work is no match for a dragon in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

Words to live by. But we're going anyway, and the Dragon Sanctuary doesn't disappoint.

 

Dragons soar around the Dragon Sanctuary in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

Your "Hogwarts Mystery" character and their friends watch as dragons fly above their campsite.

 

Needless to say, Charlie Weasley is delighted to be at the Dragon Sanctuary in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

It's a wonder Charlie didn't faint on the spot. Penny Haywood certainly doesn't look to be matching his enthusiasm, but everyone feels a bit better after setting up camp, complete with a tent on loan from Hagrid.

 

Merula Snyde is happy (for once) to set up camp in the "Hogwarts Mystery" Dragon Sanctuary.

 

That would be more comforting if there weren't a dragon directly behind your head, Merula. Hey, let's have a quick time-out for a Doctor Who reference!

 

Your "Hogwarts Mystery" character remarks on the size of Hagrid's tent.

 

Moving on, we toasted marshmallows because it's always a good idea to put dragons in mind of roasting things. After that, it was time to adjourn to the tent to make every reader and writer of fan fiction's day.

 

Games of Truth or Dare frequently don't end well, but your character suggests one anyway in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

This particular game, despite being played without the aid of Felix Felicis, didn't turn out well, and after a bit of light teasing from Bill about his lifelong dragon obsession, Charlie stormed off in the night to search for the golden egg alone and make us seriously question our continued wishes that he were an option in the dating side quests.

Long story short, we found the little twit in a Hungarian Horntail's cave, and after a brief duel, the dragon did an impression of us after binging television shows all weekend while eating nothing but sugary snacks.

 

A Hungarian Horntail is about to go on the rampage in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

A Hungarian Horntail lies asleep on the floor of its cave in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

Don't worry; it's not a diabetic coma. He's just sleeping. The egg was retrieved, Bill didn't get fired for taking a group of snacks into a den of dragons, and Griphook basically offered us a future job. All in all, it was an excellent quest that made the first House Quidditch match look extremely tame by comparison.

 

Orion Amari offers up philosophical advice in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

We just dueled a dragon, bro. Again. We fear nothing at this point. We were happy, though, to see at least some people practicing social distancing in the stands.

 

Quidditch fans practice social distancing in the stands in "Hogwarts Mystery".

 

Congratulations on your victory, by the way! We're just assuming you won, considering those little circles were moving a lot slower in the House match than they are in this Clean Sweep challenge! What in Merlin's name? Who gave the Quidditch teams Red Bull? Here's hoping your reflexes are quick enough to earn the outfit prize - provided you want to look sort of like a pirate.

Last but not least, Hogwarts Mystery's most recent newsletter is teasing two exciting new developments. It appears we'll soon have an encounter with Dobby and the Malfoys (incidentally, we're calling dibs on that name in case we ever start a wizard rock band) as well as finally meet Professor Aurora Sinistra in Astronomy class!

 

"Hogwarts Mystery" hints that Dobby and Professor Sinistra will be coming soon.

Wizards Unite Update

We hope you packed your Dramamine, wizarding world gamers, because the Knight Bus has arrived!

 

The Knight Bus has arrived in "Wizards Unite".

 

The Wizards Unite crew has come through in a big way for those of us who've been longing to take out our pent-up frustrations on a few Death Eaters. Via the icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen, the Knight Bus is now available to transport you instantly to a very special Fortress: Hogwarts!

 

The Knight Bus transports gamers to the new Hogwarts Fortress in "Wizards Unite".

 

It's been fun teaming up with total strangers to take down the forces of darkness, particularly since it's the most social interaction many of us have had in weeks. But for those still wanting to fight solo, just look for a Chamber with a player count of zero and hit that start button the second it appears. It works more often than not.

If you haven't already, many of you will be finishing off Part 2 of the Burrow Besieged Brilliant Event this morning, but there'll be no time to take a break for breakfast with the Weasleys. Wizards Unite has announced the Nature and Nifflers mini-event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. (PT) today and will continue through 11:00 a.m. (PT) on Thursday, April 30!

 

Newt Scamander is featured in a new Nature and Nifflers mini-event in "Wizards Unite".

 

Keep your eyes peeled for signs of a new Oddity-like combat encounter, the Poacher! This dastardly villain is targeting Magizoology Foundables, and your help is needed to save our furry friends.

If you're wondering what "Oddity-like" means, it's this: Some purple Oddity Traces will be hiding the Poacher; defeat the creature and you defeat the Poacher, who will subsequently release any items and Magizoology Traces he may have been holding hostage. Traces will include Baby Nifflers, Billywigs, Mooncalves, Nifflers, Occamy Eggs, Unicorns, Young Graphorns, and their champion - Newt Scamander!

Successful encounters with Traces dropped by the Poacher will give you extra rewards, such as Tonic for Trace Detection, hard-to-find potion ingredients, silver keys, and gold. Tonic will also increase your chances of encountering Newt during the mini-event, and 1 km Portmanteaus will offer up Thunderbird and Occamy fragments.

Elsewhere in the good news department, Wizards Unite has decided to give gamers back the Community Day they lost in March!

 

Fred and George Weasley will be the focus of a make-up March Community Day in "Wizards Unite".

 

As was the case with April's Community Day, the event will run for a full 24 hours, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone on Saturday, May 2.

Expect to see an increase in Foundables from the Room of Requirement V Registry Page, including Fred and George Weasley! Encounters with the dastardly duo will pop up more frequently when you use Tonic for Trace Detection. It will also be a great day for Exstimulo Potions since brewing times for all varieties will be reduced by 75% and Master Notes will make a 50% difference rather than 15%. The event's 1 km Portmanteaus will also produce Portkeys offering guaranteed fragments of the Dumbledore's Army Signup Sheet.

Don't forget to grab your free bundles in the Diagon Alley Shop during events! That's it for the updates, but we'll leave you with a bit of inspirational in-game commentary from Professor McGonagall.

 

Professor McGonagall discusses Neville Longbottom in "Wizards Unite".

 

We're not crying, you're crying.

Brienne Green

I'm a passionate journalist, feeding my wizarding world obsession on MuggleNet by night, forever trying to find ways to work "Potter" references into high school sports stories by day. When not writing, I can be often be found making quiche at 2 a.m., playing Queen tunes on the piano, or talking (and talking and talking) about Sirius Black.