Hogwarts Mystery: You’ve Got Your Letter, I’ve Got My Letter, We’ve All Got Our Letters

Posted May 15, 2018 by Sophia

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! It’s been nearly three weeks since Hogwarts Mystery came out and like any other Potterhead out there, I have the game downloaded on my devices, and I’m currently making my way through the game.

But let’s be honest: getting the letter is the most important part right?!

Let’s talk about Hogwarts Mystery for a moment.

This game is probably one of the biggest mobile games to be hyped for since it was announced sometime last year. Created by Jam City, Hogwarts Mystery takes us to the Wizarding World before Harry comes to Hogwarts, and before Lord Voldemort takes action for world domination (probably just casually working behind the scenes, no big deal to him).

But before we get into the thoughts about the game, here’s the official trailer: Hogwarts Mystery is currently available on both Android and Apple.

The Good Parts

I am relatively picky about the games I play on my phone and iPad. Aside from Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire (even that one I’m only playing for the friends on there, not the game itself), Hogwarts Mystery is the only other game that I’ve played relatively often since launch. The storyline is intriguing and I love being able to cast spells, create my own avatar, etc. etc. Honestly, Jam City did a really good job creating the game and bringing the Wizarding World to life here. The graphics are as good as can be considering the platform that it is on, which is a plus.

Currently, I’m making my way through First Year as a Ravenclaw – I’m also first on the leaderboards for house cup and Ravenclaw, last I checked, is first (not at the beginning when I took the above screenshot). Go Ravenclaw! #HousePride Also go me because I’m ambitious.

But what if you’re playing Slytherin?

One thing I’m really curious about is playing as a Slytherin. Like Harry in the books, we’ve got a Slytherin named Merula who will work to make our lives miserable at Hogwarts from the first day. Most of my friends are Ravenclaw with a few as Hufflepuffs, and they have all confirmed the storyline is the same. Considering some of the cons of the game, however, it wouldn’t be surprising if the storyline is the same regardless of what house you’re in.

Random screenshot of awesome

At least, I hope it’s awesome!

The Bad

While Hogwarts Mystery is one of the few mobile games I enjoy playing, there are still a few things that I think the game could improve on to be made even better.

It’s a lonely, lonely world

The new Harry Potter game is a long and lonely journey with you, yourself and you, and me, myself and I. There’s no friending other players – only the characters who are a part of the storyline: Rowan, Ben, Penny, etc. Personally, without the other elements in the game (the storyline mainly), I wouldn’t be playing the game because it is so boring when I can’t talk to my friends and have to switch in and out just to talk to them. That, of course, is one of the only reasons why I’m continuing to play FFXVANE.

Pay to advance

You start out the game with very little energy as the cap (23), though for each flying lesson you complete, you gain one more energy to cap (so far). It takes four minutes to regain one energy back, and as you progress in the game, some actions make you run out of energy very quickly.

Jam City tries to rectify this a little by having secret surprises that you can click on to get a free energy, with up to 5-6 spots as a First Year. Most players will find themselves stuck early on in the game with the Devil’s Snare, and it won’t take long to realize to advance in this game quickly, you’ll have to spend quite a bit of money for gems to buy energy or have a lot of patience to wait it out. All of that adds up over time though.

Consistency issues and plot holes?

Several reviewers across various outlets have mentioned there are consistency issues and plot holes that Jam City will need to fix ASAP, including some of the choices that are chosen. Whether that will happen in the next update, however, is yet to be certain. We shall see when the time comes.

Let’s talk, bookwyrms: Have you played Hogwarts Mystery yet? How far are you? What do you think of it?

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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17 responses to “Hogwarts Mystery: You’ve Got Your Letter, I’ve Got My Letter, We’ve All Got Our Letters

  1. I downloaded the game but haven’t gotten around to playing it yet. It does sound really fun though! I wish there was a game like this for PlayStation, with the addition of being able to make friends and interact with them, it’d be so much fun! And not having to pay to advance in the game quicker. I’ll still end up giving it a try though because it sounds fun!

    • Ooo, I would love to be able to play with friends and interact with them – I think that’s one of the biggest reasons why I continue to play some games even though most mobile games are pay to advance so the company can make money.

  2. Honestly I love Harry Potter but I’m not sure this game is for everyone. I got it the day it came out and I’m still on year one chapter 9 as it’s just simply not keeping my interest especially since I can’t complete a class without having to wait an age for the energy to refresh. Also I’ve seen screenshots of people who have finished the game so far as they have only managed to complete up to half way through year three.

    Also as a person who wears glasses why should I have to spend my gems on them if I want the character to look like me?

  3. As a Slytherin in-game, I can confirm that the storyline is pretty much the same. Although I am in the same house as Merula, she still hates me just like she hates everyone. There is really no difference I guess.

  4. I have not played this, but it’s a fun idea! That’s a bummer that you have to pay to advance though, and that you aren’t able to really communicate with friends! Otherwise, it’s Hogwarts! How cool!!!


  5. The consistency issues and plot holes are driving me insane. The amount of energy each and every task takes is also a bit annoying. I am interested to see where the story goes, but I gotta say, I’m getting really bored with the game already. Great review!

  6. Vee @ Under The Mountain

    I can’t play this because my phone broke a solid year ago and I haven’t got round to getting it fixed yet! I can only hope it comes up on Google Play or Facebook Gamesroom at some point.

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

  7. I’ve been so excited to play Hogwarts Mystery but unfortunately, it’s not available on ANY of my devices. Not tablet or my Android phone. Unless I upgrade and my devices are literally less than three month old, I cant play it. It sucks massively because SO MUCH WANT! I’ll have to live vicariously through your progress Sophia so please keep us updated! ♥♥♥

  8. I’d love to try this but I don’t think my old phone could handle it. I hope they bring it out for the Kindle or PC.