Is Hogwarts Legacy safe for Children? – Age rating

Weeks after its launch, the Harry Potter-inspired video game, Hogwarts Legacy, is getting a lot of love from Potterheads and even muggle gamers. As a 5th-year student in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you will be able to immerse yourself in the wizarding world and anything that comes with it. Magic beasts, monsters, fellow wizards and witches, the Forbidden Forest, and Hogsmeade are just a few things you’ll discover along the way. Not only does it invite the attention of adults who are kids at heart, but the game also seems to be fun for kids. With Hogwarts Legacy being so popular nowadays, is it okay if we let our kids play the game? Is it safe for children? What is the game’s age rating? We will answer all of that for you below.

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What is Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy is the newest video game adaptation of the beloved Harry Potter novels written by J.K. Rowling. This open-world role-playing game is set about a hundred years before “the boy who lived” set foot into Hogwarts.

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Rather than a freshman student, the player will step in the shoes of a 5th-year wizard/witch who will embark on an epic magical journey. Learn the mysteries of the wizarding world, uncover puzzles in Hogwarts, become a top-rank spell caster, and create your own story.

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Hogwarts Legacy Age Rating: Is it safe for children?

According to PEGI (Pan European Game Information), Hogwarts Legacy is rated at PEGI-12. This means that persons under the age of 12 years old will not be allowed to buy a copy of this game. They have given the game a PEGI-12 rating because “it features moderate violence and use of bad language”.

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However, other websites like ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) and Common Sense Media have rated Hogwarts Legacy rated T (Teen 13+), just a bit higher than PEGI’s judgment. All of these make sense because Hogwarts Legacy also features violence, alcoholics, and a bit of blood. Also, let’s not forget that there is a morality bug in the game since you can cast Avada Kedavra or other curse spells on your classmates and professors without getting a penalty. It’s safe to say that, although kids even younger than 10 have the skills to play the game, Hogwarts Legacy is not yet suitable for children below 12 years old.

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Source/s: PEGI, ESRB

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