Please don't bother with the official Hogwarts Legacy game guide because it's shockingly bad

Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide on top of The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy.
Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide on top of The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy. (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / Windows Central)

Hogwarts Legacy has been out for a while now, but it wasn't until this week that Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide was also released. I've absolutely loved Avalanche Software's wizarding world game and have written dozens of guides for it. In fact, I'm flattered to say that millions of you have used my guides and have spent over seven million minutes reading them so far. 

As is my practice as a games editor, I purchased the official game guide to see if there are any tricks, secrets, or tips that I and the player base haven't picked up on yet. However, I was unprepared for how lacking this particular game guide would be. This is especially frustrating since the many complex Hogwarts Legacy puzzles and quests are part of what makes this one of the best PC games and best Xbox games out there.

I would be a little more lenient (although still disappointed) if this were a third-party creation, but this is the official guide for Hogwarts Legacy, and as such, it should have all of the information people need.

A game guide that doesn't always guide

Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide — The Tale of Rowland Oakes page with Ashwinder drawing. (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / Windows Central)

Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide is an incredibly small and thin paperback for what is expected from a AAA open-world game. It turns out it manages to be so small because it's missing tons of useful information. The book is split into four different parts (much like the game), with chapter headers that address various mainline quests and sidequests. Near the back of the book, it provides less than half a page of info regarding the final boss fight (which definitely should have more details) and then ends in a reference library.

While the pages are filled with beautiful screenshots and drawings, there is comparatively very little text. This official game guide often serves more as a picture book or pamphlet that feels like it's meant to entice people to play Hogwarts Legacy rather than giving helpful details for players who are actually playing it. 

At other times, it provides useful walkthroughs but then doesn't describe things clearly, or it skips steps and encourages players to figure things out for themselves. The book tends to get the vaguest when addressing puzzles. I don't even know how often I read platitudinous notions that say something to the effect of, "think cleverly to succeed," rather than explaining solutions. On top of that, many of the images were selected for their aesthetics but don't actually show the helpful details players need. 

Seriously, what's the point of an official game guide if it doesn't guide players through a game? 

What's the point of an official game guide if it doesn't guide players through a game?

Moreover, certain sidequests and puzzles are only lightly touched on or have been left out of the official game guide entirely. For example, there are only three small paragraphs regarding the 16 Daedalian Keys. The guidebook tells you where to find the first key, but it doesn't state where any of the 15 remaining keys are hidden within the labyrinthine castle. Instead, it simply reads, "catch them all for a prize," and doesn't even bother mentioning or showing the cool house-specific robes players can unlock by doing so. 

Hogwarts Legacy : The Official Game Guide — Daedalian Keys page doesn't explain where to find the keys. (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / Windows Central)

Similarly, the book does not tell you where to find Demiguise Statues for unlocking Alohomora Levels and there isn't even any mention of the prominent Hogwarts puzzle doors, which have proven confusing for many players. 

There are times when the book starts to be helpful but then leaves critical information out. For instance, the Herbology Class section has a quick guide for where to find recipe resources, but some ingredients are missing from this page such as Fluxweed Stem and Shrivelfig Fruit. The opposite page explains that you'll want to "buy seeds from Beatrice Green at Dogweed & Deathcap" but fails to mention the crucial detail that you find this store in Hogsmeade Village. On top of that, there's absolutely no mention of The Magic Neep, another important shop for acquiring magic plants. 

Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide — Herbology Class page doesn't mention all plants. (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / Windows Central)

To be fair, the official guide does handle quests a little better. For example, explaining where to find the one-eyed witch statue for the "Dissending for Sweets" quest, which many players have had difficulty locating. But overall, the walkthrough information the book gives is hazy without explaining all of the particulars or skipping steps. If you were hoping for a Hogwarts Legacy walkthrough or a book that could provide detailed assistance with solving puzzles, then this official guide will be disappointing.

As I briefly mentioned before, the official guide's biggest redeeming quality is that it is packed with interesting images. Some are screenshots, while others are drawings that were not in the Hogwarts Legacy base game (as far as I saw). But then why would you purchase this official game guide for art when the absolutely stunning The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy hardback is right there for you to purchase? Now, that's a book that's worth your time as it's large and filled with both concept art and explanations for design choices that many Harry Potter fans will find interesting. 

The art book is truly stunning, but the official guide isn't worth your time

The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy — Hogwarts castle drawings. (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / Windows Central)

I absolutely love the charming wizarding world adventure that Avalanche Software created. There are so many little secrets, Easter eggs, and puzzles to discover while going through a year at the magical school. However, it's not always easy to solve these quests and puzzles. This is why I made it my goal to quickly identify tricky parts of the game and write up Hogwarts Legacy guides, so I could assist those who needed them.

If you're considering purchasing Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide, I don't recommend it —unless you're a collector. It fails to provide answers to many puzzles and can be vague with certain quest walkthroughs. Thankfully, there are plenty of detailed Hogwarts Legacy guides online that will help you on your magical journey, like the ones here at Windows Central. 

If you are interested in the Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide for the artwork, I suggest you consider purchasing The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy instead. This is a hardback with large pages that help show off digital paintings and concept art for the game. Plus, it's fun reading about the specific details the artists incorporated into their designs. 

The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy | $40 at Amazon

The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy | $40 at Amazon

Get a look at concept art accompanied by insightful text to learn about how Hogwarts Legacy's visual aesthetic came into being. The book is 251 pages long and features some truly beautiful imagery. 

Rebecca Spear
Editor and Reviewer

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).