How canonical is Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players point out inaccuracies in the game

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery takes place in 1984. It is an important date to remember.

The canonical Harry Potter universe spans centuries, but the most important era of the Hogwarts riddle is the time between Voldemort's initial rise and Harry Potter's visit to Hogwarts. It's an interesting time because we don't really know what happened during that time. It's your character's chance to explore. While it may be tempting to add events from Harry's school days, it's important that these little recalls be consistent with the lore set by author JK Rowling.

The problem is when this little fan winks and nods doesn't match historical dates from established events in the Harry Potter universe - for example the introduction of the Firebolt.

The Firebolt is a premium racing broom produced by Randolph Spudmore in 1993. Harry was one of the first wizards to receive the Firebolt in December 1993. It was a gift from his godfather, Sirius Black. The broom was meant to be a replacement for his old Nimbus 2000, which was destroyed by Hogwarts Whomping Willow after a Quiddich game between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. The Firebolt was then spotted again in the 1994 Quiddich Wold Cup final.

But somehow the Firebolt appears in Hogwarts Mystery. The Firebolt appears in a question asked while your character was taking flight lessons in 1984. The game expects players to have institutional knowledge of the Firebolt, as this is a large part of the original Harry Potter canon, but the Broom shouldn't have existed in 1984.

Another small mistake players discovered is what Professor Umbridge said. Professor Dolores Umbridge is, of course, one of the nastiest witches ever employed at Hogwarts. It began in Harry's fifth year after Cedric Diggory's death during the Triwizard Cup and Voldemort's return in The Goblet of Fire. Umbridge, an avid supporter of Cornelius Fudge, the then Minister of Magic, came to Hogwarts to suppress Harry's screams recalling Voldemort.

Umbridge did not become a professor until 1996 and served in the Ministry of Magic all her life prior to this appointment. Immediately after graduation, she joined the Department and accepted a position as an "intern in the Office of Inappropriate Use of Magic," said Pottermore.

However, in Hogwarts Mystery, students are asked who the Divination Professor is and one of the possible answers is Umbridge. Even if the question was a future game about fortune telling, it is still the wrong position. Umbridge was Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts for a year, not divination. In fact, Umbridge was the reason why Professor Trewlaney, the woman supposed to be in charge of fortune telling at Hogwarts in the Hogwarts Mystery, was fired in 1996.

These are just a few examples - and are, admittedly, a bit of a know-it-all - but Harry Potter is one of the most popular franchises of all time and is heavily based on historical evidence from Rowling. The recalls of beloved Harry Potter moments can be delightful, but considering how far down the game the precise period is (the Death Eaters are in jail or on the run, Voldemort hiding, etc.) these questions are poorly explored .

Even so, these lawsuits are nothing compared to fans voicing their concerns over microtransactions and annoying waiting times at Hogwarts Mystery. There's now a full Hogwarts Mystery subreddit to remind yourself that players can't do anything without having to wait a long time or pay out of their own pockets. Players complained that they were forced to wait eight hours while trapped in Devil's Snare to keep playing, or grabbing money for more energy just an hour after the game.