Hogwarts Legacy dark arts

Devs confirm Avada Kedavra as usable spell in Hogwarts Legacy

By Fariha Bhatti


Apr 19, 2022

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Avalanche Software and Portkey Games’ Hogwarts Legacy captures the true spirit of the Wizarding World. But would it allow the use of an unforgivable curse? 

A state of play video by PlayStation has enlightened Harry Potter fans about what to expect from the highly anticipated RPG. From rare beasts to popular spells, everything in the teaser was spot on. In the trailer, multiple familiar charms and spells appeared, including the unforgivable curse. However, true Harry Potter fans realize the risks involved with casting the killing curse. The consequences have been cited various times in the books. Now, the game’s developer has clarified whether Avada Kedavra would be useable in Hogwarts Legacy

Can you cast the Avada Kedavra spell in Hogwarts Legacy? 

According to the state of play video and Warner Bros., players will be able to cast the Avada Kedavra spell in the new Hogwarts Legacy game. 

The developer then put to rest any lingering doubts about the killing curse in a tweet, confirming that Avada Kedavra is a part of the game. Players will be allowed to mix various spells and charms to gain an edge over dark forces and even kill them if needed. That’s where the unforgivable curse comes in. 

Many players had qualms about the application of the curse due to its dark nature and dramatic severity. Even in the books, students were discouraged from using it under any circumstance. However, Portkey Games isn’t holding back. Hogwarts Legacy players are free to annihilate wizards and witches with this dark curse. 

It’s unknown what the cost of casting this curse would be. The game may not allow all students to cast the unforgivable curse. The killing curse would likely require much practice that may take the form of levels. Only highly-skilled wizards in their latter years may be able to cast the spell after picking extra lessons in dark arts class. 

What does Avada Kedavra do in Hogwarts Legacy? 

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When cast successfully on a living person or creature, Avada Kedavra would cause instantaneous and painless death without causing any injury to the body or any trace of violence. 

In Hogwarts Legacy, the killing curse may do total damage, separating the soul from the body. The victim’s body would be free of any marks of struggle. It’s worth noting that healing spells may not work on the victim of Avada Kedavra, as dark magic is generally irreversible. So players may want to be careful with the curse. 

The killing curse was a tool of the dark arts and was one of the three Unforgivable Curses in Harry Potter lore. It was used generously by the dark wizards. However, it was deemed unforgivable in 1717, which means the curse would still be illegal to use in Hogwarts Legacy. Whoever practiced the killing curse would be subjected to a punishment of a life sentence without parole in Azkaban. It’s unknown how users of Avada Kedavra would be penalized in Hogwarts Legacy since no mention of Azkaban has been made so far. 


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