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REVIEW: Is the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery App Suitable for Kids?

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery app is a role-play animated app that lets you pick your own Hogwarts adventure, which was released on 25th April 2018.

The app is perfect for kids that love Harry Potter and perfect for parents and carers that want to let them have some screen time that is 100% safe. There is no chat facility and no other players playing the game with your child. It is a ‘choose your own adventure’ style, single player game that kids will love!!

The game, developed by Jam City and published by Portkey Games has gone viral over the internet. The app is based on J.K. Rowling’s book series ‘Harry Potter’ but is set before the young boy arrives at this magical palace. Search for Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery in the app store.

Objective Of The Game

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery is filled with fun activities and puzzles. The objective of the game is to collect knowledge, skills and empathy as you navigate your way around Hogwarts.

You collect these points by participating in classes and activities around the school.

How the game starts

At the beginning of the game you are in Diagon Ally where you must buy your supplies. It is there that you meet Rowan Khanna a young witch or wizard (depending on the players gender) ready to give you all the facts you need to play Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery. Rowan is a trusted friend to help you begin the game with the information you need.

Your talk with Ollivander, the wand seller, informs you of your brother, Jacob who was expelled from Hogwarts after seeking The Cursed Vaults. You are told that the vaults have a secret treasure of jewels inside them.

As the game progresses, you participate in classes to learn magic spells that will help you to find your missing brother. All the while, another ‘first year’ Slytherin student, Merula bullies all the kids because she is determined that she is the most powerful witch at Hogwarts.

List of classes in the Harry Potter App

Charms class

Your charms class consists of Professor Filius Flitwick teaching you the simple charms of the world. You need to do these classes to learn the skills to help you during your search for your brother.

Lumos – Provides illumination from the tip of the caster’s wand.

Expelliarmus – The duelist’s go-to charm, it relives an opponent of his or her wand.

Rictusempra – Great for tickling anyone in your path, friend or foe.

Wingarduium Leviosa – The ability to make objects fly. Remember to make the ‘gar’ nice and long.

Alohomora – Unlocks any locked door.

Flipendo – Sends the opponent flying to the ground.

Nox – Extinguishes the light at the end of the caster’s wand.

Potions class

Your potions class consists of Professor Sevurus Snape teaching the need to know potions.

Cure for the Boils Potion– A must know for any teenage witch or wizard.

Wiggenweld Potion – A complex healing potion of some renown.

Sleeping Draught – Gives temporary sleep with a hard brewing difficulty.

Herbicide Potion – Kills/damages plants with a difficult brewing level.

Flying class

Your flying classes consists of Madam Hooch teaching you how to ride a broomstick.

Summon Broom – To lift your broom without touching it.

Mount Broom – The correct ability to mount your broom.

Lift-off & Landing – The correct way to take off and land your broomstick.

Tip: When you start a class in Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery you have a certain amount of time to complete it. 1 hour, 3 hours or 8 hours. Longer classes are harder to complete but give bigger rewards.

Side Quests

In your journey trying to find your brother you will attend some secret missions with Rowan Khanna. The risky business is dangerous, especially with Flich on the lookout. You will need skill, and to make the right choices, you don’t want to lose any points from your house.

House Points

The four Hogwarts houses include Hufflepuff, the dedicated and loyal, Gryfindor, the brave and daring, Ravenclaw, the intelligent and witty, and Slytherin, the ambitious and cunning.

When you complete quests you earn points for your house, and when you break rules or fail to the complete tasks, you lose your team points. At the end of the school year, the house with the most points earns the house cup, a great honour.


When participating in classes or side quests at Hogwarts you use up energy which you need to complete missions. You earn one energy every four minutes (even when the app isn’t open). When you have run out of energy and don’t want to wait the wait, there are 5 places you can go to get energy for free!

1. Castle Grounds

Navigate the grounds and find the stick laying on the ground. Tap it and a dog will come running to get the stick! Exercise for the dog and +1 energy for you.

2. Lower Floor West

Just outside the Great Hall, there are two candles, one of which isn’t lit. Tap it and collect more energy.

3. West Towers

Find the painting of a tree next to the prefect’s bathroom. Tap the painting and receive your gift.

4. East Towers

As you arrive find the empty painting next to the charms classroom. Tap it!

5. Dungeons

Slide over to the kitchens and find the sleeping house elf. Tap it and watch it run back to work, oh and you get more energy!

If you’ve done that and are bored waiting for more, just explore the castle, see what you can and cannot enter. Then you can just do something else in real life (IRL), like draw a picture of your favourite Hogwarts character or check out our magical potions page here.

Watch the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Official Launch Video

That concludes our Hogwarts adventure. Hopefully you enjoyed, feel free to leave some tips or information down below in the comments.

Have a great day and don’t forget to make the most out of this opportunity at the magical palace of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Have fun casting those spells and brewing those potions, (and don’t get on Snape’s bad side).

Want to get a REAL (kind of) Harry Potter Hogwarts letter? Find out how here!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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