‘Harry Potter’ “Reboot” Rewrites Wizarding World History With Shocking Tom Riddle Reveal

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Young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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A brand-new Hogwarts Legacy (2023) gameplay showcase just revealed a ton of gameplay footage, such as riding on a Hippogriff above the Scottish Highlands, engaging in deadly combat with dark wizards, and taming magical creatures in beautiful locations.

The showcase’s panel members are Avalanche Game Software Director Alan Tew, Systems Designer Mekenzy Tonert, Community Manager Chandler Wood, and Community Guest Host Ben Snow, and they give us an in-depth look at these features in the game.

The Room of Requirement in Hogwarts Legacy
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However, the video’s “secret ending” suggests that the game will either rewrite Wizarding World history, or possibly reintroduce the Time-Turner, which has only ever been seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016).

Check out the new Hogwarts Legacy gameplay showcase below:

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“We’re going to wrap things up,” Chandler Wood says in closing, “but first, we’ve got a little surprise for you.” We then see the main character exploring what looks like the headmaster’s office, where he finds an old book on a table, which begins to levitate before sucking him inside!

Is this Tom Riddle’s diary?! If it is, how and why is it in Hogwarts Legacy, which is set some hundred years before Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Is the game going to retcon certain elements of Chamber of Secrets? Or does this have something to do with the Time-Turner?

Tom Riddle's Diary in Hogwarts Legacy
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Though very unlikely, it’s entirely possible that Warner Bros. intends to use Hogwarts Legacy to start wiping the slate clean where the wider Harry Potter franchise is concerned, as rumors that a major “reset” is imminent following the poorly-received Fantastic Beasts films continue.

On the other hand, this could be completely unrelated to any established lore, and may not even have anything to do with Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort. After all, despite JK Rowling having some involvement, the upcoming game isn’t considered canon with any of the books or films, and as such, can be considered a “reboot” of those timelines.

Either way, it looks like we’ll have to play the game to find out whose diary this is, so be sure to keep up to date with all three separate release dates depending on your platform of choice.

Tom Riddle's Diary in Hogwarts Legacy
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As per the official Hogwarts Legacy website, here’s the synopsis for the game:

Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. For the first time, experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.

Time-lapse in Hogwarts Legacy
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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Hogwarts Legacy will now be released on April 4, 2023. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions will be released as planned on February 10, while the Nintendo Switch version will be released on July 25.

Do you think Hogwarts Legacy will rewrite Voldemort’s history, or feature time-travel? Let us know in the comments down below!

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