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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wizarding adventure makes money magically disappear.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 8+


you have to wait awhile or buy gems which is annoying but gives your kid a break i guess. meaning, you can’t do multiple adventures with love energy it takes like 2 minutes for one energy which is soooo annoying
age 12+
This is a fun game! I’ve always wanted to go to Hogwarts and now I get to! The energy thing annoys me, so you have to be patient which is good because kids won’t be on for hours and it will teach them patience. The only reason I put 12+ is because there is a dating part in the fourth year so physically I don’t think 12 year olds should date but virtually with a CPU I think it’s fine because it’s just a game. A fun game and you don’t HAVE to spend money, you just have to wait a while.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (63 ):

This app based on one of the most popular franchises out there is bound to be divisive, especially among parents and kids, because of its gated play and money demands. Kids will enjoy Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery because of its faithfulness to the wizarding world, but parents are bound to resent the game's money-grubbing setup. It starts really well, and it's bound to excite fans by showing them iconic locations in Diagon Alley. It gets even better as you get to Hogwarts, get sorted into your House, and start seeing all your favorite Hogwarts people and locations. Then your first class starts, and abracadabra! The fun's over.

Activities like going to class require tapping on things a set number of times, and each tap requires energy. Your piddly little energy supply gets used up in seconds, and you're stuck with the bane of every freemium game: the energy timer. Given the advent of better models like "ads for energy," it's surprising that developer Jam City would employ such a blatant money-grabbing model, but alas, they have. The result is a disappointing tease of a game that lets you play for mere moments, then passes 'round the Sorting Hat, expecting you to throw money into it. Worse yet, it throttles the fun again by locking most of the locations and making you wait hours before the story can progress. There's a way around those things, of course: spending yet more money. The app's makers really made a mistake in going with the purchase-heavy energy model, which is a shame, because they've made a charmingly faithful depiction of the wizarding world. But Harry Potter fans won't get to see it unless they know how to conjure up a big pile of cash.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: April 26, 2018
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Publisher: Jam City
  • Version: 1.5.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: February 12, 2019

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