How long is Hogwarts Legacy? - Story, side quests, and completion playtime

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A view of the halls in Hogwarts Legacy.
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March 13, 2023: We have checked over our information

Given it's one of the most anticipated games of the last few years, there's a question that still needs answering: how long is Hogwarts Legacy? Though we can all agree a short and sweet game can be a refreshing thing in a space that's chock full of releases to bounce between, having the first true open-world Harry Potter game close out the credits in a dozen hours would be a tragedy.


Before we dive into the details, it's worth noting that we won't know for certain just how long Hogwarts Legacy is until we're able to play it. What we do know, though, is that a recent preview event gave people the chance to ask the developers for a ballpark figure. It'll depend on how much side content you dive into, but it's a good estimate to weigh up the costly purchase price.

For more on the Portkey Games' release, check out what else we've figured out from the recent preview event. From a Hogwarts Legacy photo mode to the question of if you can swim in Hogwarts Legacy, we're doing what we can to shed some light on the adventure.

How long is Hogwarts Legacy?

The time Hogwarts Legacy will likely take you depends on how you want to play it. Our reviewer took just over 25 hours but it can take double that if you want to explore. We got tonnes of reasonably valid rumours just before launch that turned out to be true.


The first rumour, which claimed a 35-hour story, was first reported by VGC, which attributed the idea to a leaked Hogwarts Legacy artbook.

In saying "35 hours to complete, 75 hours for 100% completion of all side quests," it isn't immediately clear whether that's 35 hours for the story and an additional 45 for the sidequest content (which would take the total to 75) or 35 for the story and 75 for the total, which would put things more in line with the 120-hour estimate German site mentioned in its recent preview piece.

If you're looking for more on the game, here's our Hogwarts Legacy character creator guide. And before you go too far, here's which house you should choose in Hogwarts Legacy, too. Your choice will affect a lot.