In just two weeks after its release, Hogwarts Legacy has sold over 12 million copies and players have spent a staggering 260 million hours in the game. These numbers only confirm what many have already seen – Hogwarts Legacy is a commercial success that exceeded the creators’ expectations.
However, the game’s impact extends far beyond its financial numbers and has the potential to become a cultural phenomenon like no other.
In my recent article, I shared how the Harry Potter novels shaped my childhood and sparked my love for literature. Like me, there are millions of people around the world who were captivated by the magical world and inspired to read more.
The interactive entertainment industry has also witnessed similar cases, with games like Doom, Minecraft, and The Sims becoming iconic cultural phenomena that attracted even those who were previously disinterested in gaming.
Despite this, gaming is still viewed by some as an inaccessible or even dangerous aspect of modern culture. However, Nintendo has been leading the charge in creating platforms and games with low entry barriers that encourage whole families to play together.
While games like Animal Crossing and Super Mario have been incredibly popular, the success of Hogwarts Legacy paints a completely different picture.
Hogwarts Legacy is not a casual game for beginners but a mature action RPG that allows players to make morally ambiguous choices. Its level of difficulty may even deter those who are new to interactive entertainment. However, despite this, many people want to join the millions of players who explore the wizarding world with flushed faces.
While hard statistics may be lacking, numerous online posts from people who have purchased the game but struggle with technical requirements or have never played games before show that Hogwarts Legacy has attracted a new audience.
These are individuals who were enticed by the prospect of fulfilling childhood fantasies of flying on a broom and casting spells. This phenomenon mirrors the impact the Harry Potter novels had years ago, inviting people into an uncharted territory.
But what makes Hogwarts Legacy so enchanting? While it may not be a technological revolution like Doom or have the social potential of Minecraft, the game’s success lies in the magic of Harry Potter’s world.
It’s unlikely that the wizarding RPG would stand alone without being set in JK Rowling’s beloved universe. Regardless, the game has a unique power of attraction that cannot be denied.
Will every person who completes Hogwarts Legacy become a hardcore gamer, spending countless hours in MMO RPGs or speedrunning Dark Souls? Probably not.
However, some players who previously did not engage with gaming may continue to explore the medium and discover more titles. This success would be unprecedented, and Hogwarts Legacy may pave the way for even more enchanting cultural phenomena in the future.