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So one of my favorite mobile games that has ever come out is Hogwarts Mystery which takes place in the Harry Potter universe shortly after the defeat of You-Know-Who and the death of the Potters. One of the things that comes up a bunch when talking to friends is they ask about your previous years. And sometimes remembering all of those details can be a bit much, so I’m going to be doing an overview of each year and what occurred during them. But I’m going to try not giving too much away.
Classes and things you’ll learn during your fourth year:
- Potions: Calming Draught, Shrinking Solution, Weedosoros, Pepperup Potion, Beautification Potion, Ageing Potion, and Skele-gro.
- Charms: Protego, Bombarda, Confringo, Ferula, Vermilious, Cistem Aperio, Scourgify, Diffindo, Arania Exumai, and Colloportus.
- Flying: Formation Flying, Sloth Grip Roll, Broom Surfing, and Extreme Dive and Pull Up.
- Transfigurations: Evanesco, Vera Verto, Beetle into Button, Colovaria, Sepensortia, and Orchideous.
- Herbology: Wiggentree, Flitterbloom, Shrivelfig, and Wormwood.
- Care of Magical Creatures: Fire Crab, Bowtruckle, Niffler, Murtlap, Streeler, and Kneazle.
Year 4 had to be the longest to release year in the mobile game Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery compared to any of the previous years. Often having weeks in between chapter releases. Even though this year took forever to fully release, I found this to be the most interesting year since you had the world famous curse-breaker Madam Patricia Rakepick arrive at the castle along with her niffler. Right away from her arrival your best friend, Ben is off. She also warns the students not to go looking for the Cursed Vaults and to stay out of her way. Students have also started to sleepwalk into the Forbidden Forest, the sign the third Cursed Vault had been tempered with along with it’s general location. Unlike the previous year where you took a while trying to figure out where it was. Madam Rakepick ends up telling the player to stop looking for the Cursed Vaults but teachs them the Shield Charm.
Rowan thinks Ben isn’t really their friend and is trying to hide something. Which you can agree with or not, considering Ben does deny this along with any connection to “R”. You then go around the castle to each of the professors after class to ask for their opinion on Rakepick. Snape states she was disliked by the staff, Flitwick trusts Dumbledore’s opinion on her, Hooch has strong opinions about her but won’t comment them, and Hagrid described her as talented, ambitious, brave, devious, reckless, heroic and dangerous. He also said you shouldn’t work against her. Rakepick does inform the player that she knows you were asking about her and wants to meet in the Artefact Room. Rakepick ends up encouraging the player to keep looking for the Cursed Vaults even if it means breaking school rules and disobeying Dumbledore… which you knew your player was going to do anyway at this point. Madam Rakepick tells the player that she thinks that a Cursed Vault might be in Hogsmeade, and not even in the Forbidden Forest. She asks the player if they would like to be her assistant. Then Rakepick tells the player to ask Professor Kettleburn how to get in the Forbidden Forest safely.
Madam Rakepick asks the player to meet her at the Training Grounds. The player joins Ben, Rowan, Bill Weasley, Merula Snyde and Ismelda Murk in a little competition to become Rakepick’s assistant.
After asking Kettleburn how to enter the Forbidden Forest, you are met in the Courtyard by a cloaked figure warning the player of death if they keep looking into the Cursed Vaults. Later Kettleburn tells the player that he has advised many students on entering the forest, including Madam Rakepick. Now that the professors are monitoring the forest it is harder to sneak in but Kettleburn still thinks flying will be the easiest way in. However, your player doesn’t have a broom since apparently your parents don’t want you flying after Jacob’s disappearance. So you have to get a broom another way and Madam Hooch will not lead one out to the player as it’s against school rules after a Black Lake incident. So you end up breaking into Filch’s office in search for a broom but only find destroyed ones and another black quill. The untrasfigured quill ends up being a threathening letter from R to Madam Rakepick. Rowan, shocked that her theory about R being Rakepick is wrong, asks the player who they think R is, and they have the option of choosing either Rita Skeeter, Madam Rosmerta or Filius Flitwick. Back to the brooms, the player comes to the conclusion that they have to borrow a broom from either Andre Egwu, Ismela Murk or Merula Snyde.
Once you have a broom, you’ll head into the forest with Bill, Rowan or Baranby Lee to meet up with Charlie. But with no idea where to search they head back to search Jacob’s room for clues. Next heading back into the forest with either Tulip, Penny or Merula you meet the Centaur Torvus. After beating Torvus in a duel he reveals he was exiled from his camp due to aiding Jacob in finding the Cursed Vault in the forest. Since Jacob took a family heirloom and Torvus was blamed for the theft. That heirloom being the broken arrow the player found in the Vault of Fear… however the arrow is missing a jewel. The group decides they will need the assistance from a Niffler to find the shiny ruby arrowhead.
As mentioned earlier, Madam Rakepick has a Niffler named Sickleworth. And after proving that you can take care of the little guy, Madam Rakepick allows you to borrow them until you find the arrowhead. Sickleworth is apparently one of the few things that she cares for. With the niffler you search the Artefact room on Ben’s recommendation, Flich’s office on Rakepick’s recommendation though this was to get a key she wanted, and a Red Cap’s hole. The arrowhead is there but you have to get rid of the Red Cap with the use of a Beautification potion with Penny Haywood’s assistance. However, before you disband the Red Cap you have to spy on Rakepick for Snape since he broke your broom and will only repair it once you have uncovered her motives. Returning to Snape, the player tells Snape what they’ve learned, and that Rakepick knew about their spying. Snape reveals he expected this, and Rakepick only said what she wanted him to hear, and that she’ll be waiting for his response. Snape then gives the player Garrotting Gas as a reward for helping (along with house points, if the option to go along willingly with his plans was chosen) as he believes Rakepick may try to kill the player. Snape says he will want the player’s help again, and if they remain cooperative he will teach the player a curse he invented. With the arrowhead in had you repair the arrow and return it to Torvus.
Torvus in turn will help bring you to the vault so long as Hagrid comes. Back at Three Broomsticks Ben mentions that he knows dangerous creatures are guarding the vault. Rowan is still suspicious of Ben. The team studies into Acromanuals and knows there is a spell that works against them but Kettleburn will not teach them it. Rakepick then has the player meet them in the Transfiguration classroom, and teaches the player a spider-repelling spell. Rakepick also reveals that she is aware that the player was attacked by an unknown wizard, and warns them to be careful of those closest to them. Rakepick leaves, taking back Sickleworth for her own investigations.
With the knowledge of the spell, you go to Hagrid to get him to come along to the vault after getting rid of the Bundimun that have overtaken his hut. Later, the player meets up with Rowan and Charlie in the Clocktower Courtyard, where the cloaked figure attacks the three. They are then saved by Rakepick. The figure is revealed to be Ben Copper, who appears to have no memory of attacking the three. Rowan does not trust Ben. The player gets to decide whether Rakepick takes Ben to the Hospital Wing, Filch’s office or Dumbledore’s office.
Afterwards you’ll head to the vault with Charlie and either Rowan, Penny or Bill. You meet up with Hagrid and Torvus in the Forest Grove then head to the spider liar to enter the Cursed Vault. You have to duel an Acromanual before entering the vault. Like the previous vault you have to use the arrow to open the middle column which contains a sweater and another map. You also hear from Jacob again stating he is trapped in the final vault. When you leave the vault you meet Dumbledore and Flich who give you detention for your fifth year of having to work in the kitchen with the elves. If you also completed the Perfect quest line, you will also be a Perfect when the year begins. To end the year, you also learn that Madam Rakepick will be next year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and she’ll help you with the last vault ensuring she will make sure the rules won’t prevent you from doing so.
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