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So you’ve probably heard about a certain wizard game coming out soon. While there are plenty of good reasons not to play Hogwarts Legacy, you don’t have to give up on wearing a pointy hat and waving a wand around entirely.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ school isn’t just for magic, but some of the game’s best bits come from exploring the Officers Academy and bonding with the soon-to-be-traumatized students on campus.
Despite being more than 10 years old, Avencast’s magical combat is still unmatched. It has a sprawling spell list, which you cast with button combos, making magic feel more like a skill to be learned than it does in most games.
In magical management sim Spellcaster University, you don’t just go to magic school — you run one. As the director of a magical academy, you’ll build your campus, manage the school, and prepare your students for the wildly dangerous life of a mage.
Okay, you can’t play Witchbrook yet, but it should definitely be on your radar. Made by Starbound developer Chucklefish, Witchbrook lets you explore academic life and extracurriculars in a magic school, while getting cozy with villagers from the neighboring town.
If you want a break from video games to play a tabletop RPG (which I highly recommend), check out Kids on Brooms. You play as a group of kids in a magic school you create, complete with a totally customizable free-form magic system. Even TTRPG newcomers should find it easy to pick up.
Ikenfell is the anti-Harry Potter. It’s not just that it does without the inexplicably beloved book series’ regressive elements — its heartwarming story puts queer characters in the spotlight. Plus, it features a fun timing-based battle system and a killer soundtrack.