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7 enchanting magic games you should play instead of Hogwarts Legacy

There’s more to magic than Harry Potter.

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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.

Here are the 7 best magic school games that aren’t Hogwarts Legacy.

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7. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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.

Koei Tecmo

6. The Elder Scrolls

Each installment of The Elder Scrolls has a magic academy you can enroll in. Skyrim’s College of Winterhold is a little light, but Oblivion and Morrowind’s Mages Guilds offer involved quests to help you master the arcane arts.

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5. Avencast: Rise of the Mage

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.

Lighthouse Interactive

4. Spellcaster University

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.

Sneaky Yak Studio

3. Witchbrook

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.

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2. Kids on Brooms

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.

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1. Ikenfell

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.

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