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Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts

In this guide, we tell you all about the Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts, including how to get your hands on the three unforgivable curses and how to unlock the arena

A witch casting flames as she embraces the Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts

It’s time for all you budding witches and wizards to head to platform 9¾ and start your journey at Hogwarts. During your time here as a fifth year, there’s plenty of adventure to experience, bonds to form, enemies to make, and, of course, spells to learn. However, there are three unforgivable curses that any honourable witch or wizard won’t use, and we’re here to tell you all about the Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts – for educational purposes only, of course. We’d never dream of putting them to hexcellent use…

To discover even more about this magical world, you can check out our Hogwarts Legacy release date guide. We also have Hogwarts Legacy characters, Hogwarts Legacy upgrade, Hogwarts Legacy spells, Hogwarts Legacy beasts, and Hogwarts Legacy companions content to help you familiarise yourself with what awaits you.

Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts.

What is Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts?

What we mean by Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts isn’t to be confused with one of the Hogwarts Legacy classes, Defence Against the Dark Arts. Instead, this is to do with the three unforgivable curses, though your professor is likely to at least mention them in your lessons.

A student defending themselves against dark wizards

What are Hogwarts Legacy’s unforgivable curses?

There are three unforgivable curses that make up the Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts, and they are:

  • Cruciatus Curse (Crucio)
  • Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra)
  • Imperius Curse (Imperio)


To put it bluntly, the Cruciatus Curse is of a torturous nature, inflicting unimaginable pain on those that are struck by it. However, to truly cause pain and suffering, it’s said that you must harbour pure hatred for your victim and enjoy how it feels to harm someone.

Avada Kedavra

If you think Crucio sounds cruel beyond measure, prepare yourself, as Avada Kedavra is the worst of the three unforgivable curses. This spell is also known as the Killing Curse, and yes, it does exactly what it says on the tin as it causes instant death to those that are hit with it.


While still unforgivable, Imperio is perhaps the most forgivable of the three curses, purely because it’s not torturous, and nor does it inflict instant death. However, what it does do is make the victim unquestionably loyal to the caster, which means their free will is gone, and they’re at the mercy of their new master.

Hogwarts Legacy dark arts - a screen that shows the spell selection page with avada kedavra selected

How do I get the Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts?

To get your hands on the unforgiveable curses in Hogwarts Legacy, you need to follow a series of side quests with Sebastian Sallow. During specific missions, you can learn the various spells – as soon as the option pops up to learn one of the Dark Arts, take it.

How do I unlock the Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts battle arena?

Currently, the only we know of is to either purchase the collector’s or deluxe editions of the game. Should an in-game method on how to get the Dark Arts battle arena in Hogwarts Legacy arise at launch, wee’ll update this guide.

As soon as we get more information, we’ll update this guide. In the meantime, gear up for your visit to Hogwarts with our picks for the best Harry Potter games on Nintendo Switch and mobile.

Hogwarts Legacy has drawn considerable criticism during its development, largely due to the fact that the creator of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years.
While Avalanche has confirmed that J.K. Rowling is not “directly involved” in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, it is working with “her team” and Portkey Games, a Warner Bros. label dedicated to launching new experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. It is currently unclear whether she will earn any royalties from the game’s sale, but it is likely given it is based on her original body of work.
If you would like to learn more about transgender rights or lend your support, we’d encourage you to check out the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US and Mermaids in the UK