In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, it seems as though the titular “mystery” is the fate of the player character’s brother, Jacob. However, Jacob’s fate is tied to another mystery in the game – the identity of “R.” In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, R is an unknown character who has left notes for other characters in the game, seemingly as a way to lead them into danger or to open the Cursed Vaults at Hogwarts. R’s identity is still a mystery at the time of this writing, and while there are many theories, one strong possibility is that R is none other than Rowan Khanna, the player character’s best friend at Hogwarts.
The evidence for Rowan being R is that he (or she) goes out of his way to make sure he meets the player character at Diagon Alley. Rowan is also directly responsible for the player character being able to access the Cursed Vaults on more than one occasion, thanks to his superior intellect and research skills. It’s possible Rowan has some sort of connection to Jacob, and is using the player character to open all the Cursed Vaults at Hogwarts.
Another reason why some believe Rowan is R is because of his extreme distrust of Ben Copper. As players who have played through Year 2 in the game will recall, there was a time when Ben Copper, a notoriously nervous Gryffindor, went missing. A note addressed to Ben and supposedly written by R led him to being trapped in cursed ice, and Rowan has been suspicious of Ben ever since.
It’s important to note that despite there being a letter addressed to Ben that was written by R, Rowan still pushes the narrative that Ben is hiding something. Rowan seems to be trying to make the player character distrustful of Ben as well, possibly in an attempt to throw the player character off his trail.
It’s certainly possible that Rowan is the mysterious R, but there are other theories as well. Some fans agree with Rowan and think Ben is R, whereas others suspect Daily Prophet journalist Rita Skeeter. One particularly well-thought out fan theory points the finger at Tulip Karasu’s parents being R, and others believe it’s a character that has yet to even be introduced. At this point, it’s impossible to determine R’s identity, but more information should come to light in the coming months.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now for iOS and Android mobile devices.