Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery fans who have caught up to the game are patiently waiting for Jam City to add new content so that they can continue their Hogwarts adventures. There’s no word yet on when Year 4 Chapter 5 will make its way to the game, but Jam City has already started teasing some content that is coming a bit further down the line.
The official Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Twitter account posted an image of the Whomping Willow, as it appears in the Castle Grounds area of the game. For those unfamiliar with the Harry Potter franchise, the Whomping Willow is a dangerous tree that tends to flail its branches about, whacking anything (or anyone) unlucky enough to get too close. How the Whomping Willow will be incorporated into Hogwarts Mystery remains to be seen, but it played a significant role at various points in the Harry Potter book series.
If players go to the Castle Grounds in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and tap on the Whomping Willow, they will be greeted with a message that tells them they can gain entry in Year 6. It’s possible that this means the Whomping Willow will be accessible at any point in Year 6, but another possibility is that players can only enter it when the story allows, similarly to how Dumbledore’s office was “unlocked” in Year 2.
Watch out for this willow, it hits back. pic.twitter.com/DMTHLH4RgQ
— Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (@HogwartsMystery) June 23, 2018
If the Whomping Willow can only be accessed through story events, then it may very well be in use by one of the characters in the game. In the Harry Potter books, characters have used a secret passage within the Whomping Willow to reach a house in Hogsmeade called the Shrieking Shack, which served as a sort of hiding place. However, it’s worth pointing out that the Shrieking Shack currently doesn’t appear in Hogwarts Mystery if players visit the wizarding village right now.
Even so, it’s possible that the Shrieking Shack will be added once the Whomping Willow itself is accessible. After all, there isn’t really much point to going in the Whomping Willow unless one intends to use the secret passage it’s guarding. Then again, perhaps tapping on the Whomping Willow will only bring players close to the tree itself in Year 6, not actually inside of its tunnel.
Whatever the case may be, it seems likely that the Whomping Willow will have some story implications once players reach Year 6 in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Perhaps it’s being used as a secret hideout for the mysterious R character, or maybe it is tied directly to the ongoing mystery of the Cursed Vaults. It’s even possible that the player character’s missing brother Jacob is hidden there, but fans will just have to wait for Jam City to add more content to be certain.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now for iOS and Android mobile devices.