Hogwarts Mystery Hack takes place in 1984. It’s an important time to remember.
The canonical Harry Potter universe stretches ages, but the most important era, as it pertains to Hogwarts Mystery Hack, is the period between Voldemort’s preliminary climb and Harry Potter’s attendance at Hogwarts. It’s an interesting period because we don’t really know very well what happened during that time; it’s your character’s chance to explore. While it could be tempting to include happenings in from Harry’s schooldays, it is important that those little callbacks fall into line with the lore placed by creator J.K. Rowling.
The issue is when those little fan winks and nods don’t match with the historical times of established happenings in the Harry Potter world — for example, the introduction of the Firebolt.
The Firebolt is a world-class auto racing broom that was produced by Randolph Spudmore in 1993. Harry was one of the first wizards to get the Firebolt in Dec 1993; it was a present from his godfather-on-the-run, Sirius Dark. The broom was designed to be a replacement for his old Nimbus 2000, that was damaged by Hogwarts’ Whomping Willow following a Quiddich game between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. The Firebolt was then discovered again during the 1994 Quiddich Wold Glass finals.
Yet somehow the Firebolt makes an appearance in Hogwarts Mystery Hack. The Firebolt shows up in a question asked during your character’s flying class in 1984. The game expects players to have an institutional understanding of the Firebolt because it’s a major area of the original Harry Potter canon, but the broom shouldn’t have been around in 1984.
Another tiny fault that players have discovered is the utterance of Teacher Umbridge’s name. Teacher Dolores Umbridge, of course, is one of the nastiest witches to ever before be used at Hogwarts. She started in Harry’s fifth year, following the fatality of Cedric Diggory during the Triwizard Glass and Voldemort’s return within the Goblet of Flame. A devoted follower of Cornelius Fudge, the then Minister of Magic, Umbridge arrived to Hogwarts to quell Harry’s cries exclaiming Voldemort was again.
Umbridge only became a professor in 1996, working her entire life prior to that visit in the Ministry of Magic. She joined up with the Ministry right after graduating, accepting a position as a “lowly intern in the Improper Usage of Magic Office,” relating to Pottermore.
In Hogwarts Puzzle, however, a question asks students who the Divination teacher is and one of the possible answers is Umbridge. Even if the question was a play on Divination seeking to the future, it’s still the incorrect position. Umbridge was Hogwarts’ Defense Against the Deep Arts professor for one calendar year, not Divination. Actually, Umbridge was the reason why that Professor Trewlaney, the girl who would be in demand of Divination at Hogwarts in Hogwarts Secret, was terminated in 1996.
These are just a couple illustrations — and are admittedly just a little know-it-all-ish — but Harry Potter is one of the very most popular franchises ever and is made closely on historical lore laid out by Rowling. The callbacks to popular Harry Potter moments can be endearing, but considering how far the game would go to stay period-accurate (the Fatality Eaters are in prison or on the run, Voldemort is in covering, etc.), these questions come off as badly researched.