Throughout the original Harry Potter series, friendship was an essential element. The importance of the bond between characters increased as the years passed by, especially that of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Their bond was so great that they even went on a life-threatening hunt for horcruxes.

The new mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has options for a player to level up their friendship with other characters as they progress through the game. How does a player do this, and why does it matter?

There are four ways to level up your friendship in Hogwarts Mystery, only three of which are accessible to everyone. The fourth has restrictions, which will be explained further down. The gameplay for doing all these friendship missions is essentially the same with each method.

1. Handshake Missions

These are the core missions, and they are compulsory. These are unlocked as one progresses through the story arc. You have to meet the said character at a particular place (mostly the Great Hall) and then increase your friendship levels.

2. Playing Gobstones

This is an optional mission. You have to enter the courtyard, and then you choose a friend with who to increase the bond of friendship. As the mission progresses, you and your friend appear to be playing a magical version of checkers. This mission has a cooldown time of 16 hours.

3. Meal With a Friend

This is an optional mission. You have to enter the Great Hall, and then you again choose a friend as above. You and your friend appear to be having a meal as you progress through the mission. The mission has a cooldown of 10 hours.

4. Drink Butterbeer with a Friend

This is an optional mission, currently exclusive to 3rd year students and older. This is available after you unlock Hogsmeade privileges and unlock your friendship with Barnaby Lee, both of which are only available in Year 3. You have the freedom of choice as the above two. Cooldown time remains same as above — 10 hours.

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Game Mechanics

The game presents you with a pop quiz, with 3 answer options. The number of question varies as per the mission, where it is presented. There is a Friendship/Confidence meter to measure the level of rise in friendship (shown at the top of the screen)

Out of the three answers, there is always the following:

  • an excellent one,
  • a good one and
  • a terrible one.

The first two add points to the meter, while the third reduces points. You may (almost certainly) receive points for the high level of a particular attribute of your character (courage, empathy and knowledge).

These mechanics remains the same, regardless of mission you are participating in.

Tips and Strategies

  • The higher the number of diamonds you score in a quest, the greater is the the rise in friendship level. Each extra diamond gives you almost double the amount of friendship XP than what the previous one would. Missions with longer cooldown times reward a lot more XP than those with short cooldowns. So Gobstones is the go-to mission for large friendship increases!
  • Play a mission only if you have higher attributes level than the minimum requirement mentioned. Otherwise you won’t get the bonus rewards for higher attributes and that could significantly affect the outcome of the mission.
  • In case you fail to get even a single diamond, you can always try again–but it is going to cost you some gold!!

Use in the meta game

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As of know the level of friendship is useful only when you are choosing friends for a quest. The update hints of a feature “furry friends.” We can expect friendship to become a key aspect of the game as it progresses.

I could speculate that there could be specific quests that are unlockable only after reaching a particular level in friendship.

Each update and each passing year (in story), would only increase the relevance of a high friendship bond with each character!

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