Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery's update last Thursday was one of the more significant updates the game has received in Year 4. It added two new chapters worth of story content, a new side quest, and it also laid the foundation for some future content that will be making its way to the game, such as achievements.
If players open Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery right now, click on the book icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, and then scroll to the end of the Year 4 classes, they will notice a new section called Achievements. The Achievements section doesn't appear in any other Years, and right now it only lists one achievement.
The only achievement listed in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery at the time of this writing is called "Become a Prefect," and players can earn it by completing the Become a Prefect Special Adventure. Besides an achievement though, Hogwarts Mystery players will also nab an additional five gems for their efforts.
What's interesting about this achievement is that it's listed in Year 4's classes, but Hogwarts students don't become Prefects until Year 5. Presumably, once Year 5 is added to the game, the Achievements section will be moved there, but if that's the case, why didn't Jam City just wait until Year 5 to add the achievement?
It's possible that the Become a Prefect Special Adventure will take place in-between Years 4 and 5 when it's rolled out to the masses (the side quest is available to a limited number of players right now, possibly so Jam City can test the feature). Giving fans something to do while they wait for Year 5 to start properly could be a smart way for Jam City to not only test the waters with achievements, but also retain dedicated fans who are still playing the game daily.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how this Become a Prefect Special Adventure plays out. Hopefully it is able to avoid the Duelling Club controversy and will satisfy fans of the game.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now for iOS and Android mobile devices.