Solve: Hogwarts Legacy Low Fatal Error

Several Hogwarts Legacy players are unfortunate enough to experience game startup issues and in-game errors or lag on the PC that we can’t deny. Apart from the startup crashes and in-game lags or stutters, it looks like Hogwarts Legacy players also face a low-level fatal error while launching the game. Now, if you’re also one of the victims of such an issue on your PC, then follow this troubleshooting guide to resolve it quite easily.

This specific ‘LowLevelFatalError’ becomes quite frustrating to PC gamers while trying to launch the game and as soon as the online multiplayer mode loads into the servers. In this case, the Hogwarts Legacy game throws a low fatal error whenever unfortunate players try to load into the open world. There might be several possible reasons applicable that you can check below, along with the potential workarounds to resolve this error easily.

Fix: Hogwarts Legacy Low Fatal Error

Fix: Hogwarts Legacy Low Fatal Error

It’s worth mentioning that Hogwarts Legacy uses a game engine that allows visualization and a better gaming experience. But somehow the low fatal error is appearing on the PC while launching the game or connecting to the servers. It might happen due to an outdated game version, issues with missing or corrupted game files, outdated graphics drivers, conflicts with the DirectX version, not using the dedicated graphics card, and more.

Whereas not running the game application as admin access, conflicts with the system files, low-sized shader cache, etc. might trigger multiple game launching issues or even a low-level fatal error on your system. We’ll recommend you follow all the methods individually until the problem gets fixed. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

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1. Reboot the PC

First of all, you should restart your computer to refresh the system for temporary glitches. Sometimes restarting the system normally can also fix multiple issues whatsoever. Even though some affected players might not find it useful, everyone should try it once.

2. Run the game as an administrator

Sometimes running the game exe application as an administrator on the PC might come in handy to avoid crashes because the system (user account control) requires the admin permission to run the program properly. To do that:

  • Right-click on the Hogwarts Legacy application file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.
  • Now, you can run the game application to launch it.

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3. Update Hogwarts Legacy

It’s also recommended to search for the game update via the game launcher on the PC because an outdated game version can trouble in launching issues or fatal errors. You can follow the steps below to do so:

For Steam:

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Click on Hogwarts Legacy from the left pane.
  • Steam will automatically search for the available update.
  • If there is an update available, click on Update.
  • Make sure to wait for some time until the update completes.
  • Once done, ensure to reboot the PC to apply changes.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the Epic Games Launcher > Head over to Library.
  • Now, click on the three dots icon next to Hogwarts Legacy.
  • Make sure the Auto Update option is turned on.

4. Verify and Repair Game Files

Sometimes corrupted or missing game files on the PC might also cause several issues with the startup or running of the game properly. You should verify and repair the game files on the PC by following the steps below.

For Steam:

  • Launch Steam > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on Hogwarts Legacy from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to the Local Files tab.

  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer to apply changes.
  • Next, you should run the game again to check for the issue.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the Epic Games Launcher > Click on Library.
  • Click on the three-dots icon next to Hogwarts Legacy.
  • Click on Verify > Wait for the process to complete and restart the launcher.
  • It should resolve the Hogwarts Legacy Low Fatal Error on your PC.

5. Update Graphics Driver

It’s highly recommended to check for the graphics driver update because an outdated or missing graphics driver eventually causes issues with the game launching as well as errors. To do that:

  • Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list to open the interface.
  • Now, double-click on Display adapters to expand it.

Device Manager Update Display Adapter

  • Then right-click on the dedicated graphics card name you’re using to bring the context menu.
  • Next, click on Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • The system will automatically check for the available update.
  • If an update is available, it’ll automatically download and install the latest version.
  • Once done, make sure to restart your PC to apply the changes.

If there is no update showing on the PC then make sure to head over to the official manufacturer’s website of the respective graphics card and search manually for the latest update. If a new version is available for your specific GPU model, just download the file on your PC and install it. Whatever graphics card you use, jump to the link below as per the manufacturer.

6. Run the game on a dedicated GPU

You should also ensure that your using the dedicated GPU on your Windows computer instead of using the integrated HD graphics. To do so:

For Nvidia GPU:

  • Right-click on the desktop screen to open the context menu.
  • Now, click on Nvidia Control Panel to open it.
  • Head over to 3D Settings > Select Manage 3D Settings.
  • Open the Program Settings tab > Select Hogwarts Legacy from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the Preferred graphics processor for this program from a drop-down menu.
  • Your Nvidia GPU should show as High-Performance Nvidia Processor.
  • Save the changes and reboot the PC.


  • Right-click on the desktop screen to open the context menu.
  • Now, open Radeon Settings > Navigate to Additional Settings.
  • Go to Preferences > Select Power > Choose Switchable Graphics Application Settings.
  • Select Hogwarts Legacy from the list of installed applications.
    • If the game isn’t on the list, you can select Add Application and include the game exe file.
  • Select High Performance from the Graphics Settings option.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes.

You can also try following the steps below to set the game graphics to high performance on the PC.

  • Press the Win+I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on System > Click on Display.
  • Select Graphics > Click on Browse to add your Hogwarts Legacy game app to the list.
  • Now, select the Hogwarts Legacy game file from the installed directory.
  • Once done, click on the Hogwarts Legacy game from the list.
  • Click on Options > Select High performance under Graphics Preference.
  • Click on Save to apply changes.

7. Set Launch Options or Additional Command Line

Sometimes your graphics card isn’t supported by the all features of DirectX 11. In that case, you might have to upgrade your graphics card. In that case, it’s better to use set launch options on Steam or additional command line arguments on the Epic Games Launcher for the specific game to make it compatible or force run with the mentioned DirectX version. The chances are high that your system isn’t running the DirectX 11 version.

For Steam:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library.
  • Right-click on Hogwarts Legacy > Select Properties.
  • In the General section, click on Set Launch Options.
  • Copy and paste the following command-line argument in the blank field:
  • Once done, try launching the game again.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the Epic Games Launcher > Click on Settings.
  • Now, click on the Hogwarts Legacy game from the list.
  • Ensure to enable the Additional Command-Line Arguments checkbox.
  • Type the following command line in the blank field:
  • Once done, run the game to check the error again.

8. Disable Overlay Apps

In some cases, a couple of applications may come with an additional overlay app or interface that basically allows gamers to take in-game screenshots, record gameplay videos, share with friends, chat with friends in gaming, etc. However, these overlay apps or tools require higher system resources to run in the background which can eventually put pressure on the game launching. It can cause lags, stutters, crashes, FPS drops, etc. To turn it off:

Disable Discord Overlay:

  • Launch the Discord app > Click on the gear icon at the bottom.
  • Select Overlay under App Settings > Turn on the Enable in-game overlay.
  • Click on the Games tab > Select Hogwarts Legacy.
  • Turn Off the Enable in-game overlay toggle.
  • Make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

Disable Xbox Game Bar:

  • Press the Win+I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Gaming > Go to Game Bar > Turn off Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using the Game bar option.

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay:

  • Launch the Nvidia GeForce Experience app > Head over to Settings.
  • Click on the General tab > Disable the In-Game Overlay option.
  • Finally, restart the PC to apply changes, and launch the game again.

Disable Steam Overlay:

  • Open the Steam client on the PC > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on Hogwarts Legacy from the left pane.
  • Select Properties > Click on General.
  • Make sure to Uncheck the Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game option to disable it.

There are some other overlay apps that can cause trouble for you something as MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner, RGB software, etc. You should turn them off as well. This method did fix the Hogwarts Legacy Low Level Fatal Error for some players.

9. Try Increasing Shader Cache Size

A couple of reports are claiming that increasing the shader cache size basically helps to resolve the low-level fatal error while playing Hogwarts Legacy. If you’re still facing such an issue then follow the steps below.

  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel application on the PC.
  • Click on Manager 3D Settings > Go to the right pane under the Settings menu.
  • Locate and select Shader Cache Size > Choose the Shader Cache to be 100GB.
  • Finally, save the changes, and reboot the PC.

10. Run SFC Scan

System File Checker (SFC) is a utility program on Windows that basically allows users to scan for Windows system files and restore them. If none of the workarounds did find useful, you should run the SFC scan on your PC to cross-check possible issues. To do that:

  • Click on the Start Menu and type cmd.
  • Now, right-click on Command Prompt from the search result.
  • Select Run as administrator > If prompted, click on Yes to give admin privileges.
  • CMD window will open now > Type the following command line and hit Enter to run it:
SFC /scannow

  • Wait for the process to complete it.
  • Once done, just restart your PC to change effects immediately.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For additional queries, you can comment below.

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