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We all dreamt of getting an owl-delivered letter on our eleventh birthday, didn’t we? A letter that would signify that all those things we did that we couldn’t quite explain were indeed magic, and that we had been chosen to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sadly for me, that day would never come, and I curse my muggle parents to this day, but that didn’t stop me from getting sorted into my hypothetical Hogwarts house. I took to Pottermore to find out what colored robes I would adorn in my Potter-based daydreams, and it turns out that I’m a dungeon-dwelling Slytherin. I always thought I pulled off forest green quite well, so it suited me down to the ground. Plus, let’s face it, villains are always the most interesting characters.
Until now, this online Buzzfeed-esque questionnaire was the closest thing I had to a genuine sorting ceremony. However, with the release of Hogwarts Legacy, I was able to finally have my moment in front of the masses in the Great Hall, and thankfully, history would repeat itself as that dingy old hat shouted Slytherin for all to hear. It was a novel, dare I say, magical moment, and I took off to the Dunegons to see my common room for the first time. However, the question remained, what would have happened if I were sorted into the other three houses, and what unique content was I missing?
Well, in Hogwarts Legacy, there are some key differences to be found by choosing each respective house, but the game doesn’t do an incredible job actually showcasing that to the player. This means you would need to play four times over to see everything on offer. However, is that really worthwhile? Ah, well, that’s the question I intend to answer. So join me as we sort you into your house once and for all. Here is RPG Informer’s Hogwarts Legacy Houses Guide.
Bottom Line Up Front (TL;DR)
For all you impatient witches and wizards that just want the answer fast so you can get to your Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson on time, here are the key differences between each house in Hogwarts Legacy:
- Each house offers a unique color palette for apparel. Gryfindor is red and gold, Ravenclaw is royal blue, and so on.
- Each house has a unique common room, which has a unique design and is located in different locations around Hogwarts.
- Each house offers one unique quest that cannot be accessed if you pick the other three options.
- Each house has one trophy/achievement tied to it, and you will need to access the Map Chamber as a member of each house to achieve this.
The Sorting Ceremony
You would think this would be the first thing that you get to do within Hogwarts Legacy, but this event takes place about an hour into the game. by which point you have dispatched enemies with a borrowed wand, survived a Dragon attack, explored the abandoned vaults of Grinngots and much more. The game has a lively opening, to say the least. However, after the excitement of these opening scenes, you will find yourself in the Great Hall, where you will sit below the famous Sorting Hat, get questioned, and be sorted into the house that best suits your wizarding attributes.
Some may accept the decision of the Sorting Hat as gospel, but I’m sure many of you have a house in mind, and will happily Cornelius Fudge the numbers to get the house you want. So with that in mind, here are the questions and answers needed to be sorted into each house:
Q: You come here with preferences and Preconceptions – Certain Expectations?
- A1: I can’t wait to start classes (No effect)
- A2: I can’t wait to explore (No effect)
Q: I detect something in you. A certain sense of, hmm, what is it?
- A1: Daring (Gryffindor)
- A2: Curiosity (Hufflepuff)
- A3: loyalty (Ravenclaw)
- A4: Ambition (Slytherin)
The main takeaway here is that the second question is the only one that truly matters, so choose the trait that aligns with the house you want. However, even if you choose a trait that offers you a house that you don’t want to align with, there is an option to manually choose your house also.
The Common Rooms
After you wrap the ceremony, Professor Weasley will take you to your house’s common room and let you know what the secret password is, allowing you to come and go as you please. The common rooms serve as one of the key differences between each house, as these common areas look very different in terms of ambiance and style. Not to mention that each common room is in a completely different area of the castle. However, it’s very hard to choose which one you want without seeing them for yourself, so let’s take a look at each, shall we:
Gryffindor Common Room
Guarded by The Fat Lady, the Gryffindor Common Room is a beautiful area bursting with vibrant crimson. It’s the common room that you probably feel you know the most about, considering how Gryffindor-focused the series has been thanks to Harry and friends. However, the common room is quite distinctly different when compared to the movies, while still keeping touches of the area we grew accustomed to. We have a balcony that looks out onto the main common area, you have the roaring fireplace that dominates the room, and you have a bright and homely feel to the room, which marries together with Gryffinfdor’s courageous, optimistic outlook.
Hufflepuff Common Room
Are there any Herbologists in the house? You guys are going to love the Hufflepuff Common Room. Even though I’m a Slytherin myself, this is probably my personal favorite common room design. This room features an abundance of life in the form of hanging plants and foliage, not to mention a rich earthy ambiance that makes the place feel like a forest with beams of sunlight bursting through the thick canopy above. If I didn’t know any better, I would almost believe that I had exited Hogwarts and had stumbled into a dwarven speakeasy. It’s a wonderful area, so take care of the plants, and they will take care of you. Quite literally, if you start growing Chinese Chomping Cabbage.
Ravenclaw Common Room
Studious, bursting with wisdom, quick of wit, and fiercely loyal. That’s the stereotype used to describe the average Ravenclaw student, and I believe that the common room really does reflect that view quite well. It’s probably the most straightforward and muted of the three common rooms in terms of style. Very clean, almost regal in its design. You can barely take three strides without bumping into a desk which would make a perfect spot to study, and the room is dotted with musical instruments and nooks for reading. Picture a hoity-toity university library and what you imagine won’t be too far removed from what we have here. A little cold and sterile for my liking, but hey, maybe it’s your thing.
Slytherin Common Room
Then lastly, if you want to come down to the dungeon with the cool kids, then you need to check out the Slytherin Common Room. If you vibe with a dark, dingy, and mysterious style, and you have a thing for snakes, then this is the place to be. This common room falls below the surface of Hogwarts lake, and therefore, the only natural light that gets in, is that which passes through the water, offering a dimly lit oasis for all you brooding and menacing types. There are cascading water features and the skeletal remains of countless beasts. I can only imagine that they lease it out as a villain’s lair during the Summer holidays. If you choose this one, I’ll have a game of Wizard’s Chess with you by the fire.
So a quick disclaimer. While there are some characters within the game that you will interact with much more if you happen to choose a particular house, you will get the chance to interact with all of them regardless of your choice. That being said, there is unique dialogue to be found by selecting a particular house, and you will engage in a unique questline involving these characters too, but more on that in a bit.
Each house has a cluster of characters that you’ll become intimately familiar with off the back of being sorted into each respective house. So let me introduce you to them to make your actual introductions run a little smoother:
- Natasi Onai
- Garreth Weasley
- Cressida Blume
- Nellie Oggspire
- Lenora Everleigh
- Poppy Sweeting
- Arthur Plummley
- Adelaide Oakes
- Duncan Everett-Clopton
- Amit Thakkar
- Samantha Dare
- Sebastian Sallow
- Ominis Gaunt
- Imelda Reyes
While all of these small cosmetic differences are nice and all, they don’t really offer enough to have someone finish Hogwarts Legacy and then gear up for another lap. However, the unique questlines tied to each house may just tempt you to sit under the sorting hat a few more times. Each quest linked to the Hogwarts Houses is arguably one of the most engaging and interesting the game has to offer. However, the time investment needed to see them all is quite sizable, so if you want to see if the Pumpkin Juice is worth the squeeze, then take a look below. Warning, spoilers:
The Hunt for the Missing Pages
If you have been traipsing the castle spotting the various ghosts and apparitions that wander the halls and wondered, where is Nearly Headless Nick? Well, the game has been secretly keeping him away for a big reveal in the form of this exclusive quest line. In this quest, you ask Nick for information regarding the missing pages you seek, and join the Headless Hunt. This will take you out to Hogsmeade Cemetary, where you will need to play the Headless Hunt game to find Jackdaw. It’s not the most impressive of the quests listed here, but the inclusion of Nick does path over a lot of the cracks.
Prisoner of Love
Easily the best house-exclusive quest of the bunch. Ever wanted to visit Azkaban and tussle with some Dementors? If your answer was yes, then perhaps you are equally as demented, but through this quest, you’ll get your wish nonetheless. Prisoner of Love sees the player speak to Eldrich Diggory, ancestor of Cedric and former Minister of Magic, via a portrait, and he sends you off to solve a murder mystery that will, in turn, have you visit a prisoner in the heart of Azkaban. It’s more of a novelty than a deep dive into Azkaban, which is a shame, but nonetheless, it’s pretty cool to visit the home of wizardry’s most evil prisoners.
The Ravenclaw questline is probably the weakest of all the quests on offer here. In this one, we head to Ollivander’s, where we learn that he’s in search of a missing wand that was stolen by a man named Jackdaw. He suspects that the wand is hidden up in the Owlery, so you’ll have to head to Harry and Cho’s future make-out spot to get your hands on it. This leads to an Accio puzzle, because the game was really short of those to this point, and after you solve this puzzle, Jackdaw appears to get you back on the main quest path.
Scrope’s Last Hope
Then lastly, we have the Slytherin exclusive quest, Scrope’s last hope. This quest gives a little bit of background on Headmaster Black and his relationship with his house elf, Scrope. He’s in search of a family heirloom that he hopes will make his master happy. So you head off to a secret cave in search of this item. This is a simple fetch quest, but I feel it was actually pretty interesting to get another look behind the curtain at Headmaster Black, who, at that point, we hadn’t had many run-ins with. It very much mirrors the relationship between Dobby and Lucius Malfoy, and acts as foreshadowing for what is to come.
Then lastly, one thing the game doesn’t tell you is that if you want to achieve 100% of the achievements in the game, you will need to play at least a portion of the game as a member of each house. This essentially means that you will need to play through all the exclusive questlines to get the achievement, plus a little extra as you will have to unlock the Map Chamber. This will roughly take about two hours for each playthrough, and while it is a main, count your blessings that it isn’t a full playthrough each time. Here are the achievements linked to each house:
- The Gryffindor in the Graveyard
- The Auror’s Apprentice
- The Wise Owl
- Toast of the Town
Express Your House Pride!
As you can see, choosing your house in Hogwarts Legacy does have some effect on your overall experience. However, it has to be said that, much like other aspects of the game, this choice is mainly pageantry, and aside from cosmetic changes and some minor details, the game remains largely the same whether you are placed in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw. When you boil it down, this choice essentially offers a unique common room, and one unique questline each. Yet, if you are a completionist like myself and want all the game’s achievements, you’ll need to play at least a few hours as a member of each house. I guess it’s worth it to see all the unique quests, but for the casual player, I would say pick the house that best suits you and leave it at that.
I hope that this guide has cleared things up, and you can now return to the action and let the Sorting Hat know what you have decided. If you are a fellow Slytherin like me, I’ll see you in the common room, and as always, thank you for reading RPG Informer.
Question:Does Your House In Hogwarts Legacy Matter?
Answer: Honestly, no, not really. It’s essentially a cosmetic choice that allows for more immersive roleplaying, and offers a handful of unique moments. None of these really affect the overall experience too much, so unless you want to see everything, just pick one house and stick with it.
Question: What’s The Coolest Common Room?
Answer: It’s a matter of personal preference, but my Slytherin allegiance aside, the most aesthetically pleasing common room, at least in my eyes, is the Hufflepuff Common Room. The natural green hue, the countless plants hanging above head. What’s not to love?
Question: What is a House Chest?
Answer: This is a chest that you can access no matter which house you choose, and can be unlocked by collecting House Crests/Tokens. These are found by guiding Daedalian keys into locked cabinets, and after you collect all fifteen of them, you will acquire the Legendary House Robes. These are essentially the same no matter which house you choose, aside from the color scheme.
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