Hogwarts Legacy is just a few days away from its global release and most players have to tackle a pretty big question early in the game: which house will you be joining? Players have the option to choose from Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw but some might’ve already gone through the Wizarding World website process to determine this. Either way, today we’re taking a look at what changes when you pick a certain house in Hogwarts Legacy and whether or not it makes a huge difference.
For the sake of keeping things mysterious, we won’t be discussing any spoilers here. Rather, we’re simply observing what happens when you decide on a house in Hogwarts Legacy and what changes happen in the game as a result. Rest assured, none of this is considered a spoiler either and we’ll refrain from mentioning any story-specific content that might arise from these decisions.
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After the tutorial section in Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll be assigned to one of the four houses of Hogwarts. The biggest change happens early in the game when you’re introduced to your house’s common room. Each common room is quite unique in its location and design: The Gryffindor common room is located in the Gryffindor Tower; Slytherin’s common room is located in the dungeons under the Black Lake; Hufflepuff’s common room is located near the Hogwarts kitchens; and the Ravenclaw common room is located in the lavish Ravenclaw Tower.
The common room is where you’ll frequently return to in Hogwarts Legacy, especially in between major story chapters and acts. It’s also the gathering hub for several NPCs in the school. Each common room has a number of unique NPCs and side characters to engage with in the beginning, which you’ll likely encounter again in main and side quests later. The only real difference here is how soon you’re introduced to these characters depending on your house, but you’re not really missing out on much unless you’re just getting to know them.
The biggest visual change as a result of choosing a house is the colour of some (but not all) clothing items you acquire as loot throughout your playthrough. Slytherin students, for example, will mostly acquire green clothing and gear. Not every bit of gear is green, though, so you can mix and match your preferred style.
Dialogue in Hogwarts Legacy will only slightly change, though. Sometimes you’ll be addressed as a student of your house (for example, a “Gryffindor student”) and other times it will be a minor insult (like “arrogant Slytherins” or “know-it-all Ravenclaws”). These dialogue exchanges are few and far between, though, as the house selection doesn’t really make a huge difference beyond the access to specific common rooms. Teachers, fellow students and others won’t really treat you any differently.
Main and side quests will still play out exactly the same way, so don’t worry about massive changes happening in the story. As a little tip: if you pick Slytherin, you’ll immediately be introduced to a couple of characters that play a key role in arguably the best side questline in the entire game, but you can still encounter them later regardless of what house you pick.
Hogwarts Legacy launches on 10 February 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. PS4 and Xbox One versions will release on 4 April 2023, followed by a Nintendo Switch version on 25 July 2023.